Graze Inn, Sheffield

Graze Inn SheffieldThornbridge Brewery and chef Richard Smith have created a “funky country kitchen” bar and restaurant in Sheffield

Replace the first two sentences with: Eight years after producing its first beers at a 10-barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire, Thornbridge Brewery has expanded into a second brewing site and opened its own pubs and bars such as Dada in Sheffield city centre. Owners Simon Webster and Jim Harrison have also been developing bars, pubs and restaurants in partnership with leading chef Richard Smith as part of their BrewKitchen group. Clustered around Sheffield, these include Relish in Ecclesall Road and Artisan in Crosspool – formerly Smith’s of Sheffield where Richard made his name.

Their latest venture is the Graze Inn which has seen an outdated sports bar, Champs, transformed into a modern bar and restaurant that brings the ambience of a country kitchen to Ecclesall Road on the edge of Sheffield city centre. “With its menu and modern look, it’s a departure from what we have done before,” says Simon at Thornbridge. “It’s our first venture into cocktails, which are something we don’t do at our pubs.”

Developed by the bar’s own staff, the cocktail menu features plenty of well-known classics including twists such as a Rosemary Caipirinha, a honey and elderflower Margarita, and the Apple Berry Pie Martini made with vodka, Chambord, apple juice, blueberry juice and cream. Local flavour has been added to drinks such as a Yorkshire Bloody Mary, using Sheffield’s own Henderson’s Relish, and a Thornbridge Sangria made with Thornbridge’s 10 per cent ABV Bracia dark ale, Cointreau, port and spices. The bar naturally also sells Thornbridge’s full range of ales, such as its bestselling India pale ale Jaipur, as well as a good selection of wines.

With head chef Mark James, Richard has developed a versatile menu with a strong focus on sharing, ranging from pastas, salads and risottos to British flats – a version of a pizza using British ingredients. The freshly made food and drinks are matched by the interior which has been inspired by country kitchens and farm shops. It is the work of Matt Rawlinson of Raw Design, a specialist in hospitality interiors who also designed Relish and Dada. “We made it completely different from the dark and dingy sports bar it was before,” he says. “It is now fresh and light and homely with a relaxed vibe. We also retained some of the historical aspects of the building which was once an old Victorian shop.”

Graze Inn Sheffield

With a colour palette of white and pale greys, it features light fittings made of bamboo fencing as well as industrial-style lamps made from old Sheffield lathes. To bring extra theatre, the food preparation station is open so customers can see staff making the fresh dishes. Matt adds: “It is a bit of a funky twist on the idea of a country kitchen in the city.”

Graze Inn, 315-319 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8NX Tel: 0114 267 6666

Originally published in the January 2013 edition of Bar magazine.

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