Review: Na Pedra, Sheffield – Like a Night in Sao Raphael

As the second, large macieira (Portuguese brandy) slipped effortlessly down, I really did think I was back in the Algarve on a balmy summer's night. And why not? After all, we were here at Na Pedra, Sheffield's very own Portuguese restaurant, in the trendy antiques quarter. With us, my brother who now spends most of … Continue reading Review: Na Pedra, Sheffield – Like a Night in Sao Raphael

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Review: Magpie Cafe – The Basillica Beckons

"Are you regular?" our jovial waitress politely enquired of me. "Yes thanks" replied I. "It's all down to the prune juice you know!" Next thing I felt was the wince of pain as Lemmy grabbed the flesh of the inside of my thigh under the table and nipped...HARD. It's her subtle, loving way of telling … Continue reading Review: Magpie Cafe – The Basillica Beckons

Review: Golden Taste – We’re Afraid of Food with Chillis In…the Hunanese Are Afraid of Food WITHOUT Chilli In!

And with that title, welcome to The Golden Taste Restaurant, just off the main run of eateries in Sheffield's London Road area. As I peered into the window of the little, unassuming Chinese restaurant, I was reminded of Pinhead, the quintessential character in Clive Barker's 80s horror movie "Hellraiser" and his quote (in a slightly … Continue reading Review: Golden Taste – We’re Afraid of Food with Chillis In…the Hunanese Are Afraid of Food WITHOUT Chilli In!

Review – Veeno: At Last! A Little Bit of Italy Comes to Sheffield

Recently I was faced with a dilemma. What would you do if the doyen of food reviewing in Sheffield asked if you'd like to accompany him on an Italian wine tasting with food thrown in, all for free? Only problem is, there's no room for the wife to come along. Do you............ Politely refuse and … Continue reading Review – Veeno: At Last! A Little Bit of Italy Comes to Sheffield

Review:Cafe Indus, London Road

If there's anything certain in this life, besides the proverbial death and taxes, it's that the old saying "what goes around comes around" is invariably true. A few short months ago I was bemoaning the dearth of quality, traditional Asian eateries in Sheffield (Ruby, Ruby, Ruby¬†&¬†Apna Style Sheffield) when suddenly, before you can chuck some … Continue reading Review:Cafe Indus, London Road

One For Sorrow?? – Never When You Spot THIS Lone Magpie

Preface: I wrote this piece back in May 2011 after one of our day trips to Whitby with my late dad which, on his (and our!) insistence, had to include an obligatory trip to The Magpie. It was long before the devastating fires of last year which left them closed for months. Happily now reopened, … Continue reading One For Sorrow?? – Never When You Spot THIS Lone Magpie

Review: Apna Style Sheffield or… Serendipity-Now There’s A Stroke Of Luck!

Well it's been a while, several months in fact, since the demise of one of the last restaurants in Sheffield serving traditional Pakistani cuisine, the mighty Gulshan. You know, loads of meat, preferably on the bone for succulence in a fragrant, clinging, dry sauce. Just like I wrote about here. Since then we've been severely … Continue reading Review: Apna Style Sheffield or… Serendipity-Now There’s A Stroke Of Luck!

By Gum, but We Bloggers Suffer for Our Art!

One car skidded into a ditch. Another 10 daren't risk the tricky 60m downhill decent to the track leading from Barlow Woodseats Hall to Johnnygate Lane and the trip home. I'd, with the benefit of hindsight, wisely left mine on the main road at the bottom of the lane a mile away from the hall. … Continue reading By Gum, but We Bloggers Suffer for Our Art!