Food for Thought with Denise Woolhouse

Denise Woolhouse
Denise Woolhouse

Denise Woolhouse was the first receptionist at Aizlewood’s Mill business centre, which opened 25 years ago this week. Now office manager at sister company Accountability Northern, she lives in Wisewood.

Are you a cook?

I enjoy it. I like to recreate recipes passed on to me from older generations.

Any cooking tips?

Take your time! Rushing generally leads to disaster.

What’s your favourite dish?

A traditional meat and potato pie, particularly my late grandma’s, with shortcrust pastry and tender meat.

And a drink to go with it?

A glass of red wine.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Piccolino’s in the Peace Gardens, the food and atmosphere are always to my taste.

And pub?

The Admiral Rodney at Loxley. I’ve been visiting since I was a young child, with my grandad, and I still enjoy it.

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

A works Christmas meal at a hotel on London Road. The starter was one garlic mushroom and the rest of the meal didn’t improve much!

And the best?

A works leaving do at The Peacock, Owler Bar. There were a select few guests and the food, company and memories we shared will stick with me forever.

Your favourite TV cook?

I grew up with Mary Berry, spent many teenage years experimenting with her cake recipes and still enjoy watching her programmes today.

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

Definitely better than it used to be! I think we’re on a par with many other cities.