Shedding light on inner-city food

Picking rhubarb at the Green Estate, in Manor Ln, Sheffield, are The Rhubarb Shed Cafe chef Tony Dunn and cafe worker Debra Revill.
Picking rhubarb at the Green Estate, in Manor Ln, Sheffield, are The Rhubarb Shed Cafe chef Tony Dunn and cafe worker Debra Revill.
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Town Hall Square is being transformed into an allotment for Sheffield Food Festival this weekend – and at its centre will be the Rhubarb Shed café, serving refreshments from a van.

Visitors tucking into the homemade fare may be surprised to discover that this is no one-off: the café is a regular hub of life on the Manor, selling food made from produce grown by its operator, social enterprise Green Estate.

The café gets its name from rhubarb forcing sheds once run on the site by a 19th century market gardener.

It has evolved over the three years since it opened and now serves a combination of urban deli-style food and traditional meals, offering private dining in the evenings, as well as a new outside catering service.

In charge of the venture is head chef and manager Tony Dunn, a man with a passion for home-grown food.

“We keep things simple, make everything ourselves and use the best ingredients – local where possible,” he says.

The Rhubarb Shed is open Mon - Sat, 8am-3.30pm, or at this weekend’s Food Festival.