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220 Oakbrook Road, Nether Green, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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Ranked #6 of 1,067 Restaurants in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $63 - $71
Wed - Sun 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Would highly recommend this gem of a restaurant - service food and ambience of very high standard. If we have a special occasion this is our favourite place to come as the food and service are above par. Many thanks for a lovely evening

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

When you enter this quaint little place you aren't entirely sure where the stairs will lead, but then you are met by a large open room with well dressed tables. Although it is a large open space, the sound didn't seem to travel far so I found the venue suitable for business discussions. The food was delightful, there is a... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had a family dinner organized. The atmosphere is OK. The food and the service is excellent. The staff is attentive. Good preparation.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

An absolutely fantastic place with amazing food, great atmosphere and brilliant service. By special arrangement the lovely owners of Rafters organised a 9 course vegetarian taster menu for us. Every single course was delicious, from the crispy on the outside, runny on the inside deep fried quails egg to the vibrant broccoli and gorgonzola consommé with toasted almonds. Each course... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Thanks again Alistair, Tom and the team for a 6 star evening of 1st class food WITH 1st class service. I have eaten at Ramseys and this is as good!!!! We will be back! Thank you.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A night to remember, service excellent, unobtrusive but there when wanted.food excellent from scallops, rabbit,beef lamb.the wine selected finished of the meal beautifully.best place we have eaten in in Sheffield for a long time. For a special occasion you cannot go wrong it is right, right , right!!

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Rafters is NOT a 5 star restaurant! This is the very first time out of 40 odd restaurant reviews that I have done on trip advisor that I refuse to give 5 stars. Rafters is hereby my first ever 6 star rating !! Yes I am adding an extra star as I visited Rafters for not the first time but... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Lovely tasty food and nice atmosphere, but ridiculously small portions. The £39 for the five courses may seen good value, but the portions are tiny. Nothing wrong with the canapés as tasty quails eggs and taste of liver parfait is what you'd expect, but the portions never really got any bigger! The main course was definitely starter size and no... More

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Yorkshire England
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

décor a little dated but good service and attention. the food although very tasty was presented in tiny portions. none of us wanted huge amounts but it's not cheap and slightly bigger portions would have been appreciated. no dish of veg/potatoes which they did used to serve. £2 added if you choose cheeseboard from the dessert list - a bit... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Following the change in ownership of Rafters I was a little unsure as to whether this wonderful restaurant would have maintained the same high standards as under Marcus' tenure. Alistair and Tom seem to want to keep the winning formula so I needn't have been concerned; whilst a few small changes have been made the dishes are of the same... More

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