The Best Cheese Boards in Leeds City Centre

Do you love a cheese board? Or maybe you dream of sticking your head in a pot of cheese fondue (we certainly do). Well, here are some of the best places for a cheese board in Leeds city centre.

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Did you know that we run guided and self-guided food tours around Leeds City Centre, perfect for those of you who enjoy eating great food! Click here for more information.

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Friends of Ham

Probably the best known cheese (and charcuterie) spot in the city centre! Friends of Ham has been going for over 10 years, serving high quality meat and cheese boards alongside small plates and sandwiches.

Choose a set cheese board, or create your own from their cheese list. Cheese lovers would also love Friends of Ham's grilled cheese sandwich!

Friends of Ham have a fantastic wine list, we've often stopped dropped in just for a drink, you need to try their orange wine selection, it also has one of the best selections of beer in Leeds as well.

We couldn't write about Friends of Ham without mentioning their Burnt Basque Cheesecake, you need to try it on your next visit!

The Cheesy Living Co.

If you are a cheese lover, a visit to The Cheesy Living Co. is a must. Situated in the beautiful Corn Exchange, and owned by Jake & Sophie, who started the business during lockdown.

All of their cheese comes from small, independent British farms and businesses. Either pick up some treats from their deli, or sit in for a cheese board or a sandwich.

They regularly hold fondue nights, have been known to do a fondue Sunday roast, and have recently opened up a second location in Oakwood, where they often do supper clubs, wine, beer and gin tastings that are accompanied by some of their lovely cheeses. 

The Decanter

The Decanter is an independent wine bar on Park Row, and it's a fabulously cosy spot with an impressive and varied wine list.

They also do a rather wonderful cheese board, where you're able to choose your cheeses, meats and accompaniments, or go all out on a huge sharing board designed for four or more people.

We love their 'Wine Down Wednesday's': where you buy a bottle of wine and get a free meat and cheese board worth £16. We've been quite a few times for the deal, you get a full-size board and are able to choose its contents, which is fantastic value for money.

For Cheese Shopping: Whitaker's

Sometimes, all that you want is a cheeseboard at home in your PJs, it's fine, we totally get it! If this is the case, we recommend you head to Whitaker's in Kirkgate Market, which has a huge selection of cheeses to buy. 

Ellen (Leeds Food Tours Owner) buys all her cheeses from here, as they have a huge selection of cheeses, including lots of unusual ones, and the staff are always happy to recommend something based on your tastes.

Bonus, it's really good value for money there (and you can pick up some freshly squeezed orange juice to go with your breakfast the next day).

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Bottle Chop

Bottle Chop is well worth a trip up to Headingley, especially between Tuesday-Thursday for their Early Bird offer; a free glass of wine with a three-item cheeseboard.

They're proud servers of what they call 'Natty wine' (Natural wine to you and me), which don't contain additives and preservatives and keep the wine fresher for longer, we heard on the grapevine that natural wines don't give you as bad of a hangover, as they say it's the preservatives added that are the issue (count us in then!) 

About Leeds Food Tours

Leeds Food Tours runs guided and self-guided tours of the city centre, with food included at each stop!
The food tours are ideal for locals who want to discover places they didn't know about and experience their city through new eyes, and for visitors who want to learn about the city via their tastebuds.

Guided Food Tours

Guided tours run on Saturday afternoons, taking around 4 hours and visiting a variety of venues: the oldest pub in Leeds, the wildest foodie shop around, a stall in Kirkgate market, and some incredible independent restaurants.
You'll visit six stops, with food included at all of them.

Self-Guided Food Tours

Self-guided tours are available seven days a week, to be done at your own pace.
Download our app and follow the map, to discover hidden gems and street food around Leeds.

As well as loads of food, you'll get find out foodie facts and history about our lovely city of Leeds.

You'll visit six stops, with food included at all of them.


Food tours make a wonderful gift! Buy a digital gift voucher for the guided or self-guided tour, or purchase a self-guided pack to give straight to your recipient. There's no need to book ahead for the self-guided tour, they can do it whenever they are ready!

See you soon, maybe for some cheese?
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