FOOD GUIDE: A new spin on old favourite theme at Maffie May’s in Sheffield

Gary (left) and Lee go retro
Gary (left) and Lee go retro

The retro theme at Maggie May’s bar in Trippet Lane goes deeper than the music… and owner Gary Sinclair is prepared to put that on the record!

Consultant chef Lee Vintin has come up with a menu of ‘nosh-talgic’ meals and Gary – a DJ – has supplied a job lot of old albums to mount them on.

“We were going to stick them on the album covers, but to me they’re works of art, so we put them on the records instead,” he says.

“Our generation has lost the touch of records, so people love to handle them and look at the sleeves.”

Lee has also found a use for some of the unwanted singles and LPs that Gary picks up in junk shops.

After ten seconds in the pizza oven they are pliable enough to mould into quirky black vinyl bowls for side orders of salad and chips.

Gary, also Sheffield United stadium announcer, took over the bar six months ago. Originally the old Anglo Works, it was transformed into Green’s golf bar and later Alibi but failed to take off.

Now Gary is hoping to hit the mark with Maggie May’s, an ‘upmarket establishment’ aimed at the over-30s, with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s – and food to match.

Lee’s new menu – served 12-9pm, or until 7pm at weekends – features basket meals and a range of burgers including the house speciality: organic water buffalo, which contains half the fat and twice the protein of beef.

Other options are chickpea, salmon and pulled pork, all served in a bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle, relish, coleslaw and fries. Or swap the bun for salad.

Desserts include apple crumble, knickerbocker glory and Black Forest brownie.

Lesley Draper