Kelham veggie and vegan restaurant and bar gets green lightPosted by: Ashley Birch
Wharncliffe Works, in Kelham Island
V. or V. is set to open mid-November
Earlier this year we told you about proposals for a new vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Kelham Island’s Wharncliffe Works, and VIBE can now confirm the plans have been approved and work has begun to transform the beautiful Victorian building into a healthy-eating destination, with an opening date slated for November.
The Cornish Street development is flanked on either side by the newly opened Saw Grinders Union and Kelham stalwarts The Milestone, and was also the site for popular festive pop-up bar Khristmas Island, over the Christmas period.
The restaurant's owners, Sheffield-based brothers Nick and Matt Burgess are now hoping to join other meat-free traders in serving up tasty veggie and vegan options, but with a focus on a healthy, organic offering, sourced from local suppliers and served in a ‘sit-down’ restaurant setting.
Matt said: “It’s almost fine dining, but in a relaxed atmosphere. A quality restaurant, with quality food and quality service, that just happens to be veggie and vegan. We’ll be healthy wherever possible, with everything plant-based.
“We’re hoping for a place where people can enjoy great food while socialising with friends. A place where you can come and have some beautiful food while having a nice bottle of wine.”
Adding “You can even have an extra glass because you’ve had a healthy meal!”
The team are in the process of finalising the full restaurant menu, which will include breakfast, lunch and evening service, and Matt tells us that the restaurant’s bar area will also offer a tapas-style food menu, saying ‘if you just want to come in and try some great quality vegan beers, you can also have some great veggie and vegan tapas as well.’
The bar will also feature a range of beers from local brewers such as Abbeydale brewery, with plenty of vegan and gluten free options available.
“Me and my brother [Nick] had decided we wanted to work for ourselves, and my brother has been interested in veganism and vegetarianism for about two years.” says Matt: “In the last six to eight months veganism has gone through the roof so we thought now was the right time to put our plans into action.
“We spent a lot of time travelling around the country in places like Brighton, trying everything from little cafes to successful restaurants, and we loved that they were just like any other restaurant.
“That’s definitely what we want. We want the place to have a restaurant atmosphere where people can come and spend a couple of hours in a very relaxed environment. Everyone can try it – You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian.”
The brothers are hoping for a November opening once the work is complete and for updates on progress check out their Facebook page here.