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Rafters

220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (53 reviews)
“bread” (54 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (20 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
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1 - 10 of 542 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked an experience 2 meal for my wife and I and met a couple of dear friends there so a great start. Alistair gave us a lovely warm welcome and seated us in the full restaurant. Saturday night. 10 courses are included in the meal....More

Thank Lowe2785
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

.....it would be the taste of the food in Rafters. We came for my birthday on 06/06/18. It was midweek so for an hour we had the place entirely to ourselves it was lovely. The waiting staff were incredibly attentive the food was out of...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This British restaurant is very expensive, so we had high expectations, and although the food really met all the marks, the service didnt really. I wont get into the details of how our waiter lacked any interest in us, but he seemed detached from the...More

Thank Yaundavis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have previously enjoyed the evening tasting menu (outstanding) so fancied nice lunch as the restaurant has such a great atmosphere. Good choice, stunningly prepared and delicious. The waiting team are so friendly & knowledgable. We will be back again for another tasting session!

Thank Awayagain_7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my mum here for her birthday and we tried the 2nd of the tasting menu's. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Overall although it was pricey, it's clear that they've put a lot of thought into taste, presentation and service.

Thank scritch2018
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

After a pretty grim couple of days in Sheffield and one very poor dining experience we were at our wits end! Google to the rescue and found Rafters which we booked online in the afternoon of the evening we went. Beautiful restaurant, with a wonderful...More

Thank Debbie F
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Again we went for the experience menu with wine float. The food was sensational and the wine pairings were first rate and beautifully if idiosyncratically explained by Ben. I have a slight egg intolerance and they kindly swapped my quails egg (which my wife raved...More

1  Thank Rab M
Reviewed 9 May 2018

I brought my husband here for a birthday treat while we were visiting Sheffield. I found Rafters online and liked the idea of the "experience" on the menu at which you don't choose your food. It is a lovely restaurant and very relaxed. The website...More

Thank Amy D
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Our meal at Rafters was an exceptional experience. Multiple courses of small portions, a full explanation of every course, very adventurous dishes which give your taste buds something new to think about, wonderfully designed dishes not avialable anywhere else. The ambience and service were top...More

Thank 912phil
Reviewed 26 April 2018

My husband and I had received a voucher for the tasting menu as a gift. The restaurant staff were very helpful throughout. I have food allergies and strong dislikes and they were so accommodating! It didn't feel like I was missing out or being a...More

Thank cazgobby
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clb1975
7 April 2018|
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Response from Alistair M | Property representative |
No sorry we are closed on Christmas Day
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SimonaSaunders71
26 February 2018|
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Response from Stuart J | Reviewed this property |
I believe so but it’s worth calling them to check.
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Angela H
31 May 2017|
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Response from Alistair M | Property representative |
No the wine pairing is optional. The menu is £65 per person & the wine flight is £40 per person
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$52 - US$159
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  South Yorkshire  >  Sheffield
  • Phone Number: +44 114 230 4819
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Description
Opened in 1994 and now under the ownerships of Manager Alistair Myers and Chef Tom Lawson Rafters has long been accepted as one of Sheffield's finest restaurants. The combination of the highly skilled & creative cooking of Tom and the kitchen team partnered with the knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed service of Alistair and the front of house team partners to make the best dining experience possible. Both brought up locally Alistair went to Tapton School where he did his work placement at the Forte Post house and has been hooked on the catering industry ever since.Leaving school at 16 to pursue his chosen career in a work based modern apprenticeship Alistair has worked in some of the best Hotels and Restaurants in Sheffield and the surrounding area learning his trade always with the ultimate ambition of opening his own restaurant one day. Tom started cooking at the age of 13 when he was first introduced to the highly regarded Sheffield College for a one week cookery course in the summer holidays whilst at High Storrs. It was this initial introduction that sparked his passion and ultimately led him back to Sheffield College where he completed his Professional Chefs diploma and was named college chef of the year. After leaving college Tom has worked at the highest level in Restaurants and Pubs in Sheffield and the surrounding area, maintaining and gaining local, regional & national recognition wherever he has cooked. Working together for the past 5 years it is the shared vision that dining is about the whole experience and not just the kitchen or dining room that brought Alistair & Tom together to embark on the journey of running their own restaurant working together as one team with the goal always being to delight and satisfy the customer.
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