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Lunch at Marmadukes

February 7, 2020

Most towns have two or three places worth eating.

For Sheffield, South Street Kitchen,  ShuJu Kitchen Taiwanese pop up kitchen at Union St and Marmadukes opposite Sheffield Cathedral.

South Street Kitchen coffee, cakes and vegetarian food at the foot of the Park Hill Flats, cross the tram lines out the back of Sheffield Railway Station and follow the path leading up the slope. Stunning views over Sheffield city centre.

Union St, not far from Winter Garden, a pop up kitchen, each day different. For ShuJu Kitchen advisable to check as may otherwise be disappointed.

Marmadukes, old Georgian town house opposite Sheffield Cathedral, excellent lunch and coffee.

Union St no Shuju Kitchen, therefore Marmadukes it was, head straight down the street, past Sheffield Town Hall, turn into side street Norfolk Row where Marmadukes is located in a beautiful old Georgian town house opposite Sheffield Cathedral.

Excellent burger and chips. Very filling. I struggled to finish.

Followed by an excellent cappuccino.

Marmadukes have recently opened a second coffee shop in Cambridge Street (near John Lewis).

Marmadukes is featured in Coffee Shop North.  Available to browse but not to buy.

Cold early February day in Sheffield

February 6, 2020

Frost in the morning, frost on ponds en route.

In the sun, Sheffield crisp and cold but not too cold.

But, lovely and sunny, and Sheffield quite pleasant in the sun.

Northern Fail new trains badly designed.  Only two-coaches when require at least three-coach train. !3A power point hidden beneath seat, have to be a contortionist to access. No usb power points. Pillars obscure views out of the windows. Deafened by announcements. Widescreen screen in face for route announcements. Destination board obscures view out of the windows. Why not built in to coachwork as LNER Azuma trains? But at least the new trains have wifi. But why encourage the taking and posting of selfies?

East Midland Rail refusing to accept cheques from end of February.

Stunning view of power station on River Trent at Gainsborough.

Stopped at Motore Cafe coffee kiosk for a chat, but no time for a coffee.

Looked in Union St via a different route. No Now Then, no Taiwanese lunch.

Today, falafel, but what I saw did not look appetising.

I walked to Union St a different way, but no direct way. Path leading up from Sheffield Station ends at a  busy main road. Usually I walk via the Winter Garden.

To Marmadukes, past Town Hall and Peace Garden, then side street, Sheffield Cathedral one side, Mamadukes the other side.

To Marmadukes where both food and coffee always excellent.

A good selection of guest coffee on sale.

Burger for lunch, no sauce or relish. Nothing wrong with, but the burger stands on its own merits.

Followed by excellent cappuccino.

Marmadukes is always very busy. They have now opened at a second location near John Lewis but no time to check it out.

Hop on a bus to Kelham Island. Luckily two pulled in as I got to the bus stop. No 7 and No 8 go to Kelham Island.

I told the bus driver where I wished to be. He seemed clueless, and I got off further down the road.

I asked of a Flea Market the way.  And a man en route. Around the corner.

Could I find Cutlery Works? No. I was stood outside.

Cutlery Works claims to be the biggest food hall in the North. Whether true I do not know.

I was after Bullion bean to bar chocolate.

I had a wander around, two floors. Worst street food in one location. OK not that bad, no kebabs, no German assuages, nevertheless not good and the smell from all the food stalls all pervasive and not pleasant. The place was nigh on deserted. I hate to think what it is like when all the food outlets cooking.

I had thought of saving time, head to Kelham Island to eat. I was pleased I did not, and ate first at Marmadukes.

Zero atmosphere. Widescreen TVs everywhere did nothing to improve the ambience, with offers of sport.

Refusal to accept cash, credit card only, discriminatory and not acceptable. Neither acceptable use of wifi a crude scam to harvest personal data to then abuse.

I stopped and had a coffee at Foundry Coffee Roasters. Two bored looking people behind a long counter,  otherwise engaged on either laptop or smart phone.

I ordered a cappuccino. It was not good.

