Afternoon delights aplenty for Mandy Ogle at Sheffield’s 1554 Coffee Shop
You can’t walk into Sheffield Cathedral’s 1554 Coffee Shop without being in awe of the building’s grand design. Stunning stained glass windows and calming echoes stop all who enter in their tracks, as it’s impossible not to take in the building’s beauty.
The cathedral itself is steeped in history, but the coffee shop sitting inside has only been running since June 2015. In its short four years of business though, 1554 has quickly established itself as a popular place for locally-sourced sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, quiches, pork pies, coffee… you get the gist.
It’s the sweets on offer that have always caught my eye though, so when I heard that 1554 were launching their own afternoon tea, I knew I had to get myself down there to give it a try.
The Canon’s Cream Tea runs every Thursday afternoon, so I made sure to book myself in (and book an afternoon out of the office) so I could take the time to really enjoy this quintessentially British tradition.
Sitting down at the classically dressed table, I was guided through the menu of food and drinks. The Canon’s Cream Tea is a set menu affair, but I was allowed to choose between four teas, of which I opted for a traditional pot of English Breakfast. My friendly waiter also ensured me that if tea wasn’t, well, my cup of tea… I could also choose coffee or a refreshing ginger beer to enjoy alongside my mid-afternoon meal.
My eyes widened when the classic three-tier cake stand was presented. If it wasn’t for afternoon tea etiquette, I wouldn’t have known where to start as each item on the display looked equally tempting.
Egg mayo and cress, cream cheese and chive and Yorkshire ham and mustard sandwiches made up the lower tier, with cheese savoury scones an interesting and welcome addition. Each sandwich complemented the next, with them being generous in size compared to those I’ve had elsewhere over the years.
Making sure to save some room for the sweets, I moved my way up the stand to indulge in the mini Bakewell cake, mini meringue pie and slice of Victoria sponge, none of which disappointed in the least.
All deliciously moist while still moreishly fluffy and light, I couldn’t believe that I was getting all of this for just £12.95.
By the time I reached the top tier of the stand, I was running out of room, but who can say no to a freshly baked fruit scone, served complete with Dorset clotted cream and jam?
To book The Canon’s Cream Tea, call into 1554, email 1554CoffeeShop@sheffield-cathedral.org.uk or call 07377 357 604.
1554 Coffee Shop
Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, SH1 1HA
Tel: 0114 275 3434