Where to Find the Best Sunday Roast in Leeds

Roast Dinner | © Mike Tinnion  / Unsplash
Roast Dinner | © Mike Tinnion / Unsplash
Photo of Emma Lavelle
18 November 2017

Practically every pub and restaurant in Leeds offers a Sunday roast, piled high with tender meat, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, delicious gravy and, of course, Yorkshire puddings. It can be overwhelming to select where to enjoy your weekly roast dinner, so we’ve pulled together a list of the best Sunday roasts in Leeds to help you plan the next few weekends!

The Cross Keys

Pub, Gastropub, Pub Grub, British, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Twice voted runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards for their delectable Sunday lunch, The Cross Keys is perhaps the most obvious destination for a roast dinner in Leeds. It doesn’t disappoint; the potatoes are roasted to perfect, the Yorkshire puddings would do any Yorkshire chef proud and the vegetables are always plentiful. There’s usually a choice of pork, lamb, beef or a veggie version, hopefully satisfying every customer. Book ahead as they often sell out.

Man V Roast

Restaurant, British
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Do you crave a Sunday roast all week long? Man V Roast caters for those who’d happily eat meat, veg, roasties and gravy every day of the week. Their contemporary carvery offers the option of either dining in or taking your roast to go in a takeaway box, perfect for anyone with a penchant for potatoes who doesn’t have time to sit down. The meat options change daily, but you can always expect lashings of rich gravy, gigantic Yorkshire puds and an array of vegetables.

Midnight Bell

Pub, Pub Grub, British, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Leeds Brewery’s flagship pub isn’t just great for local ale. The Midnight Bell is beloved of locals for their delicious Sunday roasts with a variety of options for both carnivores and vegetarians. This is one of the only spots in Leeds that offers more than one veggie option with both a nut roast and a vegetarian wellington usually on offer alongside the usual beef, pork and turkey. They also double up on potatoes, offering both roasties and mash on the same plate, and their gravy is among the tastiest in town.

The Mustard Pot

Pub, Gastropub, Pub Grub, British, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Head to Chapel Allerton to enjoy the best meal of the week with a side offering of the popular Sunday night pub quiz. The Mustard Pot is a great option for a laid back Sunday of dining, drinking and getting competitive with your friends. The meat on offers varies week to week and there’s also a nut roast for vegetarians. Sides include honey roast carrots, root vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and the essential gravy and potatoes.

Crowd of Favours

Restaurant, Pub, Contemporary, British, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Regardless of whether you’re opting for a meat or vegetarian roast, if you like your vegetables, Crowd of Favours should be your number one choice for a roast dinner in Leeds. Each plate (beef topside, whole small chickens, lamb and vegetable wellington all make regular appearances) is stuffed full of delicious seasonal veggies such as red cabbage, root vegetables and green beans, with just as much focus on the trimmings as on the mains.

Whitelock’s Ale House

Pub, Pub Grub, Beer, Cocktails, Wine, British, $$$
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You can always rely on a good pub to cook up a great Sunday roast, and Whitelock’s is no exception. There’s a wide range of options available with roast chicken, shoulder of lamb, rump of beef and pork loin with crackling, or a vegetarian option is also available. The portion sizes are huge here, boasting the biggest Yorkshires we’ve ever seen!

Northern Monk Refectory

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Every week there’s a different meat and vegetarian option on offer for Northern Monk’s popular Sunday roast, loaded up with vegetables, roast potatoes and lashings of gravy. The atmosphere may be relaxed, but the food is top notch and if you go back you’ll notice that the same people turn up week after week to dig into one of the best roast dinners in the city.


Restaurant, European, British, $$$
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If you fancy having a few drinks with your Sunday roast and don’t have to worry about getting up for work in the morning, Crafthouse is the perfect option. For an extra £15 per person, you can opt for unlimited red wine or prosecco to accompany your roast dinner. Ensure that you tuck into your roasted meat (beef or lamb), vegetables, potatoes, Yorkshires and gravy to soak up the alcohol.

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Shears Yard

Restaurant, Contemporary, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Finally, Shears Yard goes back to basics on a Sunday to offer a delicious trio of roasts: nut roast, beef or pork. Each dish comes with all the usual trimmings, including perfectly crispy roast potatoes, some of the best Yorkshire puddings in the city, seasonal vegetables and plenty of tasty gravy.

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