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City Crash Pad Food Guide – Sheffield

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After covering the other cities we’ve expanded to, we’ve saved the best for last – Sheffield! Here are a few of our favourite budget eats that are not only value for money, they are real tasty eats that we think you should try. Best of all, all these places are close to the city centre and located near all our serviced apartment locations so if you’re staying with us, do pay a visit to these great places in Sheffield!

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For a quick and affordable meal on-the-go, we love getting a falafel wrap from Fanoush.  This Falafel Salad Bar serves up middle-eastern wraps and salad boxes that are vegetarian-friendly and absolutely delicious. Expect a wide range of hummus, vegetables, fresh falafels and hot grilled halloumi. They also serve up aubergines and cauliflower if you want more to choose from. All around, one of our favourite places to get a meal to go.

100 Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HQ, England / +44 114 327 3134

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Another great takeaway place that is fiercely loved by locals is Edo Sushi Takeaway, a small Japanese-run takeout place in the heart of the Sheffield City Centre. They pride themselves on quality ingredients, meaning customers get to taste fresh sashimi and sushi at affordable prices. Lunch Specials run from 12-2.30pm every weekday, including one hot special and a variety of sushi boxes to choose from. Deliveries start in the evening which make it the perfect dinner choice when you’re too lazy to leave the house (free deliveries to S1 & S3, conveniently where our serviced apartments are located). Our personal favourites are the Godzilla Rolls and Salmon Deluxe Sashimi.

 24 – 26 High Court Chambers, Sheffield S1 2EP, England / +44 114 275 5123

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Tucked away at Westfield Terrace is Tamper Coffee, an independently opened Kiwi-style coffee shop. This specialist place offers boasts a wide range of coffees on offer, including a brew bar for coffee fanatics. To accompany your beverage, Tamper offers up some real good sandwiches and pies that we highly recommend. With much popularity this place has gained through the years, Tamper has opened another branch at Arundel Gate with more seating space and a bigger food menu – the perfect place for a heart weekend brunch.

 9 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield S1 4GH, England / 0114 327 1080

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Fancy some Chinese food? Dim Sum Restaurant is a contemporary Cantonese, Seafood and Dim Sum Chinese Cuisine that serves up an authentic meal. If you love to ‘Yum-Cha’, this is the place for you as Dim Sum is served all day and is rated one of the top 10 dim sum restaurants in the UK. Staff here are really friendly and always welcoming, another plus that makes us love this place.

 201 London Road, Sheffield, England / 0114 255 0467

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Head down to The Great Gatsby for a Mexican-oriented pub grub. They’ve teamed up with Shy Boy Cantina to bring you quesadillas, burritos, tacos and other delicious Mexican food.  While the food menu may seem limited, every dish packs a punch! Tip: leave room for desserts, the churros are freshly made and are piping hot when they are served, perfect for dipping into the accompanying melted chocolate. If you visit later in the night, choose one out of the many cocktails on the menu. Can we declare this the best cocktails in Sheffield? Try their Pina Coladas and judge for yourself!

 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S14GE, England / +(44)1142763939

 

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Situated right in the heart of West Street is a gem of a pub called the Wick at Both Ends. This place serves up an extensive selection of cocktails and wine but the real star is their modern British food on offer. They don’t just serve your usual pub grub, they turn it up a notch and put their twists on traditional favourites like fish and chips. The menu also changes seasonally, keeping diners excited for what new dishes will be on offer. We once had an earl grey crème brulee which was so memorable that we cross our fingers they bring it back soon. PS: book a table in advance if you’re heading there on a Friday or Saturday night as it can get quite busy.

149-151 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW, England / +44 114 272 3039

This is just one of many more posts to come about Sheffield! We love this city and can’t wait to share more about it with you. Let us know what are your favourites and who you think we should feature in our next blog post.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom. It’s the city where centuries of rich history and culture meet a vibrant and bustling cosmopolitan city.  Here are some of our City Crash Pad recommendations that go for those looking for a Michelin-star experience and even those on a budget.

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21212 offers lush atmosphere and unique cooking that will make every foodie’s mouth water. Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomical experience at this Michelin star restaurant serving up French British food. Expect bold flavours and surprising flavour combinations. We also love their concept of the open kitchen; you get to see how things are done in the final preparation and see how they plate food to look like a work of art. Staff are friendly and serve you to the best of their abilities, nothing is ever too much for them! As this is a very small restaurant, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, Scotland (Calton Hill) / +44 (0)131 523 1030

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For an absolutely sublime meal in Edinburgh, book a table in advance at Kitchin, a Michelin star restaurant at the apex of the city’s restaurant scene.  Labelled a MUST for foodies, expect mind-blowing food combinations that will excite your taste buds. And of course, meet the man himself, Tim Kitchin, as he usually comes out to greet diners. The ambiance is both welcoming and staff are very approachable as they ensure you have the best experience at Kitchin possible.

