Cooking Christmas dinner means military-style planning and a mountain of washing up. So why not let someone else do the hard work for you?
Want to go out for Christmas Day lunch in Leeds? There are loads of pubs and restaurants with space to accommodate you and we’ve been calling around, doing the hard work for you, so you can squeeze in a booking before the festive season gets into full swing. Here’s our guide to the pubs and restaurants where you can bag a table for Christmas dinner in Leeds. Keep your eyes peeled, because we’ll add more as they’re announced.
Looking for a dose of festive luxury? Head to Oulton Hall for Christmas Day lunch in Leeds. There will be a glass of bubbly on arrival before you sit down in their Banqueting Suite. Start with cream of broccoli soup or tandoori roast chicken fillet, then head up to the Christmas buffet for your main. Roast turkey crown, baked cod loin, risotto rice cakes – just take your pick. For dessert, you can have steamed Christmas pudding, black cherry creme brûlée or dark chocolate opera cake, before the evening ends with hot drinks and mince pies. It’s £109 for adults, £45 for children and under 4s eat for just £10.
Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN.
The Roundhay Fox
Head to The Roundhay Fox for a cosy lunch that’s bound to go down a treat. You’ll get a three-course meal that features all the classics you know and love. Start with pan-seared scallops or beef carpaccio before moving onto your main. You can keep it traditional with their hand-carved turkey breast and all the trimmings or mix it up with the likes of slow-cooked pork belly and beef fillet wellington. For pudding, choose from a mulled plum tart tatin, a British cheeseboard or Christmas pudding. It’s £61.95 for adults and £21.95 for children.
The Roundhay Fox, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2EP.
With its 1920s glamour and culinary creds, Browns does one of the best Christmas dinners in Leeds and 2020 will be no different. You can start with smoked salmon or shallot tart tatin, then it’s onto a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Veggie? They’re serving a hearty vegetarian wellington, so you won’t be left out. When it comes to pudding, you’re spoilt for choice – will it be a traditional Christmas pud or the hot toffee-filled chocolate bauble? And for the grand finale, you’ll get a cheeseboard for the table, followed by hot drinks and mince pies. It’s £85 for adults and £37 for children.
Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Malmaison is serving a luxurious four-course dinner this Christmas. On arrival, you’ll get a glass of champagne and a black truffle arancini, then the fun starts in earnest. There’s crab & oak-smoked salmon on toasted brioche or beef tataki with apple, carrot and mouli to start. Afterwards, you can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner or go for something a little bit different, like the spinach & vegan feta pithivier. Be sure to save space for dessert because you can feast on Black Forest cheesecake, Christmas pudding or a selection of artisan cheeses. Finish with hot drinks and chocolate truffles for the ultimate festive feast. It’s £95 for adults and £48 for children.
Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Looking for a budget-friendly Christmas lunch in Leeds? Head to the Lawnswood Arms. Their four-course menu kicks off with chicken liver pâté or smoked salmon. Veggie? Try the stilton and peppercorn mushrooms. Then it’s onto the main event. If you want a traditional Christmas dinner, go for the hand-carved turkey, but if you fancy something different, there’s cranberry & orange glazed pork belly or beetroot, butternut squash and cranberry wellington. For pudding, you can gorge on profiteroles filled with Irish cream or a shimmering berry cheesecake, followed by hot drinks and those all-important mince pies. It’s £45.99 for adults and £11.99 for children.
Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7PH.
Miller & Carter
Miller and Carter are serving a five-course Christmas lunch for adults and a smaller four-course menu for kids. You’ll start with dishes like baked cheese soufflé and confit chicken liver, before cleansing your palate with a refreshing Champagne sorbet in preparation for your main. They’re serving a traditional turkey dinner, a 30-day aged prime fillet steak or grilled seabass with king prawns. Save space for pudding because you can get a fruity twist on your usual Christmas pud or a Christmas sundae with caramel profiteroles, followed by coffee and chocolates. It’s £71.95 for adults and £37.95 for children.
Miller & Carter Steakhouse, 56-58 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
The Fox & Grapes
The Fox and Grapes will welcome you with a glass of fizz and tomato and almond pesto canapés before you tuck into an almighty Christmas Day lunch. Starters come in the form of crostini’s, terrines and seafood cocktail like no other. Then it’s onto your main, but what will you go for? You can get slow-cooked lamb shank with proper roasties, Yorkshire puds and seasonal veg or keep it traditional with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Whatever you choose, follow it up with a pornstar pavlova or a Christmas pudding before you finish the night with coffees and mince pies. It’s £59.99 for adults and £29.99 for children.
The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.
The Cow and Calf
Head to The Cow & Calf to enjoy Christmas on the Moors. They’re serving a four-course dinner that’s sure to fill you with festive cheer. Start with pan-seared scallops, roasted shallot tart tatin or something equally delicious before you move onto the main event. You can wolf down turkey, salmon or lamb, but they also have a rather tempting roasted root vegetable & mixed nut roast. Dessert-wise, you’re looking at Christmas pudding or dark chocolate marquise, before the grand finale – a British cheeseboard loaded with four different varieties. It’s £70.95 for adults and £29.95 for children.
