In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Leeds City Centre sits The Cross Keys. A cosy gastro pub that serves classic British food using sustainably sourced ingredients, including Yorkshire reared meat, from across the county. Not only is the food memorable but so is the ale and wine offering that’s up there as one of the best in the city.
There are gluten free, vegan friendly, and vegetarian friendly food options available.
The menu changes seasonally at the Cross Keys to fit with their focus on sourcing the freshest and most sustainable food pairings. In their words “let the best ingredients sing together as mother nature intended.” And you can get a fill safe in the knowledge you’ve cut down on food miles and supported small businesses in Yorkshire.
Some of the signature dishes include: salmon and tarragon fish pie; the ‘Three Dales’ roast pork loin with all the trimmings; seared scallops with celeriac purée; and girolles and citrus butter
The Cross Keys are roast connoisseurs with a four times runner up award for ‘Best Sunday Lunch’ category in the Observer Food. Choose from beef, gammon, lamb (or a mixed meat of all 3!) or green lentil & barley (suitable for vegetarians or vegans with a rosemary cobbler instead of the Yorkshire). On request they can make all the roasts gluten free.
The Cross Keys have the classic four hand pulled ales front of house. One of these is there own brewed collaboration with Kirkstall brewery, always alongside a stout and a porter. On the bottle are selections from across Europe, America and Australia.
The wine is one of the best in Leeds with a Verre de Vin and Coravin systems ensuring you can get almost anything by the glass, including the champers.
For the crafty ones out there, they have a nice selection of gins, bourbons, rums and single malts to polish off the night with a cap or two.
Built at the beginning of the 1800s this Georgian pub comes with a bit of hype. In the last decade it’s been the finalist in the ‘top three gastropubs in the UK’. And described as “a hidden gem” by the Metro.
Spread across two floors, you’ll be sat for a wine and dine experience upstairs or parked up downstairs in the pub proper for a drink. The bottom floor room – James Watt – acquired its name following a period of 3 months in 1802 when, as they story goes, James Watt used a room to get rival engineer Matthew Murray and his workforce drunk with the intention of stealing his architect secrets.
Drink and food tasting shindigs; quiz nights with gallons of beer sup for grabs; and a large courtyard and beer garden are just some of the perks on offer for you, the family, and your friends when you visit the Cross Keys pub.
Where to Park
The nearest parking is paid at Q-Park Sovereign Square.
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The Cross Keys is located on the doorstep of the train station. Yet, if you’re coming from somewhere not connected by train then we recommend a bus into Leeds bus station. From there it’s walking distance along the canal and onto Water Lane.
The bottom floor (pub area) has disability access.
What To Do Next
Pop next door for some more pub brewskis at the Midnight Bell!