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Where to Get the Best Sunday Lunch in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Leave the washing up to someone else with these Sunday lunches...

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Don’t fancy cooking today? Fear not, because we’ve rounded up the best places to get a Sunday roast in Leeds…

Nothing beats a proper Sunday dinner, but that doesn’t mean you have to slave away in the kitchen. Leeds is full of pubs and restaurants who pride themselves on serving up a homemade roast with all the trimmings – the question is, where should you go? Well, we’ve got the answer. These are the best Sunday lunches in Leeds, so get stuck in.

The Brunswick

The Brunswick Roast

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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 £11, chicken supreme for £10.50 or a nut roast for £9.50 – you can even swap your Yorkshire pudding for a vegan-friendly dose of sweet potato mash. 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 £36 price tag for two people). All their roasts come with crispy roast potatoes, butter glazed carrots, green beans, gravy and a mini Bloody Mary.

The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.


Gaucho Roast Dinner Leeds

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. It’s a two-course affair for £24.50, so you’ll start with the likes of manchego arancini (or finish with white chocolate cheesecake) – but the highlight is the roast itself. You can have roasted free-range chicken or sirloin of beef – it’s an extra £3.50 for the latter, but it’s what they do best, so go on, splash out. Whichever you choose, you’ll get broccoli, roast potatoes, carrots tossed in churrasco sauce and a plump Yorkshire pudding, all doused in red wine gravy.

Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.

Man v Roast

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 £4.50. Choose from turkey, beef, gammon, pork, sausage and lamb (it’s 40p extra for the last one) 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 & Turk’s Head

Whitelock's Roast Restaurant Offer Leeds

Come Sunday, sister bars Whitelock’s and Turk’s Head join forces to serve up one hell of a Sunday lunch. They give you oodles of choice – there are four 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. Want chicken? It’s a half roast and it’s from Soanes of Middleton-on-the-Wolds. Prices range from £9.50 to £14, 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.

Whitelock’s Turks Head Yard, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.

Shears Yard

Shears Yard Sunday Roast

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 their roast dinners. 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 £13.50. Veggies will be treated to a nut and mixed seed loaf for £12. 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 Sunday Lunch

The White House is a popular choice with 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 ‘ole menu, the highlight of which is their trio of roasts – you’ll get topside of beef, turkey breast and pork loin for £11.69. But if you want to really splash out, you can get slow cooked beef rib for £13.89 or lamb shoulder for £13.99. They all come with buttered seasonal veg, goose fat roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshire’s and loads of gravy.

The White House, 55 Wetherby Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2JU.


Blackhouse Sunday roast

It might be most famous for its steaks, but Blackhouse serves up a cracking Sunday roast. Head to the Leeds restaurant at lunchtime and come hungry, because they don’t hold back – you can get a single roast for £13.95 or a sharing board for £27.90. You’ve got three options here. Rare topside beef, done just the way you like it, roast chicken on the bone or pork with crackling. They all come with real roast potatoes, buttered cabbage, carrot and swede mash, homemade Yorkshire puds and lashings of gravy. This is a real feast, just make sure you get there early, because they sell out fast.

Blackhouse, 31-33 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.

The Adelphi

Adelphi Roast Dinner Leeds

A proper old school pub that serves a proper Sunday dinner – The Adelphi is full of nooks and crannies, perfect for cosying up in. Order a pint, find yourself a spot and start the tricky task of deciding what to order. You can have 21-day aged sirloin of beef for £11.75, rosemary and garlic rubbed leg of lamb for £12.25 or Cherry Orchard pork loin for £10.75 – all with red wine jus. And if you fancy Shropshire roast chicken, you can get a half for £10.75 or a whole one to share for £19.50, both with gingerbread stuffing and chicken gravy. All their roasts come with beef dripping roasties, except the nut roast, which is served with baby potatoes and veggie gravy. You’ll also get homemade Yorkshire puddings, roasted vegetables and braised red cabbage.

The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

Dakota Hotel

Dakota Hotel Roast Dinner

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 £20 for two courses and they’ve got two permanent meats for you to choose from – roast rib of Donald Russell beef or butter roasted lemon and thyme chicken. That’s not all though. From lamb shank to goose and braised oxtail, they cook up something special every week – so you never have to have the same thing twice. You can also feast on goose fat roast potatoes, seasonal veggies and proper Yorkshire puddings. Vegetarian? You’ve got two options – a traditional nut roast with red onion marmalade and gravy or roast butternut squash, puy lentil and chili stew.

Dakota Hotel, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN.

The Cross Keys

Cross Keys Sunday Roast

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The Cross Keys, on the other hand, probably is your first thought for Sunday lunch in Leeds. It’s a cosy pub with a roaring fire and it’s famous for its roasts. All their meats come from R&J Butchers – right now you can get pork loin for £12.95, beef topside for £13.95, turkey for £11.95 or all three for £15.95, but in the New Year, they’ll be swapping the turkey for lamb. They cook their roasties in olive oil with garlic and rosemary, so they’re totally veggie friendly, and serve them alongside a proper Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg and lashings of gravy (it’s veggie and gluten-free). Speaking of veggie – they do a butternut squash and sage nut roast or you can have bubble and squeak.

