TUCK BOX: Raising the bar

Best Behind the Bar winner Paul Lofthouse with Radio Hallam DJ Ollie Hayes (right)
Best Behind the Bar winner Paul Lofthouse with Radio Hallam DJ Ollie Hayes (right)

City-centre licensees gathered for the Best Bar None awards this week. Overall winner was Hallam Student Union’s Bar Phoenix, which was also named best bar.

Best pub went to Henry’s in Cambridge Street; best nightclub to the O2 Academy. Paul Lofthouse of the Wick at Both Ends, West Street, was voted best bartender.

A total of 47 city-centre bars, pubs and clubs have now been accredited by the Government-supported scheme.

Coco Catering has launched a dedicated vegetarian and vegan catering service.

Coco Vegetarian, which also promises gluten-free foods, has a separate brochure offering imaginative specialist menus, available from: www.cococatering.org.uk

Head chef Richard Spataro said: “We have always tried to suggest interesting and delicious menu ideas for guests with special dietary requirements. We thought it would be a great idea to launch a brochure especially for vegetarian and vegan customers to offer more choice.”

Cream of the crop

Chatsworth Farm Shop has been named Retailer of the Year for the second time in the FARMA awards, which recognise management skills, customer service and staff knowledge. Judges said: “Professional retailing and production with great displays and meticulous attention to detail puts Chatsworth into the top tier of farm shops in the UK, if not the world.”

Hot stuff

Sheffield’s Aga Shop is offering advice on how to set your lover’s heart aflame on Valentine’s Day. Cookery writer James McIntosh will be demonstrating a selection of dishes on Tuesday, February 8. Tickets are £35.

Foody blues

Whiskey and Blues is the cocktail on offer at Kitchen, Ecclesall Road, on Tuesday evening. The event features a New Orleans-inspired menu accompanied by live music from Sheffield-based bluesman Steve Cosgrove. Tickets £25.