New bar and restaurant serving ‘small plates’ has big ambitions on Abbeydale RoadPosted by: Ashley Birch
The former Vaults vintage shop is set to become a new all-day bar and restaurant
Work has begun to transform a former antiques centre on Abbeydale Road into a bar and restaurant promising small plates of ‘great quality food, with a difference’.
The menu is set to focus on dishes created with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and is the owners and head chef’s unique take on tapas. The idea being, diners can pick and choose a number of different dishes to share (or to enjoy all by yourselves!) from a menu including dishes such as oxtail croquettes, stuffed pigs trotters and beef scratching.
The new venue’s name, ‘The Teller’ harks back to the building’s history as the former HSBC bank and is the brainchild of best friends Alec Stephens and Andy Mastin, who previously owned The Gin Bar in VintEdge, just across the road.
Co-owner Alec said: “The idea from the outset was quality, and to try and bring something different to the area. I can’t think of anywhere that servers the menu we’re hoping to achieve and there’s a couple of funky surprises in there.
“Andy and I have been best friends for a long time and we’ve spent a lot of time talking about businesses, some good, some not quite as good! One day in November he rang and me and said, ‘The Vault is up for rent, we need to tell him now if we want it’. I said ‘yes’, and that was it.”
Back in November, the plan was to have more of a focus on the bar, but after speaking with respected Sheffield chef Sam Armitage, and assessing what they felt the area needed they decided to move more towards this new restaurant style concept
Alec said: “With Sam being on board, we know he’s keen on local, seasonal produce, trying edgy little dishes that people might not have thought of themselves and putting that into the small plates concept.
“So not Yorkshire tapas, because there is some international stuff on their, some arancinis and that kind of thing, but small plates that people can pick at, that kind of vibe.”
The whole of the ground floor will be given over to a 78 cover restaurant and bar area, taking advantage of the building’s original features, with a further 20 covers outside in a removable seating area.
The bar itself promises a to bring together all the classics, with craft beers on tap, good quality wines and ‘classic cocktails, done really, really well,’ says Alec.
Adding: “People will be welcome to come in just to have a drink, but we know that as soon as they see the menu and food coming out, they’ll want to try at least one dish, probably all of them!”
“We’re doing something completely different, there’s nobody with the menu that we’re delivering so it’s there to compliment the area, to give the area a bit more choice, and hopefully bring more people down.”
Well, safe to say, they can absolutely count on us coming down when they open, which is at this stage slated for a late autumn opening. For further updates on progress and opening dates, keep checking back with VIBE in the coming months.