Sweet taste of success for Barrett’s

Jo and James at @235.
Jo and James at @235.

Chef James Barrett is branching out following the launch of his second venture, Barrett’s@235 Crookes, on Monday.

And James, who also runs the original Barrett’s in Hutcliffe Wood Road, has discovered that being in two places at once is a piece of cake – thanks to fellow chef and baker Joanne Saville.

Jo, fiancée of Barrett’s sous chef Russ Housley, has stepped in to manage the new coffee bar and deli while also using it as a platform for her own bespoke cake business.

The result, for the people of Crookes, is two new services for the price of one.

The former butcher’s shop has been completely refitted. Barrett’s@235 will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-6pm, and Sunday lunchtimes, serving fine coffee, fresh-baked cakes, speciality foods and tapas, to eat in or take home.

James, who is also planning to sell local ales and wine, will be running the kitchen himself – returning to Beauchief to take over from Russ in the evenings.

The arrival of Jo, until recently a chef at the Cross Scythes, Totley, solves a problem for both of them.

“She approached me about starting her own cake business and it suddenly clicked that @235 will only operate in the daytime,” says James.

“We realised that Jo could use her restaurant experience during the day and then use the premises out of hours to create her celebratory cakes.”

James is already working with his new neighbours, Urban Pantry and Just Natural, on a plan to encourage Crookes people to shop local – “and keep them out of the supermarket!”

Lesley Draper