New kid on the West One block

Toby Grattidge at the Anchorage
Toby Grattidge at the Anchorage

The company behind two of Sheffield’s most popular bars is going up-market, with a new restaurant in the West One complex.

Rootstock Trading Company – which runs The Harley and Wick at Both Ends – is taking over the former Fitzwilliam & West premises.

Anchorage Bar and East Coast Kitchen will specialise in ‘Jewish deli-type’ food, with a tank of live lobsters as the focal point, according to operations manager Toby Grattidge.

“It’s a more grown-up addition to the stable,” he said. “There are no bars in Sheffield where you can get restaurant quality food; we want to be that place.”

The ground floor will be a bar and deli, serving all-day sandwiches, sharing platters of home-cured meat, cocktails and craft beer.

Upstairs, the East Coast Kitchen will feature a new cocktail bar and a casual restaurant serving fresh seafood, American cuts including tomohawk steaks and a range of contemporary chef’s specials.

The Harley is known for its Twisted Burgers, but there will be only one on offer at the Anchorage and the first floor will be a step up from the Wick: “Our chef wants to stretch his legs a bit more; the Wick has its limitations,” said Toby.

“We’ll be drawing inspiration from the current wave of small producers, focusing on quality and craft rather than the mass market. We’re actively trying to be an alternative to the chain venues.”

The West One unit has had mixed success in the past.

Original tenants Chris and Jonathan Hawkins earned accolades for Bar 23, but struggled against licensing conditions that precluded them from opening as late as other nearby venues.

As Fitzwilliam & West, they switched the focus and closed the vast first-floor restaurant during the week – but still failed to make the place pay, in spite of a recent relaxation in licensing hours.

The Anchorage is due to open in time for the August bank holiday weekend.