Food for thought: Pauline Hepkin is a familiar face on Sheffield’s amateur theatre scene – and next week takes to the stage in Dore G&S Society’s Iolanthe at the Montgomery Theatre.

Pauline Hepkin
Pauline Hepkin

She lives in Firth Park with husband John and works at St Thomas More School, Grenoside.

Are you a cook?

No! Absolutely not! I hate cooking.

Any cooking tips?

In my case, yes–get out of the kitchen and have a glass of wine instead!

What’s your favourite dish?

I do like a nice hot curry, though it’s something I’d never cook myself.

And a drink to go with it?

It always has to be a nice glass of white wine, maybe a Pinot Grigiot or a Chardonnay.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

That’s got to be Akbar’s in Meadow Bank Road, Rotherham. It’s beautiful inside and it smells incredible as soon as you walk in. The staff are really friendly and the food is just to die for. I don’t think you’ll get a better curry in Sheffield or Rotherham.

And pub?

The Club House in Buxton, opposite the Opera House. You can sit outside in the lovely weather and watch the world go buy, observing all the Gilbert & Sullivan fans at the Festival, which is always a highlight of the year for me.

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

Apart from my own you mean? In the Lake District; I’d been singing in the Mikado the previous evening and we’d stayed at a B&B that provided breakfast which, I swear, had been cooked at least four hours earlier. I don’t eat breakfast anyway so the sight of all this congealed food simply turned my stomach.

And the best?

A special birthday meal at the Beauchief with family and friends. It was a lovely night. I had a steak and it was absolutely gorgeous. I do like steak but it has to be cooked and presented properly, which this one was.

Your favourite TV cook?

Gino D’Acampo, who was born in Sheffield. He’s easy on the eye and I’m sure he could cook me a curry if I asked him.

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

It’s very varied and it caters for every possible taste: from fish and chips to fine dining, with a good range of international restaurants. You don’t have to travel far to try different tastes and enjoy a really good dinner.