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220 Oakbrook Road, Nether Green, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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Ranked #10 of 1,130 Restaurants in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $59 - $182
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:30 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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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Yes I’ve been to Rafters a good few times now and that’s maybe because locally it really is my favourite restaurant. Alistair (front of house) Tom (head chef) seems to have got it pretty much spot on! Now this review is about my last two trips really, firstly I took one of my best mates (Lukey G) and his girlfriend... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The whole experience of Rafters was impeccable! Me and my boyfriend travelled up to Sheffield for our 2 year anniversary. My boyfriend researched lots of restaurants and this came up top! He contacted them but couldn't get through , they rang straight back and were overly helpful and answered every question that was asked. The food was fantastic, I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Visited Rafters on a Wednesday evening for a surprise night out with my partner. He treated me to the taster menu and I could not fault it at all. Starting with delicious canapés to get our tastebuds going it set the tone for the evening... Course after course of well balanced, intelligent dishes that we were hard pushed to choose... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The new owners have continued to improve the overall quality of the restaurant and deserve praise for it. From the front of house staff, to the atmosphere, to the quality of the food, Rafters has improved immeasurably and deserves the accolades it is getting. Excellent home made breads, excellent amuse bouche, a fantastic scallop starter, followed by the best vegetarian... More 

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sheffield uk
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116 reviews 116 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Sunday lunch again - Roast Beef for me, Pork for madame. what can I say ? Clean plates all round ! Superb food, with delightful canapes, and amuse-bouches in between courses. Fab. As a birthday treat, truly superb. pleasant atmosphere, easy parking on the road outside, just a lovely relaxing lunch. Looking forward to Valentine's day already !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Really nice food, and decent portion sizes too. Nice atmosphere. Thank you Alistair and Tom for such a nice dining experience.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was my wife's and mine first visit to this fantastic restaurant but we will be back when we have saved up. It is very expensive but the food is out of this world the best ever tasted and the service is 5 star. Very good place

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As always, a fantastic evening, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly staff, nice ambience, and above all 1st class food and presentation, thanks Tom, Alistair and Sarah for the best New Years Eve we have had in years, I hope you have us booked in for a table for 2 for 31.12.15.

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County Durham
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99 reviews 99 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Marvellous restaurant, Michelin star standard food. A party of 6, three couples all 60+ had the taster menu and it was excellent throughout. 'Main' course, the venison was superb. One of us had the vegetarian option and this was equally good. Friendly reception, attentive and on the ball maitre d', and cosy ambience. Not cheap but worth the money. Would... More 

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Not time to do an in-depth review today. Original and delicious food, pleasant ambiance, good service. Priced at the high end, but lives up to it. This restaurant is highly recommended.

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Address: 220 Oakbrook Road, Nether Green, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
Phone Number: +44 114 230 4819
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  South Yorkshire  >  Sheffield
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
Average Prices: USD 59 - 182

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