“Culinary innovation in leafy Sheffield” - AA Inspector
SHEFFIELD, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
Located in a parade of shops in a residential corner of Sheffield, first-floor restaurant Rafters is concealed in a row of shops and accessed via a flight of stairs. The room has an unusual shape, with a couple of round windows and high beams that inspired the name of the restaurant. Decorated in grey with plenty of exposed brick, there are only around 24 covers, which makes it a pleasantly intimate dining experience. The modern British cooking showcases simple but innovative flavour combinations and clean, precise flavours. Kick off with a fresh and zingy starter comprising cubes of fresh, raw Loch Duart salmon, fermented beetroot, blood orange segments and melt in the mouth buttermilk ‘snow’. Move on to an accurately timed piece of Scottish venison with an offal and barley faggot, honey-roasted parsnips, kale and blackcurrant gel with a hint of pine oil. Finish with a bright, modern take on rhubarb and custard with forced Yorkshire rhubarb teamed with white chocolate, gingerbread crumb and apple, and sorrel granita.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 26
- Steps for wheelchair: 10
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 22–30 August, 19 December to 3 January
- Wines under £30: 11
- Wines over £30: 50
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover South Yorkshire
Traditionally a steel and coal producing centre, the decline of both industries in South Yorkshire has been replaced to some extent by tourism based around the area’s beautiful Pennine countryside. The county claims part of the Peak District National Park, whose hills and dales provide welcome space for the large urban populations.
South Yorkshire is made up of four districts: City of Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. Barnsley is the county’s administrative centre, located on one of Britain’s richest coalfields. The town has an entry in the Domesday Book and was built on land belonging to the priories of Pontefract and Monk Bretton. Doncaster, originally a Roman station, is set on the River Don. It is known particularly for its racecourse, best known for the St Leger in September. In 1875, Charles Dickens watched it from the 18th century Italianate grandstand at the Town Moor racecourse. The Lincolnshire Handicap is held in March. The town also boasts fine Georgian architecture and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
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