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“top quality restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rafters

Rafters
Ranked #3 of 1,429 Restaurants in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $155
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“top quality restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

We have been several times over the last couple of years, The service and food is top quality every time we go.

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“Food is the star here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2011

Yes as some of the other reviews may have mentioned, it could do with a bit of a make over on the decor front. But the staff were warm and attentive, and the food was top notch.

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“Good food, good informal service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2009

For a Friday night it was quiet - getting there at 2000hrs there were only another 4 couples in the place - but that didn't detract from the evening.

Rafters offers a good fixed price menu for £36 per person for three courses.

Not a lot really to say other than the food was excellent and that the service was swift (but not too swift to feel rushed) and informal.

The Meal for two, drinks, wine and coffees came to £126

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“lovely food, a bit ont he expensive side for a regular haunt but nice for a special occasion or a bit of a treat.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2008

lovely food, a bit ont he expensive side for a regular haunt but nice for a special occasion or a bit of a treat.

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“deco not great but food...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2008

deco not great but food is. could do with deco and ambience upgrading but food is good ;-)

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