Ham's Tales

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    The Return of Leeds Indie Food

    We know we’ve not really got spring going yet, but the sun’s out this afternoon (trust us, it was), and we’re daring to let our thoughts drift into Summer. Summer in Leeds can mean only one thing; the return of Leeds Indie Food Festival (aka LIF17), the city-wide celebration of independent food and drink culture. Continue…

  2. Ham & Friends – Opening Spring 2017

    Following the success of All the Trimmings (our pop-up wine & raclette bar and gift shop) this past December, our new venture, Ham & Friends, is on track for a Spring opening. Ham & Friends will bring a restaurant, wine bar, wine shop, food hall and deli to Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter. Spread across two floors Continue…

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    The Kernel x Magic Rock Beer Dinner & Tap Takeover

    January is almost over. For some of us it has been a dry January, or a try-anuary, or a gym-pass-that-might-not-see-the-light-of-day-after-a-month-or-two-at-the-most-anuary. However you spent the month, we think January should go out with a bang, so here at Friends of Ham we’re putting together the perfect event to ensure that happens. It’s time to celebrate a pre-valentines day love Continue…

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    NYE in Leeds

    Can’t believe we’re nearing that time of year already. Join us for our annual NYE extravaganza to bring in 2017! We welcome back the brilliant Backyard Burners to provide the evening’s entertainment, you’ll also get a fine selection of ham and cheese served up for you, and of course a glass of fizz for when Continue…

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    Raclette returns.. next week!

    As if Autumn couldn’t get any better, we are now bringing back Raclette sooner than planned due to the very high demand! (crazy,we know!) Our first batch lands THIS Monday, so make sure you don’t miss out. To book a table, go here: http://www.friendsofham.co.uk/book-a-table-at-leeds/ and quote ‘Rosita’ to receive the extra special Raclette gift of love 🙂

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    Raclette is making its comeback!

    Feels like an eternity since we had the lovely aromas of Ogleshield fill our bar, and we’ve never been more excited about bringing it back to keep us warm in the winter months. Keep your eyes peeled as it should be making its comeback in the next few weeks…  

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    Svensk Öl

    Volvos. ABBA. Pickled herring. Sweden has produced some of the finer things in the world. And now they can add smashing brews to the list. Omnipollo, Brekeriet and Dugges will be appearing on our draught lines and in our fridges over the next week or so, so get excited. My picks…   Brekeriet Funkstarter Secondary Continue…

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    #SilverTonguedDave’s Beer Picks for the Week

    Leeds Beer Week and Leeds International Beer Festival have come and gone, leaving us – and the rest of Leeds – more excited about beer than ever. To celebrate another year of beer we’ve decided to do what we do best; provide you with amazing beer. Here are my picks for this coming week… Thornbridge Continue…

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    Brand New Beer

    On Monday morning we spent a few hours combing through long, delicious lists of beer from our various suppliers to bring you the very best beer we can. That means 20 new bottled (and canned) beers, and an amazing range of US and European beers to look forward to on our keg line-up over the Continue…

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    #tempusproject Brux & Clausseni

    Tonight we’re unleashing Beavertown’s Tempus Project all over your business. Brux and Claussenii are born from the Beavertown/Founders collaboration Molecular Mayhem, a monster IPA in its own right that we were all about just a couple of months ago. Beavertown have taken that beer and split it in two to create a pair of unique Continue…

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    We are now taking bookings!

    Great news to everyone who plans ahead (at least 24 hours ahead to be precise)- we are now taking bookings! Book a Table at Leeds

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    George’s outdoor deli – Saturday 16th of July

    George returns for his annual summer deli this year with enough meats and cheese to last you a lifetime! We’ve chosen our favourite suppliers and will be providing you with a selection that can cater to anything from a picnic, house party or a relaxed night with the loved ones. If you pop in to Continue…

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    BIRTHDAY BEER LIST

    Keg 1. Pacer 2. Delirium Red 3. Weird Beard – Saison 28 (10.2% imperial saison) 4. The Kernel – Table Beer (3.2% session IPA) 5. Hawkshead – IPA (7% IPA) 6. The Kernel – Bramling Cross Dry Stout (4.7%) 7. Veltins – Pilsner 8. Founders – Devil Dancer (12% triple IPA) 9. Mad Hatter – Continue…

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    Sharing is Caring

    Beer is best as a team sport. Whether it’s a disparate selection of souls or a clutch of like-minded allies, beer has the power to unite. And we have the perfect beers for you. So, find some friends or round up some strangers and get your chops around some of this.   Redchurch Sauvage Blanc Continue…

