Bench Sheffield

by Bench Sheffield in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

Bench Sheffield
We did it
On 8th September 2020 we successfully raised £15,625 with 159 supporters in 15 days

We've found a place to call 'home', but we need your help!

by Bench Sheffield in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

What is Bench?

Bench is going to be a neighbourhood bistro with great food, great drinks and a small shop element. It’s an extension of a series of successful pop-ups we have done over the past couple of years in Sheffield. It’s something that’s been in our heads for a long time, and now we have found a space in Nether Edge we’re excited to be able to put down roots in a place we can call 'home'.

What will Bench be like?

A communal setting for drinking and dining. We want it to be fun and we want it to be informal. We want everyone to be comfortable when they’re inside our space. Most importantly, we want to Bench to be an extension of ourselves. We want it to be like coming around to our house, grabbing a drink and a bite to eat and just having a good time.

Why do we need help?

With your help we’ll be able to make sure we have the best ventilation and extraction needed to ensure a nice environment for our guests. In our opinion, there's nothing worse than a smoky, smell-lingering space, and this is something we really want to make sure we get right, not only for our guests but for the community too, ensuring it is completely odourless. 

We also want to support local independent businesses as much as possible, such as our favourite local joiner Rocket Design to build the 'Bench' and brilliant local ceramicist Grey Suit Clay to make our crockery. There are some amazing people in this city doing brilliant things and we’d love to work with them to celebrate the city and make sure we boost the local economy – not the bank accounts of the big chains and corporations.

What will we get for our investment?

In return for your investment we’ve invited over some friends to come and cook in a series of Sunday Sessions. A celebration of some of our favourite local places like Pina and VorV, as well as friends from afar like Anglothai legends John & Diz, Brad Carter of Michelin starred Carters of Moseley, Sam Grainger of Belzan, Cinder and Madre, and Lee Wescott, most recently of Michelin starred Pensons.

They will be over serving family-style Sunday feasts. Some breakfasts, some brunches, some dinners.

As well as this, we’re also gonna knock out our inaugural Bench merch. Pins, tees and totes. Super stylish fashion accessories, all acting as a little thank-you to help us reach our goal.

And then of course you can get gift vouchers for drinking and dining at Bench. Also, if you’re feeling really flush we’ll even bring Bench to your home, or you can hire the whole place out for a private do.

Finally, if you wanna just be an absolute legend, you can just stick us a bit of money to basically say good luck and here’s a little something to help you on your way. Literally anything you guys can give us is crazy helpful and we will be forever grateful.

You’re helping us achieve our dream and we can’t explain how much it’ll mean to both of us.

Thank you,
Jack & Ron.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£60 or more

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Lyan Cub Takeover

This man needs no introduction, the goat in the drinks industry. (Sorry Jerry Thomas). We couldn’t fit half of what this man has achieved into this 500 character text box. We are super stoked for this - we’ve been lucky enough to eat and drink at cub a couple of times and once at their takeover in Paris and loved it. We cannot wait to host them in Sheffield. February 2021. £60pp - More details to follow.

£10 or more

Because you’re a legend!

Support the project because you believe in it and want to see it happen. We’ll be forever grateful.

£15 or more

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Own Jack Wakelin’s physical embodiment in pin form! Represent.

£30 or more

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Bench Tote

Not just any old hipster tote. Designed to fit both vinyl and wine bottles in perfect symphony. The Michael Jordan of hipster totes.

£50 or more

Pledge £50: Voucher

A voucher to spend anytime!

£100 or more

Pledge £100: Voucher

A voucher to spend anytime!

£2,000 or more

Bench at Home

Enjoy the pleasures of Bench without leaving the house. We’ll come and look after you and yours with a five course menu and drinks provided for up to 20 people AND we’ll do the washing up!

£2,000 or more

Private Hire of Bench

Consider Bench yours (kind of). We’ll close the doors and let up to 20 people in with the food and drink taken care of – you just turn up and enjoy your evening with pals. Mi casa es su casa.

£5,000 or more

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Remember when Nando’s gave the Arctic Monkeys black cards which meant they got free Nando’s for Life? Well this is nothing like that. It's free food and drink up to £6K. If we ever get as big as Nando’s we might do a proper black card and give it to our favourite band, Nickelback. You'll also be given our ONE AND ONLY 'Goody Bag'. *T’s&C’s apply, obvs.

£30 or more

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Bench Tee

Designed by Peter & Paul and screen-printed by Hunk in Sheffield. Become a walking advert for Bench (please) and spread the love!

£30 or more

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VorV Brunch Takeover

VorV opened in December 2019 to a pretty stellar reception. As opposed to cooking ‘vegetarian food’ head chef Danny Lynn is cooking vegetables in a seriously exciting and delicious way. A keen advocate of open fire cooking himself expect a brunch of the highest calibre. We’re psyched to blend Danny’s style of food with Bench’s communal dining vibe and a ton of afternoon boozing. Sunday February 7th 2021. Brunch. From 11am. £30 per person.

£30 or more

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Piña’s Mexican Breakfast

Our great pals opened Piña just before what we will always refer to as ‘Our Summer of Love’. England were gonna win the World Cup, it was stupidly hot, Pops was here and we finally knew what good Mexican food tasted like! We thought it sounded like a good idea to drink Mezcal before mid-day so we’ve got them doing their version of a breakfast / brunch / mezcal family meal extravaganza. Sunday Jan 31st 2021. Brunch. From 11am. £30 per person.

£45 or more

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Sam Grainger of Belzan /Madre / Cinder Fame

We’ve done stuff together and eaten Sam’s food a good few times now and he smashes it every time! Belzan opened to huge success in 2017 and since then Cinder and Madre have followed. So we’re getting him over to bring the power of this eclectic collective. We’ve forged a great relationship with the Liverpool lads and value their friendship and respect them very highly. Boss! Sunday February 28th 2021. 5 Course Menu. From 5pm. £45 per person.

£45 or more

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AngloThai Love-In

Anglothai (John & Diz Chantarasak) hold a special place in our hearts. The pop-up pro's, having success all over the UK - including at Counter Culture & Newcomer Wines as well as appearing on Great British Menu. They’re great pals and we can’t wait to have them back in Sheffield. Calling it the best Thai food would be a disservice, its arguably the best food we’ve ever eaten. Period. Sunday March 14th 2021. 5 Course Menu. From 5pm. £45 pp.

£65 or more

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Brad Carter’s Sunday Session

Carters of Moseley opened in 2010 and gained a Michelin Star five years later. One of our favourite restaurants, we've been lucky to enough to dine a few times at Carter’s and Brad, Holly & the whole team smash it every time. The guys became ‘Insta-famous’ for their staff dinners which later spurned his first cookbook 'Staff'. Expect big flavours! Get involved Bab. Sunday March 28th 2021. 5 Course Menu. From 4pm. £65 per person.

£65 or more

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Dinner with Mr. Lee Westcott

The last chef in our Sunday Sessions Series needs no introduction. Protégé of Tom Aikens and a CV that includes Per Se, Noma and Claridge's, we are buzzing to have Mr. Lee Westcott up to takeover Bench. Most recently of Pensons in Worcestershire, where he was awarded a Michelin star just eight months after opening. Lee's food is next level and we cant wait to have him up! Sunday April 11th 2021. 5 course menu. From 4pm. £65 per person.

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