Silversmiths’ new look is old school

Head Chef Simon Clarke & Owner Justin Rowntree (left) at desk
Head Chef Simon Clarke & Owner Justin Rowntree (left) at desk

DINERS at city-centre Silversmiths could learn a thing or two about conservation from owner Justin Rowntree…

The Arundel Street restaurant has just reopened with a whole new look after a major refurbishment that features reclaimed local materials.

And the freshly-varnished wooden tables have a special appeal for Justin and head chef Simon Clarke – because they were once fixtures in the chemistry lab at High Storrs School, where both of them were pupils.

Justin says: “I have such great memories of High Storrs. I’ve been inspecting the tables, trying to find a declaration of love I inscribed with a compass to a certain classmate in 1983.

“I haven’t managed to locate it yet and no names will be revealed! Sorry for the graffiti Mr Stevenson – I’m too old to be put in detention now, aren’t I?”

Co-director Donna Shaw says: “The recycled materials fit in with our theme of keeping things local – and ethical. They were sourced by Kelham Island design agency 93ft but Justin couldn’t believe it when he realised they were his old school desks!”

Silversmiths was launched two years ago with the help of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The new-look restaurant features a new cocktail bar, new menu and full rebranding.

To celebrate the link, Silversmiths is inviting any pupils, parents and teachers from High Storrs to dine with them during June and enjoy a complimentary amuse bouche with their meal – book on (0114) 270 6160, quoting ‘High Storrs.’