Will a Michelin star shine in Sheffield again next week?

Tom Lawson and Alistair Myers at Rafters
Tom Lawson and Alistair Myers at Rafters

On Monday the best restaurants in the country will be revealed as the latest Michelin Guide is announced live - but the question is, will a Sheffield venue be among them?

Sheffield lost its only Michelin starred restaurant, The Old Vicarage at Ridgeway, in 2015.

The venue had previously held the star for more than a decade.

Since then, the city’s dining scene has grown and flourished significantly with scores of new openings , but the closest venue with a Michelin star remains Fischer’s Baslow Hall, in Baslow, Derbyshire.

Hopes are high that Sheffield may finally get the recognition it deserves this year.

The team at fine dining restaurant Rafters, in Nether Green, have been working towards a star.

It already holds two AA rosettes and is listed in the Michelin guide.

Alistair Myers, who took over Rafters with head chef Tom Lawson in 2013, said: “I think to think that we are about there but it’s whether we have had the visits or not (from the Michelin inspectors).

“We know we’ve had one visit, which was three days after the last guide came out - it’s a waiting game.

“It really does seem to be about time for Sheffield to get one and we are doing a lot of work towards it -

“The ideal would be for Sheffield to have two Michelin star restaurants.

“We’re pretty booked up at the moment but getting a star would send mid week into orbit.”

Michelin inspectors are also known to have also visited JÖRO, the Nordic inspired restaurant serving small plates and tasting menus inside shipping containers at the Krynkyl development in Kelham Island, twice this year.

Head chef Luke French, who runs the restaurant with partner Stacey, did not want to comment before the guide was published while The Old Vicarage did not return a call before press time.