An independent guide to Sheffield City Centre

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Boutiques with bags of style. Awe-inspiring museums. Characterful coffee shops and cosy pubs. Walls coloured with the work of the best street artists around. Workshops fit for the city’s future generation of makers. This is Sheffield city centre. Welcome back.


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The past year has been difficult for everyone, including Sheffield’s vibrant independent community. As the city centre looks ahead to brighter days, its fantastic indie shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries, museums, charities and workplaces are working extra hard to welcome people back safely. This guide is a showcase of these places. It shines a spotlight on all that’s unique and independent in Sheffield city centre – and all that you have to look forward to as things gradually move forward.


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Read on to rediscover your city. You’ll find local businesses to support, community groups to champion, and inspiring events both physical and digital. You’ll also hear from local makers and doers – like a metalsmith keeping alive a proud Sheffield tradition; a manager at the city’s only independent department store; and the people behind a non-profit that for 95 years has supported community action in Sheffield and that, during Covid-19, has been more essential than ever.

This guide is created by Sheffield BID, a partnership of over 500 businesses, covering 244 streets in the very centre of the city. The BID community welcomes you back to the heart of Sheffield – friendly, green and cultural Sheffield. A city of makers and music. A city of beer. A city of learning and innovation. A city of sanctuary and solidarity. 5

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City of Music Whether it’s smooth jazz in a cosy wine bar, local rockers in a lively pub or a big name gracing the City Hall stage, you’ll easily find great live music any night of the week in Sheffield city centre. Sheffield has long been associated with electronic music, since the likes of The Human League found international fame for their synthpop singles and hairdos in the 1980s. Today, the city has a rich reputation for varied musical exports – from Britpoppers Pulp, with their hip-twirling frontman Jarvis Cocker, to dance poppers Moloko; quiffed crooner Richard Hawley to the arena-filling Arctic Monkeys and bleep techno pioneers Forgemasters. Eager music fans, gig-goers and nightclubbers can expect a phased return to live music and club nights from June 2021. Keep your eyes on the venues’ calendars as they start to get their groove back.


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Plot 22 is many things to many people. A venue for underground gigs and club nights. A studio space. A place for vulnerable adults and young people to join in creative projects. After a year and a half of renovations, the pandemic scuppered Plot 22’s reopening plans in March 2020. By the end of the year, the Music Venue Trust identified it as one of the country’s grassroots venues most at risk of permanent closure. The community clubbed together, though, and raised funds to help it through the crisis. Founder Mike talks about what makes Plot 22 vital to the city’s creative underground culture. Tell us a little about Plot 22’s home.

Plot 22 is in the old Castle Market area. Our unit has seen life as a cafe, betting shop and salon. For the past four years we’ve made use of it as a multi-purpose creative space. Castlegate is an interesting area to be part of, with its important heritage as a working class market and the Castle, and with other music spaces including Bal Fashions and Delicious Clam. I think this part of town will come into its own in the next couple of years.

Plot 22 is more than a music venue, it also houses social enterprise Rite Trax. What are the aims of Rite Trax?

RiteTrax exists to provide a platform for underground creative culture in Sheffield, usually by hosting events and live streams. We support aspiring and established artists as well as vulnerable adults and young people through targeted intervention programmes. Plot 22 is part of this platform, providing studio, event and workshop space. We aim to increase engagement in the creative arts and generate opportunities in the industry. 8

How did you stay connected to the underground music scene and Rite Trax community during lockdown?

Throughout the first lockdown we supported our artists by ensuring the studios stayed open and lending out equipment. Having experience of live streams, we made the transition to online performances fairly quickly with our inhouse video producers Blueshift Studios. We started a regular broadcast and ran an online version of our annual community festival, RiteTrax on the Digital Bole Hills. We also continued to support people through drug and alcohol services with a National Lottery-funded Covid-19 response project.

At the start of 2021 you ran a successful Crowdfunder as part of the Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign. What does this support mean to you?

It’s been a lifeline. MVT did a great job at getting the word out there and we’re really grateful to have essentially been saved by the support generated. With everything else that’s been going on, it’s humbling to see people get behind grassroots ventures like ours. 20–22 Exchange Street, S2 5TS /plot22sheffield

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Plot 22

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Music in the Round

Music in the Round

The Leadmill

Music in the Round is here to make classical music accessible to all. It hosts top-notch chamber music concerts in the intimate Crucible Studio, often featuring MITR’s resident group Ensemble 360, and puts on an international classical festival. First-timers and those under 35 can get £5 tickets, while some events are even ticketed on a “pay-what-you-want” basis. There are plenty of workshops and concerts to keep children and families entertained too.

The Leadmill is an icon of independent music in Sheffield, celebrating its 40th birthday in 2020. The 80s brought everything from post punk to the Culture Club to the venue. In the 90s it was Britpoppers Oasis, The Verve, Elastica and Suede, and the grungier likes of Babes in Toyland and Mudhoney. Then in the 00s, it was time for The Strokes, The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and – of course – Arctic Monkeys to take to the Leadmill stage. It still hosts a gig, live comedy or club event most nights of the week.

6 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE


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The Leadmill

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Tramlines Tramlines is the liveliest weekend of the year in Sheffield. The three-day summer music festival takes place in Hillsborough Park with world-class music and comedy acts. And the fun doesn’t end there, with official after-parties keeping people dancing into the early hours at nightclub venues. The Fringe at Tramlines also sees bars and pubs in the city centre put on their own line-ups of local acts, together creating a diverse celebration of music.


