Kelham Island Food Tours

My head’s still spinning with everything I learned in 3 hours yesterday on the Kelham Island Food Tours Artisan Food Tour!
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We began at Cutlery Works, with talks from Lee from Foundry Coffee Roasters on coffee and then Max from Bullion on chocolate.
the counter at Foundry Coffee Roasters, Sheffield, Cutlery Works
The impressively long counter at Foundry Coffee Roasters.
cookies and brownies at Bullion, Sheffield
Some of the delicious baked goods on offer at Bullion- I recommend those cookies!
Samples were a big part of the tour, with food or drinks at every stop; no complaints here!
artisan bean-to-bar chocolate at Bullion, Sheffield.
Trying the bean-to-bar chocolate at Bullion.
Then it was over the road to Sheffield Cheesemasters to meet founder Sophie.
Sheffield Cheesemasters logo.
Sheffield Cheesemasters, next to The Depot Bakery.
She taught us about making Little Mester, their smooth and creamy signature cheese with a Camembert vibe, before we had a nibble on it (delicious!).
Little Mester cheese, made in Sheffield by Sheffield Cheesemasters
The Little Mester cheese.
Next door at The Depot Bakery, baker Ian talked us through their sourdoughs, which we tasted as we went.
behind the scenes at the Depot Bakery, Sheffield - bread in production
The impressive bread production line at The Depot Bakery.
We tucked into some sausage rolls (meaty and veggie) and black forest cheesecake brownies, which were gooey and perfect.
Cheesecake brownies at the Depot Bakery, Sheffield
Those brownies were amazing!
Sausage rolls at the Depot Bakery, Sheffield
Pregnant lady + sausage rolls = a great match.

 

Feeling full, I was grateful for the amble over to The Riverside, our final stop, where Lauren met us. Over a beer or gin from True North’s extensive range, she talked us through the history of True North, from its first steps in 1992 with The Forum to the present day, multi-venue business with its own brewery and distillery.
Alright Sausage neon sign at the Riverside, Sheffield
Some of the cool interior at the Riverside.
So, what did I learn? I’ll not rehash everything, but some of my favourite takeaways from the day include:
• Bullion makes Sheffield home to one of only 12 bean-to-bar chocolate producers in the UK, and the first in Yorkshire
• Coffee is the second most-traded commodity in the world (after oil)
• Dave, Walter and Ryan are the names of the three different sourdough starters at The Depot Bakery
• Sheffield Cheesemasters is the only cheese producer in Sheffield and uses Our Cow Molly milk!
I’d never done a food tour before, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was great! Sophie, who runs Kelham Island Food Tours, really knows her stuff, telling us extra info about Kelham Island as we walked round. The tours are just £38pp and are booking now for the next few months. You can buy gift vouchers too- a present any foodie should be very happy with!
[Thanks to Sophie for having me as a guest on the tour. While it was given in exchange for a review, all views here are mine and I have had full editorial control.]

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