The Library: Food for the Soul

Looking for somewhere to go out for a date night or a catch up with the girls? Have any of you been to The Library* at Attercliffe recently? I bet at this point you’re wondering what on earth I’m on about. Let me explain. This is in fact a review of one of Sheffield’s newest cafe/ restaurants rather than a ramble about the local library service.

Now if you’re from Sheffield, I’m sure you’ve got some opinions about the area of Attercliffe. Known for being a bit rough around the edges, it doesn’t seem the typical place for a new hang out. However Attercliffe is following in the footsteps of Kelham Island to be the latest industrial area of Sheffield to be revamped!

Attercliffe- the new place to be

The Library Cafe, used to be just that, a Library, the oldest one in Sheffield, built in 1894. I was invited by the lovely Hannah to join a group of bloggers for the Jazz night in the run up the Christmas. Having never been to the venue I had no idea what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.

wanderingmeg the library
The lovely Tracey and Prue from thenaughtyfortydiaries and thehouseofskirt.

Just off the main road, it’s pretty easy to get to if you’ve googled the post code, or, if unlike me, you have a decent sense of direction. The decor is a mixture of modern and industrial with a nod towards it’s literary background. It’s the perfect venue for a daytime coffee with colleagues or a nighttime catch up with friends.

Jazz Night

Thursday night is Jazz night, the people at The Library claim to be passionate about 4 things; “exceptional food, exceptional music, exceptional coffee, exceptional service”. They’re not lying, the live jazz band turned the volume up LOUD and treated us all to an amazing session of live music. It was very casual and perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine and some tapas.

the library at attercliffe

Tapas for 2… or 4

Sooooo obviously now I have to talk to you about the tapas. It’s well priced at 2 for £6 or 3 for £9 meaning you can have plenty of nibbles between a couple or a small group. We sampled a few dishes, my favourites were the Patatas Bravas and the Garlic bread with Goat’s Cheese and Jalapeno.  What I like about the menu is that there’s something for everyone; there’s a kids menu as well as adult and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.


I tried to get a few more photos but unfortunately the low lighting was not helping me get that shot, check out their website for more interiors and food photos!

Those are just a few of my thoughts on one of Sheffields newest venues. I liked it because it was more than just a bar, the jazz aspect means it’s got a bit of something about it which sets it apart from all the city centre bars and clubs. If you like an evening where you can spend the whole night in one place it’s worth giving it a look. It’s easy to get to on the bus and there’s street parking nearby so you may as well give it a go.

Let me know if you’ve ever been to the Library! Or maybe this is the first you’ve heard of it and are thinking of giving it a go! Let me know in the comments below!


Meg x


*The Library kindly invited me to attend the jazz night in exchange for a review- all thought and opinions are my own. As always i only share venues I believe my readers would like.

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