Where to Get the Best Sunday Lunch in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

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

The Brunswick Roast

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.

Whitelock’s & The Turk’s Head

Whitelock's Roast Restaurant Offer Leeds

Come Sunday, sister bars Whitelock’s and The Turk’s Head join forces to serve up one of the finest Sunday lunches in Leeds. You’ll be spoilt for choice with three different meats to choose from, alongside a roasted nut & herb loaf. Their roast topside of beef and roasted loin of pork come from Yafforth Hill Farm, while the roasted leg of lamb is sourced from Bridge Grange Farm, adding local provenance to the tasty mix. Prices range from £13.95 to £18.95, depending on your main, and it all comes with a Yorkshire pud, crispy roasts, seasonal veg, and a jug of gravy. Love cauli cheese? It’s an added extra, but well worth it.

Whitelock’s & The Turk’s Head, Turks Head Yard, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB. Served from 12pm to 8pm.

Ox Club

Ox Club Sunday Lunch

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Head to Ox Club on a Sunday for a lunch like no other. Here, in their stripped back dining room, they’ve refined the humble roast dinner in their own style. Yes, you can enjoy a classic topside of beef in bone marrow gravy, but that sits alongside a stunning black pudding and onion porchetta with smoked trotter – for £19.50 each. Veggies can go for the grilled squash and mushroom haggis with truffle grains and black garlic gravy. All come with Yorkshire puds, pommes Anna and seasonal organic veg, but if you want to add a touch of Ox Club flair, add the smoked mash, hispi cabbage or truffle cauli cheese as regret-free sides.

Ox Club, 19a The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU. Served from 12pm to 5pm.


Gaucho Leeds

Enjoy your Sunday dinner in the lap of Leeds luxury at Gaucho’s meat-tastic underground dining room. Step below Park Row and you’ll find one of the most extravagant roast dinners the city has to offer. For £26 per person, you can indulge in a succulent roast sirloin of beef, cooked to perfection and served with a slew of sumptuous sides. Think seasonal veg, plump Yorkshire puds, cauli cheese and that all-important red wine gravy. Want to take your Sunday to the next level? Try the Never-Ending Roast for £36 a head. You’ll have your pick of three different joints with unlimited veg and Yorkshire puddings. Heaven.

Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF. Served from 12pm to 5pm.

The Beck & Call

The Beck & Call, Sunday lunch roast dinner

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This family-friendly Meanwood pub is so loved for its roasts, you’ll want to make sure you get in early on a Sunday, because people aren’t afraid to queue at The Beck & Call to get their lips around it. All their meat is sourced from Yorkshire farms – choose from beef topside with creamed horseradish, pork belly with apple chutney or lamb shoulder with mint sauce. Going meat-free? The veggie haggis is a fine substitute. Prices range from £12.95 to £15.95, and for your buck, you’ll get plenty of bang – roast spuds, seasonal greens, buttered carrots, Yorkshire puds and loads of proper gravy. Definitely worth queuing for.

The Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP.

Shears Yard

Shears Yard Sunday Roast

Not content with being one of the most impressive restaurants in Leeds, a place where modern fine dining is right at home, Shears Yard also applies its culinary flair to the humble Sunday roast, and to startling effect. Carnivores can choose from roast sirloin of beef or slow-cooked pork shoulder, both £18, while veggies can plump for a leek, spinach and blue cheese crumble for £16 – all come with roast spuds, seasonal veg, Yorkies and gravy (including a veggie version). As good as the mains are, leave room – the desserts are the perfect end to the weekend, from warm rhubarb frangipane to sticky banoffee pudding.

Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH. Served from 12pm to 5pm.

The White House

The White House Sunday Lunch

Nestled on the edge of Roundhay Park, a Sunday walk can lead you to a perfect roast dinner in front of a roaring open fire if you so wish. Booking ahead is recommended at The White House for that very reason, but it’s well worth it, and not just to save you a wait at the bar. From £14.29, you have five meats to choose from – pork loin, beef sirloin, pork belly, turkey breast or rib of beef on the bone. Too indecisive? Go for the trio of roasts for £15.29 and choose three! They all come with garlic and rosemary goose fat roasties, maple-roast carrot and parsnip, Yorkshire puds, stuffing, tenderstem broccoli, peas and gravy.

The White House, 55 Wetherby Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2JU. Served from 12pm to 8pm.

The Adelphi

Adelphi Sunday Roast

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The Adelphi is a proper old school pub that serves a proper roast dinner – you’ll soon see why it’s one of the best in Leeds, once you’ve found yourself a spot in one of the Victorian pub’s many nooks and crannies. Making a decision is a tricky task – you can have the half-roast chicken with a pig-in-blanket and gingerbread stuffing for £14, slow-cooked pork belly with clotted cream and mustard mash for £15, or go for the 21-day aged sirloin of beef for £16. Fancy a bit of everything? You can get all three, with all the trimmings – Yorkshires, roasties, buttered cabbage, leeks, peas and root veg – for £31 between two.

