The Pit City Centre

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The Pit brings barbecued meats, Americana cocktails and craft beers to its subterranean space in the city centre.

Whatever you do, come on an empty stomach. The Pit’s Oklahoma hand-built smoker cooks meat low and slow over hardwood, and the results are succulent and tender. Play it straight with a full baby back of ribs, share a Pit Platter or seek out the Ultimate Combo if you fancy a challenge; a meaty medley of maple glazed chicken, pulled BBQ pork and ribs.

There’s a good range of craft beers and continental wines in support, and a varied cocktail line-up featuring classics and unique creations. Look out for the Taste of the Americas section in particular, packed with playful creations inspired by our cousins across the pond.

Ideal for a BBQ feast or a couple of chilled cocktails, The Pit is also an excellent private party option in Leeds city centre, with cocktail masterclasses and bookable ping pong in The Den.

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Lunch Menu from £5.95 (includes a drink) Monday - Friday 12pm-5pm for up to 300 guests 12:00 - 17:00
2 for 1 on Small Plates 2 4 1 on Small Plates Every Sunday for up to 300 guests 12:00 - 21:30


No door charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
18 for alcohol, no limit for restaurant
Lunch Menu from £5.95, 2 for 1 on Small Plates


Day Open Close Notes
12:00 23:00
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The Pit City Centre
9 Merrion Street, Leeds, LS1 6PQ

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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Real Ale £4.00
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.80
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.00
Cocktail £6.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £3.85
Bottle of House Wine £15.50
Bottle of Champagne £50.00


This venue serves American and South American food.

A word from the chef:
BBQ'd meats expertly prepared via the Oklahoma hand-built smoker.

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Liked the place and good food but we all struggled to read the menus as it was too dark visited The Pit City Centre on 17 Oct 2016
19 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Great food, excellent service & good music! visited The Pit City Centre on 14 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Recently visited the pit 8/10/16 for the unlimited lunch as a birthday treat for me and 5 friends. The food was lovely and Alice the waitress was fantastic - even if we were drunk and annoying :) thanks guys x
10 Oct 2016 by Amy

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at The Pit. Booking was very easy and the manager was very helpful when I first when in to check it out. On the evening the waiting staff were very attentive and helpful and the food was delicious. Fan cocktails too!!! Thank you for making my husbands surprise 40th get together a special one. Rebecca visited The Pit City Centre on 06 Aug 2016
08 Aug 2016 by Rebecca

Eaten here a couple of times & never had any problems but on this occasion the service was very hit & miss & the quality of the food very poor. We ordered the sharing fajitas. Everything at best was luke warm, there was only 3 pieces of chicken & the beef was inedible. really don't think there is enough food for sharing. On the plus side, we got a refund Loulou2662 visited The Pit City Centre on 13 May 2016
15 May 2016 by Loulou2662

We really enjoyed our meal before we headed off to the theatre. Bonus because we were going the theatre we got 20% discount off our food bill. We didn't know this previously as there was no promotional flyers/posters to say this. Luckily my beady eyed friend spotted it on the TV. Thank you Fiona visited The Pit City Centre on 06 May 2016
09 May 2016 by Fiona

Went on Friday evening for a works event. Service at first was fine before we started to order our food. There were 9 of us, when we ordered at the bar, one of our party made a mistake and asked if he could change his order immediately. He was told it was too late as it has now been sent to the kitchen and being made. 7 of us had our food. By the time we finished which was over 40 minutes later, we enquired about the other 2 meals - they had not even started making them. One of these being the one that was ordered incorrectly and couldn't be changed because the kitchen was suppose to be making it already! Complained but the staff didn't seem bothered and was basically trying to blame each other for the mistake. Cancelled the remaining 2 meals and asked for a refund. Very disappointing as I've had good experience here previously when they had the old food menu. Simon visited The Pit City Centre on 15 Apr 2016
19 Apr 2016 by Simon

Shocking service. Arrived for our table couldn't get to the bar to be served there was no waiters to be seen. After 10 minutes of trying to find someone we it took them around 5-10 mins to move people from our table which was right near the stairs and the door. After that no body came back to give us a menu to order the food we waited 30 mins and ended up leaving. Very disappointed have been to the pit before and loved it won't be returning terrible terrible service Danielleemily visited The Pit City Centre on 27 Mar 2016
29 Mar 2016 by Danielleemily

The Pit! Went on a Thursday Evening with my partner. Booked the table on the phone for 8:30 but arrived over half an hour earlier and the staff looked after is and found a table in the booths straight away. Great beers on offer and the good was really good. Nice presentation and a good size but most important it was tasty. Sad to see it so quiet however, if you serve your beers in a a scooner at the same price as a pint at venues of the same standard then you are going to narrow the appeal. It would seem that The Pit has fallen into the same 'Pit' as the rest of the cool and trendy city suburbia in that area. Pricing themselves out of the market. Too expensive and not the best vibe when its dead because of the price tag and that includes neighbouring businesses. The price doesn't match the products I'm afraid.
09 Mar 2016 by Eddie

