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MishMash Sheffield - 'Kitchen Café Bar' - Restaurant Review

MishMash on Sheffield's Ecclesall Rd is aptly named for its ecclectic menu and quirky but cool decor. I ate there last Friday night and enjoyed it enough to write a mini review of them here. First of all, it's a not an S&M Cafe-esque 'posh bangers and mash' place as we'd initially thought on hearing the name. MishMash, the name, applies much more to the general feel of the place with chunky wooden furniture, bold ceiling-high prints of the Peaks on the walls, and a bright but informal style. Although placing an emphasis on locally sourced ...

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Enjoying the wares of Brew Company Sheffield and Sea Island Coffee London

I enjoyed a visit to The Brew Company microbrewery in Sheffield last week. This is small-scale brewing, perhaps 10,000 pints of ale per week, that's supplied to Sheffield's finer ale pubs like the Fat Cat, Devonshire Cat and Kelham Island Tavern. The Head Brewer, owner, salesman, cleaner etc is Peter, who runs the brewery single-handedly and even finds time to do informal tours to ale enthusiasts on the occasional evening. We sampled his best bitter, a hoppy IPA, and a light ginger-flavoured ale. They were delicious with good punchy flavours -- no Smiths or Tetleys Creamflow here! And ...

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Planning a Wedding at Townfield Barn, Shatton

We recently had our wedding reception at the rustic but beautiful Townfield Barn in the Peak District's Hope Valley. In a stunning setting, it's a great venue that can be completely personalised to whatever you want, but does involve a fair amount of effort to make the logistics work. It'd be much easier to do second time around with the benefit of experience, and since we're not planning that, we thought we'd put some thoughts online below in case they're useful for other couples getting married at Townfield Barn in future. Contents Space | Catering ...

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Starting a Self-Build House Adventure

Well it's official, we've just bought a ropey 1960s bungalow in Sheffield with the plan to demolish it and build our own house. If all goes to plan, it'll be self-build in the sense that we'll work with an architect to spec a house to our requirements and will be making loads of decisions along the way, but ultimately we won't be the ones laying the bricks. It's a decent sized plot by UK suburban standards, about 750 square metres, which is plenty for a good-sized house (200 square metres over 2 stories) with ...

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