I'll be the first one to admit that the first dozen times walking along Arundel street, I didn't notice the hidden gem, that is The Holt. Hiding among surrounding workshops and student flats, you wouldn't think from the outside that it could be such a great place to hang out with friends or get lost in a good book for hours.
Walking in will fill you with a sense of calm. The quaint music and the quirky is welcoming and relaxing. The design of the place is certainly unique, with almost everything being recycled or second hand. It makes for a lovely setting as you enjoy some of the best tea and coffee in Sheffield.
Second-hand couches fresh from the set of 'This is England' and ceiling decorations give off a cool vibe to the place. Hanging above you is seemingly everything from light bulbs, to carnations, plant pots and even a bicycle. Empty bottles and bean bag chairs, not to mention the funky artwork give this place a cosy ambience and a quirky feel.
You can even grab yourself a nice blanket to warm your self up! How cool is that?
Once sat down, you can fully appreciate the wonderful decor as you take notice of all the magical little features around you. What's even more impressive than The Holt's intriguing interior, is indeed their menu. In terms of what they offer, The Holt does not disappoint.They boast a fine selection of teas and coffees, as well as sandwiches and soup!
Two personal favourites of mine have been their 'Fully Monty' breakfast tea along with some very heart-warming 'Roast Spicy Parsnip Soup', served with coriander and fresh bread.
What made my tea and soup taste even better, is the fact that almost everything they prepare is locally sourced. Coffee beans are roasted on site, their tea comes from Birdhouse Tea company, as well as their milk being freshly delivered daily, from their cow Molly in Dungworth.
In terms of customer service, the staff are wonderful! So wonderful in fact, I even got a chance to talk with the owner, Gareth, who took time out his work to tell me a little bit about The Holt.
Not even a year old, The Holt was based on Cafe's seen in Germany. "The Holt was inspired by some of the places in Berlin", Gareth told me. "We liked the way they used industrial spaces to hang out"
Having always dreamed of running a cafe, Gareth and his partner Jess designed the place themselves. The couple regularly host exhibitions supporting local artists as well as selling amateur photography. "We set it up to have somewhere to call our own and enjoy being"