Hannah Campbell recommends ‘The Great Gatsby’ on Division Street. Read ahead for her thoughts on one of Sheffield’s best bars.
Food and Drink:
Stepping off the relatively quiet Division Street corner into The Great Gatsby is a little like entering a 1950s film. The hushed lighting seems to whisper to me that I can come in, but to keep the location a secret.
I’m drawn to the huddle of leather sofas by the rustic fireplace, but opt instead for the welcoming bar area for a bit of a mingle. Gatsby’s (as it’s affectionately known) is the perfect mix of small town charm and big city sophistication: quirky paintings on the wall, mismatched lighting and decorative barrels by the bar. They all help the venue stay true to Sheffield’s artsy ‘village-city’ reputation.
It’s is a place for conversations and catch ups. The laid back, mellow music is perfectly attuned to socializing. The service makes you feel attended to; from the bar tender taking you through the numerous beer choices, to the way the glass is chilled and swirled with ice before the drink is served.
The intimacy of the surroundings coupled with the warm welcome makes this a bar almost anyone would enjoy. I spy an eccentric looking older couple clasping hands over their table, and a young man scribbling musings into a notebook. As I slip out, I lament that Sheffield’s streets don’t have the atmosphere of Gatsby’s.
Value for Money:
Drinks are reasonably priced – about £3.50 for a beer – and there’s a wide cocktail selection starting at around £6. The food menu is Mexican and thus hard to resist. Lunchtime favourites include Chipotle Chicken Tacos at £5, or New Potato & Chorizo Quesadillas at £6.
Photo by Gareth Fearn
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