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Rafters

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220 Oakbrook Road, Nether Green, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Opened in 1994 and now under the ownerships of Manager Alistair Myers and...
Opened in 1994 and now under the ownerships of Manager Alistair Myers and Chef Tom Lawson Rafters has long been accepted as one of Sheffield's finest restaurants. The combination of the highly skilled & creative cooking of Tom and the kitchen team partnered with the knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed service of Alistair and the front of house team partners to make the best dining experience possible. Both brought up locally Alistair went to Tapton School where he did his work placement at the Forte Post house and has been hooked on the catering industry ever since.Leaving school at 16 to pursue his chosen career in a work based modern apprenticeship Alistair has worked in some of the best Hotels and Restaurants in Sheffield and the surrounding area learning his trade always with the ultimate ambition of opening his own restaurant one day. Tom started cooking at the age of 13 when he was first introduced to the highly regarded Sheffield College for a one week cookery course in the summer holidays whilst at High Storrs. It was this initial introduction that sparked his passion and ultimately led him back to Sheffield College where he completed his Professional Chefs diploma and was named college chef of the year. After leaving college Tom has worked at the highest level in Restaurants and Pubs in Sheffield and the surrounding area, maintaining and gaining local, regional & national recognition wherever he has cooked. Working together for the past 5 years it is the shared vision that dining is about the whole experience and not just the kitchen or dining room that brought Alistair & Tom together to embark on the journey of running their own restaurant working together as one team with the goal always being to delight and satisfy the customer.
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Good for:
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 150
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Top notch food

First visit to Rafters in many years and was very impressed. Service was excellent, staff were polite and friendly. Unusual little appetisers then the set menu for us. The scallops were delicious and the trio of beef cooked to perfection. Mention has been made about portion sizes in previous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Kim T
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Sheffield
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Sheffield
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

First visit to Rafters in many years and was very impressed. Service was excellent, staff were polite and friendly. Unusual little appetisers then the set menu for us. The scallops were delicious and the trio of beef cooked to perfection. Mention has been made about portion sizes in previous reviews but I think they have got it spot on. They... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The food here is excellent - well presented and a well thought out menu. Was impressed with the changes they have made to the restaurant. Only slight negative was the length of the wait between courses - perhaps five - ten minutes too long. Was a shame as we would have had a cheese course but it got a bit... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Had the tasting menu and wine flight with friends- two of us vegetarian- a real treat to be catered for so well. We had been before but not for the full experience and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the waitresses gave great service and knew and could talk about each of the dishes they were serving.... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Simply the best food in Sheffield. What more can you say? We've been many times and have always been blown away by the high standards. Excellent!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has outstanding food and attentive service. The layout is good and it has a lovely relaxed, homely and cosy atmosphere. My only criticism would be that the portions are a little small, even for a fine dining restaurant. Nevertheless; it is definitely worth a visit and we shall be back!

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Wetherby
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I visited Rafters yesterday for a family party and feel compelled to write a review! I'd read a lot of reviews on here and was a little worried that the portion size wouldn't be big enough for me as I do love my food! I needn't have worried - I was stuffed!!! Everything from the champagne to the canapés, the... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I certainly love to sing the praises of Rafters as I believe its the finest place to eat in Sheffield, just look at my previous reviews ! But and yes there is a but and that's I really don't think a normal person would be satisfied with the amount of food received. Let me refrain that, yes they would be... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It is some time since we visited Rafters as under the previous ownership our last visit was disastrous. We had heard some good reports and decided to give it a go. Saturdays are very busy and we had to book about four weeks ahead, so bear this in mind. Food, service and ambience were all first class, my only minor... More 

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sheffield
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great food ,very tasty, but the potions were small. I don't mind paying out for good food but I felt that I didn't get value for money.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The food was really good but the potion sizes let it down really bad, my husband was that hungry when we got home he had to have another meal, disappointing really to say how much it costs.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 220 Oakbrook Road, Nether Green, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  South Yorkshire  >  Sheffield
  • Phone Number: +44 114 230 4819

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 59 - 180

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Opened in 1994 and now under the ownerships of Manager Alistair Myers and Chef Tom Lawson Rafters has long been accepted as one of Sheffield's finest restaurants. The combination of the highly skilled & creative cooking of Tom and the kitchen team partnered with the knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed service of Alistair and the front of house team partners to make the best dining experience possible. Both brought up locally Alistair went to Tapton School where he did his work placement at the Forte Post house and has been hooked on the catering industry ever since.Leaving school at 16 to pursue his chosen career in a work based modern apprenticeship Alistair has worked in some of the best Hotels and Restaurants in Sheffield and the surrounding area learning his trade always with the ultimate ambition of opening his own restaurant one day. Tom started cooking at the age of 13 when he was first introduced to the highly regarded Sheffield College for a one week cookery course in the summer holidays whilst at High Storrs. It was this initial introduction that sparked his passion and ultimately led him back to Sheffield College where he completed his Professional Chefs diploma and was named college chef of the year. After leaving college Tom has worked at the highest level in Restaurants and Pubs in Sheffield and the surrounding area, maintaining and gaining local, regional & national recognition wherever he has cooked. Working together for the past 5 years it is the shared vision that dining is about the whole experience and not just the kitchen or dining room that brought Alistair & Tom together to embark on the journey of running their own restaurant working together as one team with the goal always being to delight and satisfy the customer.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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