A tempting new mix of food and art

Andrea Briddon and artist Mark Turner at the Temptation tea room
Andrea Briddon and artist Mark Turner at the Temptation tea room

After 25 years in the civil service, Andrea Briddon is cooking up a new life for herself – and helping some of her former colleagues too.

Andrea, who took voluntary redundancy in December 2011, has just opened Temptation, a tea room in the antiques quarter at 396 Abbeydale Road. And focal point of the new business is a gallery wall displaying the work of local artists.

Among them are Jane Marsden, a civil servant turned textile artist, and another former colleague, Mark Turner, who specialises in contemporary images of local landmarks – his latest features the old Abbeydale Picture House, just up the road.

Andrea had always enjoyed cooking, so on leaving the civil service she worked at a local garden centre café, taking charge of all the baking.

Then the chance arose to open her own tea room – and she grabbed it. Keen to support local businesses, she combed the neighbouring antiques shops for furnishings and offered her walls to local artists.

“I’ve tried to create a welcoming, relaxing space, which reflects the eclectic style of the area,” says Andrea.

She bakes her own cakes, uses locally-sourced bread and meat and also sells Sheffield-made preserves, chocolates and ice cream.

“My aim is to produce good, home cooked food, including gluten-free options, and to support local businesses.

“The food I produce is not fast food, it’s home cooked, prepared and served with love and care,” she says.

“I hope people will use Temptation Tea Room as a meeting place, to watch the world go by or just relax with a good coffee and a piece of cake.

“Feedback so far has been very positive. The locals have been so supportive and encouraging with their enthusiasm.”

The Temptation menu features cakes, snacks, and daily specials from £3.50.

Lesley Draper