Tuck Box: Cafe ships in to city park

Carrie and Martin McGrail have  opened a cafe made out of shipping containers in Stannington Park. Pictured are staff members Alex Heppell, Kate Yarnell, and Mia Pashley. Photo: Chris Etchells
Carrie and Martin McGrail have opened a cafe made out of shipping containers in Stannington Park. Pictured are staff members Alex Heppell, Kate Yarnell, and Mia Pashley. Photo: Chris Etchells

There’s a new reason to visit Stannington Park - thanks to a local couple who have opened their own cafe housed in three shipping containers.

Reserved Cafe Bistro has been unveiled by local couple Carrie and Martin McGrail and is inspired by similar schemes in London and NewYork.

The pair sell cakes - made by Carrie’s mum Carol - breakfast and lunches, as well as healthy dishes, visitors, with a focus on local produce and welcoming groups.

The containers came from Martin’s company My Container, which is also behind the upcoming Krinkyl development in Shalesmoor, and have been decked out with reclaimed goods such as recycled leather and scaffolding poles to make an unusual, chic, interior.

“We’ve been open a couple of weeks and it has been amazing”, said Carrie.

“The customers have been great and so friendly - they say they park has needed something like this.

“We are hoping to expand to other parks as well - people have already been asking if we can come to their park!”

A gin for all tastes..

Will be on offer this weekend, with more than 100 varieties of Mother’s Ruin on sale at Sheffield City Hall.

Ginfestival.com will feature up and coming distilleries as well as locally sourced products.

The first session starts at 6.30pm on Friday, September 9, and there are two on Saturday. Tickets cost £7.50.

Cracking lunch

Trippets on Campo Lane is hosting a lobster lunch this Sunday September 11, from 12.30pm.

Lobster, fries, salad and a glass of Burgundy cost £25 and there is live jazz until 4pm.