If you only go out once this month, it’s going to be for a Sunday roast, right?
Right now, we’re all staying in a lot more to help reduce the spread of the virus, so when you do go out and support your local restaurants, you want it to be as delicious as possible – and what could be more scrumptious than a proper roast dinner? Juicy meats, crispy potatoes and giant Yorkshire puds, served with oodles of fresh veggies and even more gravy – it’s no wonder these are the best Sunday lunches in Leeds.
Right up there at the top of the list, The Brunswick has been making headway as one of the city’s best roasts since it opened in 2015. They’ve been fine-tuning and perfecting it since then – and all their hard work has certainly paid off. You can get topside of beef for £14 or a nut roast for £12 – you can even swap your Yorkshire pudding for a vegan-friendly dose of sweet potato mash and olive oiled-carrots. Their pièce de résistance is an off-menu beef wellington sharer – you have to order by 5pm on Friday, so they can get the beef fillet in specially, but it’s worth the extra effort (and the £50 price tag for two people). All their roasts come with a Yorkshire pud, crispy roast potatoes, olive oil-glazed carrots, green beans, gravy and a mini Bloody Mary.
The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn
Kirkstall Bridge Inn is famous for its roasts. Expect big, loaded plates of food, served up in a homely setting, right beside the river. You can choose from three types of meat – roast lamb shoulder, British beef brisket slow-cooked with garlic and British roast pork (get there early for crackling). Your plate will come loaded with all the trimmings. Think seasonal veggies, roast potatoes, sage and sausage stuffing, cauliflower cheese, pigs in blankets and Yorkshire puds, with bucketloads of gravy. The roasts cost between £11.50 and £14.95 depending on which meat you choose and for kids, it’s £5.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.
If you want to eat your Sunday lunch in the lap of luxury, hunt out Gaucho’s Leeds restaurant. It’s hidden underground on Park Row – and it’s here that they cook up one of the most extravagant roasts in the city for £29.50. You’ll get a succulent sirloin steak, cooked to juicy perfection, and served with a slew of lip-smacking sides. We’re talking broccoli, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, carrots tossed in churrasco sauce and a plump Yorkshire pudding cooked in beef dripping, all doused in red wine gravy. The sides are an all-you-can-eat affair, so if you want to load up on any more of those crispy roasties, all you need to do is ask.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.
Man v Roast
This one’s a little bit different. Man v Roast is a carvery that prides itself on serving up quality meats. They source them from Sykes House Farm, so you know you’re getting the best. But top quality doesn’t mean hiked up prices – in fact, it’s the very opposite here. They serve their food in takeout boxes, keeping prices low, so you can get a full roast dinner at this Leeds carvery for just £7. Choose from turkey, beef, gammon, pork, chicken and lamb and it’ll come with all the trimmings. That’s right, we’re talking stuffing, veggies, mash, roasties and cauliflower cheese, with a big Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy.
Man v Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL.
Whitelock’s & The Turk’s Head
Come Sunday, sister bars Whitelock’s and The Turk’s Head join forces to serve up one hell of a Sunday lunch. They give you oodles of choice – there are three different cuts of meat, with a roasted nut & herb loaf for the veggies. They also pride themselves on the quality of their meat. Their roast topside beef comes from Pickering’s of Marishes in Malton, their roasted rump of Nidderdale lamb comes from Agar’s of Ilkley and their loin of pork comes from Colin Piercey’s of Easingwold. Prices range from £10.50 to £15, depending on what you choose, and they all come with crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg, a whacking great Yorkshire pudding and a jug of gravy.
The Beck & Call
A family-friendly pub in the heart of Meanwood, The Beck & Call does a mean Sunday lunch. Every aspect of it has been carefully sourced, from the local veggies to meat from R&J in Ripon. You can get topside of beef with horseradish for £14.95, roast pork belly with apple chutney for £13.95 and slow roasted lamb shoulder with mint sauce for £14.95. If you’re going meat-free, the vegetarian haggis is yours for just £11.95 and it’s an absolute treat. Whatever you go for, it’ll come with all the trimmings, including garlic and rosemary roasties, thyme-infused carrots, a pile of greens and loads of homemade gravy.
The Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP.
Matt Healy x The Foundry
He’s the master of classic British food, but he puts his own stamp on it, so it stands to reason that Masterchef: The Professionals runner-up Matt Healy has branched out into roast dinners. This particular Sunday lunch comes in at £19.95, but you can expect him to take your favourite meal to new heights. For the meat-eaters, it’s 12-hour roasted beef sirloin (for an extra £3), roast chicken or roast lamb with porchetta, while veggies can snaffle a traditional mushroom wellington. They all come with roast potatoes, honey-roasted carrots, greens, cauliflower cheese and a Yorkshire pud, with their homemade gravy.
Matt Healy x The Foundry, 1 Saw Mill Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH.
