You don’t have to look far to see that we’ve all changed the way we like to eat, drink and network when we’re out and about.

unLTD’s Matt Holmes and Georgina Kerr look at what some of the best venues and vendors across South Yorkshire are doing within the changing landscape of food.

 

The rise of collaborations

The age of the collaboration has well and truly arrived. Now you can find the hippest and tastiest street food right within your favourite places to kick back with a drink.

Local brewery Heist Brew Co may be new to South Yorkshire, but they have been brewing their delicious range of beers in neighbouring Derbyshire since 2018. Situated on Neepsend Lane, they have transformed one of the area’s many former industrial warehouses into a mecca for craft beer aficionados.

But tasting delicious beer isn’t the only thing on offer within Heist. Hungry? They have teamed up with Slap and Pickle to bring you the best burgers and dirty fries to keep you going. Afterwards, you and your party can get down to a competitive game of shuffleboard, try your luck in the arcade or sit down with the PlayStation 5.

Settling into Kelham Island is North Yorkshire brewery SALT, setting up shop within the Green Lane Works iconic entrance gateway. Taking up residence within SALT is Bao Mesters, bringing you the tastiest bao buns and fillings from the genius behind Edo Sushi. The two together harmoniously make the up “craft + bao” brand. The laidback approach is what is key to making this partnership click, as there is no pressure if you want to just enjoy a bao bun, enjoy a drink or both in their hip surroundings.

A new addition to Barnsley town centre is the Spiral City bar. Located on the Victorian Arcade, the team at Spiral City has formed a business model different to anything else happening in the town. With not only the brand-new home of the Vinyl Underground in the next-door unit, having moved from its previous venue on Regent Street, co-owners of Spiral City Fiona and Dean and are now working on transforming a unit across the arcade into a gallery where you will be able to purchase prints of their own fantastic artwork, plus comic books from a trader also previously located on Barnsley Market.

Spiral City has quickly become another popular venue within the Victorian Arcade, with their neighbours The Jolly Tap and the Peaky Blinders bar creating a fantastic atmosphere in the arcade during the evening.

Brewing right in the heart of Sheffield city centre, multiple award winning Triple Point Brewing is a solid addition to the city’s craft beer scene. If you find yourself there on a sunny day, park yourself in their large beer garden and soak up the sun or take a seat indoors where you can see the huge tanks where the beer you are drinking is brewed! Served alongside its iconic beers is another Sheffield institution, Twisted Burger Company. These guys are more than your standard patties and buns – here you get burgers and beats with plenty of vegan options to tempt anyone.

 

Working with the community

In Rotherham, Hygge Community Store & Cafe has made a big impression on the local community. Opened by the Rotherham Rise charity, Hygge offers a family-friendly space which is disability-friendly and has a fantastic range of food including vegan and vegetarian meals. Offering everything from full English breakfasts to light bites for lunch, the café also has a takeaway option, ideal for local businesses searching for their perfect office lunch.

But Hygge isn’t just about the food. Step inside and you will see the shop which sells everything from greetings cards to gifts. Hygge also allow private hire of their space both for business events and community projects. Currently, the community venue has a series of activities and events coming up, including their regular Thursday Tots Club where parents and carers can take their children for a range of sensory play activities.

Hygge truly feels like a part of the Rotherham community and as a multi-use charity venue, the café and shop offer something unique to their neighbouring businesses.

 

Neighbourhood dining

Long gone are the days of having to endure traditional etiquette to sample fine dining with the freshest seasonal produce you could hope for.

Nestled in the corner of Dyson Place, the latest Sharrow Vale hotspot, you can find Tonco, serving modern British small plates with local beer and organic wines. We have definitely all made the shift to sharing plates, and we’re thankful that we have! Tonco gives you the perfect opportunity to try a bit of everything so you can wave goodbye to food envy.

The space is intimate but bright and if you find that something on the menu goes completely over your head, the friendly staff are more than happy to give you further insight.

Starting off as a series of pop-ups, bursting onto the Nether Edge culinary scene in 2018 is Bench, a self-declared ‘neighbourhood hangout with communal bistro-style dining’. Their sample menu boasts boquerones, charcuterie plates from Curing Rebels and creamy burrata. Their whole ethos is about communal drinking and dining. If you are wanting a private booth to enjoy your natural wine, this probably isn’t your go-to place. Grab a loved one, sit down around their long central bench and enjoy some incredible food and drink.

