Sunday roast, Tuesday roast – who cares? Any roast is a plateful of gravy-sodden goodness, and whether they’re doubling as a hangover cure or just serving to fill you up, there are plenty of top notch options to tackle around Leeds.
Check out our selection of ten fine Yorkshire roasts.
Here at WOW Leeds, we like Browns. It’s smart, trendy, and gives off a classy feel without smashing your wallet into pieces too much. Based in The Light slap bang in the middle of town, most importantly, the food really is top drawer. A Sunday roast will set you back between £10 and £15 depending on whether you want a nut roast, pork, chicken or beef (we recommend the beef), and you can add pigs in blankets for £1.50. And trust us, always add pigs in blankets for £1.50.
Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, LS1 8EQ, 0113 243 9353 – more info
The Midnight Bell
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Another high end option for roasts in Leeds is The Midnight Bell, who’s reputation for top tucker has been steadfast in our fine city for many years. Again, we’re not in bargain territory here, but you get what you pay for, and when it comes to roasts, they’re tough to beat. You’re faced with a melt-in-your-mouth pile of beef, a stunning fluffy Yorkshire pud and perfect seasonal veges. It’s £12.95, which is pretty reasonable, and if you’re in the mood to couple it with some real ale, you’re in the right place.
The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, LS11 5QN, 0113 244 5044 – more info
Bird & Beast
Where bird and beast collide, there is always going to be options when it comes to your Bird & Beast Sunday roast. Fancy beef? Done. Roast belly pork? Sorted. Chicken? It’s their speciality. Set in the Central Arcade off Kirkgate, it’s got a minimalist feel to it, and a no frills approach that lets the grub do the talking, especially on a Sunday. Bowlfuls of veg accompany every order, along with Yorkshires, stuffing and some of the best roasties in Leeds. Well worth your £12.95.
Bird & Beast, Central Arcade, Central Rd, LS1 6DX, 0113 245 3348 – more info
The Dalesway Hotel
Fancy a proper Yorkshire day out to accompany your roast? In that case, a trip out to the dales is in order, and you’ll find no finer Sunday roast out there than those served up at The Dalesway, a short train away from Leeds out in Ilkley (Moor Bah’Tat etc etc). The delightful mix of friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and a fine selection of ales at a proper pub is guaranteed to make you feel proper Yorkshire. A stroll up to the Cow and Calf to walk it off and you’re golden.
The Dalesway Hotel, 1 Leeds Road, Ilkley LS29 8DH, 01943 605438 – more info
Cattle Grid is a go to joint for meat lovers the city over, so it’s only right they produce a highly competitive roast. Of course, the meat is top drawer, but the surprise is in the trimmings, with cracking crackling available to order alongside some of the best gravy in the city. The veg, Yorkies and roasties are all there too, and they don’t disappoint. All this is available in some of the smartest surroundings in Leeds.
Cattle Grid, Waterloo House, Assembly Street, LS2 7DE, 0113 242 1872 – more info
Restaurant Bar & Grill
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For something a little different to your standard ‘beef on a plate’ fare, the good folk at Restaurant Bar & Grill offer a ‘Sunday roast sharing board’, a veritable feast designed for two hungry people. You can choose from a handful of prime meats, huge Yorkshires are readily available, and a generous side plate of veg completes that holy trinity of any world class roast. It’s a snip at £25, too.
Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, LS1 2AN, 0113 244 9625 – more info
Whitelock’s Ale House
Yorkshire puddings looking suitably large and tasty today – Sunday Roast being served until 8pm pic.twitter.com/r8XklQRuq2
— Whitelocks Ale House (@WhitelocksLeeds) May 24, 2015
Whitelock’s is Leeds’ oldest and most favouritest boozer, with a reputation for roasts as big as it’s reputation for cosy sessions on the ale. The key is in the Yorkshires here, with huge, fluffy, crispy mountains of Yorkie goodness alongside rosy pink meat and the crispiest roast potatoes imaginable. For those with an afternoon to kill, you can’t beat a long, drawn out Whitelock’s three course roast, which will set you back a very reasonable £18.95.
Whitelock’s Ale House, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, City Centre, LS1 6HB, 0113 245 3950 – more info
Strictly speaking, Elysium is an Italian restaurant, but don’t let that cloud your judgement when it comes to judging their roasts. They roll out top side of beef, roast pork and even work on the basis that turkey is not just for Christmas, all accompanied by top drawer veg, roasties fit for a king and, oh yes, Yorkshire puddings. It’s a touch cheaper than some of the other options at £11.95, too.
Elysium 68A Wellington Street, LS1 2EE, 0113 246 7664 – more info
The Picture House
Roasts are very much the name of the game at The Picture House, with a week-round hunger fighting carvery available from just £4.29. Oh yes, that’s £4.29 – good value even by Yorkshire’s stringent standards. It’s your run-of-the-mill carvery with added carvery. There’s a huge range of beers, and it even has Sky Sports piped in.
The Picture House, 82-90 Merrion Street, LS2 8LW, 0113 246 9297 – more info
Bar 166 & Bistro
We're still serving sunday roast – chicken, pork or beef. Come and say hi! 🐷🐔🐮 pic.twitter.com/f0hCyADNDI
— Bar 166 & Bistro (@bar166bistro) April 19, 2015
Take a trip into Horsforth and you’d be well advised to seek out Bar 166, a trendy little bistro with a hard-earned reputation for excellent food. Their Sunday roast is up there with the very best, and their midweek roast-lite options, such as the belly pork with dauphinoise potatoes, are too. Well worth the bus fare.
Bar 166 & Bistro, 166 Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 4AQ, 0113 467 2001 – more info