Back downstairs to Bullion. Long and interesting chat with Max.

I wanted Bullion 1 2 and 3. Only No 2 and No 3, apologies for no No 1.

Nearby, I would have liked to have visited Sheffield Cheese Masters, but sadly no time.

Whilst in the vicinity,  I decided to try and find Saw Grinders Union. I headed of in the wrong direction, retraced my steps, turned out I was heading in the right direction but had failed to turn down a very narrow muddy alley running alongside the River Don. Looking into the river, trees which must have come down in the recent floods.

Alley eventually turned into a street, twists and turns, cobbled streets, old derelict Victorian buildings.

Finally I fond Globe Works which house Saw Grinders Union.

No idea the name, I should have asked.

A bar and a coffee shop.

Helpful barista who knew her stuff. But, not a great choice of coffee roasteries on offer, Extract, Grumpy Mule and Workshop.

My cappuccino not great.

Helpful young lady then walked out with me and pointed out where I could catch the tram back into the town centre and hopefully train station.

By now I am panicking, already missed one train, would I make the next one?

Helpful guy at tram stop advised which tram to catch. Two due into the city centre, the second, only a couple of minute apart, went to railway station.

En route we had interesting conversation about failing public transport system and the need for not only investment, cancellation of HS2 gravy train, but far better integration of bus, train and tram. He told me of how bad public transport in Manchester.

For example, in Sheffield can use bus pass on tram, in Nottingham cannot. In Manchester train service dreadful, within Manchester and across country east west, no common fare structure across the different bus companies.

The same is true in Lincoln and Lincolnshire. With bus pass choice of PC Coaches or Stage Coach, but if purchase a ticket, can not be used on the different buses.

Arrived at train station with ten minutes to spare.

Platform not too crowded, but ten minutes later packed. All ready to jam onto two-coach train. They must have packed onto the other coach as on my coach not packed in like sardines, though still standing room only. At Worksop train empties and can get a seat.

After 1900, Lincoln Central Bus Station deserted. Nearly all bays bar a couple, no more buses for the day. The overhead screen shows more trains than buses.

Only 2C.

Second day of New Year in Sheffield

January 3, 2020

As regular as clockwork, which is more than can be said of our rail network, rail fares increased on Thursday by 2.7%.

Equally as regular as clockwork, rail companies justify rail fare increase claiming improvement in service.

Strange how none of us notice this improvement in service.

I wait and wait and wait at ticket office to buy my return ticket to Sheffield. Increase in rail fares but same piss-poor service.

New Northern Fail train to Sheffield. New but still only two coaches on a route that requires at least three coaches.

Poor design, seats fail to align with windows, partial obstruction of windows by external indicators, large TV screen in your face, deafened each time an announcement. Yes wifi, yes 13A power socket. But power socket hidden beneath the seats and have to be a contortionist to access, and no usb power point on the 13A socket.

Arrive at Sheffield to be met by an army of ticket collectors. This is how they treat rail passengers, as criminals. The guard walks up and down the train after departing each station, checking and selling tickets.

Alighted from train, very very cold.

Walking up from Sheffield Station, no Motore Coffee kiosk. Not that I could stop as heading straight to Union St via Winter Garden for a Taiwanese lunch.

I was not sure if Union St open or if Taiwanese food, but luckily yes to both, and I had had a message in the morning from ShuJu Kitchen confirming would be there serving food.

As always excellent food. I sampled a bit of almost everything. As always excellent and generous portion size. The downside a few of the dishes cold or almost cold. This needs to be addressed. Also they need to serve on hot plates, have the ability to warm the plates.

One reason for visit to Sheffield beginning of the month, latest issue of Now Then. To my surprise a pile of Now Then December 2019 arrives.

I later learn, no Now Then January 2020. The next issue will be Now Then February 2020.

Now Then is like gold dust. Lucky if find. It puts to shame the glossy freebies found in other towns.

From Union St through Winter Garden to Millennium Gallery for an exhibition Now is The time. I was looking forward to it. A total waste of time.

