Cafe Crucible, inside the Crucible Theatre
It’s renowned for its acoustics, the Crucible. What a shame our visit to its 40-seater cafe was spoilt by noise from the foyer. Atmosphere is lacking. The rest is one long round of applause, though. Food - a hot dish, a quiche and a soup of the day, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, a salad bar and home-made cakes and pastries - is good, well-priced and cooked from scratch.
Open from 10am every day but Sunday.
Crucible Corner, Tudor Square
A popular spot for theatre-goers before curtain-up, the Corner has an extensive menu and a range of guest beers, lager and wine. Starters include sweet-roasted beetroot with goat’s cheese, Crawshaw’s pork pie or crab with creme fraiche and mustard, Mains, £8.95 to £11.50, include salmon with black olive tapenade, risotto and Porterhouse steak burger. There are omelettes, sandwiches and salads, too. Open Monday to Saturday from morning until late.
Mamas & Leonies, Norfolk street, Sheffield
Full marks for atmosphere at this lively pre-theatre favourite. Opened in 1968, Mama’s was the first Pizzeria in the region and looks like an authentic trattoria. Eat downstairs if you can; the seats at the bar that overlooks the kitchen are the best in the house and here you don’t have to book - though there are loads more tables upstairs that can be booked in advance. Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-11.30pm.