SquareMeal Review of
Friends of Ham Leeds
Starting out as a tiny ground-floor bar with a large ‘hidden’ basement, Friends of Ham quickly expanded next door, such was its word-of-mouth success. The impressive menu of charcuterie and cheeses includes hand-carved Serrano Gran Reserva, Jésus du Pays Basque salami with rum, and exquisite ibérico bellota – alongside buttery Kirkham’s Lancashire, French Brie de Meaux or tangy blue Stichelton. Brunch dishes are inspired: French toast with Bath chaps (hot-smoked pig’s cheek) and maple syrup, or Spanish smoked mackerel on toast with cream cheese and lemon. We especially enjoyed a raclette dish using Ogleshield for a British version of the French classic, served melted over potatoes with sharp cornichons cutting through the richness. A reasonably priced, predominantly European wine list is available by the glass, carafe or bottle, along with various lagers, ales and porters. Sharing platters and long wooden tables make FOH ideal for groups, though booking is advised.