Food for thought with Tom Delaney

Tom Delaney
Tom Delaney

Tom Delaney began his career as an army chef and now runs the University Arms pub on Brook Hill – which is hosting a ‘coastal breweries’ themed beer festival from November 15-17. He is also returning to Wisewood Juniors FC as coach to the under-8s team.

Are you a cook?

I’ve been in the hospitality industry most of my life. With work commitments I don’t get much time to cook, but I do enjoy trying the new restaurants popping up all over Sheffield.

Any cooking tips?

Prepare to succeed or prepare to fail!

What’s your favourite dish?

It’s got be mussels mariner with a lemon wedge and fresh crusty bread. We go to Northern Ireland three or four times a year to meet up with friends and there’s nothing finer than sitting down with a glass of wine and a pot of fresh mussels from Dundrum Bay. It’s also a recipe I enjoy cooking myself, with parsley, shallots, cream and garlic, simply perfect.

And a drink to go with it?

New Zealand Wairau River, Malborough Sauvignon Blanc. But if you’re in a pub having mussels, ask for a pale real ale with a citrus finish.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Lokanta meze bar and restaurant in Broomhill. Or Rafters in S11 – first rate service and the food is excellent.

And pub?

I could say the University Arms, but the Blake in Upperthorpe is a really nice pub with friendly staff!

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

In Bristol at a well known pub/hotel chain, only five of the 15 dishes were available. I plumped for stuffed peppers with couscous and roast veg with spicy tomato sauce. The peppers were mouldy, the filling was cold and the potatoes were warm at best. When I complained there was no offer of replacement – and they actually tried to charge me for the meal.

And the best?

Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café in London. The food, service and quality were exceptional. Smoked trout to start, hanger steak as main, and deconstructed Eton mess for dessert.

Your favourite TV cook?

Jamie Oliver: the passion, the energy, freshness and flavours, and how he makes it look so effortless!

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

Getting better all the time. London Road and West Street attract lots of different cultures and styles of food.