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Where to Get the Best Pub Lunches in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

It's lunchtime, you've got to eat – let's go to the pub!

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When it comes to pub lunches in Leeds, you need to work your way through this list.

Whether it’s a work-day lunch or a weekend adventure, pub lunches are the ultimate treat – but where should you go? Well, as it happens, we have the answers. A medley of pubs, in the city centre and out in the suburbs, that you should make it your mission to eat at – because they’re damned tasty.

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch

A proper rustic country inn with an equally impressive name, The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch is worth going out of your way for. So head to South Milford where you can take it easy for an hour or two, while you tuck into a tempting menu of modern pub classics. They have Shetland Mussels, 4oz Butcher’s Steak or Haddock and Chips. Fancy something lighter? Try their open roast sandwich of the day, which comes with chips and dipping gravy. It’ll go down a treat with an afternoon pint of Saltaire’s finest or maybe even one of their cocktails.

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.

The Deer Park

A North Leeds favourite, The Deer Park is the perfect spot for lunch. Their menu is incredibly diverse, with everything from Battered Halloumi to Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken and 28-day-aged Rib-eye Steak, but if you’re feeling adventurous, find out what their scallop of the day is. In the past, they’ve been known to serve up creative dishes like Roasted Pork Belly and Seared Scallops. Dessert is an absolute must at The Deer Park and there’s only one thing to order – their Melting Chocolate and Peanut Bomb will be lit on fire before your eyes, leaving you with a gooey mess of bourbon vanilla ice cream and hot salted caramel sauce.

The Deer Park, 68 Street Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2DQ.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

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It’s not just beer that Kirkstall Brewery does well – their flagship venue The Bridge Inn is home to one of the best pub lunches in Leeds. Grab your pint of Three Swords, Dissolution or Kirkstall Pale and get stuck in. They have a little bit of everything here, so you won’t be short of choice. Fancy Vegan Sausage and Mash? You got it. In the mood for Black Band Beef Pot Roast? No problem. Got a hankering for Chicken Wings? Order at the bar. And if that ain’t your bag, they also have an array of pizzas, salads and charcuterie boards for you to delve into.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.

Whitelock’s

You can get a delicious pub lunch slap bang in the middle of Leeds city centre at Whitelock’s. This historic old pub has fed and watered locals since 1715 and it’s still a must-try. Head in at lunchtime and you can tuck into a menu of hearty plates, from the Winter Root Veg Hot Pot with pickled red cabbage and lamb’s lettuce to the Beer-battered Wholetail Scampi with chunky chips. Fancy a light bite? They do a range of sandwiches too, and if you’re passing by on a Sunday, you can tuck into a mean Sunday roast. Wash your lunch down with beers from the best local breweries, like Ilkley, Saltaire and Kirkstall.

Whitelock’s, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, off Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.

The Boundary House

A trip to Methley is in order for a pit-stop at The Boundary House. This is one of the best country pubs in Leeds, with an eclectic menu of global cuisine, perfect for a mid-day bite to eat. Start with Patatas Bravas with Chorizo or Calamari with fresh lemon and garlic aioli. For your main, you could go for the Red Lentil Dahl, made with sweet potato, cauliflower, chickpeas, kale and basmati rice, or a big bowl of Macaroni Cheese, with your choice of chorizo, chicken or king prawns. Prefer something quick? They do sarnies and salads too. Whatever you pick, wash it down with local ales, wine or cocktails.

The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE.

The Cross Keys

A city centre pub with a country feel, The Cross Keys is one of the best places to get a pub lunch in Leeds. Their menu is filled with delicious homemade food, with new twists on classics alongside contemporary European eats. We’re talking Yorkshire Bacon Chop in a cider sauce served with creamy mash and vegetables or Mushroom, Courgette and Aubergine Potato Bake with lamb’s lettuce and basil oil. On a Sunday, they serve up a cracking roast dinner – but be warned, once it’s gone, it’s gone, so get there early. Oh, and don’t forget to treat yourself to something nice from behind the bar, this is a North Bar pub, so they’ve got plenty to choose from.

The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.

The Fox at Menston

It’s certainly worth a trip to Menston for a pub lunch at The Fox. It’s been a popular haunt for more than 200 years and one look at their menu of modern favourites will show you why. From the Fillet Steak Sandwich to the Char-grilled Gammon with Eggs, Seared Salmon Fillet and Roasted Rack of Lamb, it’s guaranteed to hit the spot. And if you need a Sunday roast, that’s covered too. They’ve got real ales, wine and cocktails for a tipple to go along with your lunch.

The Fox at Menston, 129 Bradford Road, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6EB.

The Reliance

Want a pub lunch in Leeds city centre? Go to The Reliance. This laid-back pub serves up the very best in modern British cuisine – and we love it. Devour rustic, homemade dishes like Toulouse Sausage with Mash and Onion Gravy, Erdinger Battered Fish and Chips or Smoked Bacon Chop. They also have a selection of sandwiches, salads and charcuterie boards, which you can wash down with one of the best beer and wine selections in Leeds.

The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.

The Bankhouse Inn

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The Bankhouse Inn offers incredible views over Leeds – but that’s not the only reason to go, it’s also the perfect choice if you’re after a traditional pub lunch. Their menu changes with the seasons, making the most of local produce to give you something very tasty indeed. Tuck into the 12oz Gammon Steak with hand cut chips, egg and pineapple or why not try the Lishman’s Champion Sausages with mashed potato and rich red onion gravy? Wash it all down with one of their Yorkshire ales or world wines.

The Bankhouse Inn, 40 Bankhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 8EB.

The Mustard Pot

Nestled in the heart of Chapel Allerton, The Mustard Pot is a great place for a pub lunch in Leeds. It’s a proper cosy pub, with roaring fires in the winter and oodles of space in the beer garden in the summer – you can’t lose. But that’s not the only reason to come. The food is pretty special too. They do old school pub classics well, think Cumberland Sausage & Mash, Steak & Guinness Pie and Cider-steamed Mussels, as well as a menu of sharing-friendly small plates. Heading out for a roast on a Sunday? Don’t worry, they’ve got your back – check out those Yorkshire puds!

The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

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