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Robust food in a historic city centre pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

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.

Opening hours

  • 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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

0.5 mile from Leeds Station: right into Neville Street, right into Water Lane. Pass Globe Road, pub on left.

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