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There are many restaurants that have featured on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares over the years which later just quietly disappear off the face of the earth.
Too often they slip back into old habits with continuous mistakes and bad management leading to the eventual closure of the business.
Not so for Silversmiths in Sheffield.
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Since the celebrity chef's visit back in 2009, the restaurant in Arundel Street has been thriving. Not only has it won multiple awards for its amazing food, it is now also under new ownership.
Local businessmen Rick Bailey and Matt Ray took over what was previously called "The Runaway Girl" in 2019 with head chef Ashley Bagshaw at the helm.
I decided to see for myself whether "one of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants" could live up to its name.
For my visit on Sunday, January 16, I used their online booking system to reserve a table. Upon arrival, I immediately noticed the relaxed atmosphere and friendly and attentive staff.
Silversmiths' menu – a true celebration of Yorkshire food and heritage – features a range of different dishes including gluten free and vegetarian options.
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On Sundays they offer a set menu for either £20 (two courses) or £25 (three courses).
For our starters me and my dining partner both opted for the soup of the day which was carrot and squash served with a warm slice of bread and butter.
We didn't have to wait long for our soup to arrive.
Given that it was a cold January afternoon, this soup was like a warm embrace. I am personally not the biggest fan of carrot soup but if it's served like this, sign me up.
The soup was full of flavour, with a hint of garlic. The slice of toasted bread also deserves a mention because it made for a beautiful accompaniment.
For the main we decided to go with the 32-day aged striploin beef which came with greens, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, onions, a giant Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
At Silversmiths they are definitely not stingy with their portion sizes, so when the plate arrived, I think I gasped a little.
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It truly was a delight for my taste buds, but surprisingly, it was the vegetables that stole the spotlight.
I sometimes find that sides get overlooked with the main focus being on the meat or fish, but not this time.
The vegetables were a mingle of delectable flavours and cooked to perfection.
The meat, which was very well seasoned, was slightly on the chewier side but that's not something I mind too much.
For the first time in a long time, I did not manage to finish my plate. I was left absolutely stuffed and sadly did not have any room for dessert (the options were sticky toffee pudding or Manjari chocolate).
If you are thinking about giving Silversmiths a go, I can promise you that you won't be disappointed.
The service is incredible, the food delicious and if you go on a Sunday the two course meal for £20 really is a steal.
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