Super value Day Delegate packages now being offered by PJ taste at their meeting, conference and dining venue in Attercliffe, Sheffield.Read More
Our blog is a diary of our adventures in local food. We enjoy preserving harvests of seasonal food so you will find brewing, fermenting as well as jam and preserve making recipes well represented. In addition we discuss visits to our valued Sheffield suppliers and trips wider afield to see artisan producers in action in Derbyshire and the Peak District. A new feature will focus on individual members of our team to share their skills and aspirations.
Our event space today hosted another successful meeting with a group of Sheffield based small business owners. Brought together by Andy Hanselman the subject covered was recruitment and retention. Presentations were given by Louise from Benchmark Recruit and by Bhayani Law. We received lovely comments on both the quality of the food and the attention to detail with which we have refurbished the meeting room.
Chef Lee prepared delicious vegan muffins as a welcome treat and a hot lunch of chicken with mozzarella.
We are please to announce that the first customers have now experienced our newly refurbished meeting, dining and event space at 54 Staniforth Road, Attercliffe and have pronounced it "superb".
A corporate thank you day was organised by a major retailer, treating their staff to a champagne reception and delicious afternoon tea. We received many comments about the comfort of the space, the exciting visual appearance of elements like the bespoke ash handrail and the restored old roof trusses.
We are currently taking bookings for a range of events from business training sessions, wedding receptions, private dining parties and corporate meetings. We have a very bespoke service and offer unique menus for each event to ensure our locally sourced catering meets individual needs.
This week Ollie Allen has been cutting the Ash from the plot they look after near Doncaster to create the bespoke handrails for our new staircase. Not only is it exciting to be collaborating with such a creative guy but it will be the last element before we can officially open our new venue! We are looking forward to welcoming the first guests who will be enjoying the unique space to hold a traning session. Our Chefs table for lunch promises to be a highlight!
I am also pleased to be contributing so some ash poles cut from our own plot last year. These have some great natural kinks as well as angles from their original grafting joints so will help navigate around the contours of the staircase.
Looking forward to sharing pictures of the finished creation.
Our refurbishment of Upstairs@PJtaste is very nearly complete and we are taking bookings for September! We have taken time to ensure that we respect the heritage of the building (dating back to 1850) but also wanted to add some interesting and bespoke new features of our own.
The final task has been to construct and fit the handrails for the new entrance and staircase. I am excited to have teamed up with talented local craftsman, Ollie Allen, and together we have designed a solution using local Ash (in fact some of it grown on our own plot). This will have a sculptural feel and will hopefully appear to grow from the wall!
We are very happy with the warm feeling that we have created in the main room. The natural colours in the grain of the wood from the handmade tables matching the original wooden trusses and working well with the Caligaris chairs.
Having stripped the building back to the brickwork the excellent builders from Farlwood have progressed really well in the last week fitting thick insulated boards in the roof and all the walls. Its amazing to see the skill of the plasterers as they complete a perfectly smooth finish to these surfaces.
A really interesting discovery has been a set of mermaid like gargoyles found embedded in the concrete running up the side of the staircase. These have only been discovered as this old staircase is being removed. Five of the cast iron figures were found behind a couple of layers of plaster mounted every foot or so onto a timber backing board. At least a further three appear to be fixed behind a steel beam across the head of the stairs. As this part is to be removed too we shall see if we can recover any more. We would love to hear from anyone with any thoughts about what or why these were here. In the meantime we are going to have a go at refurbishing them - some are missing various parts and all need a good clean.
Aside from the building work we have been planning the interior details. Its great to have skilled suppliers so close on hand. Aries Lighting in Darnall is working with us on some feature large hanging pendants, Full Volume looking at the AV installation with speakers made at Cloud Electronics (both based 2 minutes walk away) and the Daniel Bros are working on tables, curved feature walls and window sills!