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

The Reliance

Reliance Sunday Lunch

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. Will it be roast topside of rare breed beef, loin of Gloucester Old Spot Pork or shoulder of lamb? 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 – 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.


Crafthouse Sunday Roast

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. They do proper roast potatoes, cooked with butter, garlic and thyme, and their stewed peas are made with pancetta to take them to the next level. Then you’ve got honey balsamic carrots, sautéed tender stem broccoli and proper cauliflower cheese. Their Yorkshire puddings are made to a secret recipe created by local chef Joe Carrol and they make their own homemade gravy too. So the only question is – do you want rump cap of Scottish beef or leg of lamb?

Crafthouse, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.


CAU Sunday Roast

There are only two roasts at CAU, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out – this is an Argentinean steakhouse, after all, so they specialise in quality meats. It’s £15 and you can choose roast rump of beef or half spatchcock chicken. Whichever you go for, it’ll come served with all the trimmings and that includes a few surprises. You’ve got roast potatoes, carrots, a traditional Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy, but they also also throw in onion rings. Odd, but not completely unwelcome.

CAU, Victoria Gate, 26 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.

Lamb & Flag

Lamb & Flag Sunday Lunch

Now that Leeds Brewery has restored the Lamb & Flag to its former glory, it’s the perfect place to stop for Sunday dinner in Leeds. Their roast selection changes on a weekly basis but all their meats come from the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company. You can get chicken, turkey or pork for £12, beef for £13 and lamb rump for £14. Everyone gets garlic and herb roasties, seasonal veg, like buttered greens and carrot and swede mash, and a Yorkshire pudding. But there are also a few extras – if you get a chicken, they do a scrumptious sausage meat stuffing, and if you get pork, you get the obligatory dose of crackling.

Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.

Art’s Cafe

Art's Cafe Roast Dinner

How would you like to enjoy your Sunday lunch surrounded by art? There’s only one place to go – Art’s Cafe. This cosy Call Lane bistro is filled with the work of local artists, and the aromas of home cooked food, which on Sundays, means a proper roast dinner. They always do sirloin of beef, but they like to mix it up with their other meats – it might be lamb shoulder, it might be pork loin, you’ll have to wait and see. For the veggies, they do breaded bubble and squeak bonbons. It’s £11 across the board and all their roasts come with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables like buttered carrots and roasted parsnips, and a Yorkshire pudding. They also have two types of gravy – one meaty, one veggie.

Art’s Cafe, 42 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.


Browns Sunday Lunch Leeds

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 been transformed into a bright, airy dining room with a distinctive art-deco look. Here you can tuck into sirloin of beef with a Yorkshire pudding for £14.95, salted pork belly with stuffing for £14.75 or garlic, thyme and lemon roast chicken with pigs in blankets for £13.75. 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 £11.95. Their roasts come with all the trimmings, including slow roasted red cabbage and honey roast parsnips.

Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.


Cauliflower cheese, Sunday roast at Home

This is not your usual Sunday lunch – Home is the latest restaurant from Mark Owens, former Head Chef of Michelin Starred restaurants, The Box Tree and The Star at Harome, and Elizabeth Cottam, semi-finalist on last year’s MasterChef. Together, they’ve created a relaxed take on fine dining – and one of the highlights is their deconstructed roast dinner. It’s a five-course tasting menu like nothing you’ve had before and it’s £60 a pop. It changes every month, but you’ll be working your way through dishes like steam game pudding with English XO sauce and roasted chicken with stuffing and root vegetables cooked in chicken fat, before finishing with rhubarb, ginger Parkin and custard.

Home, 16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY.

Crowd of Favours

Crowd of Favours Roast Dinner Leeds

Recently refurbished, with a rather spectacular line-up of real ales behind the bar, Crowd of Favours is a mighty fine choice for Sunday lunch. Like all their Leeds Brewery companions, they get their meats from The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, and their selection changes on a weekly basis. In the past, they’ve had pork loin, turkey breast and lamb rump, but you’ll have to wait and see what’s on offer when you visit. There’s one permanent fixture though – their veggie nut roast. Their roasts come with all the trimmings – think veggie-friendly roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, roasted root veg and a big ‘ole Yorkshire pud. Prices range from £10 to £14 depending on what you choose.

Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA.

The Griffin

Griffin Roast Dinner Leeds

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 roast sirloin beef. Why choose between the two when you can have both for £12.99? If you want to go with one or the other, the chicken is £9.99 and the beef is £11.99. Meanwhile, veggies can dig into a nut roast wellington for £9.49. 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.

The Midnight Bell

Veggie Sunday Roast, The Midnight Bell

Last but not least, we’ve got The Midnight Bell. They too source all their meat from the The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, serving up a choice of roast lamb rump for £15.95, pork loin for £11.95 and beef or turkey for £12.95. They do a lovely nut roast, 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.