For many, there are few things in life that bring as much joy as a plate full of food - especially if that plate is piled high with cheese.
If you know your bries from your blues, you need to pay one of these Leeds establishments a visit – they’re a cheese lover’s dream.
Friends of Ham
As well as a delicious menu of top quality meats, Friends of Ham have also gathered some of the finest cheeses around – allowing you to create the perfect combo plate.
From sweet and tangy Old Winchester and Stichelton, to creamy Gorgonzola Dolce and the classic Brie de Meaux, there are plenty of flavours to choose from.
Try the Courtyard Dairy Cheeseboard for something extra indulgent, paired with a glass of wine.
Visit: 4-8 New Station Street, LS1 5DL
Their juicy burgers may be the star of menu, but it’s the wonderfully cheesy toppings that really make the meal.
As well as their loaded burgers, Almost Famous’s deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls are too good to say no to.
The Phok-Meat burger with deep fried halloumi tossed in Pho-King sauce is perfect for veggies who still want a piece of the action.
Visit: 23-25 Great George Street, LS1 3AL
Inspired by a love of authentic Italian street pizza, MOD allows you to design your own pizzas and salads just the way you like it.
There are more than 30 different toppings on offer, including six varieties of cheese, so it’s a chance to experiment with new flavours or indulge in those tried and tested favourites.
Visit: 11a Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Burley, LS4 2DG
As the name suggests, meat and liquor are the name of the game at this delicious eatery – but they’re also pretty good with cheese too.
The cheddar and Hobo beer dip (served with blue corn tortilla chips) makes a deliciously satisfying starter, and their cheese and chilli smothered fries are the perfect accompaniment to one of their succulent burgers or chicken dishes.
Visit: Bank Street, LS1 5AT
Red’s True Barbecue
Red’s may be known for its mouth-watering meats and barbecue sauces, but there are some other hidden gems on their meaty menu.
The crispy halloumi fries, deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls and smoked caulibombs are great appetiser options for cheese lovers.
For a satisfying side, try their loaded fries topped with an assortment of cheeses, onions and jalapenos.
Visit: 1 Cloth Hall Street, LS1 2HD / 6A Otley Road, LS6 2AA
Boasting nine different types of Italian cheeses, you can tailor make your own pizza or sandwich creation loaded with all your favourite flavours here.
From mozzarella pearls and mascarpone gorgonzola, to pecorino with walnuts and smoked scamorza, there’s a vast range of cheesy combinations to try.
Visit: Granary Wharf, LS1 4BR
Ideal for those who are keen to experiment with new flavours, or for those who simply can’t get enough cheese, this monthly club is a fun and informal way to get your cheesy fix.
Themed events held across five cities (including Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester) allow attendees to sample some new cheeses and hear from special expert guests.
The next event in Leeds will be held at The Adelphi on June 8 and will feature artisan farmhouse cheeses for your eating pleasure.
Visit: The Adelphi, Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