Cod with caviare and apricot bavarois and it’s all free for invited punters

David Briggs and Nicola Wright, wo run Litle Mesters at Kelham Island and the Schoolrooms at Low Bradfield
David Briggs and Nicola Wright, wo run Litle Mesters at Kelham Island and the Schoolrooms at Low Bradfield
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Lucky devils... Two dozen of Low Bradfield’s movers and shakers will be tucking in to a free six-course dinner tonight.

Folk from the post office to the pubs will be treated to a preview of the classy cuisine coming up in January when local cafe and deli shop The Schoolrooms reopens its bistro nights.

There’s cod with caviare, hand-smoked local beef and apricot bavarois on tonight’s menu and the village vicar must be kicking himself; sadly he didn’t reply, says David Briggs.

With wife Nicola he took over the business tranformed from the former village school by local farmer John Woodhouse and his partner Rachel Hague in September.

David and Nicola, who met while working at the Cutlers’ Hall, run the successful Little Mesters cafe at Kelham Island Museum, which is renowned for its bistro nights. They were looking for expansion opportunities when they heard The Schoolrooms was available for lease – and jumped at the chance.

They have extended opening hours to 9am to 5pm seven days a week and have introduced a brand new cafe menu, including an all-day breakfast and an array of homemade dishes.

The farm shop stock has expanded and includes a range of over 60 local cheeses, fresh fruit & vegetables, Roses the Bakers Bread & Sheffield Honey, Round Green Farm venison, Moss Valley pork and 21-day aged beef butchered on site.

“We wanted to get everything running smoothly before we restarted the bistro nights, which had always been popular here,” says David. “Now we have a new head chef, Graham Mitchell from the AA rosette-rated Chequers in Froggatt Edge, the nights will start in January, about a year since they were last staged. We plan to give villagers a real taste for what is to come when they sit down tonight.”