Food for thought

Janet Simpson.
Janet Simpson.
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Janet Simpson is a partner in Sheffield law firm Simpson, Sissons and Brook. She lives in Cubley, near Penistone, with husband Robin, dog Bruno and cats Tigger and Molly.

Are you a cook?

No, not at all. I very rarely even make drinks at home. My husband does all the buying and the cooking. The trouble is that he has to cook two meals as I’m a vegetarian and he’s a carnivore.

Any cooking tips?

Yes – get your husband to do it…

What’s your favourite dish?

I’d have to say treacle pudding with school dinner-style runny custard. My mother used to make this pudding and my dad and I would fight over it. I also like mashed banana on toast – real comfort food.

And a drink to go with it?

For me it’s wine with anything – red, white or rose.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

I don’t very often eat in Sheffield but a favourite is the Three Acres at Emley, which isn’t far away. It’s an old coaching inn and the décor and ambiance are brilliant. The food is wonderful, too.

And pub?

I really don’t drink in pubs. If I’m meeting friends it will be for a meal in a restaurant. And if I want a glass of wine I much prefer my husband’s company at home. I can’t even remember the last time I was in a proper pub.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?

It was at a Best Western in France – a golfing hotel which was supposed to have a lovely restaurant. However, two of the courses were buffet style and it all tasted like leftovers. It was so awful we actually went on the internet and gave it a bad review. We didn’t even stay for breakfast the next morning.

And the best?

We know a small family-run hotel in Germany where we like to stay. It’s always lovely, which is why we keep going back. The food is truly delicious. We’ve had many memorable meals there, so many it would be impossible to choose just one.

Your favourite TV cook?

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, if only because I want his life. I want to live in River Cottage, tend the land and grow all my own vegetables.

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?

I think it can easily compare with other major cities. We’re no longer the second class place we once were.