I’m back on the trail hunting out the best independent, artisan coffee purveyors for my series on The North’s Coffee Community, this time in Sheffield with Tamper: Sellers Wheel. Located on Arundel Street near Sheffield Hallam University, Sellers Wheel was opened in August 2013 by Tamper owner Jonathan Perry and Ben Smith of The Hop Box.
The original Tamper: Westfield Terrace is a place for coffee enthusiasts, with an intimate feel between barista and coffee drinker, while Sellers Wheel has a slightly different vibe. It’s a cafe with a greater emphasis on serving wonderful coffee, but also good food and thoughtfully selected craft beers/ales, which is where Ben’s expertise comes into play. They’d like Sellers Wheel to be more like a brewery cafe, similar to what you may find in Jonathan’s previous home New Zealand.
This Grade II listed building was originally a silversmiths workshop based around a courtyard. The place has been stripped back, exposing the original brickwork and comes with a relaxed, semi-industrial feel.
On entrance into Sellers Wheel I instantly got the feeling that even though this place has good square footage, with a large dining area, the coffee is still very much a big deal here, with their grinders and La Marzocca machine taking centre stage on the counter. Serving coffee to take out and sit-in, they have a concise menu of variations on a theme of espresso, all expertly made. For those wanting something a little cleaner they offer pour overs and Aeropress. There’s even a beautiful cold-brew drip tower on show; slowly dripping feeding away for hours on end (8 hours I think), resulting in a clean beverage that possesses low acidity and is well-balanced – an indication that these guys are serious about their coffee.
I loved the look of the stripped back main cafe area, its rustic wooden benches and seating reminding me of old school chairs; it really suited the space and just seemed to fit.
To accompany the coffee are an enticing array of baked goods which come from a variety of different sources, such as Wellbeck Bakehouse from Worksop, Sheffield based #brownies and their very own kitchen bakes the carrot cake and Anzac biscuits.
Sellers Wheel with its extra space is well equipped to host events; such as their monthly supper club – Tamper Late, the last one celebrated Yorkshire produce from local suppliers. It’s also allowed them to demonstrate their culinary talents with food and coffee matching, using different brewing techniques to showcase their favourite single origin coffee in the best way. Tamper Wind down – allows the perfect opportunity to chill out after work with wine, craft beer and cocktails every Friday. Lastly, Tamper Workshop – their monthly coffee workshop where they hold cupping sessions and try out new coffees.
In addition to their main dining room they are fortunate to have what they call the Board Room, available for hire, whether it be for meetings or larger groups who need a bit of space for relaxing, catching up with lunch/dinner from their main menu.
I couldn’t visit without trying out their menu, they have an extensive breakfast/brunch menu ranging in price from £3.50 – £9. Both being fans of Eggs Benedict, I added extra smoked salmon to mine, whilst the other half went for bacon. I found the service friendly and warm, there’s a lovely relaxed feel to the space and I’d find it very easy to spend a lot of time in there. If only Sellers Wheel was in Leeds!!
Even though the place had really filled up quite quickly, service from the kitchen was pretty lively and brisk, fantastic as we were both pretty ravenous. I must say that when the plates arrived they looked very pretty indeed, but it’s not all about the aesthetics is it?!
My dish had the flavours to match its good looks and is one of the best Eggs Benedict’s I’ve had in a while! Perfectly, and I mean perfectly poached eggs, with gloriously runny, golden yolks accompanying the hollandaise to sauce the dish. The hollandaise was deliciously smooth, but not too rich and clawing as it can be sometimes. The addition of a hash brown was a pleasant surprise, lovely and crisp adding extra texture and flavour. Plenty of metallic spinach and a vibrant red pepper sauce made it a fantastic mid-morning meal. I say ‘meal’ because it was a decent size.
At £8.50, possibly a bit more pricey than your bog standard Eggs Benedict, but this wasn’t bog-standard, ours had additional extras – spinach, pepper sauce, hash brown, micro herbs and salmon making it well worth the price. Zero complaints on the opposite side of the table, during my usual need to take tonnes of photos before eating, (it’s a wonder that I actually eat), he’d already wolfed down nearly half of his, especially commenting on the crisp, salty bacon in a big way! A great way to set yourself up for the day ahead!
A lovely cafe which I think is a bit of an all-rounder, somewhere that has great coffee, food, drinks, is pleasing on the eye and an ideal place to spend time any time of the day – breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea and dinner! In the future Tamper may start holding training courses for barista, possibly masterclasses, whatever avenue they choose to follow I’m sure it’ll match the high standard they’ve already set themselves!
Do you know of any fantastic independent coffee establishments that I’ve not visited yet in the area? I’d love to know if you have any recommendations!Tamper Sellers Wheel Arundel St Sheffield South Yorkshire S1 2N 0114 2757970 http://tampercoffee.co.uk