Words by: Katy Roberts
Located on West Street in Sheffield, opposite the Creator hair salon and Subway, sits The Wick at Both Ends, a pub which appears curiously inconspicuous amongst the array of other shops, with its dark paintwork and whimsical old-fashioned signage. Inside, the atmosphere feels warm and cosy – the perfect sort of place to sit in front of the fire with friends to share a meal or a couple of pints. Upon arriving, my friend Melissa and I were warmly greeted by Hayley, who was to be our waitress for the duration of our meal. She was incredibly friendly and helpful, going out of her way to ensure we had a lovely time. We started off the meal with cocktails – I opted for the Pineapple and Passion fruit Bellini cocktail, which is described as a “freshly prepared fruit infusion topped with ice cold sparkling Prosecco”, whilst Melissa chose a non-alcoholic Raspberry Mojito. Both cocktails came beautifully presented with sweets on the side (Love Hearts and lollipops are perhaps odd things to present alongside a cocktail, but it was welcome surprise nonetheless!), and were incredibly refreshing.
For our main meals, I chose the Pan Fried Dover Sole, which came with sautéed new potatoes and fava beans in a lemon, shrimp and parsley cream sauce, which again came beautifully presented and in a decent portion size. My only criticism would be that I felt the Sole was a bit too peppery for my liking, however this is an incredibly minor detail and it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the meal. Melissa chose the Smoked Wendsleydale Cheese sandwich, with apricot chutney, sunblush tomatoes and herb leaf, which again, was a decent size, on white bloomer bread. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our main meals and there wasn’t too much of a wait either, which is always nice.
The standout part of the meal for me however, was the dessert. I chose the Earl Grey cream served with Ariette biscuit and it was absolutely delicious. I was a bit unsure about what to expect at first, but it came presented very similarly to Crème Brulee, in a small ramekin with a crispy, caramelised top which when broken revealed the creamy, custard-consistency of the Earl Grey cream, which went really well with the Ariette biscuits.
I think The Wick at Both Ends feels very reasonably priced and feels no more expensive than the other similar pubs in town, but offers a lot more in terms of a pleasant atmosphere. The sandwiches start around the £4 mark (with the option to add chips for an extra £1), whilst the mains (including burgers) range from £7-£12. Desserts start from £4.50 up to around the £6 mark.
The cosy, homely atmosphere, the interesting and diverse menu (there’s definitely something here for everyone!) and the friendly and attentive staff definitely make it somewhere I will go back to again.
DISCLAIMER: The two main meals and the two cocktails were provided free of charge for my friend and I for the purposes of consideration for review. The Earl Grey dessert and any additional cocktails we had were paid for by me. My opinion is 100% honest.