Top 3: Park cafes

Every walk through the park should end with a cup of something hot.

Top 3: Park cafes

There is no greater reward for a stroll through the park than a steaming hot cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or something that resembles a soup.

Forge Dam Cafe

Having walked through three different parks, along a bridle track, up winding mud mounds and the occasional stepping stone to get there, there's plenty of excuses for extra treats when you reach Forge Dam. Drop in for a huge bowl of crispy, hand-sliced chips in a well-buttered breadcake, a welcome bacon and egg sandwich, or just a mug of tea. A full complement of industrial-sized condiments is available for dipping, too.

Open every day 9:30am-5ish
Off Brookhouse Hill, Fulwood, S10 3TE
0114 230 9248
forgedamcafe.com

Millhouses Park Cafe

Overlooking the boating lake where the Sheffield Ship Model Society gather to show off their finely-tuned miniature vessels, Millhouses Park Cafe is a slice of calm in the Abbeydale Road South area. It’s the kind of place you feel you could retire to, eating endless plates of moist, crumbly cakes and excellent handmade burgers until someone puts you to bed.

Open every day 9am-5pm
Abbeydale Road South, S7 2QQ
0114 262 0313
millhousesparkcafe.co.uk

Rose Garden Cafe at Graves Park

If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, head to the Rose Garden Cafe in the middle of Graves Park. Run by the group behind Cricket Inn, Relish and The Beauchief, you know you’re going to get a big plate of quality food. As the name suggests, the cafe is right in the middle of the ornamentally arranged rose garden, not far from the animal farm, making it a particularly sweet-smelling place to enjoy a steak sandwich or a classic cooked breakfast.

Open every day 10am-5pm
Hemsworth Road, S8 8LL
0114 2582705
rosegardencafe.co.uk

Other top recommendations:

Endcliffe Park Cafe
The Curator's House at Sheffield Botanical Gardens
The Woodland Coffee Stop, Ecclesall Woods
Manor Lodge's Rhubarb Shed Cafe, not far from Manor Fields Park

Written by Greg Povey; October 23, 2014
Illustration by Glenn Thornley.

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