To Marmadukes. Packed, very busy. Who I wished to see not there, indeed I did not recognise any of the staff.

Excellent cappuccino.

To Steam Yard.

I passed Stone the Crows, an indie businesses forced to close by business rates too high. A story that could be told across the country. A total failure of the local council to engage. The same local council that destroyed tens of thousands of trees. Is this why Labour lost the General Election. One party states, Labour councils with arrogant contempt for local people, local businesses? The same story in Lincoln. What is odd, Stone the Crows paying higher rates than comparable businesses which are corporate chains. Why? Answers please Sheffield City Council.

Steam Yard as with Marmadukes, packed, very busy. Leaving Marmadukes early meant more time at Steam Yard. Last few visits, no time to stop.

I noticed as last visit, not only Bullion bean-to-bar craft chocolate, added to their range Bare Bones bean-to-bar chocolate.

Chocolate is following in the footsteps of speciality coffee, source single origin, care taken throughout the process. Not to be confused with overpriced chocolate from Hotel Chocolat or too many chocolates that are simply buying in chocolate and moulding it.

A pile of Now Then on the windowsill next to where I was sitting.

Interesting conversation with one of the baristas. He had been to the coffee farm in Panama owned by Ninety Plus. They own two farms, one in Panama the other in Ethiopia.

Pass by a butcher cum fishmonger in Division Street. Peeled prawns loose, but prawns in their shells shells prepacked on a polystyrene tray shrink wrapped in plastic.

To Sheffield Station with time to spare.

Train running late. Overcrowded standing room only clapped out Northern Fail train of only two coaches. Last part of journey a gang of pre-teen and early teen girls running amok on the train. They should not have been out on their own, let alone travelling on a train on their own.

Alighting from the train, positively balmy compared with Sheffield.

Note: Northern Fail to be stripped of their rail franchise.

Cold December day in Sheffield

December 4, 2019

Train to Sheffield from Lincoln used to stop everywhere after Worksop.

During the summer it did not after Worksop or at least not everywhere, but no great advantage as would arrive at Sheffield Station several minutes early to sit outside the station for several minutes then arrive late.

Today, stopped at every single station after Worksop, then dropped to walking speed, held at signals. Finally pulled into Sheffield Station almost half an hour late.

Noticeably colder in Sheffield.

No time to stop at Motore Cafe other than for a brief chat.

Quick look in Sheffield BID, nowt of interest.

En route walked through Millennium Gallery and Winter Garden. In the Millennium Gallery an exhibition on time. Maybe for a future visit.

The unreliability of the Taiwanese pop up kitchen at Union St beggars belief. Once again not there. Changed from Wednesday to Monday. Is this temporary or permanent? I should have asked.

At least managed ed to pick up a copy of Now Then, which tends to be nigh impossible to find but well worth finding.

Why does every town centre dump a few wooden sheds in the town centre selling tat and junk food and call it a Christmas market?

Sheffield no exception, the junk food the stench turns stomach over as pass by. An example poor quality cheese.

To Marmadukes for lunch.

Excellent burger and chips, but the burger spoilt by relish side and the chips salty. Why? Excellent ground beef. Nothing wrong with the relish but let the ground beef speak for itself.

As always excellent coffee.

Also tried guest coffee from Tarasso as V60. It too excellent.

I just had, only just, time to walk to Steam Yard, grab a coffee, and dash back down to the station.

Their selection of bean to bar craft chocolate has been extended, previously only Bullion, now also Bare Bones.

No time to finish my cappuccino, reluctantly, pour into a takeaway cup.

Arrive Station with several minutes to spare.

My cappuccino now lukewarm. Rather than pour away, I wander back out of the station, hand to homeless guy. Apologise only luke warm. He tahnnks me

Many trains running late, including mine.

I flip through Now Then December issue during train journey.

I find an advertisement for Union St. It shows Taiwanese pop up kitchen as Wednesday.

Samsung A3 2016 would die half way through a day out, hence the need for a power bank.

