Award-winning chef Tim Bilton is opening the doors to his new venture this week ““ The Spiced Pear, Hepworth, and has transformed this landmark destination into an exceptional dining venue that comes complete with a restaurant, cocktail bar and vintage tearoom.

The Spiced Pear, Hepworth, on Sheffield Road has had a radical makeover to create a vibrant new venue. Formerly The Hepworth, and prior to that Cragrats, the stylish restaurant features an open-plan kitchen, and an a la carte menu with five starters, five mains and five desserts of seasonal artisan produce. Future plans include the addition of a ‘Yorkshire Tasting Menu’ offering tasty morsels from the local area presented in Tim’s signature style.

The new cocktail lounge/bar offers bespoke cocktails, wines and beers ““ accompanied by music from a grand piano ““ and the newly created Fourteas tearoom, decked out with antiques from the 1940s, serves up coffees and a range of speciality teas accompanied by dainty sandwiches, delicious cakes and croissants, any-way-you-like eggs and even a Breakfast Margarita!

Families can sip coffee by the open fire or take an afternoon tea on the balcony terrace (with its equally delicious views), and there is even an unusual ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea’, which includes homemade bread and dripping, mini Yorkshire puddings, roast beef pork pie, scotch eggs and Balsamic onions!

Chef owner Tim Bilton made his name at the nearby Butchers Arms Hepworth, turning it into a thriving dining pub and winning numerous awards along the way including Best Gastro Pub 2010 at the Great British Pub Awards. Tim also won the title of ‘DeliciouslYorkshire Champion in 2011-12, Pub Restaurant Chef of the Year 2011 in the Craft Guild of Chefs Award and appeared twice on the BBC’s Great British Menu and the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

“My passion was always to open our own independent family business” says Tim. “The Spiced Pear, Hepworth, is a culmination of all my passions: great Yorkshire food and drink, wonderful surroundings and a great atmosphere. A place you want to come and relax with friends, pop in for a pint or a glass of wine; leave the world and your worries at the door ““ and, of course, take tea!”