Words: Sam Briggs
Venue: Fitzwilliam & West
Bar 23 has undergone a transformation and is now Fitzwilliam & West.
Fitzwilliam & West is situated in West One Plaza, one of Sheffield’s premium cultural hot spots. Rather than being just another bar, Fitzwilliam & West is a place to divulge in lovingly crafted food with friends. The bar is now open from 11:00am every day in the hope of drawing diners in. ‘We’ve tried to put the emphasis casual food, casual drink,’ says manager Micah Cowan, ‘we’ve cut the bar in half to open up space and have replaced all the worn sofas with antique tables and chairs.’
Their menu is a smorgasbord of fresh food to suit every diner’s appetite. Starting with tea and coffee, with cakes to accompany, the menu ranges from light lunchtime snacks to warming, hearty platefuls. ‘For The Table’ included nibbles like; homemade pork scratchings, welsh rarebit and homemade scotch eggs. ‘Brunch’ (available until 2:00pm) spans the breakfast spectrum; from a comforting traditional English breakfast, to a classy eggs Benedict. Sandwiches are available until 7:00pm and start from an unbelievable £2.50. Starters and main dishes vary in price and tastes, making sure there’s something for every customer. Fitzwilliam & West are happy to cater for dietary requirements and can adapt most dishes to suit diners’ needs.
Food happy hour runs Monday to Thursday from 4:00pm until 7.00pm and offers diners 50% off dishes. Tuesdays are Sausage & Mash night; where the dish and a drink is £9 or alternatively, two diners can enjoy a dish each and a bottle of wine for £23. Thursdays are Steak night, with a dish and drink costing just £10, or again, two can dine with a bottle of wine for £23. Sundays see Fitzwilliam & West offer a traditional Sunday lunch, with all the trimmings and a bloody mary for just £11.
Their ‘Food With Friends’ menu (for a minimum of 10) is buffet style dining with dishes like Scallop and Chorizo lollipops, fish and chip cones and mini toad in the hole starting from just £2pp. Also on offer is their ‘Feast’ menu (for 8 people or more) where all the food is served in the middle of the table, inviting diners to tuck in and share. Highlights include ‘King of The Sea’ starter which boasts a selection of fresh sea food and the ‘Feast Fit For A king’ main, which includes whole beef wellington, confit duck leg, loin of venison with haggis and hand cut chips.
Also on their eclectic menu is a vast array of steaks, starting with a humble 8oz sirloin ranging to a monstrous 30oz T-bone for the seriously hungry. All of Fitzwilliam & West’s meat is hung for at least 21 days to ensure a beautiful flavour when cooked.
Fitzwilliam & West strive to provide their customers with the best offers around and so they’ve decided to hold their ‘Happy Hour’ from 11:00pm until midnight on Friday and Saturday. ‘We know people don’t want to go out early, so we have accommodated that,’ Says Micah. £2.50 will buy house spirits & mixers or bottled beer; cocktails are reduced by £1.50 while premium spirits and wine are cut by £1.
Cocktail classes are quickly becoming a fun activity for a sunny weekend or parties and so Fitzwilliam & West are offering a cocktail masterclass where each member of the party gets the chance to make three cocktails with one of the experienced bar staff. The class costs £22pp and a two course meal can be added for a £10 surcharge.
With such an expansive and mouth watering selection of food, Fitzwilliam & West is quickly becoming the place to dine in Sheffield.