78 Commercial Quay | Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, Scotland / 0131 555 1755

 

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Looking for delicious Indian food? Fans of Indian curries and spices must visit Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant for a meal, recommended by visitors and locals alike. Expect tasty food with flavour profiles that pack a real punch coupled with a cosy atmosphere – what more could you ask in a restaurant? They also offer a 20% discount during the day, a great deal not to be missed.

25-27 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland / 01312252832

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Those on a budget will love Bijou, a chic Scottish meets British local bistro situated in the heart of Leith Links. This lovely place offers all three meals and has two menus to choose from: a classic one and its seasonal menu. The staffs are attentive and serve everyone with a smile with makes for a great casual meal stop.

2 Restalrig Road | Leith Links, Edinburgh, Scotland / 0131-538-0664

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Head to Hula for a delicious breakfast, with many gluten-free options available. Voted best Edinburgh cafe in the skinny food and drink survey 2013, this place sure makes healthy food taste good. Our favourites are the smoothies with an added organic booster – your body will thank you and you’ll feel completely energised for the day. The atmosphere is just as vibrant, with enthusiastic staff and many artworks no display.

103-105 West Bow | Edinburgh, eh1 2JP, Edinburgh, Scotland / +44 131 220 1121

Book your stay in Edinburgh with City Crash Pad now and experience what this exciting city has to offer.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Aberdeen

Nicknamed the Granite City, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city and is full of magnificent castles, highland adventure and dramatic coastlines. Other than its beautiful scenery, Aberdeen has great restaurants with buzzing atmosphere and tasty food that you need to try when you’re in Scotland. Here are three of our favourites and personal recommendations.

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Considered a ‘hidden gem’ by many, Moon Fish Cafe is a restaurant favourite with locals and visitors alike. The restaurant has the perfect mix of buzzy yet laid back atmosphere that creates a great ambiance.  The food is as beautiful as it is tasty and fresh, plus unique flavour combinations that definitely won’t disappoint. This place has limited seating so we highly recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment!

8 Correction Wynd, City Centre, Aberdeen AB10 1HP / 01224 644166

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The Stage Door is a popular seafood and chop house, with flavours from both Scottish cuisine and continental influence. If you are looking for vegetarian and fish options, this restaurant is perfect as its menu has a good balance of meat and non-meat options. The staff here go beyond basic customer service and truly make you feel welcomed, accommodating to all needs. This place is especially popular for the pre-theatre menu as His Majesty’s theatre is close by, making it the perfect meal stop.

26 N Silver St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB10 1RL / 01224 642111

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If you’re craving Italian, Mi Amore on Huntly Street combines warm personal service with hearty food and friendly atmosphere. This bustling restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and is a great hangout to meet friends or book a table on the upper floor where it’s slightly quieter if you’re having a date night. If you’re a meat lover, order the Mi Amore special which is veal steak cooked to perfection! Also, pop over during lunch for their set meal which is under £8, an absolute bargain with choices between pasta, pizza and other Italian favourites.

80-82 Huntly Street Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB10 1TD / 01224639198

 

 Any other great places we need to try in Aberdeen? Pop the address down in the comments section and we’ll check them out!

 

Where to eat in Manchester

The metropolitan Manchester has a dynamic food scene, with a wide range of cuisines to choose from. Here are some reasonably priced restaurant recommendations from us at City Crash Pad.

 

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Under the railways of Whitworth Street lies Gorilla – a bar, kitchen, stage and club all rolled into one. It’s been voted the ‘best newcomer’ at the Manchester food and drink festival awards and it is no wonder why! The breakfast and brunch menu is served all the way to 4pm, and other food served till late. Their burgers have won the ‘Best Burger in Manchester’ Title and all bread and pastries are baked in-house, so you know it’s fresh! Don’t miss out on good quality honest food at this place.

54 – 56 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 5WW

 

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Prepare yourself for a queue at the hugely hyped Almost Famous, a burger and booze joint with sinful burgers jam-packed with quality beef and unique burger combinations. Don’t miss out on the crack wings and the ‘winning’ sweet potato fries doused in house seasoning. Be warned – Depending on what time of the day and what day you do, it’s possible to wait up to 2 hours to get a seat as no bookings are taken.

