Posts Tagged ‘Union St’

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.

Vietnamese pop up kitchen Union St

September 3, 2019

From my experience to date no great fan of Vietnamese food, at least not that served in England and what I have tried in Berlin only marginally better.

Pho, a chain of fake Vietnamese street food restaurants, not only the food not good, bad service to match.

Mama’s Kitchen, a Vietnamese restaurant in Berlin, the food to say the least not very good.

For September, no ShuJu Kitchen Taiwanese pop up kitchen at Union St, I decided to try the Vietnamese.

Union St was the reason for my visit to Sheffield, or at least Monday for the Vietnamese pop up kitchen.

Oh what a disappointment. I have never been impressed with Vietnamese food, but never this bad. Noodles and tofu, both were stone cold, not even lukewarm, stone cold as though served straight from a fridge.

Myself and a fellow customer complained. We were given our money back. There was then an offer to hot it up. Plate was hot, food not even lukewarm.

But even had it been hot, it would still have been a very poor offering.

What though was reasonable, was the potato and pork soup. Not listed, and I only had because I asked what it was. And then perversely they offered to pour it over the stone cold noodle and tofu. I stopped them, obtained a take away cup, a and drank it from the cup.

Union St need to replace these guys.

I like the idea of a pop up kitchen, to try different food, to give the chefs an opportunity, but Union St need to exercise quality control.

There is also a need on the board, to at the very least list a twitter account to enable their offerings to be checked out. And for those running the pop up, to list what they will have available, or if not there.

Afternoon in Sheffield

September 3, 2019

A cool Monday afternoon in Sheffield.

Train into Sheffield delayed several minutes as approaches station. No explanation.

A detour for cappuccino at South Street Kitchen. Stunning view across Sheffield.

South Street Kitchen easy enough to find if know how. Take the back way out of Sheffield Station, cross the tram lines, follow the path up the slope to South Park Flats, nestled at the foot of the flats, South Park Kitchen.

My cappuccino weak and insipid. Could be many reasons, poor extraction, low quality coffee.

A big mistake using Dark Woods for espresso. Their single origin coffees are usually excellent, espresso blend not. A Great Taste award sticker no guarantee of quality, indeed usually the exact opposite. No self-respecting roaster would wish to adorn their coffee with such a sticker.

Though I usually get an excellent cappuccino off Motore Coffee, who use Dark Woods. And on a previous visit to South Street Kitchen their coffee was excellent.

Second time I have made a mistake visiting South Street Kitchen, though not sure if the mistake the visit or not staying to eat the food as always looks great.

A detour to Sheffield BID to pick up copies of The Heart of Independent Sheffield a guide to indie businesses in the Devonshire Quarter, then through Winter Garden to Union Street.

Union St was the reason for my visit to Sheffield, or at least Monday, for the Vietnamese pop up kitchen.

Oh what a disappointment. I have never been impressed with Vietnamese food, but never this bad. Noodles and tofu, both were stone cold, not even lukewarm, stone cold as though served straight from a fridge. Myself and a fellow customer complained. We were given our money back. There was then an offer to hot it up. Plate was hot, food not even lukewarm. But even had it been hot, it would still have been a very poor offering.

Union St need to replace these guys.

I like the idea of a pop up kitchen, to try different food, to give the chefs an opportunity, but Union St need to exercise quality control.

Once again no Now Then. Should now be September issue out. I asked. I learnt not published in the summer. Yes, there should be copies. Something going very wrong with distribution. Last week, when I could not find the August edition, I asked of Now Then where to be found. They lacked the courtesy to reply.

It was then head to The Depot Eatery in Kelham Island, a bus ride or tram ride away.

No idea where catch a bus. I eventually found the correct bus, long wait, 20 minutes for next bus, I wander off then learn a different bus due. I head back, catch No 7, I was earlier waiting for No 8 or 8A. I ask bus driver, he tells me he does not know where he is going. He then tells me there is a diversion. I follow route on Google maps, alight at correct bus stop.

Kelham Island a desolate area. Red brick abandoned foundries and warehouses, but I see has potential if the buildings are renovated not demolished.

I find where I need to be, but first look in a cheese dairy, Sheffield Cheese Masters.

I do not stop, head next door to The Depot Eatery.

Do they serve food food? Yes. Kitchen is now closed. I ask when does it close. Three. It is on the dot of three. This is Sheffield service.

I settle for a sandwich. Roast vegetables adulated with some vile tasting gloop. The bread is interesting.

I ask of the bread. I am told brioche bap. It is not.

Next door a bakery. But open warehouse, not ideal for a bakery, or food preparation, as impossible to keep clean.

Coffee is Ozone and Has Been. Ozone a big mistake.

I order a cappuccino. It is served with chocolate.

Why oh why does no one know how to serve a cappuccino? It is not served with chocolate.

Cappuccino ok, better than I expect for Ozone.

Something I have not seen before, Ozone produce what appears to be an annual magazine.

Not busy all the time I am there. But hardly surprising, middle of nowhere, and not somewhere would go out of the way for.

I then look back in the cheese maker, Sheffield Cheese Masters.

Earlier they were preparing experimental blue cheeses.

I raise the same issue of cleanliness. They have built a sealed unit within the warehouse.

The girl I talk to knows little about cheese. She apologises and explains she is new and has only been there a few weeks.

She offers me a sample of their cheese. It reminds me of Cornish Brie. She tells me it is a Camembert style.

Not made from unpasteurised milk. A big mistake if trying to produce quality cheese.

I ask of the cows. She does no know, other than the farm local and claims the cows are grass fed.

I am given rough directions where to find a bus. She does not know of tram as is given a lift in.

I stand at the bus stop in a deserted road. I begin to wonder, diversion, but nothing at the bus stop to say.

A guy comes along. I ask. He says there is a bus now due, but sometimes wait 30 minutes for a bus to turn up. Once on the bus he advises me where to alight for the railway station

Whilst waiting for the bus, I voice my thoughts of The Depot Eatery empty, no one would trek out to. He says because of the businesses around, they do well at lunchtime.

I am at the station early, fifteen minutes before train due. I wander off, detour to Tamper Sellers Wheel. A coffee is tempting, but I will miss the train.

I make it in time for the train, only to find train is delayed. Luckily only by a few minutes.

When it pulls in, packed, many waiting on the platform to board.

Another overcrowded two coach Northern Fail.

A refurbished Northern Fail wifi and usb charging. Only wifi does not connect to anything.

I mention to the guard. He is surprised to learn the train has wifi, let alone knows how to reset it. He says they are not even able to adjust the air conditioning. If too hot, they have to open the windows.

ShuJu Kitchen

May 1, 2019

Taiwanese pop up kitchen Union St

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 two 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.

I was thanked for my compliments on their food, and given a tiny little origami figure in appreciation of my kind comments. I remarked the last time I had been given an origami figure was when travelled by train from Bassano del Grappapa to Venice with Japanese friends. I then learnt, Taiwan heavily influenced by Japanese culture as had been occupied by Japan for many years.

Pop up kitchen at Union St on Wednesday lunchtime and house parties.

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.

Union St, co-working space, coffee shop, pop up kitchen Monday to Friday.

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 —

Union St

March 20, 2019

Union St, co-working space, coffee shop, pop up kitchen Monday to Friday.

Union St is one of those places you walk by and pop in.