Saturday night was the much awaited opening of Friends of Ham, Leeds’ newest bar and charcuterie adding more meat to the healthy bones of a thriving beer scene. I received an invite having spoken a little with the owners via social media and having briefly met Claire Kitching when she was out and about sourcing beer. There were a few bloggers circling the premises on the night and they will give you the full rundown of what you can look forward to if you get to visit. I left my bloggers hat at home, resting on my notebook and camera…. I was unarmed. The photo above is the only one I took on the night and is testament to the fact that my attentions were solely on having a night out. Claire and Anthony (or Kitch as you may know him) have worked tirelessly to transform their new home-from-home into a sleek, inviting and comfortable space.
Along with Head Barman Tyler, Claire and Kitch have put together a very respectable selection of beer and if Saturday is anything to go on, then you’ll never be wanting. On tap I enjoyed Redchurch Gold, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and from the fridge Magic Rock High Wire. I had already been at a brewery and visited a few pubs so had to leave it there. This time around I missed out on tap-treats from The Kernel, Hawkshead, Huyghe, Magic Rock and Red Willow.
Neil over at Eating isn’t Cheating describes the food on offer much better than I could, but I did enjoy more than my fair share of Iberico Ham. As I understand it, the food that was on offer was really just a taster and there will be much more in the way of breads and cheeses in the coming weeks.
Their clever strapline is “A friend of ham is a friend of ours“, and to that I say “A friend of beer is a friend of mine“. Whether you are planning a trip to Leeds or just passing through, then their location on New Station Street is perfect. I’ll be back there as often as I can make it, but don’t take my word for it, I recommend you go and see for yourself.