Unit 2, Great Northern Warehouse
Watson Street
Manchester
M3 4EJ

 

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A trip to Manchester is incomplete without paying a visit to Chinatown, the 3rd largest in Europe. Have yumcha on the weekends at Pearl City, or even makes a great supper stop since they close late. Whatever the time, this place serves up a good Chinese meal.

33 George Street
Manchester
M1 4PH

 

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For the absolute best milkshakes, dare we say in the UK, visit Archie’s Burger and Shakes; they have every chocolate bar you can imagine on display and will concoct the milkshake you desire. The burgers are quality as well, and make a great late night snack since they open till the wee hours in the morning. Rap Star, The Game, recently paid a visit and loved it so much, he’s in talks with the owners to franchise it and bring it to the US!

72 Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 5NH

 

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Fancy having afternoon tea? Step into a wonderland at Richmond Tea Room. Have the Alice’s Tea – the Richmond blend tea and freshly baked scones are the perfect combination and most value for money here. Booking is recommended especially on the weekends when it can get quite busy.

15 Richmond Street
Manchester
M1 3HZ

 

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Love your Indian food? Then Punjab Tandoori Restaurant is right up your alley! Located in curry mile, this place has a well deserved reputation for serving good Indian cuisine at reasonable prices. They also cater to your spice threshold, so don’t be afraid of having a curry even if you aren’t a spice fan. Our favourite is the Masala Dosa, as close to India as you’ll get while staying in Manchester.

177 Wilmslow Road
Rusholme
Manchester
M14 5AP

 

 

Where to Eat in Glasgow

Whatever the occasion or craving, Glasgow has a wide range of food to choose from. Here are four places we enjoy and recommend you dine at during your stay in the Scottish city.

 

Black Sheep Bistro

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Treat yourself to wonderful Scottish food fare at the Black Sheep Bistro. This family run Bistro is a cosy place with friendly staff, serving hearty portions and desserts that you must not miss.  Slightly off the beaten track but worth the jaunt as the food here is delectable. It’s popular amongst both locals and tourists alike so book in advance to ensure a table.

10 Clarendon St, Glasgow, Strathclyde G20 7QD. TEL: 0141 333 1435

 

Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery

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A trip to Glasgow is incomplete without dining at one of the most well-known restaurants in Scotland, Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery. Based just on the outskirts of the city centre, diners are transported to the 1920s when they enter the restaurant and are greeted by its old world charm. The main draw here is the wonderfully fresh seafood that is skilfully prepared by chefs (we recommend getting the scallops!), prepared to be wowed at both the presentation and taste of these dishes.

652-654 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8UF. TEL: 0141 221 8188

 

Charcoals

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Craving Indian Food? Look no further than Charcoals! It’s safe to say they deserved winning the Best Curry house in Glasgow title at the Best Curry Awards – they serve phenomenal food like Chicken Poori, South Indian Garlic Chilli and Special Naan that is unbeatable. The extensive menu has something for everyone, including great vegetarian options for those who choose to go meat-less.  The hospitality there is second to none – Ali and his brilliant staff go the extra mile to make you feel welcomed. Don’t miss out on this place, it’s the best Indian Food in Scotland!

26A Renfield St, Glasgow G2 1LU. TEL: 0141 221 9251

 

Jack McPhee

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Those on a budget should pay a visit to Jack Mcphee for fish & chips, hailed as the most under rated chippy in Scotland. Get piping hot chips and a fresh crispy battered fish – £5.95 for a big chunk of haddock and chips is a bargain!

261-263 Hope St, City Centre, Glasgow G2 3PS. TEL: 0141 353 1240

Sheffield Food Festival

Coming this May over the spring bank holiday is the Sheffield Food Festival. From the 24-26th May, the festival will celebrate the vibrant and diverse food culture of South Yorkshire and also support our local food community. It is one of the largest free urban food festivals in the country, garnering over 244,000 visitors last year.

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This year’s festival will extend from Fargate to the newly redeveloped Moor, expect more vendors and more exciting activities happening. It’s a great day out for foodies and families with a mix of activities and workshops to keep the children entertained. Foodies will get to bring home local favourites and international delights from the artisan food market to continue cooking up a storm at home. Follow the event’s official twitter account @foodfestsheff for more information.

Book your stay with Citycrashpad this bank holiday weekend and attend this amazing culinary festival.