Fun Times On The Horizon For The Lighthouse

A success is brewing away inside Sheffield's esteemed Bank Street Arts Centre…
‘To the Lighthouse’ is the brainchild of the folks from The Rude Shipyard; Abbeydale Road’s favourite coffee and cake enthusiasts.
Bringing with it The Shipyards renowned friendly atmosphere plus great food and stunning coffee. To The Lighthouse will also showcase an array of live performances to enjoy whilst you sip at your Russian Caravan Tea or nibble at your Guinness Cake. (yes, cake made from Guiness.) Maybe you just want to take an hour out of your hectic day to unwind with an evocative novel (or e-book) or simply immerse yourself in the arts avec plentiful lashings of the coffee blends to rock your world, then this ladies and gentlemen, could be your nirvana.

Exposed caught up with Ric from The Rude Shipyard to ask what inspired them to take on the venue  – “It's a really interesting building with a great bunch of people doing a real variety of interesting work there, we thought that given the ethos and atmosphere there it was a project that we could make work.”
Central to the café experience is the quality of the food and drink, and we were assured by Ric that The Lighthouse will maintain the high standards set by its older brother – “We will be offering a full range of barista style coffee, lots of loose leaf and herbal teas. Soft drinks include Fentimens Curiosity Cola and Victorian lemonade, Belvoir organic ginger beer and various fruit juices. Every day we have a healthy homemade soup on offer, a hot pot with options for sides and crepes with sweet or savoury fillings. We also offer salads and a sandwich selection which will be imported from The Rude Shipyard.”

The grub sounds more than satisfactory then, but what about the entertainment? Upcoming events include the highly acclaimed Stephanie Hladowski & Chris Joynes, who will be providing refreshing and lovingly delivered renditions of traditional English folk songs; sure to get you in the mood for St Georges Day. Also in the pipeline are more acoustic performances from Stanely Brinks (April 26th) and duet Ryan Francesconi/Mirabai Peart (May 29th) Live entertainment is a important factor for The Rude Shipyard and they were enticed by what Bank Street has to offer, they told Exposed  –  “Bank Street Arts like to host all kinds of things from exhibitions about building computer games to sound installations, conceptual art exhibitions plays and of course gigs.”
To The Lighthouse definitely boasts all the right ingredients for a great cuppa. If you want to step out of Sheffield’s bustling city centre and enjoy a genuinely warm and welcoming establishment, oozing with the uniqueness to differentiate it from all the other hundreds of café spots. Take a trip down to Bank street and enjoy this little haven.


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