TUCK BOX: Green light for fine food

Dave Mason - La Coppola
Dave Mason - La Coppola

Nether Green is gaining a reputation as one of the city’s leading centres for fine food…

It had Rafters and the Oakbrook tea room, then Nethergreens. Now there is also La Coppola, an Italian salumeria, or deli, run by ex-police officer Dave Mason (pictured).

Dave – renowned for his flat cap and his Vespa scooter – has had a passion for Italy since buying a house there eight years ago. Now he has his own little piece of it, selling air-cured meats, speciality cheeses, pasta, sandwiches, fresh pastries and sauces.

“I’m trying to do something a little bit different,” he says.

Viva forever!

Popular Italian-Mexican restaurant Viva Tequila celebrated its 15th birthday with a buffet evening in aid of the Children’s Hospital Charity.

Over the last few years the Gleadless Road restaurant has raised more than £60,000 for various local causes, but the Children’s Hospital Charity was the first, as well as the most recent to benefit.

Owner Steve Zsirai arranged his first charity evening as a thank you after the hospital helped his son. He said: “The Children’s Hospital touches the lives of almost every family in Sheffield and I’m delighted that we’re supporting them again in this very special year for Viva Tequila.”

Top brass on the menu

The Maynard at Grindleford is tuning up for its annual series of seasonal brass band concerts – now running for almost 20 years.

Hathersage Brass Band will be back throughout December, with its Monday concert of carols and festive music at the Peak District hotel and restaurant. A new midweek date has also been added, on Wednesday, December 18.

The evenings, starting at 8pm, will include a pie and pea supper, coffee and mince pies during the interval; tickets £17. Director Jane Hitchman said: “There’s nothing like a traditional brass band concert to get the Christmas season off to a suitably festive start and put everyone in the mood.”