An interview with Tim Nye, co-owner of independent city centre café Marmadukes, on improving Sheffield’s coffee culture and plans for expansion to tie in with local evening events.

Things are going well for us here at Marmadukes. After I retired from the police force I needed a new project, so I opened our café in 2012 with my wife. Sheffield’s independent café scene is growing, and with my wife being a talented interior designer and a big fan of food; opening a café seemed like the perfect thing to do. Certainly different. We actually live in Bakewell, but wanted a city centre location with a more diverse customer base – people from all over the world come to have lunch and coffee here (with it being close to two big universities), which makes it really interesting. We love being situated on Norfolk Row; it’s a beautiful setting and right by the theatres, the winter gardens, cinemas and shops.

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