Cosy Pubs in Leeds City Centre

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.

If you're looking for more recommendations, you might also like the Leeds Food Tours e-book.

It includes a directory of independent pubs, restaurants, cafes and street food in Leeds, personal recommendations, as well as recipes from some of the best chefs in Leeds including some of the pubs below!

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Cosy Pubs in Leeds City Centre


Whitelocks is (somewhat arguably) the oldest pub in Leeds, dating back to 1715, and full of old features from when it was refurbished in 1886, including a stunning copper topped bar, stained glass windows and a beautiful kitchen hatch.

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.

If you join a guided food tour with Leeds Food Tours, you will hear a tonne of interesting facts about Whitelock's history and tuck into some of their best food 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

The Cross Keys is probably my second favourite pub in Leeds, after Whitelocks.

They rotate their beers often with lots of different styles, and also a really good wine list! They have a coravin wine system, which means they can serve more wines by glass.

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.

Excellent burgers and fish & chips too at Cross Keys.

A burger and chips on a white plate at Cross Keys, one of the best pubs in leeds city centre

The Brunswick

Yet another great Sunday roast, at yet another cosy pub in Leeds.

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

The Brewery Tap is situated right next to Leeds train station, so it's the perfect pub for a drink on your way home, or as your first stop when arriving into Leeds. They have a good selection of Yorkshire ales, craft beer, wine and cocktails.

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!

This pub, with food from Big Buns, is a stop on the self-guided food tour of Leeds. This tour is perfect if you want to take a food tour at your own pace, at a time that suits you.

Order the self-guided food tour to be posted to you (perfect for gifts), or for collection (perfect for last minute plans) and then follow the map to six venues, with food included at every stop!

The self-guided food tour, showing the pack that including map, tokens and more. Includes Brewery Tap which is one of the best pubs in leeds city centre.

The Tetley

Given that this used to be The Tetley Brewery headquarters, it's actually not the best pub for beer, especially if you are a real ale drinker.

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.

Pubs in leeds city centre: the Tetley building, with a blue sky behind it
Another good pub for a Sunday roast, and their brunch/lunch menu on other days is hearty, innovative and plant-based.

About Leeds Food Tours

Leeds Food Tours offers guided and self-guided food tours around Leeds city centre. Whichever you choose, you will visit six independent venues, with food included at every stop.

Food tours are perfect for visitors to Leeds, for locals looking for new places to eat and hidden gems, and especially as an experience gift for the foodies in your life.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post about cosy pubs in Leeds city centre!

Leeds Food Tours xx


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