The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ. Served from 12pm to 6.30pm.

Dakota Hotel

Dakota Hotel Roast Dinner

The Dakota Hotel have as big a reputation for their food as their facilities, and their Sunday lunch is one of the best in Leeds. They have all the classics in a three-course feast for £35. We’re talking beef sirloin, pork belly and chicken breast, with duck fat potatoes, maple-glazed root veg and Yorkshire pudding. Want more sides? There’s a mushroom, onion and pancetta fricassee, and ox cheek with bone marrow mash. If you want to go all out, their Sunday Chateaubriand for two is a must – it’s £40 extra, but comes with all the sides and a perfectly pink-in-the-middle cut of exquisite steak.

Dakota Hotel, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN. Served from 12pm until late.

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch

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A trip out of Leeds and through the rolling Yorkshire countryside is in order for this one – and it’s worth every mile of travel. The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch is a throwback of a pub, full of rustic charm, in South Milford. It’s known for its roasts, all made using locally sourced produce. Take your pick of roast rump of beef, slow-roasted lamb shoulder, roast pork loin or roast turkey breast, each one joined by a medley of roasties, Yorkshires, seasonal greens, cauliflower cheese, carrots and oodles of gravy. Veggie? Their meat-free haggis is a dream. Prices start from £10 for a small size or £14.50 for a large – go large, trust us.

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ. Served from 12pm to 6.30pm.


Crafthouse Sunday Roast

Crafthouse goes the extra mile to make your next Sunday dinner a memorable one. Up in their rooftop restaurant with panoramic views over Leeds, they carefully consider every element to give you a refined take on a home-cooked classic. From secret recipe Yorkshire puddings to butter, garlic and thyme roasted potatoes, seasonal roast vegetables and a sensational gravy, you’re in for a treat. Whether you go for the Nidderdale roast lamb, Hereford roast beef or roasted hasselback squash, the menu offers two courses for £25 or three for £30. Keep room for a beef carpaccio to start or a sticky toffee pudding to finish.

Crafthouse, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. Served from 12pm to 4.45pm.

The Cardigan Arms

Cardigan Arms Roast

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A Kirkstall Brewery pub dripping with Victorian charm, The Cardigan Arms comes into its own on Sundays. Find a pew in one of the many snug rooms to enjoy a perfect setting for your pint and roast dinner. And what a roast it is, with two options to choose between. The £15 beef topside is served pink and rubbed with mustard and black pepper, while the nut roast sets you back £14 and is topped with ruby beetroot. Both come with roasties, maple-roast carrots and parsnips, seasonal greens, spiced red cabbage, a Yorkshire pud and gravy. Sides like cheesy leeks or more gravy, Yorkshires and roasties are a little extra.

The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ. Served from 12pm to 5pm.

Lamb & Flag

Lamb & Flag Sunday Lunch

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Lamb & Flag is one of the best places for Sunday lunch 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 belly pork, roast topside of beef or roast chicken breast for £16.50, and a nut roast for £15. Everyone gets roasties, braised spiced 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, or sides like pigs in blankets and stuffing.

Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD. Served from 12pm to 7pm.

The Brunswick

Brunswick Vegan Roast Dinner

The Brunswick has been the location of one of the best roasts in Leeds since it opened in 2015. They’ve been fine-tuning and perfecting it since then – and all their hard work has certainly paid off, as you can tell by the throngs that descend to end the weekend in gravy-soaked style. You can get beef topside or chicken supreme for £16.95, porchetta for £17.95, or a veggie or vegan roast for £14.95. You can even swap your Yorkshire pudding for a vegan-friendly dose of sweet potato mash and olive oiled-carrots. All roasts come with a Yorkshire pud, crispy roasts, maple-glazed carrots, cabbage, gravy and a mini Bloody Mary.

The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN. Served 12pm to 7pm.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Sunday roast at Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Kirkstall Bridge Inn is famous for its roast dinners in Leeds. Expect big, loaded plates of food, served up in a homely Victorian pub setting, right beside the river. You can choose from three types of meat – roast chicken, crispy pork belly or slow-cooked beef brisket – or goats cheese and mushroom filo for veggies, and plant-based sausage and onions for vegans. Your plate will come loaded with all the trimmings. Think seasonal veggies, roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets and Yorkshire puds (except vegan), with loads of gravy. The roasts cost between £11 and £14.50, depending on which meat you choose.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW. Served from 12pm to 5pm.

Man v Roast

Man v Roast

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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 local farms, 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 take-out boxes, keeping prices low, so you can get a full roast dinner at this Leeds carvery from just £9.95. Choose from turkey, beef, gammon, pork, chicken and lamb, with all the trimmings. That’s right, we’re talking stuffing, veggies, mash, roasties and a jumbo pig in blanket, with a big Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy.

