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“Wow! What a find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Friends of Ham

Friends of Ham
4 New Station Street | Leeds, Leeds LS1 5DL, England
+44 113 242 0275
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Ranked #182 of 1,446 Restaurants in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Friends of Ham is a Bar & Charcuterie situated in Leeds City Centre. A buzzy Continental-style cafe bar that has recently been named as the Best Place to Drink in the UK in The Observer Food Monthly Awards and undergone a major expansion. Specialising in Italian & Spanish cured meats, the finest cheeses from around the world, sherry and wines; we also serve up craft beer by the bucket-load with 14 taps and over 150 bottles.
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“Wow! What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

We stumbled upon Friends of Ham after spotting their piggy sign following a coffee at the neighbouring (and similarly excellent) Layne's Espresso.

The concept is simple - freshly sliced continental cured meats, served alongside fine cheeses. There is an extensive gourmet beer list (no Fosters here!) and a small, but well chosen wine list.

It looks small initially, but there's a cavernous basement, quirky and trendy furniture with board games, light music and a great shuffleboard table.

This isn't somewhere to go for a full slap-up meal, but more to enjoy great hams, cheeses and drinks, in a unique continental style atmosphere, with knowledgeable and caring service.

Especially on a weekend, we were staggered to find somewhere like this in Leeds, a world apart from the noisy mayhem of most bars, to enjoy a cultured tapas style experience we'd expect to find somewhere like Barcelona.

Amazing, and we'll be back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Great place to hang out and great selection on offer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

Went here on Saturday about 9ish tried 2 meat and cheese with prosciutto, salchichon, cornish yarg and monte and ordered lberico with olives and pork scratchings.
Also had a few drinks tasting board with thirds was very impressed by the selection of drinks on offer and will definetly be back for some more milk stout, highy rate it.

All the food tasted amazing and presentation was excellent, portions wern't massive for the price but anyhow tried to order few more things but kitchen was closed so had some more olives and sweet chillies.

Atmosphere was great with no loud music, laid back staff and vibe and decor looked ace and was pretty comfy so could easily spend all day here.

Overall a tad pricey and was left feeling hungry afterwards but I would still go back just eat before as it is more of posh bar snacks and light bites to accompany great tasting beers.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Very different, great atmosphere, little pricey...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Its down as a bar / chacuterie so thought we'd give this a try. It was a friday night so table service downstairs in the very laid back, berlin or barcelona kind of feel. Wide range of non commercial beers and wines, some great unusual ciders. Some stuff is so strong its sold only in 2/3 pints!

Good service brought us the beers and we ordered three hams and a cheese. So a good few slices of each plus bread and olives. Dont think its a meal, its a snack or light lunch and to me it seemed its expensive for what you get. We wont eat in there again, its nice but we needed a meal an hour later. The drinks and atmosphere are great, service very good and friendly too. I wish them luck, something different but revise your prices I would say

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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