TUCK BOX: Steam powered

David J. Roch in action at Steam Yard
David J. Roch in action at Steam Yard

Atmospheric coffee shop Steam Yard is to be immortalised on a forthcoming album by Sheffield-based undertaker turned singer-songwriter David J. Roch (pictured).

David snapped up the new venue, in Aberdeen Court off Division Street, to record a video for an acoustic version of his new album, due for release in the summer.

The acoustic track and video should be available over the next few weeks; see David J. Roch.

Meanwhile Steam Yard has launched a new ‘Steve McQueen’ offer: any coffee and a donut for £3.

Pie eyed celebrations

The Angel at Holmesfield is marking British Pie Week (March 3-9) with a new range of home made pies – all gluten free. Chef patron Malcolm Drewery is matching the range with gluten-free cask ale, Against the Grain, from the Wold Top Brewery.

Other Pie Week offers include a special menu of pies at Inox Dine, in the Students’ Union building on Western Bank. Highlights include a Desperate Dan-style cow pie of braised beef in hot water crust pastry with horseradish mash.

All hands to the pump

Rotherham Real Ale & Music Festival rolls into action at the Magna centre next week and organisers have launched a last-minute appeal for volunteers. More than 200 are needed each night to work pumps, run bars and help bands.

This year’s event is Roman themed and features more than 250 varieties of ale plus ciders, wines and lagers. Proceeds will go to four local charities. No experience is necessary; all volunteers receive free entry, a festival T-shirt, glass and a meal. Details: Magna Real Ale Festival

Sparks of support

A gourmet food tasting event and auction takes place at Sparks Restaurant, City College next Thursday, to raise funds towards the Women of Steel statue. Details: www.scci.org.uk/event/inspiring-women-women-of-steel-dinner