Man v Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL. Served from 10am to 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday.


Browns, Sunday lunch

Browns is a rather grand place to enjoy a Sunday lunch – the old banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society is now a bright, airy art deco dining room. Here, you can tuck into sirloin of beef with a thyme Yorkshire pudding and horseradish crème fraîche for £19.50, garlic, lemon & thyme half roast chicken for £18.50, or salted pork belly with Bramley apple butter for £18.75. All their meat options come with red wine jus, roast potatoes and hispi cabbage. Meat-free? The £14.95 root veg wellington is a must. Feeling extravagant? The Sunday Chateaubriand to share is worth every penny of the £64.95 price tag.

Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. Served from 12pm to 4.45pm.

Ilkley Moor Vaults

Ilkley Moor Vaults, roast dinner, Sunday lunch

This historic Ilkley pub, better known as the Taps, is the perfect Sunday stop off. Get yourself a pint of one of their local ales and then set about a weekly-changing menu full of roast-based delights. If you’re a carnivore you can look forward to beef striploin or turkey breast for £17.95, or both for £23.95. Veggie or vegan? They go the extra mile with their Sunday offering – the £16.95 root vegetable and nut roast comes with roasties, mash, root vegetable puree, savoy cabbage, tenderstem, red wine jus and homemade vegan Yorkshire puds. If that’s not enough, they even do a host of vegan sides and desserts. Glorious.

Ilkley Moor Vaults, Stockeld Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9HD. Served from 12pm to 5.30pm.

Heaney & Mill

Heaney & Mill Roast

The Sunday roast is one of the elements that has made Headingley’s Heaney & Mill one of the best restaurants in Leeds. This modern gastropub affair sources the meat locally to create a menu of tempting options. We’re talking corn-fed chicken or honey mustard roast gammon for £17, lamb rump or dry-aged roast beef for £20. Veggies can look forward to a Yellison’s goats cheese roulade for £16. Whatever you go for, they all come with the full kit and caboodle – rosemary and garlic roasties, truffle mash – oh, the truffle mash – cauli cheese gratin, seasonal veg, Yorkshire puds and red wine gravy.

Heaney & Mill, 48 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL. Served from 12pm to 7pm.

Crowd Of Favours

Crowd of Favours Sunday lunch

A charming pub in the heart of Leeds city centre, Crowd of Favours comes alive on Sundays with their roast provided by kitchen residents Schnitfaced. You can bag two courses for £20 or three for £25 – but what’s on offer? You can choose from topside of beef, chicken breast or the vegan pie of the week. Each come with mash, roasties, glazed carrots and parsnips, seasonal greens, gravy and a Yorkshire pud. Feeling hungry? You can add more meat for £5, while sides like pigs in blankets, garden peas with cabbage and bacon and cauli cheese come in at an extra fiver. Leave room for the Nutella brownie for dessert though.

Crowd Of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA. Served from 12pm to 7pm.

The Mustard Pot

Sunday roast lunch at The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton

A cornerstone of Chapel Allerton, the ever-so-rustic Mustard Pot lives up to its big reputation, with a Sunday dinner that pulls out all the stops. Their £15.95 Yorkshire rump of beef is slow-cooked for 12 hours to ensure it’s oh-so-juicy, while the Yorkshire rare breed pork loin comes adorned with a perfect amount of crackling for £15.50. If you’re going without meat, their nut roast comes in at £14.50, or there’s a vegan shepherdess pie for £13. They all arrive plated up with roast potatoes, mixed seasonal vegetables, creamy leeks, oodles of gravy and a Yorkshire pudding on top.

The Mustard Pot, 20 Steinbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY. Served from 12pm to 8pm.

The Crown

Sunday roast lunch at The Crown, Boston Spa

This historic pub in the heart of Boston Spa is well worth visiting for your next Sunday dinner in Leeds. The Crown has a stylish, rustic feel, and a family-friendly atmosphere, perfect to end the week with. Their roast menu offers two courses for £22 or three for £27, which you can start with a plate of Yorkshire puddings with gravy if you can’t get enough of them. For mains, take your pick from roast turkey, beef or pork, with confit roast spuds, honey-roast carrots and parsnips, braised red cabbage, sprouts and pan gravy. Veggie? The butternut squash and Wensleydale wellington won’t go amiss.

The Crown, Gower Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PK. Served from 12pm to 7pm.

The Midnight Bell

Veggie Sunday Roast, The Midnight Bell

Last but not least, we’ve got The Midnight Bell, a throwback of a pub in Holbeck. They source all their meat from The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, serving up a choice of roast beef topside, roasted belly pork with crispy crackling or roast chicken for £16.50. They do a lovely nut roast for £15, and all their trimmings are veggie-friendly, from the roast potatoes to the gravy (you get your own, there’s a meat-tastic red wine version for everyone else). Everyone gets a Yorkshire pud, as well as braised spiced 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. Served from 12pm to 7pm.