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Friends of Ham

16 Aug


Friends of Ham

It’s always exciting when a new, not so run-of-the-mill place opens in Leeds. It doesn’t happen very often.  The recent arrival of Vineatily has resulted in quite a bit of hard-earned cash from myself and my friends being parted with behind the bar there. But it is totally worth it!

But now there is a new kid on the block, with a lovely, quirky name, Friends of Ham! You’ll not be surprised to hear that the main delicacy on the menu is ham, whilst its ‘friends’ consist of; cheese, lovely wine, specialty beers and specials including pork pies and fruit cakes with Wensleydale.

Situated on the station approach road in the centre of Leeds, I’ll be honest, it isn’t the most glam and happening part of town. But I don’t think that matters. It’s a little haven amongst the buses, trains Yates’ of this world!

Walking into the deli/wine bar can at first be mildly confusing. It’s a tiny room, engulfed by a large meat slicer with a few mini stools squeezed underneath a makeshift bar for good measure. It’s small to say the least. But where the magic really happens is downstairs, where Friends of Ham opens up into an oasis of shabby chic, comfortable and relaxing, not at all pretentious. Its Shuffleboard table, faux library wallpaper and sturdy, rustic wooden tables are crying out for long, lazy afternoons of drinking. So on an afternoon off work last week, that’s exactly what we did!

The range of ham, cheese, wines and beers served is extensive, originating from all over the UK and Europe. The food is served on lovely wooden platters with bread, crackers and chutneys.   Delicious. They even serve port for a bargain £2.50 – I certainly have more of the menu to sample!

Friends of Ham, 4 New Station Road, Leeds.

Some ‘friends’ but no ham



Croatian Cuisine (or not!)

13 Sep

Apologies for my absence over the last few weeks, I’ve been off on my jollies again, sunning myself in Croatia. Before I headed off I have to say I was looking forward to writing good number of blog posts to tell you all about the delicious food I’d eaten on the Dalmatian coast and the local delicacies I’d sampled. I’m afraid that’s not going to happen. Oh I ate alright, I ate and ate but I was disappointed to see the local cuisine was rather lacking.

The place has plenty of restaurants and they are all lovely – the majority have some of the most amazing views I have ever seen. I tasted some delicious food (my mouth is watering at the thought of a particularly lovely fillet steak) but I spent the whole week trying to track down something that I couldn’t eat at home or in another European country. It just didn’t happen.

Every single menu looked the same; risotto, pizza, pasta, chicken, pork. And that’s it, no description to sell these tempting dishes to you, just words! It’s very confusing! So instead, I wanted to share with you some pictures of the most amazing bar I’ve ever been to. It’s in Dubrovnik. Just follow the signs for “cold drinks and beautiful view”!