Sheffield now has its very own Harry Potter-themed tea room, gaining 3,000 reservations in its first month of opening, and it’s only an hour from Manchester.
The Steel Cauldron is a magical mystery adventure into the wizarding world, made from a love of both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings from owners, Nikki and Rob.
Aptly located on Broomhill high street, the fascinating tea room is packed full of twinkly lights, leather wingback chairs, piles of battered suitcases and definitely a few wands – and it’s proving very popular with Potterheads already.
The pair explained their journey to a fully booked first month in an interview with The Star, where they explain they signed the lease for the venue just two weeks before ‘the world stopped’.
Formerly a music venue, the site needed a lot of refurbishment and with little access to tradespeople or materials, co-owner Rob had to get creative.
With a little help from volunteers and a lot of work from themselves, the cafe is now open serving up magical delights, including afternoon tea.
Fans of the tearoom can expect big things too. They’re providing the best experience they can now that people can ‘buy anything they want online’.
This means VR, Legozone and plenty of interactive workshops like wand-making and potion-brewing are on the horizon.
They’ve also got a fully licensed bar and are hoping to introduce live music as soon as events are allowed.
And if all that wasn’t enough magic for you – there’s a full-on Harry Potter-themed apartment upstairs that you can hire out for a seriously wand-erful time.
‘The Steel Wizards Rest’ apartment isn’t quite finished, but The Star reports that guests will find themselves in Diagon Alley, a three-bedroom, eight-bed space complete with living, dining and kitchen areas.
From August 15th the bar is set to open too! Keep an eye on their Facebook here.
BRB getting on the Hogwarts Express straight to The Steel Cauldron!!!
There’s a new party bar and terrace serving up crazy cocktails in Spinningfields
The cocktails look so good
If you like your cocktails delicious and a bit out there, then you need to get yourself down to Spinningfields.
Clubhouse, previously located in Hatch, has opened a brand new party bar and terrace where they are serving up all kinds of weird and wonderful cocktails.
The new spot opened its doors last week as lockdown restrictions eased, over at Leftbank in Spinningfields.
Clubhouse will be bringing their own blend of mayhem and late-night partying to this corner of the city centre, and comes complete with a brand new terrace area.
They’ll be serving up a range of cocktails guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step, including their Espresso Creme (£8), made with bourbon, espresso liqueur, coffee, custard syrup and a custard cream.
There’s also the Unicorns N Stuff (£8), which comes with pink gin, strawberry liqueur, marshmallow syrup, sour mix, all topped with a massive flump.
Top of your list should be the truly unique Tropical Margarita (£9), with tequila, melon liqueur, tropical juice, passion fruit puree and some Haribo Tangfastics thrown in for good measure.
Or you can just go all out and have a Tiki Time (£10), which comes with all the rums and Jagermeister.
There’s also an impressive range of shots available, including ‘Kickstart My Heart’, a lethal mix of honey tequila, coconut tequila and a few hearty glugs of Lou’s Hot Sauce.
You can either book a table or try your luck as a walk-in, as they’re accepting both – you can find more info and book a spot via Instagram here.
Local grocery service that delivers in 15 minutes or less launches in Manchester
The super easy way to get food and drink delivered
Weezy is a brand-new on-demand grocery service that delivers in 15 minutes or under, and it has officially launched in Manchester today – just in time for a rare sunny weekend.
It offers a carefully curated range of over 2,000 high-quality products at retail prices, including alcoholic drinks, dairy, snacks, party games like Twister, and pharmacy products for emergency needs.
As well as working with wholesalers, Weezy also sources groceries from independent bakers, butchers and markets – meaning they’re always able to offer fresh, localised produce.
And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, the first 200 orders of £20 or more in Manchester will also get a FREE bottle of Bottega Gold Prosecco.
The offer runs from this Friday evening until Sunday at midnight, and the promocode – GOLD100 – is automatically available at checkout.
New Manchester customers can also get £10 off their first two orders at Weezy with the code: WELCOME10.
Weezy launched back in July 2020, finding success in London, Bristol and Brighton – Manchester is the brand’s first location in the North of England.
Talking about the launch, Kristof Van Beveren, Co-founder and CEO of Weezy, said: “Manchester was the natural next choice for us.
“We know that it’s one of the most eco-friendly cities in the UK and that Manchester residents share our values.
“Our service helps to further reduce fresh food waste and packaging, and enable healthier lifestyles, with all groceries being sustainably delivered by bike or electric moped in a matter of minutes.”
Weezy has also partnered with what3words to make every location easier to find and every delivery seamless.
This new partnership enables customers to order their groceries to wherever they happen to be, whether that’s a hard-to-find address or a bench in a local park.
Kristof added: “We’re excited to be offering our customers what they want, when they need it.
“With lockdown easing in the UK, we know that friends and family want to get together safely outside and we wanted to make it easy for them to get quality products anywhere.
“Now they can meet for a picnic or a BBQ without having to carry anything there. Weezy can deliver a full shop or just some beers.”
He continued: “It’s convenience without compromise. Customers simply add in their what3words address at checkout and can sit back while they wait for their Weezy delivery.”
The Weezy app is available to download now, both on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
First look at The Refuge’s brand new heated and covered outdoor terrace
It’s now officially open!
You may remember that last month we brought you the news that The Refuge would be reopening on April 12th with a brand new courtyard area.
Called Waterhouse Way, the new heated and covered terrace is tucked away on a hidden street next to the venue.
The al-fresco dining area has now been completely redeveloped and is ready for food and drinks, with it opening on Monday along with the rest of hospitality for outdoor service.
The outdoor area is well-heated and completely covered with a huge fitted covering, making it one of a few places in the city that can remain open whatever the Mancunian weather throws at us.
The menu consists of the classic Volta travel-inspired small plates, including things like smoked feta with beetroot, hazelnuts, dill, and lamb shawarma.
They’ve even got some big sharers to get stuck into, like the massive Sunday roast platter for two which is available to order at the weekend.
There’s also a new dessert menu alongside some new additions to the drinks menu, including a special Refuge Lager.
Bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment, and you can make one here.
Each booking has a two-hour slot and food must be purchased along with drinks. Seats will be limited for the foreseeable future to allow for physical distancing.
Limited walk-ins available only during late evening at the weekend.