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 restaurants to merge

Artisan restaurant, Crosspool: now on both floors
Artisan restaurant, Crosspool: now on both floors

Richard Smith’s Catch seafood cafe at Crosspool is closing as a separate venture and merging with Artisan downstairs. The same menu will be running on both floors, with fish a specialty.

The Sheffield Telegraph reports that Artisan was turning people away at busy times.

Christmas trees go up in precinct

Earlier on today, volunteers and the Crosspool Forum committee met to put up illuminated Christmas trees above shops in the precinct.

It is the sixth year that Crosspool shops have been decorated with Christmas trees. As the photos below show, thankfully the team was blessed with fine weather compared to last year’s driving sleet!

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Crosspool: the best of both worlds

Close enough to the city centre but with easy access to the countryside – that’s how the Sheffield Telegraph has described Crosspool, Fulwood, Ranmoor and Lodge Moor in it’s latest area focus advertising feature.

Artisan and Catch restaurants, Bamforth’s fruit and vegetable shop and Craft Angels are all included in the piece, which appears highlights only the businesses that have bought an advert on the same page of the newspaper.

Sheffield Telegraph’s S10 area focus