4 stars

This week, new swanky bar Pitcher & Piano opened its doors to Sheffield locals, and  Forge Press were invited to a pre-opening event to try out some of the food and drink on offer. With a number of Pitcher & Piano bars already dotted around the country, this opening was long-awaited and certainly didn’t disappoint.

The new bar has been opened at the former National Union of Mineworkers building on Holly Street (just by the City Hall) and it serves a huge variety of food and drink in a fantastically designed venue. There are large bars upstairs and downstairs, as well as a special gin-only bar on the top floor, all within a very Instagrammable setting.

A whole page of the drinks menu is dedicated to their very own house cocktails, which will be part of a 2-for-1 happy hour everyday between 5pm and 8pm. Our favourites were: Jack Berry, a mixture of Jack Daniels, Chambord and fruit juices; Tropical Thunder, Spiced Rum, Cointreau and passionfruit, and Blueberry Rush, a blend of Vodka, Chambord, and blueberry liqueur with a number of different fruits and cranberry juice. If none of those take your fancy, they also serve the classics, and a glass of prosecco is only a fiver making it the perfect place for a celebration.

As the name suggests, certain cocktails are also available as pitchers, which unfortunately we didn’t get to try, but they sound perfect for the weekend or a mid-week treat with your mates. Or to have to yourself, we won’t judge.

Alcohol isn’t everything, though, and this place has really worked hard to make sure that the drivers and non-drinkers are not left out. A number of mocktails, and alcohol free beers, in addition to the new alcohol free spirit ‘ Seedlip’ are on the menu which ensure no one will be short of choice.

 

The food, however, was nothing you wouldn’t expect from any other restaurant. Their small dishes were pretty impressive, though, offering everything from buttermilk squid to patatas bravas. We’d recommend the halloumi fries and Peri-Peri chicken skewers. Yum. The burgers were also super tasty, and the brownie dessert definitely one of the best brownies in Sheffield. A quick word of warning, though: there was coriander on almost everything, so if you’re a hater, maybe ask for your dish to be made without it!

Whilst the food was nothing that would blow you away, the cocktails and ambiance were amazing and certainly make up for it. Pitcher & Piano will make the perfect date, celebration, and post-graduation spot!

 

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