Chop, cook, baste, carve, eat, wash, rinse, put away. Christmas dinner is a lot of work. Let these Leeds restaurants take care of all that for you…
Fancy Christmas Day lunch out and about in Leeds? Once you’ve opened all the presents and stuffed the mountain of wrapping paper into bin bags, all you’ve got to do is get dressed up and head out for a fabulous festive feast. No peeling spuds, no filling the dishwasher, no refreshing your in-law’s drinks – sit back and relax as you do Christmas dinner in style at one of these lovely Leeds pubs and restaurants.
The Roundhay Fox
The roaring open fire and traditional country inn feel makes The Roundhay Fox a treat for Christmas Day lunch in Leeds. They take the fuss out of your Yuletide festivities with a menu full of favourites. Starters take you from a duo of smoked salmon to root vegetable tatin. For mains, of course there’s timeless turkey, but you can mix it up a touch with delights like pan-roasted cod loin, slow-cooked pork belly or duck à l’orange. There’s a brill cheese board for dessert, and a separate menu for the kids. It’s £65.95 per head for adults and £31.50 for children.
The Roundhay Fox, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2EP.
Want a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in Leeds? Head to Browns. You’ll get a fuss-free feast, to be enjoyed in the beautiful setting of an old 1920s art deco banking hall. The festive feel is in full flow on their menu, starting with a game and mulled wine terrine, followed by a beef wellington or a classic turkey dinner with pigs in blankets and red wine jus. Leave a bit of room – the snowball pavlova is a mango and passion fruit dream. There’s a kid-friendly menu and a dedicated gluten-free menu too. It’s £90 for adults and £40 for children.
Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Get into the festive swing of things at Malmaison with a four-course Christmas dinner in the heart of Leeds. Their Chez Mal Brasserie is the venue and you’ll be welcomed with a glass of champagne before you share Westcombe cheddar croquettes ahead of the main event. Treacle cured salmon, beef fillet carpaccio and curried roast parsnip are a taste of the starters, while mains include roast turkey breast with all the trimmings, pan-fried halibut and dry-aged fillet beef. It’s £99 for adults and £49.50 for children aged 5 to 12.
Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Miller & Carter
Looking for a Christmas lunch in Leeds that isn’t all about the turkey? Head for Miller & Crater at The Light. After indulging in starters like smoked duck salad and gin-cured salmon, you can move onto their special Masters of Steak festive menu for fillet or ribeye Rossini, with your pick of sides, sauces and salad dressing. Want to keep it traditional? There’s turkey and all the trimmings too. A luxury cheese board or a kumquat Christmas pudding will compete for afters, while they have a kids menu too. It’s £84.95 for adults and £41.95 for kids.
Miller & Carter Steakhouse, 56-58 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
The Fox & Grapes
You can make Christmas Day a doddle when you book lunch at The Fox & Grapes. A beamed pub with oodles of character, it’s the perfect Yuletide setting. Enjoy a glass of fizz and canapés on arrival, before a starter like the mini baked Camembert. After that, do you go for honey-glazed pork belly, fillet steak or the hand-carved turkey with all the sides you could desire? There’s a vegan tart too if you’re meat-free. Classic puddings like a festive fruit crumble are followed by coffee and mince pies. It’s £65 for adults and £32.50 for children.
The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.
The Cow & Calf
Get yourself to this superior gastropub north of Leeds for the perfect Christmas dinner. Book ahead to try and bag a fireside seat, or one with a sensational view of Ilkley Moor, then dive into a real treat at the table. Root veg tatin comes with a redcurrant and maple glaze, baked scallops & prawns are drizzled in a creamy sauce. The turkey is lush, but then so is a venison steak with dauphinoise. From the puds, don’t miss the berry meringue bauble, or a very tempting vegan chocolate and caramel tart. It’s £77.95 for adults, £33.95 for kids.
The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.
One of the thriftier Christmas Day lunches in Leeds, the family-friendly Barnbow has a three-course dinner for you and your loved ones to tuck into on 25th December. It’s classic Crimbo food all the way, from smoked salmon and prawns through to a carvery, where you can choose between pork, turkey, beef and gammon. You’re free to help yourself to veg and potatoes, but don’t forget to keep your pudding stomach empty – the apple pie, Xmas pud and lemon tiramisu are all winners. It’s £49.99 for adults and £24.99 for children.
The Barnbow, Austhorpe Road, Cross Gates, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8EH.
The Deer Park
One of the most indulgent Christmas lunches in Leeds comes top-and-tailed with a welcome glass of Champagne to start and your choice of cocktail to finish. In between you’ll have artisan breads to share, followed by four courses to see off, with dishes like a seafood sharing plate for two. Roast turkey is a given, or you can go for halibut, venison or two veggie options. After pud – the Lotus Biscoff Bomb is the bomb – finish with some Green & Black’s chocolate. It’s £87.95 for adults, £102.95 with Champagne and a cocktail, £45.95 for kids.
The Deer Park, 68 Street Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2DQ.
Weetwood Hall offers four festive courses in the surroundings of a Jacobean manor house amidst lovely gardens and woodland – if it’s a white Christmas it will be even more magical. Start how you mean to go on with a glass of Veuve Cliquot and canapés on arrival, before you tackle starters like the roasted Jerusalem artichoke soup. The roast Norfolk Bronze turkey steps it up or there’s an unctuous braised beef daube. After dessert, loosen your belt and enjoy tea or coffee with petit fours. It’s £125 for adults and £65 for a kid-sized portion.
Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PS.
The Adelphi will be dishing up the ideal Christmas dinner at this classic Leeds pub. Grown-ups will have to find room for five courses, with plenty of choice. Will you go for the Scottish smoked salmon or the duck parfait? Turkey and trimmings or the venison cutlet? Christmas pudding comes dripping with sticky toffee sauce, or you can break into an apple and damson crumble. A well-chosen cheeseboard, coffee and chocolate truffles are the perfect ending. It’s £69.95 for adults and £29.95 for kids.
The Adelphi, 1-3 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.