FOOD REVIEW: Book in for top library cafe feast

Shhh Cafe at Peak Square, Crystal Peaks. Cora May Ellis, 10 months-old   from Gleadless, tucks into the children's meal

Shhh Cafe at Peak Square, Crystal Peaks. Cora May Ellis, 10 months-old from Gleadless, tucks into the children's meal

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Sshh! The name might not make you think this is an ideal place to eat with young children but actually it is in the perfect location for families.

You’ll find Sshh! Cafe at the entrance to Crystal Peaks Library.

Yep, a cafe in a library and although we didn’t try it, I’m told you are welcome to take your drinks into the library as you browse for a book.

This is a new venture by Sheffield lad Tapi Mabaya and before you’ve even tried the food it has ticked all the boxes.

As it isn’t one of the many coffee chains you are guaranteed friendly service and the cakes looks amazing.

It also has to be good news for library lovers, and let’s be honest there isn’t much of that around at the minute. My kids love libraries and love cafes so it is the perfect combination.

You can get a good quality children’s meal for £2.95 which consists of a smaller sandwich, a drink and a bun.

Jamie went for a ham and salad sandwich and did his usual seven-year-old critique which this time involved a huge thumbs up - particular for the sandwich which was warm and fresh.

He was proud to be served with ‘real’ bread instead of the usual sliced rubbish that so many cafes offer for children’s meals.

The meal was completed by a small salad and crisps - ticks from mum on the five-a-day front and ticks from Jamie for crisps!

The sandwiches are all made fresh and staff are more than happy to fit in with fussy requests.

Jordan did the typical 13 year old thing and opted for chocolate fudge cake (£2.95) and a small hot chocolate with all the trimmings (£2.50). She was first to admit it wasn’t very healthy but with a very delighted smile declared it was absolutely delicious.

The only problem with Sshh! is that it is quite small so at busy times you might struggle to get a table, although everything they do can also be served as takeaway.

Fear not, as Tapi whips up his great cappuccinos he is already weighing up the possibilities of opening a second cafe in another part of Sheffield. You’ve got to wish good luck to this blossoming Sheffield business .

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