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Robust food in a historic city centre pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

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 foundry workers relaxing here after work. 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 braised pig’s cheek, mash, braised fennel and cider sauce, which might precede a main course of lamb belly with celeriac purée, celeriac fondant and roasted shallots.

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 12-5.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5-9.30, Friday to Saturday 12-9.30

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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • 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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