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Rafters

220 Oakbrook Road, Nether Green, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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Ranked #6 of 1,046 restaurants in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $67 - $75
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service. Best restaurant I've been to in Sheffield. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I loooooove the Rafters! I dont dine here very ofter because of the price but it is hands down the best fine dining restaurant in Sheffield. Service is polite friendly and knowledgable Food is fantastic, it is very rare to find new tastes these days. Rafters always has something new. Atmosphere is ok, the fine dining environment in general is... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This food is truly exceptional. Our starters and mains were just of the highest quality we have ever tasted. It is a clean and well maintained restaurant with a good ambience. The service is good - it is worth noting not the most attentive I have come across, but good enough. It is expensive but then again you get what... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Booked to go out for Sunday lunch with our family as a treat Whatever your needs Alister and his team can sort it out ! Vegetarian Sunday lunch with gravy and all it's trappings was fab ! Starters and canapés were to die for All our needs including fussy kids were dealt with no problem Alister and his band continue... More

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I tend to go out most Thursday nights for a meal with my great friend Booty (David J) Now we really are a pair of chaps that love our food but love to either praise a restaurant or be critical of any aspect of it. So after looking on trip advisor for a descent retaurant in Sheffield that was more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

One of the best meals I've had in Sheffield, if not the best. Every course a winner and some great wine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Well that's better! We've been two or three times over the last few years and it was always perfectly ok; but tonight was the first time we've been since Rafters was taken over in November 2013 by Tom (in the kitchen) and Alastair (front of house): bright local boys, cooking with imagination and attention to detail, and providing personable, informative... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I came to Rafters a few weeks ago for my birthday and it was absolutely fantastic. As soon as I arrived I felt so welcomed into a calm atmosphere, as more people arrived at the restaurant the ambience grew and made the experience even more enjoyable! The food.. WOW! Canapés on arrival was the poached quale's egg and mushroom soup,... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Took my girlfriend here for a treat, and a treat it was. The service is the best I've ever had, the gentleman looking after us was knowledgable and very accommodating. The food was incredible, every course was cooked to perfection and the beef was hands down the best beef I have ever tasted. One of the best nights out I've... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A family group of six, aged 11 to 63, had a wonderful meal at Rafters. The meal began with complimentary canapés - ham terrine bites and covered quails' eggs. Each course gave a choice of six dishes, served with a range of breads (the signature black pudding bread was delicious). Excellent starters included duck & orange terrine and scallops. Mains... More

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