Hubby and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this week! What a decade it’s been: we moved to Sheffield and made it our home, we got cats, kids, moved house twice. Lots to celebrate. Obviously, a swanky meal out is called for, and we had a lovely meal somewhere we’d been keeping for a special occasion. We went to Silversmiths once in the days BC* and have always looked forward to going back there.
The restaurant is located in an up and coming, rather hip area of town, Arundel Street, and the decor is reclaimed wood and low lighting. Silversmiths’ branding reflects the local cutlery heritage, with a logo created from silver hall marks, which I particularly like. Their ethos is to provide good quality, local food and they certainly lived up that that.
The good news is that plenty of their food is either gluten free (marked on the main menu) or can be easily tailored to be gluten free. They completely understand coeliac disease, which means it’s great not having to have “that conversation”.
We started with a house cocktail, the Gritstone Grape Martini, which was made from freshly squeezed grapes, gin and sauvignon blanc, served in a rounded martini glass with three different coloured grapes on a cocktail stick – very nice.
For starters, I chose the pressed pulled pork. It was soft and delicious, but served cold, which was a bit surprising (room temperature may have increased the flavour) with some potato salad, crispy rasher of very good quality bacon and a rocket salad.
Hubby chose the roast cauliflower tartlet with Yorkshire blue cheese and Henderson’s onion jam. Not gluten free but a generous portion and a great starter, I’m told.
For mains, I went for a spiced beef burger with a sweetcorn chilli relish. The bread would normally have been a rosemary polenta bread, but this wasn’t gluten free, so mine came with a gluten free seedy roll (supermarket, but good quality). It was all very flavoursome with a warming spice to the meat and a contrasting, tangy relish. Great burger.
For a side, we shared a portion of chunky chips, which were fabulously crispy, crunchy and salty. I love it when I can eat decent chips as they are so often off the menu for coeliacs.
The pudding was awesome. We shared a frozen chocolate parfait, which was as pretty as a picture. The parfait was topped with Baileys caramel mousse, and it was served with berries, cream, popping candy, biscuit crumbs and chocolate shavings, amongst other little treats. It was delicious and exactly the sort of thing I can’t normally have as a coeliac. Top work, Silversmiths.
I would highly recommend this restaurant as an atmospheric place for a special meal. The service was great and the staff were knowledgeable about gluten free food and very helpful.
Now I just need to find something else to celebrate so we can go back…
* Before Coeliac