TUCK BOX: Ping pong and pizza at new independent bar

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Imported Italian ingredients are on the menu at Sheffield’s newest bar, Picture House Social.

The pizzeria, vintage-feel bar, outside terrace and games room - with three ping pong tables for customers- opened two weeks ago in the basement of the iconic Abbeydale Picture House.

It is already drawing in a crowd keen for cocktails and Italian street food such as nduja topped pizza, arancini balls and zucchini fries - despite the fact it is pretty hard to spot.

“That’s kind of how we wanted it”, said James O’ Hara, also co-founder of the Great Gatsby.

“The food menu is something we took a lot of time over, we’ve even imported the right flour and the tomatoes have to come from 30 miles around Mount Vesuvius.”

Gordon returns...

Well, not quite. A lookalike Ramsay is to be on hand to turn up the heat with Silversmiths, where chef Lee Mangles will take on Simon Ayres from The Showroom cafe and bar.

Sheff’s Kitchen on October 25 will also include interactive scoring equipment so diners can judge their three course meal.

The whole show, at a pop-up restaurant in Sheffield Hallam University, is to boost Whirlow Hall Farm Educational Trust.

Tickets cost £45. To book call 0114 2352678.

Bake it one more time

The series is nearly over, but corporate colleagues with a talent for baking are invited to show off their skills at a charity bake-off.

Sheffield’s very own star baker Howard Middleton is to judge the contest for charity Neurocare, which raises money for life-saving equipment at the Hallamshire.

The prize is a baking course with Howard. Email corin@neurocare.org.uk