Best Sunday Lunch in Leeds | 12 Seriously Good Roasts
Ah Sunday lunch, that much-loved British classic. A life without it just doesn’t bear thinking about. And whilst it can be great fun to whip up a home-cooked meal, after a long week at work (and perhaps a heavy Saturday night), who really has the energy to cook? Not to mention deal with the mound of washing up afterwards. Luckily, we have you covered with our list of where to find the best Sunday Lunch in Leeds. And not a sink of dirty plates insight.
Sunday Lunch in Leeds City Centre
This modern contemporary kitchen boasts some of the hippest interiors in Leeds; think exposed brick, concrete floors, and filament lights. Their Sunday menu – served between 12 noon and 5 pm is small but perfectly formed, with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal produce. Begin with a Jerusalem artichoke and truffle velouté, before moving onto mains, which include roast sirloin of beef, pork shoulder, or a vegetarian option of salt-baked vegetable pithivier, served with all the trimmings.
11-15 Wharf Street, The Calls, LS2 7EH – 0113 2444144 – www.shearsyard.com
Dakota Bar & Grill
Located inside The Dakota Hotel (which could easily be from the set of a James Bond film) is Dakota Grill. Sleek, stylish and modern, with service to match, roasts are served every Sunday from 12.30 – 5 pm. Headed up by Chef Craig Rogan who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from years of working in the UK’s most reputable hotels.
Choose from a selection of three starters and three roasts, all served alongside seasonal root vegetables, duck fat potatoes, and Yorkshire puddings. There are also three regular mains on the menu, just in case roasts aren’t your thing, (we don’t believe you), and an exceptionally curated wine list. You’d be hard pushed to find a better roast in Leeds, in a more luxurious setting.
8 Russel Street, LS1 5RD – 01133226261 – www.dakotahotels.co.uk
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What better place to fuel up for some serious retail therapy, than at Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Brasserie? With rooftop views over the city, friendly, professional service, and a beautiful art deco interior, it’s easy to see why Harvey Nichols is a great option for Sunday Lunch in Leeds. Whilst there might only be a beef option available for your more traditional roast, there are plenty of other interesting and tempting options on the Sunday menu, including roasted lamb rump with braised lamb shoulder, and crab risotto with charred sweetcorn and pickled fennel.
Served from 12.15 – 3.45 pm, head here for a slightly less typical, (but just as delicious) Sunday lunch.
107-111 Briggate, LS1 6AZ, 0113 2048000 – www.harveynichols.com
The award-winning Ox Club restaurant has been featured in both the Michelin and Good Food guides for the past four years (which impressively, is exactly as long as they have been open), so you know you are in good hands. Utilising a solid-fuel grill to char meats, vegetables, and fish, the menu is bold, imaginative, and features interesting lesser-known cuts and ingredients. The chefs at Ox Club are champions of utilising produce from local suppliers, and you can watch them work their magic through the open kitchen. Be sure to nip next door to the attached Headrow House, to whet your whistle with their huge selection of beers and ales.
19a The Headrow, LS1 6PU – 07470359961 – www.oxclub.co.uk
Ask anyone where their favourite Sunday Lunch in Leeds is, and you are bound to hear The Reliance’s name. A local favourite, this light and airy bar/ dining room is the perfect place to lose a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. With the kitchen open from 12 noon – 7 pm, why not try their in house-cured charcuterie to start? For mains, choose from a selection of meats served with roast potatoes, vegetables and a Yorkshire pudding. The menu always contains a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options, with ever-changing specials, and a focus on natural wines.
76 – 78 North Street, LS2 7PN – 0113 2956060 – https://the-reliance.co.uk
Whitelock’s Ale House
Known as the oldest pub in Leeds, Whitelocks dates back to the 16th century, and the interior hasn’t changed much since it was built. With its long brass bar, printed mirrors, and real log fire in the winter, this is one of the cosiest pubs in the city. Serving arguably the best Sunday Lunch in Leeds between 12 noon and 8 pm, your only job is to decide between roast beef, pork, lamb, or a nut roast, served with all the trimmings and a healthy dose of gravy. Wash it down with one of their many, ever-changing real ales, and thank us later.
