Built in 1802, The Cross Keys was a watering hole for local foundry workers and it’s where steam engine inventor James Watt reputedly hired a room to spy on his competitor Matthew Murray. To learn Murray’s trade secrets Watt bought drinks for his workers. Rescued from dereliction in the 21st century, this city centre pub has a country pub atmosphere, with hand-pulled pints from local microbreweries complementing food recreated from long lost recipes for traditional British dishes. The best seasonal produce goes into dishes such as ox cheek, with mash, mushrooms and shallots served with a red wine jus, followed by sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 12–11 (Friday to Saturday 12–12 Sunday 12–10.30)
Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12–3, Friday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–8
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5–9, Friday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–8
Food and drink
Real ales available: North Brewing Co. Prototype, rotating guest ales
Real ciders: Cornish Orchards
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
0.5 mile from Leeds Station: right into Neville Street, right into Water Lane. Pass Globe Road, pub on left.