TUCK BOX: Beauchief bake-off

Jack Baker, chef at the Beauchief Hotel, Sheffield.
Jack Baker, chef at the Beauchief Hotel, Sheffield.

Chef Jack Baker (pictured) is cooking up a treat – including Christmas puddings, home made chocolates and fudge – for The Beauchief Christmas Food & Craft Fair on Saturday.

The event, from 10.30am-3pm, will feature around 20 stalls, selling a variety of locally-produced artisan food, arts and crafts, in the hotel and restaurant on Abbeydale Road South.

There will also be mince pies and mulled wine, festive music and carols from a live band, and a real reindeer in the gardens from 12 noon. Entry is free; proceeds to the Children’s Hospital Charity.

Dore opening

Dore gets a new attraction from 7pm tomorrow night (Friday) as Amicis Wine Bar opens its doors.

The venue – created at the rear of the Devonshire Arms pub in High Street – is aiming to capture a new market.

Landlady Tina Gage says: “The pub is traditional, with TVs and real ales, but the wine bar’s completely different. The conservatory has been totally refurbished, with a separate entrance. And it’s female friendly… so the men can watch the sport while the girls chill out with their friends.”

Open from 9am daily, Amicis will serve coffee, breakfast, lunch and cakes during the day, transforming into a wine bar at night.

Latin liqueur

La Mama Latin Tapas Bar in Abbeydale Road has introduced a new cocktail menu that offers a little taste of South America. Featuring traditional Pisco grape brandy liqueur, the new Latino cocktails include Chilean Pisco Sour, Piscola and Peruvian Chilcano. Customers can take advantage of two-for-one on all cocktails between 6-8pm today and tomorrow (Friday).

Café lifts the cup

The recently-opened Snug Cake & Coffee House in Dronfield has been awarded four-cup status (out of a possible five) in the national Beverage Standards Awards, which recognise quality and service.