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Loxley’s Admiral Rodney Vintage Inn will re-open after a swift £100,000, four-day makeover.

There is a new bar, a cosy corner with leather sofas and chairs, says landlady Kate Oakley, plus a designated dining area for candlelit meals.

The pub is named after a local hero, George Brydges Rodney, who – as an admiral – defeated a Spanish fleet in 1780 and a French fleet at the Battle of the Saints in 1782.

At the re-opening on Thursday between 5-7pm you get a free glass of fizz.

The Wick at Both Ends is counting down to Christmas with the Twelve Days of Wickmas. From next Tuesday each day will feature a separate festive deal or a menu special. On Sunday December 18 there’s roast goose on the menu.

London chain Patisserie Valerie opens its latest café at 11 Barkers Pool in Sheffield on Monday, creating over 25 new jobs. Founded in 1926 by Belgian Madame Valerie, early morning breakfasts right through to high teas are being served. There’s also a bespoke catering service and exclusive wedding cakes.

Breakfast with Santa is back on the menu at the Copthorne Hotel, Bramall Lane. He’s in attendance this Sunday and next, plus December 22, 23, and at 3pm on the 24th. For £10 your child gets breakfast and a gift. Call 0114 252 5480 to book.

Whirlow Hall Farm still has free-range turkeys available for Christmas. Bronze birds are £10.50 per kg and whites £9.50. Profits go to help the charity-run farm’s work with inner-city kids.