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220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
19:00 - 20:30
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Sun 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 20:30
Wed - Thu 19:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 21:00
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went here with my book group. Delicious food and very accommodating when I was late off work and missed the first course. Also delicious bread!! Always a good start!!

Thank judy212015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, gorgeous food. Would possibly reserve this one purely for special occasions though at a father's day meal for 6 cost me just under half a grand, hence we've not returned. That being said, it is top notch.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great menu with full wine flight!! What a gem - not to be missed. Highflying chef and front of house staff - small and intimate. Give it a try!

Thank pumpkin2134
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great food and superb service. Would recommend to everyone. Surroundings excellent. Can't wait until next visit.

Thank David S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Rafters is even better than we were hoping for! Faultless and imaginative food. As vegetarians we certainly didn't feel like an afterthought, as can sometimes happen with restaurants. Perfect staff. Perfect environment. We'll return as often as we can afford! It is pricey, but very special. We had the Evening menu and left perfectly full and happy.

Thank myersmyers
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

This restaurant is upstairs in an old Co-op store room with fantastic high ceilings and a beautiful curved exterior wall - loads you could do with it....but sadly the decor is rather uninspiring. The food on the other hand is stimulating, inventive, delicious, creatively presented & totally eclipses its' surroundings. Tom Lawson is the wizard with the blow torch in... More 

Thank Kirsty240
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The 8 course tasting menu with paired wines was sublime. There wasn't a single thing I could fault. We were at Rafters for about 4 hours which went by in a gastronomically delightful flash.

1 Thank AnneOliver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

When I Studied in Sheffield I heard great things about this restaurant! 4 years after graduating I had the pleasure of having a simply stunning 8 course tasting menu Here with my best mate. The team where amazing and made drink after drink for us and never questioned our want to drink whiskey and even made us a few surprises... More 

Thank Ben B
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Visited with my partner for his Birthday. Everything was amazing from start to finish. The food and drink was Devine and the service was perfect. Will definitely return sometime in the future.

Thank Rebecca S
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Absolutely outstanding dining experience from start to finish! Beautiful food, excellently presented and fantastic service. So many personal touches throughout which make it feel a real treat! Great wines and the homemade chocolates are a must! Thank you Alastair, Tom and team, we'll definitely be back.

Thank Holly M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$49 - US$150
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 20:30
19:00 - 20:30
19:00 - 20:30
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  South Yorkshire  >  Sheffield
  • Phone Number: +44 114 230 4819
Opened in 1994 and now under the ownerships of Manager Alistair Myers and Chef Tom Lawson Rafters has long been accepted as one of Sheffield's finest restaurants. The combination of the highly skilled & creative cooking of Tom and the kitchen team partnered with the knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed service of Alistair and the front of house team partners to make the best dining experience possible. Both brought up locally Alistair went to Tapton School where he did his work placement at the Forte Post house and has been hooked on the catering industry ever since.Leaving school at 16 to pursue his chosen career in a work based modern apprenticeship Alistair has worked in some of the best Hotels and Restaurants in Sheffield and the surrounding area learning his trade always with the ultimate ambition of opening his own restaurant one day.

Tom started cooking at the age of 13 when he was first introduced to the highly regarded Sheffield College for a one week cookery course in the summer holidays whilst at High Storrs. It was this initial introduction that sparked his passion and ultimately led him back to Sheffield College where he completed his Professional Chefs diploma and was named college chef of the year. After leaving college Tom has worked at the highest level in Restaurants and Pubs in Sheffield and the surrounding area, maintaining and gaining local, regional & national recognition wherever he has cooked.

Working together for the past 5 years it is the shared vision that dining is about the whole experience and not just the kitchen or dining room that brought Alistair & Tom together to embark on the journey of running their own restaurant working together as one team with the goal always being to delight and satisfy the customer.

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