Turks Head Yard, LS1 6HB – 013 2453950/0113 2423368 – www.whitelocksleeds.com
A venue whose reputation precedes it, The Brunswick needs little introduction. Set over three floors, the space is somewhat of a jack of all trades, turning its hand from craft beers to DJ nights and exhibitions. Perhaps most importantly though, they serve a knockout Sunday roast from 12 – 6.30 pm (or until they sell out). Options usually include a meat and vegan/vegetarian option. Or perhaps, try one of their pre-order beef wellingtons, which is perfect if you’re visiting as a group. All roasts come with a mini Bloody Mary (as if you needed any more convincing) so book early, as this place is insanely popular.
82 North Street, LS2 7PN, 0113 2470546, www.thebrunswick.co.uk
Matt Healy X The Foundry
Overseen by Horsforth-born MasterChef runner-up Matt Healy, The Foundry is somewhat of a Leeds institution. After being taken over by Healy, it has fast become one of the must-visit venues for Sunday Lunch in Leeds. Voted the best roast in the UK, patrons can expect dishes of 12-hour roasted sirloin, roast porchetta, or mushroom wellington, served with cauliflower cheese, honey roast carrots, gravy and sweetheart cabbage. All served between 12 noon and 7 pm. A mainly French and Spanish wine list completes the experience, and promise us you will save room for dessert – the piña colada parfait is unmissable.
1 Saw Mill Street, Holbeck, LS11 5WH, 0113 2450390, www.mhfoundry.co.uk
Flying the flag for modern British fine dining is Crafthouse. Owned by hospitality legends D&D, guests can enjoy a cocktail at sister bar Angelica (think chilled out Ibiza rooftop vibes), before taking the lift down to dine in the restaurant, which offers unmatched views across the city. The Sunday lunch menu makes use of local, seasonal produce with a European twist; follow a light starter of tomato gazpacho, avocado espuma, and pickled courgette, with roasted beef, lamb or pork belly, roast potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Splash out an additional £15pp for free-flowing red wine or prosecco, and pretend you don’t have work in the morning…
Level 5 Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, L21 6JW, 0113 8970444, www.crafthouse-restaurant.com
Sunday Lunch in the surrounding Leeds area
Venture out of the city centre, and those searching for a great Sunday Lunch in Leeds might stumble upon The Beehive, in rural Thorner. Serving unconventional British food, this modern spin on a traditional gastropub is an indecisive Sunday lunch seekers dream. Roasts are served on boards, from 12 noon – 5 pm, with guests choosing between two or three meats (£19.95 & £23.95 respectively). Options usually include pork, beef, or chicken – accompanied by all the trimmings – with vegetarian options changing weekly.
83 Main Street, Thorner, LS14 3BU, 0113 2893555, www.beehivethorner.co.uk
The Beck & Call
Owned by the same folk as Ox Club, Headrow House, and Belgrave Music Hall, The Beck & Call is a sprawling, family (and dog) friendly pub nestled away in serene, suburban Meanwood. Home to a huge beer garden, the Sunday lunches on offer are well worth the short journey out of the city centre. A simple, classic menu of roasted topside of beef, pork belly, lamb shoulder or vegetarian/ vegan haggis is only elevated by the extra side options of pigs in blankets, cauliflower cheese and creamy leeks. Beers and ales are in plentiful supply here, just don’t blame us for the food coma.
Stainbeck Road, LS7 2NP, 0113 2661192, www.thebeckandcall.co.uk
Standing proud behind the historic Oakwood clock, in a building which could easily have been on Grand Designs, is Chophaus. A Gatsby-esque, art-deco inspired steakhouse. Rococo grandeur oozes from every wall, and the Sunday roasts are just as decadent. Their website brags that their roasts are ‘better than yours’, and we might just agree. Choose from roast beef, chicken, slow-roasted lamb, or a nut roast, accompanied by classic Sunday sides, or swing for something different with one of their dry-aged, locally sourced steaks, cooked over a charcoal grill. Speak to one of the affable and knowledgeable members of staff for exceptional wine pairings and cocktail recommendations.
Louis House, Princes Avenue, LS8 2FA, 0113 2260660, www.chophaus.co.uk
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