It’s been a while since my last Sunday lunch review, the Aldwark arms in York, I thought it was about time I shared with you another. A few weeks ago, Sam and I were on our way back after an over night stay in the Lake District and was passing through Leeds. After a quick search of suitable places, we came across Cross Keys in Leeds that did home cooked Sunday lunches… just what we were looking for!
We arrived quite late on as we’d had quite a long drive back from the Lake District, around 6pm. It was really busy with other diners which is always a good sign. We were lucky enough to get the last table in the upstairs dining area as there were only a couple of other tables available in the bar area.
They have quite a wide selection of dishes on the menu, both starters and mains, but no set menu was available like some restaurants I’ve visited that serve Sunday lunch. We both decided to start with mains, roast topside of beef with roast trimmings, £12.95 for Sam and roast loin of pork £11.95 with roast trimming and crackling, for me.
I thought the presentation of both main courses was good, the Yorkshire puddings looked crispy and had a nice rise to them and both the meats looked to be cooked well.
Sam really enjoyed the roast beef, it was beautifully pink and tender in the middle, just what you want from a roast beef Sunday lunch.
My roast loin of pork was nice but after tasting Sam’s roast beef, part of me did wish I’d chosen that too. The Yorkshire pudding was tasty and had good texture, not too overdone like some can be.
I did think that the selection of vegetables could have been a bit larger in size and more varied, there wasn’t much in the way of green vegetables other than savoy cabbage.
The gravy was rich and delicious, but for me, would be better served separately, depending upon your preference (for me I like quite a lot)!
As we’d not had a starter course, we both couldn’t resist trying one of the desserts. Sam chose the plum crumble served with spiced poached plums and creme anglais, £5.25. I opted for the salted caramel chocolate brownie with chocolate and whiskey ice cream £4.95.
It’s not too often you see plum crumble on a menu, this was an obvious choice for Sam and she really enjoyed it. I thought it had the sweetness of the crumble was well balanced with the slightly sore plums.
The chocolate brownie was deliciously rich, I did think maybe vanilla ice cream or fresh cream would have been an better accompaniment than the chocolate ice cream.
The brownie had a really nice soft texture and was probably one of the best I’ve tasted and the perfect way to finish a meal!
Cross Keys do a varied selection of hearty, home cooked dishes, including vegetarian and gluten free options. I think the dishes are fairly reasonably priced, £5.95 to £14.50. It is somewhere I’d recommend if your looking for a Sunday lunch. Check Out Cross Keys for more information.