TUCK BOX: Roll out the barrel for Sheffield’s Tramlines

Wine bar launch: Alex Temprell.
Wine bar launch: Alex Temprell.
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Festival connoisseur Alex Temprell is raising a glass to this month’s Tramlines event – where he is launching his new wine bar.

Alex, 27, a public sector buyer, had always wanted his own business and he spotted a gap in the market at Tramlines.

The Country & Weston, with its hand-made oak barrel bar and gingham bunting, will be set up in Weston Park from July 21-22. “I’ve been every year to Tramlines and I’ve never seen a pop-up bar with the authenticity of a real wine bar,” says Alex. He will be selling wines, beers, lagers, spirits and soft drinks.

Course curries favour

A NEW Indian cookery course, announced by Sheffield College, is causing a stir in the city’s Asian communities. “It hasn’t been advertised but I’ve already had 30 calls,” says Allam Shah Ullah, of Cutlers Spice restaurant, who is helping to set up the City & Guilds NVQ Diploma course. “It’s just what we need to raise the standard of our Indian, Bengali and Pakistani restaurants.”

The part-time course covers a broad range of skills, from tandoori cooking to mixing spices. Allam, who has just completed a Level 3 professional cooking diploma at the college, adds: “I had to learn European style and adjust it to Indian cooking. But it has opened a new world for me.”

It is hoped that the new course will lessen the impact of the Government’s immigration cap by developing UK-born chefs to plug the staffing gap.

Taste of Vietnam

Vietnamese restaurant Little Hanoi is set for a soft opening on Sunday evening, bringing a new flavour to London Road’s multi-cultural offering. Dishes new to the city will include papaya salad, steam rolls and haiphone vermicelli soup. Head chef Tran Ngoc Thanh worked previously at Vietnamese Kitchen restaurants in London. The family-run restaurant (manager Linda Pham is sister to Rita Pham at nearby WasabiSabi) also has two private karaoke rooms.

Cross Scythes cut loose

Bakewell- based Thornbridge Brewery has taken over the Cross Scythes pub in Derbyshire Lane, Woodseats. A pioneering free-of-tie partnership with Punch Taverns paves the way for future co-operation. The 1930s pub joins other Thornbridge taps including the Greystones, Hallamshire House and the Stag in Psalter Lane. It is due to reopen on August 2 following a £200k refurbishment.

Tune in to La Scala

LA SCALA is giving diners something to sing about this summer with a new two-course menu, including wine, for £12.50. The Abbeydale Road South restaurant, themed on the famous Milan opera house, offers a range of Italian dishes. A two-course children’s menu is also available at £6.50.

Spirit of the law

City law firm Nabarro is staging a beer and food tasting evening at its Victoria Quays offices as part of the Master Cutler’s Challenge for Cavendish Cancer Care. The event, on Thursday, July 12, includes ales and matching food; tickets £10. Call (0114) 279 4000.

Artisan’s floral tribute

CROsspool bistro Artisan has been shortlisted as Best Restaurant in the prestigious White Rose tourism awards. The restaurant was founded by chef Richard Smith in 1995.