Chop, chop, chop, cook, baste, carve, eat, eat, eat, wash, rinse, put away. Christmas dinner is a lot of work. It’s time someone else did all of 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 father-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
What better way to spend Christmas lunch in Leeds than in front of a roaring open fire? Head to The Roundhay Fox and you can have the perfect Yuletide dinner without having to put your apron on once. Starters range from pan-seared scallops with smoked pancetta and the seasonal chestnut crumb to a vegan root vegetable tarte tatin. Go for timeless turkey, pork belly or a luxurious beef wellington for your main course. There’s a brill cheese board, and a completely separate menu for the little ones. It’s £62.95 per head for adults, £30.50 for children.
The Roundhay Fox, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2EP.
Browns is always a superb choice for Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. You not only get a fuss-free feed, you also get it in the stellar surrounds of a room kitted out with more than a touch of 1920s art deco glamour. They’ve got all the bases covered with the likes of partridge and pear terrine, rack of lamb and the traditional turkey with pigs in blankets and red wine jus. Leave room for a killer Christmas pudding or snowball pavlova. There’s a kid-friendly menu and a dedicated gluten-free menu too. It’s £85 for adults and £16 for children.
Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Malmaison gets in the festive swing of things with a four-course Christmas dinner in the heart of Leeds. Step into Chez Mal Brasserie and you’ll get straight in the mood courtesy of a glass of Champagne. The table can share some black truffle arancini for an appetiser before the main event. Oak smoked salmon is a refreshing starter, while the roasted curried parsnip and coconut soup is a winter warmer. Turkey comes with bread sauce and veg, while the pan-fried cod with king oyster mushrooms is a real change of pace. It’s £99 for adults and £49.50 for children aged 5 to 12.
Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Miller & Carter
The beauty of choosing Miller & Carter for your Christmas Day lunch is that you don’t have to gobble turkey. After indulgent starters such as wild scallops with king prawns or shallot and armagnac tarte tatin, you’ll freshen up your palate with a Champagne sorbet. Then you can choose between hand-carved turkey breast with smoked beef dripping roasties and a team of trimmings, or opt for one of their house speciality steaks. Puds are rule-breakers – croque-en-bouche cheesecake and a Christmas pud with kumquats. They have a dedicated children’s menu too. It’s £72.95 for adults and £39.95 for kids.
Miller & Carter Steakhouse, 56-58 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
The Fox & Grapes
Make Christmas Day a breeze when you book lunch at The Fox & Grapes. It’s an atmospheric beamed pub with real character, and dinner on the big day won’t leave you hungry. Kick off with canapés and fizz, and then their twist on the essential prawn cocktail – there’s added lobster and Prosecco in their mix. After that, do you go for fillet steak, salmon, lamb shank, turkey or the vegan option? The pudding comes with a moreish mince pie ice cream, while the kids menu ends with cookie-crumb profiteroles that are off the charts. It’s £59.99 for adults and £29.99 for children.
The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.
The Cow & Calf
Get yourself to this superior gastropub north of the city for the perfect Christmas dinner in Leeds. 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. Roast peaches come dressed with parma ham and burrata, ravioli burst with a rich wild boar ragu. The turkey is lush, but then so is a venison steak with dauphinoise spuds and whisky jus. From the puds, don’t miss the mulled rhubarb and polenta cake, or a ridiculously tempting eggnog creme brûlée with Kraken dark rum. It’s £70.95 for adults, £29.95 for kids.
The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.
One of the more thrifty Christmas Day lunches you can go out for, 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 trillionaire’s bar are all winners. It’s £47.99 for adults and £23.99 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 four courses to see off, with some unique dishes like a seafood sharing plate for two. Roast turkey is lifted by cauli cheese and cheesy sprout gratin, or you can go for halibut, lamb, venison or a brace of vegan options. After pud – the Chocolate Orange Christmas Bomb is the bomb – finish with some Green & Black’s chocolate. It’s £82.95 for adults, £97.95 with Champagne and a cocktail, £41.50 for kids.
The Deer Park, 68 Street Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2DQ.
Weetwood Hall offer four festive courses in the surrounds 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 trio of salmon or rustic game terrine and fresh fig chutney. The roast turkey steps it up with a confit leg croquette on the side, or there’s an unctuous beef cheek suet pudding. After dessert, loosen your belt and enjoy tea or coffee with petit fours. It’s £85 for adults, £35 for a kid-sized portion or £25 for the special children’s menu.
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 sautéed mushrooms on brioche? Turkey and trimmings or the rosemary rump of lamb? Christmas pudding comes dripping with sticky toffee sauce, or you can break into a raspberry meringue bauble. A well-chosen cheeseboard and coffee and almond macaroons are the perfect ending. It’s £64.95 for adults and £27.95 for kids (who get their own three-course menu).
The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.