Quintessential Kitchen Barnsley

Squidbeak followers will have noticed the dearth of South Yorkshire restaurants, indeed the dearth of good restaurants south of Leeds. I suppose it's the north/south divide in reverse. We do get depressingly few recommendations for the south of the county. Rotherham, anyone? Doncaster? Barnsley?

Barnsley, well yes. For umptreen years it was the café at the rear of Rita Britton’s luxury designer boutique: a minimal white space where coffee and a slice of cake was the order of the day.

 In 2014 Britton then well into her 70s, suffered a heart attack. It led her to totally rethink the business. Instead of relying on the big name designers she created her own clothing label Nomad Atelier and opened a brand new enterprise, a clothes, art gallery and café in a restored warehouse close to her old shop in Market Hill.

Martin Blake is the cook who also runs his own catering company: Quintessential Kitchen. At Nomad Atelier he provides simple but good food: soup, sandwiches, cakes, good coffee and really top quality ingredients . 

Quintessential Kitchen

George Yard, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2FA

Tel 01226 291665

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Type: Cafe

Price guide

2 out of 5

Cuisine type: Cafe/Tea Room

Part of Eat South Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 17 January 2017

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