Review – The Roco, Sheffield

The Roco is a creative co-op on Glossop Road, Sheffield, which you may have walked passed without being aware of what lies behind the yellow door…trust me there are discoveries to be made, just step inside.
You’ll find a bookshop, design store, bottle shop, the Brood cafe bar and studio spaces for designers, artists and makers.

All of this has been made possible following a crowdfunding project which raised the £1.2 million needed to convert three Georgian townhouses into a social and creative hub, which opened in November 2015.

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On this Saturday morning, the sun was shining and I was heading to try the

Brood cafe bar

for brunch. It’s a welcoming space, industrial and pared down with big windows looking out on a courtyard with a beautifully tiled bar. Yes, it is a little hipster but in an understated way.

With the blue skies, I took the opportunity to take a bench on the decked roof terrace to enjoy some spring sunshine. It’s a peaceful oasis where you can forget you are near the main road and the centre of the city.

Brunch is available on Saturdays from 10am, in the week breakfast is from 8am or you can try their cheese and charcuterie sharing platters on a Friday and Saturday night with a few drinks. Their new spring / summer menu has just been released, here’s a taster from their Facebook page.

“Lots of new dishes to try, this is beetroot cured salmon with pickled cucumbers, beetroot carpaccio and soured cream served on our toasted breads made daily in our mini bakery.”
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There were only a handful of people enjoying the alfresco experience, I was surprised it was not busier, I can only surmise that some people just don’t know about The Roco.

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The brunch options here are more imaginative than most places, without an eggs benedict in sight, you have some enticing choices (including veggie and gluten free). I am a meat eater but I’d be more than satisfied ordering the spiced butter beans with dukkah and a poached egg on toast.

After some procrastination, I went for the wild mushrooms, charred spring onions, spinach, black garlic puree and poached egg on toasted sourdough (£7.50). 

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Service was efficient and it wasn’t a long wait for my flat white (I loved the crockery by the way) and food, which was a picture. Too be honest most of my food does end up captured as a photo! This dish looked the part, delicately presented and very pleasing to the eye.

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The rich umami mushrooms together with the sweet treacly black garlic (I could have had more of that!) worked a treat, and the poached egg was oozing to perfection. A good brunch in a relaxing setting with a dose of sunshine, I couldn’t have ordered better.

The Roco
338-346 Glossop Road
Sheffield
S10 2HW

Website: http://www.theroco.org/