‘World class’ dining hope of creative hub in Sheffield

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Sheffield fine dining restaurant Rafters has launched a new creative hub - with the aim of creating a ‘world class’ dining destination.

The hub is located four doors down from the restaurant on Oakbrook Road in Nether Green and was the brainchild of owners Tom Lawson and Alistair Myers.

Head chef Tom said the hub was ‘a place where ideas can be brought to fruition without the interference of day to day tasks.’

Full staff creative sessions are taking place on Saturdays.

Another Sheffield food entrepreneur has also been getting creative in time for RHS Chatsworth, which launches today.

Jennie Street, who runs Langwith Farm in Bolsover, has created a ‘Garden for Hard Times’ and a 1940s allotment to feed into the menu of food demonstrations and expert talks taking place every day in the artisan kitchen theatre at the spectacular show.

Crops will include chillis, salads, herbs, fruit and edible flowers as wellas a whole range of vegetables that will be used in the kitchen, hosted by the School of Artisan Food from the Welbeck Estate.

Rhubarb Farm supports a wide range of people - drug and alcohol misusers, people with mental ill health, ex-offenders, people with physical ill health, or learning disability or dementia and school students struggling with their behaviour who all get involved in growing fruit and veg for a small commercial market and the supply of local vegetable bags.

Jennie said: “We are delighted to be so involved in this new Chelsea of the North,though it will be hard work for all of us.

“The farm’s work supporting people to health, confidence and employability will be showcased in a positive light and our volunteers and staff will get to tell the story of the farm.

“We want to show how valuable productive outdoor work can be in turning the lives round of people with multiple and complex needs.”

RHS Chatsworth runs until June 11

Barnsley business people looking to network with a beer in their hand can head to the Panorama Space at the Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, tonight from 8pm. It is the final event from Acorn Brewery’s Barnsley Beer and Business Club before their summer break.

A barrel of Summer Pale will be available along with canapes by Greg from the Oak Star Café. Tickets are free from Eventbrite.