Quintessential Kitchen Barnsley

Squidbeak followers will have noticed the dearth of South Yorkshire restaurants. 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 Pollyanna's. But in 2014 Rita, aged 70, suffered a stroke and a brain haemorrhage. Having made a good recovery she felt she had to totally rethink the business. She closed Pollyanna's and started again. Instead of relying on the big name designers she created her own clothing label Nomad Atelier, all designed and pattern cut in Yorkshire with fabrics from Yorkshire and around the world. In 2015 she opened the brand new enterprise with clothing, art gallery and café in a restored warehouse behind the old shop in Market Hill.

Martin Blake is the cook who also runs his own catering company, Quintessential Kitchen. For Nomad Atelier he provides simple but good food. On the day we visited there was leek and potato soup, hot ham sandwich and chutney, chicken and leek pie, bruschetta and more. There are delicious looking cakes on the counter. No dear reader, we didn't sample them all, but liked the look of cherrry and almond tart, lemon cake, chocolate salted caramel cake or simply a scone with jam and cream. 

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, 7 March 2017

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