Rafters steps up to the plate

Chef and co-owner Tom Lawson with potter Paul Mossman and one of the new Rafters plates
Chef and co-owner Tom Lawson with potter Paul Mossman and one of the new Rafters plates
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One of Sheffield’s leading restaurants reopened this week with a fine dining treat – for both the palate and the eye.

Rafters, at Nether Green, has teamed up with Ridgeway potter Paul Mossman to ensure its food is presented on plates that are in keeping with the quality of the cooking.

During the recent refurbishment, owners Alistair Myers and Tom Lawson did away with the old glass cloth-protectors and invested more than £1,000 in table linen alone.

They also commissioned a signature Rafters plate and a range of exclusive tableware from Paul Mossman – who supplies crockery to some of the top names in the business.

“It’s all down to the finer details,” says Alistair. “We know where we’re going and this is part of the plan.”

Rafters has also introduced a ten-course tasting menu that is available daily, with no pre-ordering required (but 48hrs notice for vegetarian option).

Tom Lawson’s menu, at £58 per person, has an optional wine flight, specially selected by sommelier Alistair.

Highlights of the meal include blue cheese pannacotta; pressing of rabbit; seabass; duck; lemon posset and chocolate.

“We’ve absolutely loved putting it together – and we’ve taste-tested every dish with the accompanying wine, to make sure it works,” says Alistair.

This year marks Rafters’ 20th anniversary. It was opened in 1994 by the Bosworth brothers and run for years by chef Marcus Lane until the new owners took over at the end of last year.