Friends of Ham

“Deceptively small bar with astonishing beers and tapas”



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This quirky, on-trend bar in the shadow of Leeds railway station lifts experimentation well above the ordinary. It's a charcuterie proffering classic cured meats and rarely seen cheeses gleaned from far-and-wide. Add to this an extravagant selection of 14 draught, craft and cask keg beers; bottled ales and real ciders which change with a frequency that astonishes, as well as various wines and sherries and you have an upbeat location well worth seeking out. In the basement there's room to relax and mix-and-match to your heart's content.

Friends of Ham
4–8 New Station Street, LEEDS, LS1 5DL


About the area

Discover West Yorkshire

Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.

The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions. 

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