It’s one of the most impressive restaurants in Leeds, a converted warehouse with exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings and statement light fittings, but on Sundays, your attention will be firmly fixed on your plate – because it’s all about the roast dinners at Shears Yard. As always, they go the extra mile, so their Sykes House Farm beef sirloin is roasted for 12 hours, and their shoulder of pork is roasted overnight – both come in at £16. Veggies will be treated to a salt-baked vegetable pithivier for £16. And they all come on a plate that’s absolutely loaded with seasonal vegetables, proper crispy roast potatoes, a massive Yorkshire pudding and as much gravy as you want.
Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.
The White House
The White House is a popular choice for walkers. It’s nestled right on the edge of Roundhay Park, so you can go for a long, leisurely walk before warming up in front of an open fire with a proper Sunday dinner. The key here is to book ahead – they do accept walk-ins, but you often have to wait for up to an hour, which is a testament to how good their roast dinners are. They’ve got a big ol’ menu, the highlight of which is their trio of roasts – you’ll get beef sirloin, turkey breast and honey-glazed gammon for £11.99. But if you want to really splash out, you can get slow-cooked lamb shoulder for £13.99 or slow-cooked beef rib for £14.99. They all come with buttered seasonal veg, garlic & rosemary goose fat roast potatoes or minted baby potatoes, homemade Yorkshires and loads of gravy.
The White House, 55 Wetherby Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2JU.
A proper old school pub that serves a proper Sunday dinner – The Adelphi is full of nooks and crannies, perfect for cozying up in. Find yourself a spot, order a pint and start the tricky task of deciding what to order. You can have the half-roast chicken with a pig-in-blanket and gingerbread stuffing for £14.50, or go for the 21-day aged sirloin of beef for £13.50. All their roasts come with oodles of red wine jus, except the nut roast, which is served with its own veggie gravy for £13.50. You’ll also get homemade Yorkshire puddings, roasted vegetables and ruffled thyme roasties.
The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
It’s probably not your first thought, but the Dakota is one of the best places to go for a Sunday lunch in Leeds – and you don’t have to stay at the hotel to enjoy it. It’s £25 for three courses and they’ve got two permanent meats for you to choose from – roast sirloin of beef or butter-roasted chicken. That’s not all though. From grilled cod to ox cheek, they cook up something special every week – so you never have to have the same thing twice. You can also feast on duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal veggies and proper Yorkshire puddings. Vegetarian? You can have a traditional nut roast with onion gravy.
Dakota Hotel, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch
A trip out of town, through the rolling countryside is in order for this one. The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch is a wonderfully rustic pub in South Milford – and they do a mean Sunday lunch. We’re talking Yorkshire puddings as big as your head and crisp roast potatoes. You can choose from 40-day-aged rump beef (served pink or well done depending on your preference), roast loin of pork and slow-roasted shoulder of lamb, with vegetarian haggis for the veggies. Your gravy is perfectly matched to your meat and you get extra as standard, which we love. Veg comes separately, with cabbage, cauliflower cheese and homemade stuffing to dig into. It’s £11 for beef and lamb, £10 for the rest.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.
The Reliance has long been a favourite with the city’s foodies – and with good reason. They know their way around the kitchen and cook up a mean roast dinner. You’ll have plenty of options, so order a pint of something nice while you make up your mind. Starting from £13.50, will it be roast topside of rare breed beef, roast shoulder of lamb or the roast free range chicken? Whichever you go for, you’ll get crisp roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a giant Yorkshire pud. Their nut roast is one of the best in town too for just £11.95 – it comes with all the trimmings and their own veggie gravy, so you can feel 100% confident in your choice.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
As always, Crafthouse has gone the extra mile to make its Sunday roasts stand out. Every element has been carefully considered to give you a refined take on a home-cooked classic. Their roast potatoes are simply delicious, cooked with butter, garlic and thyme, while their Yorkshire puddings are made to a secret recipe and they make their own homemade gravy too. Their seasonal veggies change every week, but you can expect classics like honey balsamic carrots, sautéed tender stem broccoli and proper cauliflower cheese. So the only question is – do you want roast beef for £16, lamb for £16, or slow-cooked pork belly for £19?
Crafthouse, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
The Cardigan Arms
The Cardigan Arms is a local institution that’s been brought back to life by Kirkstall Brewery. That means you have three irresistible reasons to go – the wonderful historic feel, the quality beer offering, and now, that cracking roast dinner. It’s served from 12pm to 5pm every Sunday and there’s something for everyone. Choose between the topside of beef for £13.50, half roasted chicken for £12.50 or Yorkshire leg of lamb for £14.95. They have a roasted root vegetable nut loaf or Portobello mushroom and Yorkshire blue Wellington for the veggies. Everyone gets roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, savoy cabbage and what might well be the biggest Yorkshire pudding you’ve ever seen.
