Maison move for Craig

Head Chef: Craig Skinner of Rowleys Bar and Restaurant, Baslow.
Head Chef: Craig Skinner of Rowleys Bar and Restaurant, Baslow.

Former Rowley’s head chef Craig Skinner has moved on to new French-themed bar and restaurant Maison Mes Amis in Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield.

Craig, 25, had worked at the Baslow gastro-pub since leaving college in Sheffield six years ago. He joins chef James Gaunt in the new kitchen.

Maison Mes Amis has been created by former coffee shop proprietor Marcella Kirk on the site of the old Prince of Wales pub. It opens daily, 10am-4pm, with an evening menu from 7-10pm Wednesday - Saturday.

New addition to Forum

The fast-expanding Forum Café Bar group is set to open its sixth site – the first outside Sheffield. Barnsley’s former Crown and Anchor at Barugh Green will undergo refurbishment from next month and is due to reopen at Easter.

Founder Kane Yeardley plans to develop the model that has proved so popular in existing bars: The Forum, Old House and Common Room in the Devonshire Quarter, plus more recent additions The York in Broomhill and the Broadfield at Abbeydale.

“We are looking to evolve our local community pub concept – supporting Barnsley real ale brewers and local suppliers,” he says. Food will be home cooked, with input from new chefs who are currently being recruited. Locals are being consulted about the name, which may change to the building’s affectionate nickname, the White House.

Brooklyn menu expands

The Brooklyn Steakhouse & Grill at Kelham Island has announced an expansion of its menu. Chef and co-owner Matt Holdsworth says: “The first four months were about establishing ourselves with great steaks and classic combinations. This year will see the introduction of more contemporary dishes to accompany our classic grill menu, including new cuts of organic beef from Lower Hurst Farm at Hartington.”

Fine Wine tasting

Food & Fine Wine in Ecclesall Road has announced its latest programme of Friday tastings in conjunction with sister business Kitchen. January’s selection includes Spain and tapas (£35), Piemonte, and cheese and wine matching (both £30), with bistro nights on Saturday 19 and 26. The wine specialist is also holding a mega sale until January 20 with 20% off all bottles.

Gourmet supper club

Hartington’s cookery school is hosting a Gourmet Supper Club on January 26 at its base in a converted Bakewell saw mill. Chef David Neville of Sheffield’s El Toro tapas bar will be lighting up the dark winter evening with a six-course tasting menu on the theme Luminiere. Tickets £40 including wine. For details of courses and events see:

Cream tea for two

Leopold Kitchen, which opened in Leopold Street in November, will be serving afternoon tea from mid-January. Cream tea for two, including sandwiches, mini patries and cakes is £5.95, with two glasses of prosecco for just £3.50 between 3-5pm.