Samsung A3 2017 which I picked up in Athens died as I reached the station. A whole day, though not used as much as would normally on a day out, fewer photos taken, less use of internet. I would, if taking proper note, charge when low when stop for a coffee.

The week before, Lifesaver 5,000 mAh power bank from a  kiosk at Waterloo Station, claimed two charges of mobile phone. Two hours ten minutes to charge phone, two lights lit down from five, assuming power bank fully charged when picked up the week before from Waterloo Station. For comparison, two hours when charged from a mains charger.  Lifesaver 2A output, usb mains charger 1A output.

May Day in Sheffield

May 1, 2019

Warm sunny morning, as day progressed, as journey progressed, skies darkened.

1120 Lincoln to Leeds via Sheffield Northern Fail refurbished train, no wifi, no usb charging, one and only toilet not working.

At Lincoln Central, toilets by station entrance out of action for a couple of weeks or more, at Sheffield a charge to use the toilets.

En route, fields of oil seed rape, pass over River Trent at Gainsborough.

Eyesore billboards outside station, and as walked into town promoting Betfred a gambling operation.

Coffee kiosk Motore Cafe said hi. I said could not stop as hoped to find Taiwanese pop up at Union St and would then try coffee at Marmadukes.

Headed through Millennium Gallery where currently an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings, adn several, other exhibitions, through Winter Gardens where snooker tournament, part of World Snooker at Sheffield, lots of anoraks hanging around, to Sheffield BID to pick up a couple more of their useful guides.

I was heading to Union St, a co-working space, coffee shop and pop up kitchen. Each day Monday to Friday different food.

On Wednesday Taiwanese food being swerved by ShuJu Kitchen.

So far I had not had much luck. My first two attempts, no food left. My third attempt they were not there.

Fourth time lucky, Taiwanese food was being swerved by ShuJu Kitchen and it looked popular as people queuing, and even better looked good.

I tried stir-fried chicken, and better still tasted good. Generous portion size.

My only criticism the rice was nearly cold and brown rice is healthier than white rice. Otherwise excellent and I can see why popular.

There was a choice of four options, and when I had finished, only tw0 options left.

I thanked the two Taiwanese girls and said it had been worth making the effort to find them. I asked of street food. Not currently as they lack the mobility, and Lincoln would be too far

They have a good deal with the coffee guy, he supplies the coffee, he gets in return a dish.

I learn that the coffee kiosk Motore Cafe had run a pop up coffee stall for several months, I had actually learnt from the coffee stall, when they left, such was the popularity of their coffee, Union St was requested to supply the same quality coffee, hence support from Dark Woods.

Disappointed no May issue of No Then.

I popped back to Sheffield Bid and suggested they stocked Now Then, as it is good for the independent scene in Sheffield. Not possible as not one of their publications.

I offered to write a coffee guide.

Always helpful, Sheffield Bid directed me to Marmadukes. I went round in a circle but did eventually find.

Coffee Origin, only delivered day before thus recent roast date. Also guest coffee for filter coffee.

My cappuccino excellent.

Chat with a guy from the BBC covering the World Snooker, told me he always visits Maramadukes for coffee when in Sheffield.

Two downstairs rooms, outside seating and an upstairs room (which was closed).

Synchronicity: Barista she told me she knew and had visited The Espresso Room, tiny coffee shop in Covent Garden. For some reason I thought The Espresso Room served Origin. A mistake we both made, that was why it came up in the conversation. It serves, as does The Steam Yard, Caravan.

Synchronicity: Greek guy from Athens knew of The Underdog but had never visited. He asked me where to find. I explained how to find and I recommended to him coffee shops in Athens.

Two downstairs rooms, outside seating and an upstairs room (which was closed).

Although pushed for time, I hopped on No 120 bus and popped to visit Cupsmith.

Next to Cupsmith a shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, cereals in jars and cakes. I bought muesli (trying next day it was excellent). Not quite a zero waste shop, but heading that way.

Apologised no time for a coffee at Cupsmith, grab a bag of coffee Girls who Grind, then catch No 120 back into the town.

Just mande my train.

— to be continued —

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