Hannah Sanders can’t resist this ‘dining gem on the Sharrowvale foodie mile’.
With its bright red exterior, Made by Jonty is a beacon on Sharrowvale Road, attracting Sheffielders in their droves.
You certainly can’t miss the queues outside – such is the popularity, people are even willing to brave the chilly months for an opportunity to indulge in their coffees, cakes and a hearty all-day breakfast and brunch menu.
Sheffield born and bred, Jonty Cork has worked in some of Sheffield’s finest dining establishments, taking the head chef role at both West 10 and Silversmiths before he opened his own café’s doors in 2010.
The main seating area comprises of stripped back wooden tables, booths and a tempting glass cabinet full of freshly baked delights – be prepared, you may have to wait a few minutes to find a seat but with the smell of that morning’s coffee roasting in the air coupled with the warm welcome of the staff it is hard not to feel instantly at home.
It’s the little touches that makes Jonty’s stand above the rest, from the personalised artwork on the wall, to using his father’s rally trophies as cutlery holders.
We started our brunch with an almond latte, finished with a beautiful milky swirl (£2.50) for myself and a rhubarb speciality tea (£1.80), for my friend.
My dining companion went for the gluten-free option – vegan potato rosti (£8.50), served with wild mushrooms, tempeh, tender stem broccoli, toasted seeds and chili jam. The crisp crust of the rosti was heavenly when paired with the delicate mushrooms and sweet chilli jam, providing the dish with a perfect balance of flavours.
I opted for the huevos rancheros (£7.50) a gutsy combination of fried eggs, refried beans, salsa and guacamole, all delicately layered on top of crunchy corn tortillas. The eggs were delightfully runny, complemented by the zingy salsa and earthy flavour of the refried beans.
After a brief respite, we sampled some of the delicious home-made desserts. My companion went for the delightfully gooey brownie (£2.50) and a redbush tea (£1.80), whilst I chose the chocolate and vanilla cake, (£2.80) and raspberry and cranberry tea (£1.80).
The cake was gluten-free – most of the sponges at Jonty’s are – and was light in texture, layered with rich buttercream and finished with drizzled chocolate.
Jonty was in at the start of the café cultural revolution in Sheffield and whilst many ventures have formed in his wake, if I had to choose just one, this would be it. My only warning is to those starting their pre-Christmas diets… you are entering the land of temptation.
Made by Jonty, 363 Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZG
Tel: 0114 266 6447