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.
Customer service: ★★★★
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