Tucked away in the old Georgian legal quarter behind Sheffield Cathedral lies Bank Street Arts, a charity-run space for creative types to work and exhibit in.
The arts centre is a rambling warren of rooms and internal open spaces, each displaying original pieces by local artists, and right at the heart lies Cafe Juniper.
It’s a peaceful little oasis to while away a lunch hour in, but if you’re in a hurry, its wholesome, imaginative and often vegetarian-inspired food is available in takeaway form.
The menu, written on a huge blackboard, includes deli-style ciabattas, hand-made soups, stews and chillis, coffees, teas and cordials plus home-made cakes.
“We source free-range, organic and local produce wherever possible,” says the lovely girl with nose-studs behind the timber-clad counter. “Our eggs are free-range, our ciabattas from Sheffield’s Cat Lane bakery and our meats and vegetables from the market.”
The hot stew and soup was really tasty, the cakes moist and moreish, the coffee good and strong and the sandwich (excellent bread, by the way) a great combination of creamy, salty cheese and fruity sweetness.
It tastes like love has gone into everything.
Cafe Juniper at Bank Street Arts
32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS
Tel: 0114 3463034, www.artsbankstreetarts.com/cafe
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm.
Parking: On-street meters or Hartshead NCP.
What we had: Brie, apricot preserve and rocket ciabatta £3.00, ham, cider and onion stew £3.20, bean, chorizo and spinach chilli £2.70, an Americano coffee £1.50, red velvet cake £1.80 and banana, cherry and honey loaf £1.50. Total £14.20.
Service: It takes a while, but the girls are busy making the sandwiches from scratch and are also serving orders for their cafe.
Decor: Arty-folksy. Simple, down-to-earth and cute.
Verdict: Fabulous, inventive, quality food.