Bubbly Tracy Henstock has brought a new concept to Sheffield - the city’s first dedicated prosecco bar.
The former civil servant took the plunge and bought Caffe Leopold - formerly the Leopold Kitchen - in March. It opened at 1 Leopold Street three weeks ago, with a new look and, a new philosophy. “I was a civil servant for 23 years”, said owner Tracy, of Ecclesfield. “Last year my best friend died and I just thought I need to do something different. “I like gourmet coffee, so that was the first idea and then I started looking at other specialities - it was really about helping people come together. “I don’t want it to be a bar, and I don’t want it to be a restaurant, just somewhere comfortable where people can come down and have a drink and wind down. “My husband loves prosecco, it seems to be a really popular drink and whenever I mentioned it to people they said they would love it.”
There are currently eight varieties of prosecco on the menu, starting in price at £4.50, but there are plans for more. Planning permission is being sought so tables and chairs can be put outside, although there’s already a much better view of the world since posters have been taken off the windows.
Our glasses also came with a minimalist tray of posh olives and bread crisps to nibble on. But there are far grander plans afoot for gourmet burgers and ice cream - including a spinach flavour which is apparently ‘lovely’.
Prosecco tasting and other events are also in the pipeline for the future. But is Sheffield ready for a prosecco bar?
“I hope so”, said Tracy. “In places like Leeds and Manchester there are quite a few which are popular, its just something different for the city. “The people who have been in so far seem to love it.”