The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.
Brasserie Blanc has put together a six-course menu with a touch of French class this Christmas. You’ll begin with Jerusalem artichoke soup followed by a roast romano pepper or their fruit de mer trio. Then it’s time for your main. They have a beef wellington for the carnivores and a beetroot one for the veggies, alongside roast giga halibut and your classic free-range bronze turkey dinner. Their kir royal sorbet offers a refreshing interlude before you gorge on Christmas pudding or poached winter fruits for dessert. To round it off, you’ll get a truffled Coulommiers cheese board, before finishing with hot drinks and stollen. It’s £95 for adults and £40 for children.
Brasserie Blanc, Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BJ.
If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly Christmas dinner in Leeds, head to Barnbow. You can get three delicious courses, starting goats cheese soufflé, duck liver & port paté or a classic tomato soup. There’s the traditional Christmas carvery for your main, alongside alternatives like salmon and king prawn wellington and a nut roast. They don’t skimp on dessert either, with everything from baked vanilla cheesecake to deep-filled apple pie, alongside the staple Christmas pudding. It’s £47.99 for adults and £8.79 for children.
Barnbow, Austhorpe Road, Cross Gates, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8EH.
The Fox and Hounds
You can indulge in a hearty three-course dinner at The Fox and Hounds this Christmas. For starters, you can dig into chicken liver paté, melon with strawberry Prosecco sorbet or a delectable king prawns, avocado and smoked salmon salad. The main course promises a traditional hand-carved turkey or roast sirloin of beef. Veggie? They’ve serving a nut roast wellington with honey-glazed parsnips and oodles of gravy. To finish, you can devour a trio of festive desserts, a Belgian chocolate brownie or a raspberry delice, unless you want a classic Christmas pud, that is. It’s £45.95 for adults and £19.95 for children.
The Fox and Hounds, Tinshill Road, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7BT.
The Deer Park
You can get one of the most delicious Christmas Day lunches in Leeds at The Deer Park. They’re doing four courses, complete with a glass of champagne on arrival and a cocktail of your choice to finish. In between, you’ll enjoy starters like seared scallops, beef carpaccio and creamed goat’s cheese. There’s roast turkey for your main, or you can mix it up with chargrilled British venison, halibut wrapped in prosciutto or four bone rack of lamb. Make sure you leave room for dessert because their apple strudel tartlet and blueberry polenta cake are too good to miss. The meal comes to a delicious close with hot drinks and Green & Blacks chocolate. It’s £96.95 for adults.
The Deer Park, 68 Street Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2DQ.
Hawthorne Farm is a family-friendly pub perfect for Christmas lunch with the whole family. Get things started with duck liver pâté or chicken wings with duck crackers before you move onto the main event. They’re doing a proper Christmas Day carvery with a choice of four slow-cooked meats. Veggie? You’ll be treated to a beetroot, butternut squash and cranberry wellington. As for dessert, there’s a proper Christmas pudding or a billionaire bar made with cookies, salted caramel and chocolate ganache. Hot drinks and mince pies will round off the meal nicely. It’s £49.99 for adults and £19.99 for children.
Hawthorne Farm, Warren Lane, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7FT.
Thorpe Park Hotel
Thorpe Park Hotel is the epitome of luxury, so where better to have Christmas dinner in Leeds? They’ve lined up a truly special experience, complete with a visit from Santa himself, so round up the kids and make 2020 one to remember. The fun begins with champagne and canapés, before you choose from starters like chicken liver parfait and roasted squash and leek soup. You’ll also be treated to baked potato gnocchi or sea bass fishcakes before you move onto your main. There’s a traditional turkey dinner, of course, but you can also enjoy Yorkshire beef fillet or a caramelised winter vegetable and chestnut filo tart. And for dessert? Go for a Yorkshire cheeseboard, a chocolate and orange mousse or a traditional Christmas pudding. It’s £113 for adults and £59 for children.
Thorpe Park Hotel, 1150 Century Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB.
You can tuck into a delicious three-course Christmas Day dinner at The Dexter. It’s a cosy pub, so settle in and prepare to feast. They have four scrummy starters for you to choose from, including chicken liver paté and melon with strawberry prosecco sorbet. Then it’s onto the main event. You could find yourself tackling hand-carved turkey, sirloin of beef or a nut roast wellington with oodles of vegetarian gravy. Dessert brings a multitude of delicious options. Christmas pudding? Raspberry delice? A festive cheese platter? You could even get a trio of desserts, all to yourself, complete with a mini salted caramel billionaire’s gold bar, glazed lemon tart and Eton mess. It’s £45.95 for adults and £19.95 for children.
The Dexter, Wigton Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8RZ.Cover image credit: Malmaison