Popular Sheffield cafe Marmadukes opening SECOND venue in city

One of Sheffield’s most popular cafés is gearing up to open its second site in the £470 million Heart of the City II scheme.

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Saturday, 7th December 2019, 8:00 am

One of Sheffield’s most popular cafés is gearing up to open its second site in the £470 million Heart of the City II scheme.

Marmadukes, which has traded on Norfolk Row since 2012, has taken a unit on the ground floor of Grosvenor House, underneath the new HSBC offices in the radically overhauled Charter Square.

The fit-out is now under way – and the owners have confirmed they hope to open the new site before Christmas.

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The venue, complete with outdoor terrace, will complement H&M-owned fashion stores Monki and Weekday which have launched as retail tenants in the development.

Marmadukes’ original café will carry on trading as usual.

The place – which has a stripped-back, homely interior and a characterful logo featuring a drawing of a scarf-wearing bear riding a small bicycle – is consistently busy throughout the week.

Staff use ingredients from local, sustainable and ethical suppliers – such as Our Cow Molly milk – to make fresh coffee, salads, sandwiches and baked goods in-house every day.

Marmadukes Cafe Deli owner Tim Nye

The new 1,500 sq ft café will have a stronger focus on vegan and vegetarian food.

The business is owned by retired police detective Tim Nye and his wife Clare.

“We are proud to call Sheffield our home and are excited to be playing a part in the Heart of the City II regeneration scheme,” said Tim earlier this year.

“It is a major development that will significantly transform this district of the city centre.

Tim Nye with his wife Clare, TJ, Catherine and Will, outside Marmadukes' new site. Picture: Marie Caley

“We are a family-run business with a small but growing team.

“Our aim is to offer city centre visitors and weekday workers the best in British daytime food and drink. We are all incredibly passionate about what we do – something we believe is reflected in our café the moment you walk through our door.”

Heart of the City II, formerly known as the Sheffield Retail Quarter and the successor to the Sevenstone project which stalled during the recession, is led by Sheffield Council which is acting as the scheme’s developer alongside strategic partner Queensberry.

Marmadukes' Tim Nye inside the original Norfolk Row cafe.