Cookery masterclass at Aligarh restaurant

Aligarh cookery masterclass
Aligarh cookery masterclass

Crosspool restaurant Artisan closes

Artisan in Crosspool
Closed and for sale: Artisan in Crosspool

Crosspool’s Michelin Guide-recognised restaurant Artisan has closed its doors after 20 years of trading.

After being put up for sale in September, owners BrewKitchen have now decided to sell in the hope that a new team will take it on.

Artisan was previously known as Thyme and Smith’s. The upstairs area was also reinvented under different themes including fish restaurant Catch and budget eatery Canteen.

On the Artisan website Richard Smith from BrewKitchen said: “It is with regret, and mixed emotions, that after 20 years of trading we have decided to close.

“It has been a great business that has been the catalyst for real success. From the awards and accolades I achieved in the early years to the exceptional level of trading – I was full for 5 years every night at Smith’s – to the friendships with staff and customers alike that has been truly rewarding and still continue. The opportunity it gave me to progress on to some great other businesses like Thyme Cafe, the Cricket Inn and more recently Graze Inn, and my relationship with Thornbridge Brewery.

“The site is brilliant for a new ownership team. It’s in a great location with a fantastic kitchen, a brilliant feel and the potential for great trade with passion and commitment.”

The closure leaves two Italian restaurants in and around the precinct, along with Crosspool Tavern carvery, The Sportsman pub, Crosspool Fish Bar and Dynasty takeaway.

All existing Artisan bookings will be honoured at The Beauchief.

The sign on the window of Artisan
The sign on the window of Artisan

Crosspool restaurant Artisan put up for sale

Artisan restaurant, Crosspool
Artisan is up for sale

Crosspool’s Michelin Guide-endorsed restaurant Artisan has been put on the market by owners Brewkitchen.

Richard Smith, BrewKitchen chef director, said: “We have developed the BrewKitchen brand significantly during the last 12 months and feel that Artisan no longer fits the profile.

“It is, and always has been, a successful restaurant and a pleasure to run – operating it for almost 20 years with buoyant sales and continued popularity is testament to that.

“Our decision to sell comes knowing it best lends itself to being an owner-run establishment – there’s plenty for someone to get their teeth into, as I experienced when I was in the kitchen.”

BrewKitchen has expanded significantly in the last year, opening Graze Inn on Ecclesall Road and launching Jack Baker’s Brasserie at The Beauchief. The group plans on turning  The Brasserie into their flagship Sheffield outlet.

Photos from Lydgate Green planting and tidy-up day

Friends of Lydgate Green is a small group of local residents who are responsible for the upkeep of the green at the corner of Lydgate Lane.

With a pair of gloves, something to dig with and plenty of enthusiasm to bring pleasure to all who visit the green this summer, the staff from the Artisan restaurant and a dozen or so local people turned up at 9.30am on Saturday to plant around one thousand bulbs and plants.

Afterwards, everyone took up an invitation to go back to the Artisan restaurant for refreshments. Whilst enjoying well-earned drinks fresh cream and chocolate cake kindly provided by Artisan, everyone took the time to get to know one another and reflect on a job well done.

Rachel Bacon said: “A big thank you from the Friends of Lydgate Green to those who came and helped us on Saturday morning. All the plants are in and watered so let’s hope for a bit more sunshine to bring them on.

“Thanks to Richard from Valleyside for all his advice and for doing us such a great deal on the plants, to the Rangers for coming on their day off, to the boys from Artisan for digging in and for the coffee and cake (yum!) and to Ian and Crosspool Forum for their help and to Jane, Kate, George, Tim and Samuel for all their help!”

Daytime cafe opens at Crosspool restaurant

Cafe at La Dolce Vita
Cafe at La Dolce Vita, picture courtesy of @chlojeffcock

La Dolce Vita Italian restaurant in Crosspool has opened a new cafe.

It is open from 10am-4pm, Monday to Saturday for Italian coffees and hot drinks, light lunches, salads, pastries and homemade cakes.

The Sandygate Road cafe/restaurant is also currently running daytime deals on panini, pizza, cake and coffee.

Artisan retains Michelin Guide accolade for 2012

Artisan restaurant, Crosspool: now on both floors
Artisan restaurant, Crosspool: featured in the 2012 Michelin Guide

Artisan restaurant in Crosspool has retained its Bib Gourmand status in the latest Michelin Guide.

Restaurants are named Bib Gourmands for offering good food at moderate prices. By our calculations, it is now the sixteenth year that Richard Smith’s Crosspool restaurant has been named a Bib Gourmand.

The only other Sheffield restaurant to feature in the guide was The Old Vicarage in Ridgeway, which was awarded one star.

Bib Gourmand restaurants in 2012 Michelin Guide

La Dolce Vita restaurant opening party – photos

La Dolce Vita restaurant opening event
La Dolce Vita restaurant: now open

Crosspudlains flocked to a party last night to celebrate the launch of a new local Italian restaurant.

The owners of La Dolce Vita laid on free tasters of pizza, focaccia, bruschetta and a selection of pastries, all washed down with Italian wine.

La Dolce Vita is based in the old A’Villa Caruso unit on Sandygate Road. The restaurant has been completely redecorated with clean white walls and a small drinks bar in the back corner.

It is a family-run affair, with Luciana and Gianpaolo preparing the food and Nirvana managing the restaurant with her husband Matthew.

The pizzeria is now open for bookings on 0114 266 9811.

La Dolce Vita restaurant
La Dolce Vita restaurant - locals at the opening event
La Dolce Vita restaurant
La Dolce Vita - serving food
La Dolce Vita restaurant
La Dolce Vita restaurant - fresh pizza
La Dolce Vita restaurant
La Dolce Vita restaurant - Nirvana and Matthew
La Dolce Vita restaurant - pastries
La Dolce Vita restaurant - pastries
La Dolce Vita restaurant
La Dolce Vita restaurant - chef Luciana with pastry chef Gianpaolo
La Dolce Vita restaurant
La Dolce Vita restaurant: now open for bookings

New restaurant opening in Crosspool this weekend

Italian restaurant La Dolce Vita is opening in the old A'Villa Caruso premisis
Italian restaurant La Dolce Vita is opening in the old A'Villa Caruso premises on Sandygate Road

Crosspool’s new Italian restaurant is celebrating its arrival on Friday night (1 July) with a free food buffet.

La Dolce Vita is opening in the old A’Villa Caruso unit on Sandygate Road.

Friday’s event runs from 5-9pm and includes tasters of their Tuscan-style recipes and a glass of Italian wine.

The restaurant opens properly on Saturday 2 July. Bookings are being taken on 0114 266 9811.