Favourite Things: ‘More like Jurassic Park than a part of Sheffield’

Lauren Hird at Just Falafs.
Lauren Hird at Just Falafs.

Few people have been more instrumental to the rise and rise of popular vegan catering in the region than Lauren Hird. She is one third of the trio behind Make No Bones – a café that, until a few weeks ago, resided on Chesterfield Road in Meersbrook. This month – alongside life/business partner Dave Shaw and business partner Adam Clark – she unveiled a rather more jaw-dropping version. Make No Bones now operate one of the biggest vegan eateries in the region out of the new ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ venue in the Kelham Island area. Their innovative catering caught the attention of venue owner, Bring Me The Horizon frontman and renowned vegan Oli Sykes who asked them to handle the food. Make No Bones - which was actually borne out of a one-off night at The Riverside way back in 2013 - built up a loyal following in its former Meersbrook home. Lauren Hird said: “It was a real honour to be asked to part of the new venue. The last five years have been quite a journey for us and it shows just how big the vegan lifestyle is becoming in the area.” ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ is situated in the iconic Rutland Works (now known as Osborn Works) on Rutland Road - one of the few listed buildings in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield. Lauren Hird lives with partner Dave Shaw and their three rescue dogs in the Meersbrook area of Sheffield. The full Make No Bones menu can be viewed here: https://templeof.fun/pages/eat

Graves Park sunsets

Steamyard on Division Street in Sheffield City Centre

Steamyard on Division Street in Sheffield City Centre

There’s so much I like about this place. It’s one of the city’s biggest and most historical green spaces. It’s also a perfect place to watch the sunset and the onset of different weather fronts as it’s so high up. I like the fact the green space was gifted to the people of Sheffield by Alderman JD Graves all those years ago.

Wyming Brook

If I truly want to get away from it all there’s no better than a visit to Wyming Book. The scenery is simply breath-taking. In fact the stunning range of giant ferns and mosses makes it feel more like something out of Jurassic Park than the periphery of little old downtown Sheffield.

Lady Canning’s Plantation

This wonderful area of woodland stands on the very edge of Peak Park high above Sheffield in the Ringinglow area. It offers panoramic views of the city. I actually like the fact there is an area that is off limits to dogs where you can enjoy a picnic and the stunning ambience.

The Tramshed

Eating out at night is a rarity for people like us that work in the catering trade. We’re too busy feeding everyone else! But when we do eat out we regularly opt for the Tramshed on Chesterfield Road. This popular bar added the restaurant a few months ago. Partner Dave and me are both vegans (no surprise there!) and the food here is great. It’s a very laid back place and has a great selection of gins.

Just Falafs, Chesterfield Road

I have to give a mention to our former Meersbrook neighbours. They do great food in the shape of Israeli hummus, shwarma, delicious fresh made pitta, salads, knish, to name a few. All vegan, really reasonably priced and generous portions. When we were on Chesterfield Road, us staff would do food swaps on a regular basis.

Steam yard

Nestling off busy Division Street is the renowned Steam Yard Café. It is a big favourite of mine. It has a great vibe, great coffee and a great ambiance.

SHEFFIELD PEOPLE

Though I’m Sheffield born and bred it still puts a smile on my face to see visitors to the city captivated by the friendliness of the people here. We truly are a welcoming place.

Meersbrook

I’m biased, but I do think this is one of the best suburbs of Sheffield by a long way. You can’t beat pubs like the Sheaf View and White Lion with their great real ales and welcoming staff. We have the great Meersbrook Park and I quite like the fact some people refer to it as the ‘lentil belt’. But at the moment we’re one lentil outlet down – Make No Bones is at Kelham, remember!