PJ taste Open Day

We are please to announce an Open Day, free to all, to take place at our meeting, dining and event venue in Attercliffe on the 11th November.

To reserve your place and help us with numbers for catering please book in using the form below. Please note that unfortunately we currently do not have any wheelchair access for Upstairs@PJtaste.

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Our Open Day will be ideal for prospective wedding couples but also for people looking for a great space for family celebrations or corporate events. We enjoy creating unique menus based around our local sourced food and this gives our guests delicious taste experiences. We enjoy using our own grown herbs, flowers and fruits (as well as honey from our bees) along with produce from local suppliers such as Whirlowhall Farm and Moss Valley Fine Meats.

At our Open Day you can sample some of our canapes and chocolates as well as an Autumnal Hedgerow punch. There will be an opportunity to meet a small selection of our suppliers and meet PJ taste staff.

In addition for people who do not find public speaking the easiest of tasks we have two Masterclasses at 1pm and 2pm designed to take the stress out of speeches. These will be delivered by Mark Simpson an acclaimed master of Ceremonies with a background in dance and performance. His practical advice will ensure your speech is a stress free highlight of the day.

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Unique conference and training venue in Sheffield

Located in Attercliffe just a few minutes drive from Sheffield city centre, Upstairs@PJtaste offers a flexible meeting, dining and event space.  Ideal for conferences, company presentations and training courses our on site chefs serve delicious locally sourced food.

Seating up to 120 people theatre style or up to 100 for lunch or dinner dining we can create unique menus and packages depending on your conference theme or celebratory event.

We have some free parking which can be reserved in advance as well as plenty of free on street parking.  Sheffield's supertram stops a couple of minutes walk away at the Woodburn Road stop and bus routes are available outside the building.

The ideal Meeting Room in Sheffield

What makes the ideal Meeting Room?  From our years of experience of catering for a huge range of meetings in Sheffield at many diverse locations here are our top 10 ten factors to consider. 

Our special 11th factor just for January and February this year is FREE ROOM HIRE at our own meeting, dining and event space in Attercliffe, Sheffield.  See here for details.

Meeting with refreshments in progress - Upstairs@PJtaste 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield.

Meeting with refreshments in progress - Upstairs@PJtaste 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield.

  • Is it necessary?  Before selecting a venue a key question is what is the purpose of the meeting.  Could everybody save time by not actually holding it or could a "Virtual Meeting" be held or even the good old fashioned telephone put to use?
     
  • Location.  Having decided it is beneficial to get together face to face the geographical location becomes an important consideration.  However, its not always a case of making it the most convenient venue for the majority.  I remember when working in Scotland for Bass Taverns the meetings I attended were all in Birmingham necessitating a long jouney for the smaller Scottish contingent.  An enlighted Director once decided to turn the tables and organised an Edinburgh meeting.  Not only were the Scottish managers grateful but they enjoyed showing off their city and the other delegates appreciated the change of scenery.
     
The Peak District National Park - one great reason to choose Sheffield as a location

The Peak District National Park - one great reason to choose Sheffield as a location

  • Size of the venue.  A trick of PR agencies is to cram a small space with lots of people to ensure all the pictures show how well attended the event was!  Not a great idea for productive meetings where people need plenty of space to feel comfortable.  This extends to allow areas for networking and break out spaces for refreshments leaving the tables for formal meetings and business sessions separate.
     
  • Flexibility of the venue.  Having the ability to set up the room in a variety of layouts is useful along with the flexibility of the venue owners to change this rapidly and possibily mid conference is also useful.  The audio visual support should also be adaptable to work equally well in each format.  As caterers we also appreciate the need for adaquate space to set up refreshments and lunches preferably in a way which does not disturb the meeting in progress.
  • Food and Drink.  Often the most keenly anticipated part of any meeting, conference or training session!  Good food delivered in a timely fashion combined with warm personal service skills can make or break the success of an event.  Look for a proven track record of quality from the caterers, what their food hygiene status is (local authority inspection results for over 1/2 million restaurants and caterers can be found here) and if they have experience of delivering the type, quality and scale for your event.  Ideally the caterer should be making food from scratch, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.  Having some unique products as well as good sustainability credentials is also a bonus, as is there ability to cater seamlessly for any special dietary requirements.
PJ taste's Sheffield Egg - always a lunch time favourite

PJ taste's Sheffield Egg - always a lunch time favourite

  • Wall Space.  Perhaps a lesser consideration but any good training event should generate plenty of flip chart sheets for display.  Flat and avaialble wall space on which to display is useful along with the blessing of the venue owner for plentiful use of blu tack!
     
  • People.  We all like to deal with people who get the job done efficiently but the really excellent providers are those who make it a pleasure.  Its worth seeking out venues where the team in charge not only fit your needs but are able to anticipate, tailor their product espcially for you and delight.  At PJ taste we have been lucky enough to work with Andy Hanselman and strive to embody his 7 characteristics of a 3D business in everything we do.
     
  • Licensing and additional services.  In order to serve alcohol, play live music or show film a venue must have the appropriate license from the local authority.  These can be useful adjuncts for a venue as can their flexibility to provide for one off requests.  As an example at a recent event for Tesco held in our venue Upstairs@PJtaste we sent out for more helium when the organisers supply for her gold ballons failed!
The PJ taste team posing with one of the business's electric delivery vehicles

The PJ taste team posing with one of the business's electric delivery vehicles

  • Transport Links.  Rather than relying on cars as the only feasible means of access having good public transport links is sensible.  Being on a tram, train and bus route gives delegates the opportunity to leave the car at home and perhaps enjoy that complementary drink inbtoi the bargain.
     