Booked my hen do at The Pit for 15people. We had a private room and had booked to eat followed by a cocktail master class. It started of abysmally when nobody from the events management team had bothered to tell the staff that we were eating. Once arranged so that we could eat someone came for our food order before we had been given menus?! The chips we ordered as sides to share arrived as a starter, but we couldn't eat them for 15 mins anyway as had no plates or cutlery. Additionally there was no music in the room and a large group of rugby fans outside thoroughly enjoying the game on tv. HOWEVER, despite this appalling start the master class and the guy taking it were FANTASTIC! He was such a great host and entertainer who completely rescued the evening for us - even managed to get us some free bottles of fizz to make up for dinner! Thoroughly recommend the cocktail classes and a huge thanks to our host for making the evening great. In future management need to sort themselves out so front of house staff aren't put under so much pressure. We paid over £700 for our night with you (not including numerous drinks from the bar) and I felt bitterly disappointed and upset at the lack of organisation for my event. rsmyth visited The Pit City Centre on 27 Feb 2016
29 Feb 2016 by rsmyth

The 2nd time we have been while the 50% January offer is on. I have been once in the past for a works xmas night out. I had the black & blue burger (the same as my last visit) and my wife had the steak. The food was great and would highly recommend, especially while the 50% offer is on. I love Ales as well and they had loads to choose from. The staff were friendly and kept checking if everything was ok. mrcurrylover visited The Pit City Centre on 22 Jan 2016
24 Jan 2016 by mrcurrylover
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Booked to eat on a weds night with a 50% off voucher. When we arrived the waitress said the kitchen was busy and we might have quite a wait - we ordered and said we didn't mind waiting. About an hour later the waitress asked if we had our food yet, we said no (she's the waitress could she not remember she hadn't yet brought us food?!) turns out she had forgotten to put our order in! Waited another 20 mins for food, the waitress apologised but then said 'you're getting 50% off anyway' - oh that's okay then don't bother putting our order in for an hour! - My piggy burger was good but not at all worth the full price. My husbands sloppy joe sandwich was tiny and missing the jalapeños and again not worth the full price. We used to go to the Headingley Pit a lot before (when it was trio) and loved it - but Wouldn't bother going back to Leeds for food even with a voucher, poor service Stacey visited The Pit City Centre on 20 Jan 2016
22 Jan 2016 by Stacey
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This was the first time that I had ever visited a 'Pit' before; this visit was to celebrate my Birthday with 4 close friends. When we arrived, we were not greeted by anyone. In fact, we had to force our way through the crowd at the bar in order to ask for someone to seat us (we had booked in advance). When someone actually recognised that we were here, they did not know where to seat us. It took a good 20 minutes to actually be seated at the right table, all whilst we were just aimlessly left to stand in the centre of the bar area. In terms of the menu, there isn't that much choice and the prices are quite high considering it is a bar. There is a lot of emphasis on cocktails, but even these were obscure and dissatisfying. Moreover, there is nowhere in the menu which states that drinks are available on tap, nor what these are or how much they cost. We only discovered these options when asking the waiter. Another fatal flaw: we waited for 3/4 of an hour for our food to arrive after the waiter had taken our order (in which case, by the way, we had to ask to be served). This is diabolical considering the actual number of tables. Nonetheless, some of the food did arrive, however, two out of the five of us were still left waiting for food whilst everyone else was half way through their meal. Why not provide the entire party with their food at the same time? The food was okay. The burger did not taste like beef and it was very salty and soggy. Not worth the £10 price tag. To round off such a rubbish experience, a waiter decided that he would clear plates away whilst other members of the party were still eating their meal. Not good. Oh, and I forgot to add the fixation the 'Pit' seems to have with asking for ID. We were asked for ID before entering the front door (it was 19:30), we were asked for ID when ordering alcohol to ACCOMPANY our food and were also asked to present our ID whilst EATING our meal. Sheer rudeness. All in all, I would NOT recommend the 'Pit'. In fact, it's more of a dive than a 'pit'. lucymjh visited The Pit City Centre on 05 Dec 2015
09 Dec 2015 by lucymjh

Fabulous venue for our Christmas Party. The food was amazing and the service was even better. The staff could not do enough for us and with a party of 30+ all arriving at different times they were brilliant in holding back food and making sure everyone had a drink. We had the 3 course menu and every course was delicious. The Pit was very well organised and had a great atmosphere for drinks after - I think its already got everyone's vote again for next years Christmas party! clairer84 visited The Pit City Centre on 04 Dec 2015
08 Dec 2015 by clairer84

Good food, staff were great, food was late arrivig at 3pm instead of the requested 2:30pm so one of our party missed out on his main course. We did not get our paid for drinks vouchers until 30 mins after we had arrived. Overall though, it was a great night, great venue, delicious food and a very positive experience.
07 Dec 2015 by cookienuts

Best ribs I've ever had in England! The staff were as wonderful as the food and the cocktails were magnificently inventive and delicious! All at a reasonable price too. If you love Meat and Beer this is the place for you! Definately my kind of place and I will be back very soon! Collinaz visited The Pit City Centre on 28 Oct 2015
30 Oct 2015 by Collinaz

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