BUILT IN 1802 AS A WATERING HOLE FOR THE SURROUNDING FOUNDRIESBook a table
The Cross Keys is at the heart of some of the most important industrial buildings of the Victorian age. It was here in Leeds that the engineer Matthew Murray first made his name developing steam engines, textile machinery and the very first locomotives. Indeed, shortly after opening it is said that rival engineer and inventor of the modern steam engine James Watt hired a room within the pub from which he spent 3 months spying on Murray and stealing trade secrets from the workers who were drinking in the pub. Today the Cross Keys is one of Leeds’ few genuine free houses and is still at the heart of its vibrant community.
Our food and drink
Our kitchen offers a fantastic freshly prepared and locally sourced food menu every day of the week and on Sundays we take great pride in our wonderful roasts. Our bar is packed with everything from local ales to the best of craft, including an unrivalled selection of Belgian bottles in the fridges. Our wine list is one of the best in Leeds and with our Verre de Vin and Coravin systems we are able to offer almost everything - including our Champagnes -by the glass. If you’d like to book a table you can use our online booking system or for larger groups please contact a member of the team