The Rude Shipyard cafe and bookshop, Abbeydale Road

‘The only place to buy Guinness cake in Sheffield’

A few months ago I asked @sheffieldblog Twitter followers where the best independent coffee shop was to be found in Sheffield. The responses included many of the popular outlets, although Bragazzis wasn’t mentioned which surprised me a little, as I rate that as one of the best.

While there is talk of Bragazzis imminently moving down the road to a bigger location, another gem of a shop opened last week a little further down Abbeydale Road: the Rude Shipyard.

You might have seen it mentioned in last week’s Sheffield Telegraph, and I would definitely recommend a visit. The place has a lovely feel to it, with bookcases lining the walls, proper old furniture and a collection of musical instruments in the corner which customers can play if they want. In fact, the atmosphere reminds me a bit of both Cocoa and Bragazzis.

The drinks are good – excellent coffee and a range of teas including sweet chilli – and the Guinness cake is amazing. The rest of the homemade food menu looks tasty, with eggs sourced locally from hens owned by friends of proprietors Sally and Pete.

You’ll get a warm welcome from the owners and they have plans for plenty of events including jukebox Sundays, open mic poetry and prose nights, bistro evenings and there is currently a competition to design the sign for their toilet door. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for what is going on.

Oh, and it is open until 8pm during the week and 10:30pm on a Saturday so offers a cosy alternative to the pub.

Amazing Guinness cake at the Rude Shipyard coffee shop, Sheffield

Amazing Guinness cake at the Rude Shipyard coffee shop, Sheffield

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  1. Ooh, thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been searching for “the best” coffee in Sheffield for years now and am certainly looking forward to visiting The Rude Shipyard now!

    I don’t know where Bragezzisis, but will google and likely visit there too.

    Don’t suppose there’d be a chance of you posting an article detailing, say, 10 of the best coffee shops in Sheffield?

  2. Sheffield blog

     /  26 October, 2009

    Hi Amanda – I did a small Twitter poll of the best independent coffee shops in Sheffield a few months ago:

    In terms of an all-round experience, for me the Rude Shipyard and Bragazzis are still best.

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