The best places to be in the North

May
16
2015

Lucky Fox, Lucky Sheffield

At the moment Sheffield is embracing the hipster revolution and baristas are flocking to the Steel City to set up shop. Prominent amongst them is Lucky Fox in the centre of trendy Division Street. I wandered in this Saturday morning with Baby WOUN Sheff and was at first apprehensive. It’s not the biggest of places and a pram and adventurous 7 month old made me wonder if I’d made the right choice. However, they couldn’t have been more accomodating. The friendly service was coupled with an excellent latte, not too creamy and with a strong and deep flavour. At £2.50 it’s also good value and comes with a little salty pretzel, a nice touch. The person serving asked if there’s anything she could provide for the little one. Simple questions like that always endear me to places. The menu looks great , fried chicken appears to be their speciality and … Read the Rest…

May
13
2015

The French (Manchester)

Recently me and my friends have been turning 30. When you turn 30 something strange happens. You turn down the obligatory birthday night out and opt instead for a nice lunch with friends. It is far more civilized and far less likely to involve you sleeping on your bathroom floor. With this in mind we went to the French, Simon Rogan’s Manchester venture in the Midland Hotel. Famous for his Lake District restaurant L’enclume the French is his move into the ever competitive Manchester restaurant scene. The Midland is a beautiful city centre hotel with all you would expect – marble floors, a piano player and a sleek wooden bar serving cocktails to the hoi poli of Manchester. We started with a beer in Mr Cooper’s House and Garden bar. It is a lovely place to while away a Saturday lunchtime. There was a range of beers available at around … Read the Rest…

Oct
31
2014

Top 4 (?!) Coffee Shops in Sheffield

Coffee shops have been around since Pontius was a Pilot but Sheffield has now got some of the best. Below are just a few of our favourites… Tamper Coffee (Westfield Terrace/Sellers Wheel) Bringing the very best of the New Zealand coffee culture to Sheffield. The Flat White, a Kiwi classic, combines strong forceful coffee with velvety milk. At £2.20 it’s well worth a try. They also do New Zealand pies! The Steam Yard (Division Street) Tucked away down a little courtyard off the bustling Division Street is this unassuming coffee shop. The Aeropress coffee is a delight, strong and yet smooth with a soft after taste. It’s a great place to hide away with a good book or a paper. La Copolla Deli (Oakbrook Road) A tiny little Italian deli with enough seating for 7 or 8 people, the Italian coffee is award winning and you can see why. The … Read the Rest…

Oct
30
2014

La Copolla Deli

It’s the sort of place you could easily drive past but La Copolla Deli on Oakbrook Road (just past the entrance to Bingham Park if you’re heading out of town) is well worth stopping by for the simple reason it does what it does really really well. It’s a tiny little cafe – come – deli sandwiched between a hair dressers and an old Indian restaurant (it was the Clay Oven but will reopen in the next few weeks as Gigi’s Cucina). It has a few Italian cold cuts and cheeses and does some delightful mini Italian pastries. But the real star of the show here is the service. The flat capped owner welcomes you as you enter, passes the time of day pleasantly and is not over bearing – I hate all that fake posturing which you sometimes get, all bluster and insincerity. Great service costs nothing and it … Read the Rest…

Dec
6
2013

Top 5 Things to do in Sheffield this Weekend

1. Just in case you weren’t aware, it’s Christmas in a couple of weeks and pantomime season starts today at the Lyceum with their production of Jack and the Beanstalk starring Sheffield legend, Damian Williams, and H from Steps. See here for tickets. 2. Inspired by the Colour Coded exhibition, Weston Park are holding a craft session where you can create your own needle felted bird with artist Shelley Hughes; “a perfect addition to your Christmas tree”. The cost of the session includes time and materials and there are a number of sessions over the course of the weekend: http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2013/12/needle-felted-birds-with-shelley-hughes1 3. “…probably the most famous and celebrated brass band in the world…”, Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band will be performing a Brassed Off Special tonight at Sheffield City Hall. With tickets priced at £20.00, the show kicks off at 7.45 pm. Pick your seats on the Sheffield City Hall website. 4. … Read the Rest…