Restaurant: The Hidden Gem – Bents Green, Sheffield

Full English – Bacon chop, Moss Valley’s award winning Cumberland sausage, fried egg, mushroom, homemade black pudding with confit pork belly, tomato, homemade baked beans and toast – £7.95

Always wanting to keep up with the best cafes, restaurants and food events in my adopted home city of Sheffield, The Hidden Gem certainly didn’t pass my attention by.

Standing at the top or near enough to it on the TripAdvisor rankings for a good while, it needed to be on our list of go-to’s before the end of my time here at university. Maybe one reason that has stopped us coming before is its location, but as the name suggests, it’s part of what makes the inspiration and uniqueness of The Hidden Gem so special.

At the very end of the 83 bus route is Bents Green, a part of Sheffield we’ve never reached before and one we don’t know much about. Amongst the gated houses and on the edge of the glorious Peak District was a path seeming to head to not much at all, but then we remembered the name of the cafe, and we trusted that our maps were leading us the right way.

The Hidden Gem is part of WORK Ltd, a local charity that offers people with learning disabilities a chance to reach their full potential. They aim to provide a rewarding environment for people with disabilities to develop their skills and build self esteem.

This integral part of what the cafe is all about is clear to see, from a touching plaque on each table and shelves full of home items for sale, made by the people that the charity work for. A chalk board stands next to the shelves telling that the products may not be perfect, but they are made with love. The latter is certainly the case but they looked pretty perfect to us too.

The great work doesn’t stop there… our food was magnificent. Both opting for the full English breakfast from the menu full of your traditional breakfast dishes, each part was incredible. The highlights were definitely the bacon, which was so thick that it was almost a small gammon steak, and the homemade beans  which had spice and a delicious tomato sauce.

We followed our visit here with a half hour walk towards more familiar territories of Oakbrook Road, stopping at on old favourite of La Coppola for the best chai latte the city has to offer, and a walk through Endcliffe Park. It was the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon.

Thank you, The Hidden Gem. The service was impeccable, the setting tranquil, food beautiful, and the cause is truly special.

Food: ★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★★

Toilets: ★★★★★

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  1. Holly Aisthorpe
    May 3, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    That breakfast looks delicious! 😋 What a quaint place, made even better by the charitable work they do! I'll have to remember this one for when I'm in Sheffield next!

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      It such a lovely little place and we'd highly recommend it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. florence wood
    May 3, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    The breakfast looks amazing and the place too – definitely will add this to my list of places to check out!Florence

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      It's definitely a must visit!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Ayse Demir
    May 3, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Lovely post! This is a very cute restaurant and the breakfast looks delish! Ayse x

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      Very cute and such tasty breakfast!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Sophie Wentworth
    May 3, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    This place looks incredible! The name is so perfect and all of the those little touches are so pretty! (Also great that the toilets were 5*)xSophiewww.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      The little things are everything and toilets are always so important!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. ACupofWonderland
    May 3, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    The place looks so cute but the breakfast looks delicious and now I'm quite hungry! Maybe heading to Shefflied soon so will have to pop in myself!acupofwonderland.com x

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      Do let us know if you end up going, we'd love to know what you think of it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. Jasmin N
    May 3, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Oh what an adorable small café! Could do with something to eat now… :Dlots of love, Jasmin// littlethingswithjassy.com

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      It was so adorable, wish we knew about it sooner and would have visited more!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. Ellie
    May 3, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    That has the be the cutest cafe ever… that food looks SO good too!

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      It honestly was the cutest!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Lisa McLachlan
    May 3, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    I love the look of that black pudding! What a beautiful little cafe, and how fantastic that it's giving people with learning disabilities a chance too. We have a cafe like this near us and the food is fab and the people in are are just lovely, so enthusiastic, we love eating there. Great review and now I'm hungry 😂 Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      I know right, we love visiting places with great morals – it's the little things that matter so much!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. MJ
    May 3, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    The scenery and food looks good! As per usual. Safe to say that I’m hungry again hahaha KeepinfupwithMJ.com

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      We will defo be returning!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. Amikatie
    May 5, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    This places looks so good, I love the decor and even better it's for charity.Katie xxwww.amikatie.com

    • Food and Baker
      May 24, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      The decor is too cute but the meaning behind it all makes it even better!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  11. The Sunday Mode
    June 1, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    Granted I probably shouldn't have read this post while I'm hungry, but this place looks so good! I love the look of the homemade baked beans. Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Food and Baker
      August 7, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      The pros of going to independent coffee shops!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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