“ St Pauls Chambers, 8-12 St Pauls Parade, Sheffield, SL1 2JL. Tel: 0114 276 6710. „
We were in Sheffield for our anniversary and my mum had recommended this place. I love trying new restaurants so we decided to book a table. Though we didn't need to on Tuesday night, I imagine it's very busy at weekends and on nights when the theatre was big plays on.
+ What is Ha! Ha!? +
It's a bar & canteen but I would say it's more of a casual bar and restaurant. The word canteen reminds me of school and work. There are 26 HA! HA! in the UK. You can find them Bath, Bristol, Brighton, Canterbury, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Colchester, Ealing, Gt. Titchfield Street (London), Guildford, Kingston, Leeds, Liverpool, Muswell Hill, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Staines, Sutton Coldfield, Victoria, Villiers Street (London), Windsor and York.
Each HA! HA! has its own personality and unique charm, apparently.
+ Where is Ha Ha in Sheffield? +
It's right in the city centre. It's located in the Peace Garden. It's situated on a corner across from the back of the town hall and is next door to (so to say) Café Rouge. The building is a terracotta colour and it has big arched windows.
The place is split into two. Downstairs is the Bar and upstairs is the Restaurant.
The address is
St Pauls Chambers
8-12 St Pauls Parade
Tel: 0114 276 6710
+ When does it open? +
Monday to Wednesday - 10am to 11pm
Thursday to Saturday - 10am - Midnight
Sunday - 10am - 10.30pm
They stop serving food about around 9.30! As I said before, it does get really busy at weekends so if you really want to eat there, either book it online through their website or give them a ring during their opening hours.
+ Food and Drink +
- Breakfast -
Breakfast is served until 3pm. A huge breakfast is £7.50. There's also a Vegetarian breakfast for £6.95. Or if you're not too hungry, you could choose either for their omelette or a Breakfast Sandwich. For even smaller options, you can get porridge with poached fruits and yoghurt or Eggy bread with bacon.
My boyfriend and I had the Eggy bread later in the week, which was £3.50. It was lovely. Not too soggy but not too crispy. The bacon was nice and tasty.
- Starter/Lunch/Main Meal -
You can either opt for Start, Munch, Lunch, which you could class as a start or a small lunch or you can opt for the What's cooking bit of the menu, which gives you a list of lovely big meals. As it was our anniversary, we had both.
There's a good selection of ranging from Soup to Tiger Prawns, a choice for nearly everyone.
For starters, I had Chicken satay skewers with a crunchy peanut dressing, which was £4.25. My boyfriend had Bruschetta of Parma ham, rocket and shaved Parmesan, which was £3.95. It was Parma Ham on top of a lovely bit of bread.
I loved it. The chicken was so tender and the peanut dressing was a real treat and I even ate the side salad, as it tasted so nice. I normally don't ate the side salad as it normally looks and taste bad in other places.
My boyfriend really enjoyed his starter as well. He kept tell me to try a bit but I think he was only being polite as he wolfed down the plate quite quickly.
The main meal has a big selection to choose from. From burgers to fishcakes. From Tuna steaks to Mussels linguine. From Chicken Pasta to Moroccan spiced lamb steak. Even Fish Fingers.
For the main meal we had both had the same. Roast corn fed chicken breast. Stuffed with taleggio cheese and wrapped in Parma ham, served on crushed rosemary potatoes, which was £7.75 each. The waiter asked up if we wanted any side orders. We ordered Skinny Chips and some Fat Chips (actually potato wedges). Both £2.70.
When the meal came, we were amazed. It looked like a masterpiece. It was served on a big black oval plate. The rosemary potatoes were beautiful. I don't normally like potatoes because they always tend to be New Potatoes, that's the reason why I ordered the side order of skinny chips. The chicken in Parma ham and stuffed with cheese was lovely. It makes me mouth water even now while writing this. Also the side orders were a bit of a shock. I'm used to get a very small plate of chips when I order anywhere but it was a really big bowl of both Fat and Skinny chips.
- Desserts -
I don't think they are big on desserts, as there are only 5 to choose from.
There's Baked lemon cheesecake, Sticky chocolate pudding, Creme brulee, Pear and calvados tarte tatin and Warm brownies and vanilla ice cream. All £4.25.
I chose the Warm Brownies and Vanilla Ice Cream and my boyfriend had the Baked Lemon Cheesecake. Four small brownies with ice cream. Very Yummy and the bit of Lemon Cheesecake that my boyfriend offered me to try was delicious.
There's also a children's menu. Not a big choice if your child is fussy but it's not too bad.
- Drinks -
Well, we were bit boring. We had mainly cokes all night except I had one cocktail called Raspberry Mule, which with the offer was £3.
Though there is a big wines list to choose from. White, Red or Pink as they put it or there's a big list of different cocktails or just soft drinks. You can also have coffee or tea. The coffee is all fair trade coffee, which is great.
On average for a glass of wine, you'd paid about £3.50 - £5. For a bottle between £11 - £16. For coffee or tea, £1.70 - £2.50.
We had a coffee when we went back in the week and it was very nice.
Downstairs in the bar, you can order tempting tasters and nibblings. Apparently, it's stand up finger food.
Offers: From Sunday - Thursday between 3pm and 8pm
All cocktails are £3 and their pitchers are £6. They also had an offer on their sharing plates.
Also with a special voucher from their website, you could bring a friend between Monday - Friday and they eat free (up to 2 courses) but the offer ended on 27th of February. Just keep looking out on the website.
+ Service +
The waiter that served us all night was great. Really polite and very helpful when we asked what certain things on the menu were. The food was served very fast and nicely presented. He was dressed in a white shirt and jeans. It gave the place a nice casual feel to it.
When we went back in the week, the staff then were just as helpful and friendly. A big thumbs up from me.
- Toilets -
Afraid I can't comment on these, as I didn't actually need the loo when I was in there both times.
+ What do I think of Ha Ha's? +
I think it's a great place to eat and socialise. We only spent £45 in total on two starters, two main meals with two side orders, two desserts and 4 drinks (one alcoholic). The service was excellent, so was the food. The place was very clean too. I couldn't recommend it more for an evening meal. I'd be happy to go back again and again and again. I'm very picky but this place has impressed me. I would say that the breakfast is expensive but I don't really generally eat breakfast out so I'm not really that bothered.
For more information on HA! HA! and to see their menus, go to http://www.hahaonline.co.uk