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Tom Lawson Takes on The Psalter Hotel in Sheffield: A New Era of Dining and Hospitality

1 Jul 2024

Leading commercial property agents SMC Brownill Vickers are delighted to announce the successful letting of the Psalter Hotel to renowned local chef and restaurateur Tom Lawson. 

Robin Curtis from SMC Brownill Vickers confirmed that significant interest was shown by prospective tenant’s following marketing the lease opportunity. However, it became clear that Tom was the forerunner to secure the lease due to his experience and vision for the venue.

Tom plans a comprehensive refurbishment of the hotel’s existing 23 bedrooms, transforming the property into a premier destination for dining and accommodation in the heart of Sheffield.

With an extensive background in fine dining and a passion for showcasing the best of local produce, Tom Lawson is set to revitalize The Psalter, infusing it with his unique culinary vision and dedication to exceptional hospitality. The refurbished hotel will feature a full-service kitchen, offering an all-day dining experience that includes brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

A Commitment to Sustainability, Affordability, Locality, and Seasonality

Tom Lawson’s approach to the new dining concept at The Psalter is centered on four core principles: sustainability, affordability, locality, and seasonality. The menu will highlight locally sourced ingredients, ensuring that each dish not only supports local farmers and producers but also delivers the freshest flavors to guests.

“My love for great produce and Sheffield hospitality will shine through every aspect of The Psalter,” said Tom Lawson. “Our aim is to create a welcoming environment where both locals and visitors can enjoy exceptional food and comfortable, stylish accommodation. We want The Psalter to become a beloved part of the community, known for its dedication to quality and sustainability.”

Sharing and Choice: A New Dining Concept

The concept at The Psalter will be centered around sharing and choice, fostering a sense of community and enjoyment among guests. The menu will feature a selection of dishes designed for sharing, such as Moss Valley bacon chop glazed in Sheffield Honey and scrambled eggs with fresh truffle at breakfast. Guests can look forward to a diverse array of options that cater to various tastes and preferences.

To further enhance the communal atmosphere, The Psalter will introduce “Cosy Hour,” encouraging guests to join us between 3-6pm to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with free nibbles. Additionally, children can delight in half-price Bullion hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, making it a perfect treat for families.

At dinner, The Psalter’s menu continues the theme of sharing with a vast array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as Yorkshire asparagus with cured egg yolk and blood orange. These can be paired with some of the UK’s finest meat, fish, and shellfish, like Cornish mussels “A La Molly” cooked in Our Cow Molly Cream and wild garlic. To finish, indulge in a sticky apple cake made with apples from Tom’s garden, a delightful conclusion to a memorable meal.

Welcoming Spaces for Every Occasion

The Psalter Bar will be delighted to welcome those wishing to join for a drink. Whether you’re looking for a casual evening out, a space to work or a place to relax after a long day, our bar offers a perfect setting. Additionally, our outdoor terrace provides an inviting space for guests to enjoy their drinks on warm summer days, making it an ideal spot to unwind and socialize.

Experience The Psalter

The refurbishment of The Psalter Hotel is set to commence immediately, with the aim of welcoming guests to the newly transformed space in the coming months. Whether you are a Sheffield local or visiting the city, The Psalter promises a dining and lodging experience that embodies the warmth and vibrancy of Sheffield hospitality.

For more information about The Psalter and to stay updated on the progress of the refurbishment, please visit the website at or follow on social media @psaltersheffield 

Creating Jobs for Sheffield

As part of this exciting new venture, Tom Lawson will be creating 50 new jobs for the city. These positions will span all aspects of the business, including kitchen staff, front of house, housekeeping, reservations, and night porters. This initiative not only strengthens the local economy but also supports the vibrant hospitality industry in 

About Tom Lawson:

Tom Lawson is a celebrated chef and restaurateur known for his commitment to sustainable and locally sourced cuisine. He has successfully run the award-winning Rafters Restaurant and Rafters at Riverside House, establishing both venues as key players in the Sheffield/Derbyshire dining scene. Tom is excited to begin this new chapter with The Psalter Hotel and wishes the teams at Rafters continued success. With a passion for excellence and a deep connection to the Sheffield community, Tom brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to The Psalter Hotel.

About SMC Brownill Vickers:

SMC Brownill Vickers are the regions largest independent multi-faceted firm of Chartered Surveyors and Commercial Property Agents. They are celebrating their 140th year in business and are proud of their Sheffield roots. They intend to run a series of events in 2024 to celebrate this milestone.

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