Sheffield-based insolvency and business turnaround expert Wilson Field has grown to encompass a network of regional offices across the country. National sales manager and qualified insolvency practitioner, Kris Wigfield, aged 36, has responsibility for the sales team, consultants, telesales team and the regional offices. Kris has been with Wilson Field since January 2012. His time is now spent meeting with directors of distressed companies advising them on the steps to take for a brighter future and looking after his teams. Kris lives in Chesterfield with his wife of 10 years Sarah and their son Ewan, five.
They have the ability to produce quality food for hundreds of people at the same time. They make it seem so simple yet nobody else seems able to replicate it.
Some people think it’s a bit old-fashioned but to me the food and service is always so reliable and consistent.
When you go there to a function for 200 people it really comes into its own. It is a true Sheffield institution.
Phil Meekin at Wilson Field told me about this. We’ve been three or four times this year. It is great fun for young kids – Ewan, my five-year-old absolutely loves it.
It is a very easy way to keep him entertained for an afternoon. He can sit on the train and there’s plenty of grassy areas for us to sit and relax.
Uncle Sams on
I have been going there for donkeys years – probably 30 years. My parents, Ian and Gillian, used to take me when I was a youngster. I loved it then and my son loves it now. We’ve even been known to take four generations there!
It’s in the style of an American diner. The décor and the menu don’t seem to have changed in all that time (including the model train that goes around the restaurant) but they have stuck to what they know best and do it wonderfully well. It’s busy and lively.
My favourite is Hawaiian burger and fries – the portions are ridiculous – I can’t usually finish it!
Hackney House cafe
I have noticed that my favourite places seem to revolve heavily around food! Strictly this is not in Sheffield but it is only just outside in Barlow.
It is incredibly small but they do wonderful homemade food. You can even buy the pies and cakes to take home with you. It is home-made food at its best. The desserts – crumbles, apple pies and cakes are superb.
Again not strictly in Sheffield, it is a pub in Dronfield, the village I was brought up in. I spent so many happy hours in there with my friends from being a teenager! For many years I was to be found there most nights.
Since I have got married and moved to Chesterfield, I am no longer a regular but it is still great to pop in from time to time and catch up with everybody.
It is a proper traditional local and there needs to be more of them.
It still looks almost exactly the same from the outside as it did 150 years ago.
Tropical Butterfly House
Based in North Anston, it’s another great day out to keep the kids occupied. You can really encounter the exotic there.
One minute you can be wandering amongst free-flying tropical butterflies, exotic birds and Egyptian fruit bats in a rainforest setting. The next you can step outside and see lemurs and falconry exhibitions. Kids love all the creepy crawlies.
I love Chatsworth in the summer, but in the run-up to Christmas, Chatsworth House is sensational.
I always look forward to the festive period and a visit there really gets you in the mood for Christmas. They do it very well.
When it starts getting dark and the weather is miserable, I love to see all the lights.