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FLAMBOYANT chef Cary Brown, one of Sheffield’s culinary characters, closed his London Club restaurant on Surrey Street last week.

Cary, who has had a string of eateries in the city, opened nearly three years ago as an upmarket steak and fish bar, then rang the change s with a series of menus trying to find a winning formula. On one recent weekend London Club had less than a dozen customers.

He’s decided to quit several months before the lease is up in October. “I have had my own restaurants for over 20 years but now I am not bothered. I’m taking a month off to see what I want to do,” he said.

Cary came to fame as the youngest head chef, then 20, at the now defunct Charnwood Hotel, then launched into business on his own with Carriages, Brown’s and Slammers, among others.

Steak houses seem to have had their chips; the Bar & Grill in Leopold Square has also now closed its doors.

LOW Bradfield’s Schoolrooms farm deli and cafe on Mill Lea Lane has a summer daytime deal on. Choose two speciality sandwiches or paninis from the extensive choice, add two teas or coffees and the bill is £10 Tuesday to Friday.

SHEFFIELD’S Muslim community are staging a charity Iftar dinner to raise money for famine-struck West Africa.

Iftar is a meal taken after sunset each night during the month of Ramadan. Islamic Relief Sheffield is staging the dinner, £10 for three courses, on Sunday, August 12, from 6.30pm at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria.

A speaker will give an eye-witness account of the African famine and an auction will be held.