SquareMeal Review of
The Old Vicarage
A country idyll located just eight miles from Sheffield’s urban sprawl, this converted Victorian vicarage is a beauty to behold, especially in summer when the wild flower meadows, gardens and hidden copses come into their own. Long-serving chef/patron Tessa Bramley can generally be found in her kitchen with head chef Nathan Smith, imparting wisdom and re-inventing the intricate seasonal specialties that she knows so well – think fillet of brill and ‘rope-cultured’ mussels with smoked salmon, chive sauce and potato pancakes or Gressingham duck breast on spiced red cabbage with tenderstem broccoli, pine nuts and plums. Desserts such as cherry delice with candied lemon, chocolate croquant, fresh cherries and kirsch sorbet also chime with the seasons, and it would be sinful to ignore the outstanding selection of unpasteurised British cheeses. The Bramleys also run a wine business, and their cellar is a treasure trove of fine vintages from around the globe.