Sitting cheek by jowl with Sheffield’s University buildings, just a mile from the city centre, this smartly updated, privately owned Victorian hotel has a warm, relaxed ambience thanks to pleasing decor and unobtrusive service. In the restaurant, it’s all about tradition and die-hard British recipes (with the occasional European intruder). Homemade pies are the star turn – from chicken, leek and ham to the signature steak version laced with Henderson’s Relish (Sheffield’s favourite condiment). There are hot and cold sandwiches, too, plus steaks, burgers, honey-roast ham with parsley sauce and the odd veggie idea such as wild mushroom risotto with rosemary and goats’ cheese. Daily blackboard specials generally feature a few more adventurous ideas, desserts might bring summer pudding with clotted cream, and lunchtime deals often include a free drink.