There are plenty of cosy pubs in Leeds city centre, and with the UK gearing up for St Patricks Day this weekend, I thought I would celebrate with a blog post on the subject.
As this is a Leeds Food Tours blog post, it's all about the best pubs in Leeds city centre that also do really great food.
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Cosy Pubs in Leeds City Centre
It's definitely one of the cosiest pubs in Leeds city centre (and in my opinion the best!). The beer is excellent, with local ales and a range of guest beers to suit every taste, and the food is wonderful too. The fish finger sandwiches are the best around, and the Sunday roasts are highly rated too.
The Turk's Head, Whitelocks' sister pub, is right next door and an equally good pub with a more modern vibe and a focus on craft beer & cocktails rather than real ales.
Crowd of Favours
Crowd of Favours is a cosy pub in Leeds city centre with comfy chairs, board games on hand, a good beer selection and a locally sourced menu by Schnitfaced (chef Anthony Ashton).
The menu changes seasonally, and sometimes there are some very interesting specials menus ('the chip shop with a twist' themed one was my favourite)
You'll also find live music, comedy and quiz nights here.
The Cross Keys
Another banging Sunday roast - I've always thought it was a really good one but I went back a couple of weeks ago and it was even better than before, I'd put it in my favourite Sunday roasts in Leeds alongside Stuzzi.
Now I haven't been in for their regular menu, but I have heard repeatedly that their burger is better than most burger joints in the city, and that the Brunswick fries are the best fries in Leeds. These are dishes that are very high on my list to try!
They have an amazing beer selection that often changes daily, and often have beers from breweries I've never even heard of.
The Brewery Tap
Their food menu is by Big Buns, a 'smash burger' brand by the guys behind Falafel Guys (who have a red van on Briggate and a spot in Salt Granary Wharf too).
I absolutely love their burgers and loaded fries, but my favourite thing is the pot of dipping cheese that you can dip your burger in!
However, this is more than made up for by the building, food, events, art exhibitions and (if you have kids) the Tiny Tetley Studio upstairs.
Another good pub for a Sunday roast, and their brunch/lunch menu on other days is hearty, innovative and plant-based.
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