The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Lamb & Flag
Lamb & Flag is the perfect place to stop for Sunday dinner in Leeds. Their roast selection changes on a regular basis but all their meats come from the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company. You can get roast pork loin for £12.95, roast topside of beef for £12.95, lamb rump for £14.50 and a nut roast for £11.95. Everyone gets garlic and herb roasties, braised red cabbage, mashed potato, seasonal veggies like buttered greens and carrot and swede mash, and a Yorkshire pudding. Oh and oodles upon oodles of red wine gravy. There are also a few extras like the obligatory dose of crackling if you get the pork.
Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.
Browns is a rather grand place to stop for Sunday lunch – it’s the old banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society, but now it’s a bright, airy dining room with a distinctive art-deco look. Here you can tuck into sirloin of beef with a thyme Yorkshire pudding, roast shallots and horseradish crème fraîche for £17.50 or garlic, lemon & thyme half roast chicken with pigs in blankets, bread sauce and prune & brandy stuffing for £15.95. All their meat options come with roast potatoes cooked in goose fat. Veggie? They do a nut roast with butternut squash puree, cherry jus and veggie roasties for £13.95. Their roasts come with all the trimmings, including braised red cabbage and honey roast parsnips.
Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Heaney & Mill
Head chef and MasterChef finalist Tom Rennolds has put together an absolutely epic Sunday lunch menu at Heaney & Mill. You have a choice of three meats, with roast beef, corn-fed chicken and lamb, all sourced from R&J Butchers in Ripon. Their vegetarian special changes each and every Sunday, but you can look forward to dishes like homemade mushroom pie or leek and cheese wellington. Whatever you go for, it costs £15 and comes with all the trimmings. Truffled mash rubs shoulders with rosemary and garlic roasties, then there’s seasonal greens, cauliflower cheese gratin and a Yorkshire pud. The whole thing is finished with lashings of red wine gravy.
Heaney & Mill, 48 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL.
This is not your usual Sunday lunch – Home is a restaurant from Elizabeth Cottam, semi-finalist on MasterChef. She’s created a relaxed but unusual take on fine dining – and one of the highlights is the deconstructed roast dinner. It’s a six-course tasting menu like nothing you’ve had before and it’s £60 a pop with a separate menu for veggies. It changes every month, but you’ll be working your way through dishes like duck pie, halibut and red deer wellington with Yorkshire puddings roasties and gravy, before finishing with apple tart with clotted cream ice cream.
Home, 16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY.
The Griffin is a traditional pub right in the heart of Leeds, so it couldn’t be better placed for a pre or post-shopping Sunday roast. They have four for you to choose from – we say go with the half roast chicken and half roast sirloin beef. Why choose between the two when you can have both for £13.49? If you want to go with one or the other, the chicken is £10.99 and the beef is £12.49. Meanwhile, veggies can dig into a nut roast wellington for £10.49. Whichever you go for, you’ll be treated to proper goose fat (or veggie) roast potatoes, seasonal veg, a Yorkshire pud and lashings of gravy. You can even bag yourself a drink to wash it all down for a quid.
The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF.
Chophaus is a sleek steakhouse that comes into its own on Sundays. Their roast dinners are the stuff dreams are made of – choose beef, chicken or lamb, all sourced from Ripon-based R&J Butchers and cooked to absolute perfection. Whatever you choose, it’ll come in at a cool £17.95. Veggie? They do a homemade nut roast, complete with mushroom cream, so you won’t feel even a little left out (and it’s cheaper a £16 too). All their Sunday lunches come with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, glazed carrots, mixed greens and oodles of homemade gravy. And if you fancy something a little different, they serve a menu of Wagyu steaks too.
Chophaus, Louis House, Princes Avenue, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2FA.
The Beehive is a picturesque country pub in Thorner that puts a creative spin on classic British cooking and it’s well worth a visit on Sunday to try their mouthwatering roast dinner. If you’re a carnivore, you can get 12-hour roasted beef sirloin, roast pork loin and roast chicken, but veggies won’t be left out either because they have a weekly-changing vegetarian special. They’re £19.95 for two meats or £23.95 for three and come with classics sides, like roast potatoes, carrots, cauliflower cheese, greens and a Yorkshire pud, which you can cover in their homemade gravy.
The Beehive, 83 Main Street, Thorner, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 3BU.
The Midnight Bell
Last but not least, we’ve got The Midnight Bell. They source all their meat from The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, serving up a choice of roast lamb rump for £14.95, roast chicken for £12.95 and beef topside for £12.95. They do a lovely nut roast for £11.95, and all their trimmings are veggie-friendly, from the roast potatoes to the gravy (you get your own, there’s a meat-tastic version for everyone else). Everyone gets a Yorkshire pud, as well as braised red cabbage, carrots and roasted parsnips – why not wash it down with a pint of Leeds Brewery’s finest?
The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN.Cover image credit: Reece Leung