  • Quiet with no disturbances.  For most meetings where the business outcomes are important, large picture windows onto interesting scenes are not necessarily going to be the most productive.  Likewise noise pollution from ajoining rooms, external building works and noisy caterers are also to be avoided.
Always a good question to pose at the end of a meeting!

Always a good question to pose at the end of a meeting!

Meeting, Dining and Event Venue - Our Launch Party - Upstairs@PJtaste

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We were proud that on the 3rd November Sheffield's Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Murphy, took the time to help us officially mark the opening of our refurbished meeting, dining and event space. 

With an audience of invited local Sheffield people representing the people who had worked on the project, past staff and customers we enjoyed a PJ taste afternoon tea and a sparkling toast made with local foraged cherry vodka.

Guests included Chris Wade from Architects Burnell Biercliffe, Stephen Thompson from Moss Valley Fine Foods, Jill White from Andy Hanselman Consulting and Ollie Allen the talented young carpenter who designed and installed the ash stair rail.  Paul and Rob Rogers the main builders were also present and without their dedication many of the clever design features would not have been included.  Indeed the Lord Major commented on how impressed she was that the refurbishment had embraced all things Sheffield which extended to the Daniels Bros who made the tables from reused pallets at the Portland Works and even the sound system which was made by Cloud Electronics based 200 yards from the premises on Staniforth Road!

Peter Moulam who along with John Fitzpatrick formed the company in 2006 said “After many years providing creative locally sourced food at venues throughout the city its great to be planning events in our own space. Having full control of the food, service and venue we can really push the boundaries to showcase our trademark locally sourced and increasingly own grown produce. We are looking forward to hosting a range of local business meetings, training events and presentations as well as private dining, weddings and parties. Our full liquour and entertainment license along with our flexible and individual approach will give our guests the great choice.

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The final detail of the whole project was the bespoke ash handrail made to complete the new staircase. Sourcing most of the wood from PJ taste's own plot and from a forest garden in Doncaster and Ollie Allen a talented local tradesman designed and installed this impressive feature. Using this project as part of his portfolio it was great to see him winning the Carpenter of the Year 2017.

 

Our Meeting and Dining Venue Refurbishment Update #5

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!

Ollie with an early sample of local Ash

Ollie with an early sample of local Ash

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. 

Roger Greensit provided all our plumbing input and made an excellent job despite being challenged with 10 inch concrete floors and very demanding clients!

Roger Greensit provided all our plumbing input and made an excellent job despite being challenged with 10 inch concrete floors and very demanding clients!

Upstairs at PJ taste - the vision

Our beautiful dining and event space is has being created by carefully refurbishing the first floor at our premises at 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield, S9 3HB.  With the original building dating back to at least 1870 we have uncovered the original timber trusses taking the ceiling up to the apex of the roof to give a fresh, airy feel.  An ideal meeting venue to get those creative juices going.

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The room will be furnished with beautiful tables being handmade from reused pallets by the Daniel Bros at the Portland Works in Sheffield.  The organic feel of this wood will picked up in the cladding of the main curved wall with subtle coloured led lighting reflecting the seasons.  Large globe pendant lights, being a reference to the buildings original incarnation as a billiard hall, along with discrete full sound and av system (being manufactured in Staniforth Road by Cloud Electronics) give the space great flexibility.  Our architects, Burnell Briercliffe in Sheffield, have worked hard to consider sustainability issues in the choice of materials.  The insulation is sustainable wood and all the paints will contain no volatile organic compounds.

Accommodating up to 100 people for a fully seated banquet or 150 people for more informal events our values of handmade, locally sourced and seasonal food will be the cornerstone of the menus.  Fully licensed we would like to feature our own specialities such as cider made from our own apples and perhaps even a Staniforth Road beer flavoured with our local grown Prima Donna hops.  However, guests will be able to create their own themes and menus and work with us to ensure their event is totally unique.

PJ taste Upstairs - refurbishment update

We expect our new meeting, dining and event space on the first floor of our buiding at 54 Staniforth Road (S9 3HB) to be complete in April 2017.

Throughout the planning process we have worked closely with our Sheffield based architects, Burnell Briercliffe, to make the refurbishment as environmentally sound as possible.  Considerations of sustainability are a key part of our core values and we wanted to carefully consider each step of the process from the demolition to the choice of materials used as well as aspects of the levels of insulation and on going impacts of each material chosen.

Talking of insulation we are installing a considerable amount to make the space much more efficient to heat.  We have chosen a product from Natural Building Technologies which is actually carbon negative in its manufacture.

Only wood from indigenous forests are used principally sawmill offcuts. Preference is given to wood from sustainable and socially acceptable sources. All the wood used is purchased within the European region, makes a significant contribution to a sustainable, ecological forestry industry.

Improving the insulation to this level will significantly reduce the gas required to operate the central heating meaning less radiators too.  In fact we are recycling the existing radiators rather than having to scrap these avoiding waste.  

The electrical demand will be minimised by the use of LED lighting throughout and energy efficient applicances along with movement sensor switches - chefs never turn off lights!

So with our Sheffield made tables (from re-used pallets) and 37 solar panels we are keeping things local and low impact.