Not so long ago, if you were to be told that some of the finest food you’ve ever tasted would be served to you inside a shipping container situated on the side of a busy ring road, then you would be forgiven for thinking that was inconceivable. However, JÖRO has entered our lives and no longer is that concept so alien.

JÖRO is situated within the Krynkl building in Kelham Island and offers its 7 tables a relaxed dining experience with food that is fresh, seasonal, and packed with flavour. Try the 5, 8 or 10-course tasting menus and pair them with a drinks flight to see how they complement and change the flavours of the food. If you think this sounds a bit formal for you, then you couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no dress code, and it certainly isn’t a quiet atmosphere.

 

Versatility of food halls

Of course, we couldn’t talk about the changing landscape of food and drink across South Yorkshire without mentioning The Glass Works development in Barnsley.

An ambitious project to completely overhaul the town centre, the aim of The Glass Works was to introduce a more diverse range of retail, leisure, and food outlets right in the heart of the town. With summer well and truly on the way, the new layout offers some fantastic outdoor space right in the heart of the town with the brand new 200 Degrees Coffee and Coffee Boy offering European style outdoor seating, perfect for taking advantage of the sun with an iced coffee.

Located above the new indoor market is the Market Kitchen with a fantastic range of independent food outlets and Cucina Sky Lounge for everything from a classic beer to Cucina’s own cocktail creations. During the day the plush leather seats of Cucina offer the perfect place to sit back on your latest project or meet clients and colleagues for a drink during the early evening.

One business that saw the beginning of the Market Kitchen and has experienced how the town has changed over the last two years is Dolly’s Desserts. A TikTok sensation, Dolly’s Desserts has amassed over one million dessert-loving followers, with people from across the country visiting to try their bubble waffles, blondies, and ice cream.

Meanwhile, the largest foodhall in the North can be found in the Neepsend area of Sheffield. Cutlery Works is the brainchild of the people behind the Milestone Group, and as its name would suggest, can be found in one of the area’s large former industrial cutlery works buildings. Set over two floors, diners can choose to peruse the venue’s plethora of independent vendors or sit down and order everything through the bespoke ‘iBe’ app. This method of ordering was popularised during the pandemic, but Cutlery Works have been championing the convenience of app ordering since its beginning.

The huge foodhall is also home to Cutlery Workspace, a co-working freelancers club offering patrons the opportunity to turn the space into their workplace and bottomless coffee for £5 a day, as well as access to the £5 lunch deal from the wide variety of street food vendors. You are guaranteed power point access and no obligation to buy food or drink whilst you work- the perfect alternative to a conventional coffee shop setting.

Inside the towering Castle House overlooking the Castlegate area of Sheffield City Centre is a new burgeoning creative and tech hub, and within it is the cool street food market Kommune. Situated within the former Co-Operative department store, the bar area wraps around the original spiral staircase that leads up to the Kollider Eagle Lab, home to diverse tech, digital and creative businesses.

The beauty of spaces like Kommune is the variety of offerings for everyone, making them the perfect places to accommodate everything from working lunches to informal business meetings and after work drinks. Here, you can enjoy your favourite authentic Korean dish, whilst your friend devours Greek gyros and another tucks into a towering burger, all under the same roof. Taking the awkwardness out of these situations has just made us want to go out for delicious food all the more!

Onto Doncaster where the Wool Market has undergone an extensive renovation. Home to 37 independent businesses, the new Wool Market opened in 2019 with a brand-new refreshed look and feel offering not just fantastic meals in the food court, but live music, quiz nights and traditional arcade-style games.

One of the highlights of the Wool Market’s food court is The Rustic Pizza Co. During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Rustic Pizza Co were one of the companies that successfully diversified their business, offering build-your-own pizza kits which proved to be hugely popular amongst their customers.

 

Check them out for yourself

Heist Brew Co – www.heistbrewco.com

Slap & Pickle – www.slapandpickle.co.uk

Salt – www.saltbeerfactory.co.uk

Triple Point Brewing – www.triplepointbrewing.co.uk

Twisted Burger Company – www.twistedburger.uk

Tonco – www.tonco.co.uk

Bench – www.benchsheffield.co.uk

JÖRO – www.jororestaurant.co.uk

The Glass Works – www.theglassworksbarnsley.com

Market Kitchen – www.theglassworksbarnsley.com/market-kitchen/

Cutlery Works – www.cutleryworks.co.uk

The Wool Market -www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/the-wool-market

Hygge Community Store & Cafe – www.rotherhamrise.org.uk/hygge/