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    Trip to Black Hand Food

    For info on Blackhand, visit here  Blackhand It was definitely the wrong side of 6 am, and I was as punctual as ever. But where were my friends? Late, obviously. Marc (our driver for the day) arrived, but turns out the others were still in bed. We proceeded to wake them up, picked them up Continue…

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    Our 4th Birthday Brewing …

    We are turning FOUR on Sunday, July 10th … and to celebrate we will be plying you with a very special beer brewed for the occasion.   Less than a month ahead of the big day (June 21st), 5 of our Framsters rocked up to Kirkstall Brewery at the ungodly hour of 7.30am to brew Continue…

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    From the kitchen guys…

    Have yourself the most amazing BBQ with the help of Ham Well it’s that time off the year again. The sun is, fingers crossed, shining and it’s officially BBQ season. Get hold of some good sausages and burgers and get your friends and family around for some unrivalled fun in the sun. The way to really Continue…

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    Summer Cans

    The sun is out in full force, which always leads to the great British tradition – drinking in the park. We’re a classy bunch though. Frosty Jacks won’t cut it anymore. These are our picks of awesome canned beer for you to take on your picnics, hikes and beach days. Brooklyn Lager Maybe not the Continue…

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    Magic Rock takeover

    Mark your diaries for Wednesday June 1st, when our taps will be spilling over with Magic Rock goodness. We will be showcasing 7 awesome brews from the Huddersfield beer geniuses, so pop in and work your way through the Magic. There will be a beer to suit every palate. Why not start with Rapture? A Continue…

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    The Swiss deliver

    The craft beer Gods, and I’m including our own Billy in that, have delivered again with two (count ‘em) kegs from Switzerland’s finest; Brasserie BFM. The Swiss might not be famous for great beer like their Belgian and French neighbours, but Jérôme Rebetez does not mess around when it comes to putting flavour in your Continue…

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    The Ale’s Tales – Belgian Beer & Cheese

    Belgium is really good at beer. Like, really good. Here are some of our favourites from the fridge… Westmalle – Dubbel Westmalle is one of a handful of breweries operated by monks at Trappist monasteries. They produce two beers for public consumption; Dubbel and Tripel. This is a velvet monster. Dark amber with a rocky, Continue…

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    The Ale’s Tales – Spring/Summer Beers

    Summer is here, for now anyway, so this week I’m looking at the perfect sunshine brews (from our fridge, of course). Context counts for a lot when you’re enjoying a beer, and enjoying the sun’s rays alongside a cracking beer is about as good as it gets. These are my picks for what to enjoy Continue…

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    Friends of Hams Cheese List Blossoming into Spring

    The transformation of cheeses at Ham from winter to spring is a sad yet exciting time. Winter is a time for some incredible cheeses that really evoke feelings of being wrapped in a cosy blanket in front of a fire in a French Alpine log cabin. Throughout winter, the bar has been filled with the Continue…

  26. All aboard the Big DIPA!

    Five days ago, Buxton Brewery were bottling their first ever batch of King Maker, a new 10.5% double IPA. Today, it arrived at FoH. Now, I’m drinking it. It’s bright and full of life. I can’t stop drinking it long enough to write down my thoughts. It’s savoury, herbal, bitter. But you can’t deny the sweet, Continue…

  27. Le Grappin Meets Ham

    Pairing delicious dishes with some of the best wines from Burgundy from one of the finest producers. Now that is a very exciting prospect for a group of enthusiastic chefs. When we heard that Le Grappin were coming to town the creative discussions began. The first wine we were given was the 2014 Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc Continue…

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    The Ale’s Tales – Silver Tongued Dave

    This week – let Dave, our resident wordsmith, take you on a journey that will leave you panting for beer! It’s often a challenge to choose which beer to drink, but I never thought it would be this tough to choose which beers to write about. Last week we were all about our foreign offerings, Continue…

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    The Ale’s Tales – Highlights on the Bar this week!

    Highlights OTB This week I’m going to talk foreign beer. At Ham we are proud of how much we champion the amazing brewers and beer that we make in the UK. But with the selection of beers from further afield we have coming up I’d be mad not to highlight these exciting big beers from Continue…

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    The Ale’s Tales – This Week’s Highlights…

    Highlights OTB Our small collection of cask beers are about to be overrun with delicious hoppy IPA’s. The divided opinion of people in the keg vs cask argument is both fascinating and relentless, there is and always will be a place for both at Ham. Some things I prefer kegged, some things cask, dark beers Continue…