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Curzon Sheffield – A Cinema That Was A Bank

I saw the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ a few years ago at a very poignant period in my life and then it provided a couple of hours of uplifting fun. So, I was keen to see how the follow-up movie, ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ would make me feel. As I am always keen to look for new adventures, we decided to have a family night out at the new Curzon cinema in Sheffield. This brand new three-screen venue opened its doors to the public in early January. It is located in a Grade 11 listed building on George Street, the former site of the Sheffield Banking Company. The Curzon Sheffield is the entertainment group’s latest cinema. What a delight! The old bank has been refurbished in a sympathetic way to preserve its character and highlight some of the original features, including the high ceilings, ornamental entrance and lobby, sash windows with original openers, and is now complemented by colourful furniture, contemporary lighting plus a small cosy lounge area.   There is …

Let’s do lunch…Smoke Barbecue

When looking for lunch in Sheffield city centre on the Monday before Christmas, the smell of BBQ curled through St Paul’s Place near the Winter Garden and enticed us to Smoke Barbecue. Smoke is Sheffield’s first Texas-style BBQ, where the meat is rubbed with spices, smoked slowly on the premises in shiny metal smokers then finished off in the pit, a hickory wood-fired barbecue which takes pride of place in the kitchen. The cavern look is industrial with concrete floors, brick walls, exposed metal ducting, tables from pallets and barrels, school chairs and planks dangling from the ceiling, each with a strip light attached. Smoke came about when co-founder Sean Gregory saw an item about Texan BBQs on telly and liked the idea so much he went to the Lone Star State to research bringing one over here. For a carnivore, the menu makes your lips smack, with burgers, brisket, pulled pork, barbecued chicken, pork and beef ribs, turkey legs, hot link sausages but, oddly, no steaks or chops. So today we did lunch – …

Rowsha Lebanese Restaurant

After several years of passing by and intending to visit, we finally enjoyed a relaxed family meal at Rowsha, a small Lebanese eatery in Walkley, an up and coming suburb of Sheffield. This small takeaway/restaurant currently seats about 20, but is expanding into the property next door. Our welcome was warm and friendly and the waitress was very patient while we poured over the menu. While waiting for our food we counted about 15 electric lanterns hanging from the ceiling or attached to the walls. These lit up the red and white walls which had lots of mirrors as well as the lanterns. Lebanese cuisine temptingly offers a Mediterranean experience of taste and aroma. Fresh vegetables and ingredients; tabouleh, fattoush with olive oil, hoummous with tahini, aubergine paste, green beans, okra with tomato and garlic sauce, kidney beans, falafel and foul medamas … the menu goes on and on. The highlights for us were Tzatziki, and Hoummous served in colourful pottery bowls, with baskets of warm Khobz, a Lebanese flat bread. I had Moussaka served with …