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Each autumn, Sensoria takes over some of the city’s more unique and atmospheric venues for a festival of film, music and digital. Since 2018, the Sensoria programme has included live soundtracks, drive-in cinemas and outdoors screenings, multivenue gigs and audiovisual installations. The festival also hosts SensoriaPro for those working or looking to work in the industry, and SynthFest UK for the synthesiser heads. It’s anyone’s guess what this ever innovative festival will do next. Corporation

The home of rock and alternative music in Sheffield since 1997. Corporation spans three floors on a corner of the Devonshire Quarter and, according to a vote in Kerrang! magazine, is one of the country’s top three rock clubs. Corp is well established on major bands’ touring circuits, attracting gig goers from far and wide, and also regularly puts on the latest up and coming acts from Sheffield’s underground scene. It plays host to varied club nights, filling four rooms with everything from pop to indie to hardcore to soul, and is also home to the infamous “blue pint”.

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Code Nightclub

Code Nightclub This place knows how to party. The target audience at Code is very much students. It hosts the Wonderland 90p party on Tuesdays (yes, that’s 90p drinks, all night), as well as nights complete with inflatables and confetti cannons, plus Code Saturdays featuring a wide range of music and £2.50 drinks offers. All of this has helped it win the Exposed Awards vote for Sheffield’s best nightclub from 2016 to 2019. Code will reopen following lockdown with seated-only events in May and will return to normal if restrictions ease as planned in June.

28 Eyre Street, S1 4QY Tank

An underground party venue, specialising in house, techno and drum’n’bass.

Tank won big at the Best Bar None awards in 2019 and 2020, bagging overall winner, people’s choice nightclub, best nightclub (joint winner), and best independent venue (joint winner). No surprise then that tickets for its reopening week from 21st June sold out in no time.

53–55 Arundel Gate, S1 2PN Bal Fashions Bal Fashions is a cool and cosy hangout spot in the Castlegate area. Club nights feature underground dance music acts from around the world. Following lockdown, Bal Fashions will be serving up thali food from Shantis Lounge in its outdoor area too.

16 Exchange Street, S2 5TR /balfashions

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Delicious Clam

Bungalows and Bears

The Washington

The Delicious Clam collective have created space for Sheffield’s DIY bands since 2013. They operate as a small venue, a record label and a practice space from their Castlegate base. Catch the latest bands on the alternative scene at their gigs and during their Clamlines fringe event during Tramlines weekend. And look out for releases from their community of Sheffield-based bands including Sister Wives, Thee Mightees and Crawlies.

A fire station turned bar and music venue, Bungalows and Bears is in the heart of the Devonshire Quarter. Gigs here tend to include up and coming indie rock acts from across the UK and US.

A lively music pub on the edge of the Devonshire Quarter, The Washington regularly puts on gigs from some of the finest bands on the Sheffield circuit. Take your pick from a cosy corner or the dancefloor – in the latter, the resident DJs will keep you on your feet until 3am, spinning anything from The Prodigy to Dolly Parton.

12 Exchange Street, S2 5TS /deliciousclamrecords O2 Academy Sheffield The brutalist building that now houses the Academy has a long legacy in Sheffield’s music scene – entertaining previous generations as the Top Rank Suite and Roxy Disco. Gigs here range from rock to reggae to rap, while club nights regularly keep folks dancing into the early hours.

50 Division Street, S1 4GF Frog and Parrot

This student-friendly boozer has been a longtime Devonshire Quarter favourite. On Saturday nights, they host specialist DJs, spinning anything from Motown and northern soul to ska and reggae. The pub also regularly hosts free gigs by local talent.

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37–43 Arundel Gate, S1 2PN o2academysheffield Record Junkee This 150-capacity gig venue and record store is a paradise for music fans. The Record Junkee team select excellent bands and artists for their live programme, covering grunge, metal, synth pop and plenty more.

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and on Saturdays it gets people moving to house, R&B and soul music.

23-32 Carver Street, S1 4FS Trippets Lounge Bar “Fizz, gin, and all that jazz”, goes the Trippets tagline. Tucked away just off West Street, this lounge bar and dining room hosts live jazz every Friday and Saturday, as well as occasional themed brunches and wine tasting events.

89 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL West Street Live

The Green Room

The Green Room Vibes at the Green Room are very mod, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, though its live music programme is nothing but eclectic. Catch the freshest talent at the lively bar’s open mic events, and look out for comedy nights too.

150–154 Devonshire Street, S3 7SG Duality Duality is a truly original destination to enjoy DJs and live music. Using the latest 360-degree projection technology, the bar immerses revellers 14

in mindblowing sights and sounds, making for a night out like no other. It’ll transport you to New York one minute and Hong Kong the next.

106 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF Crystal

One of many examples of a former cutlery works finding a new lease of life in Sheffield, Crystal is a cool space, all exposed brickwork and parquet floors. The intimate nightclub is popular with students on weeknights,

It’s a rare night at West Street Live when there isn’t a live band playing. Based on one of the city centre’s most bustling streets, the late bar is looking forward to returning to booking bands when it reopens in May 2021.

128 West Street, S1 4ES Dempsey’s

A long-estabilshed gay bar and nightclub, Dempsey’s is now at the heart and soul of the newly designated Gay Quarter. The popular spot has two dance floors, resident DJs, karaoke and games nights.

1 Hereford Street, S1 4PR /DempseysSheffield Queer Junction

Part of the community of gay bars centred around the end of The Moor and Hereford

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Street, this lively and colourful graffiti-decorated spot offers a place to party till the early hours.

139 The Moor, S1 4PH /queerjunction Social Rehab

Based at the end of The Moor, this gay bar joined the city’s growing Gay Quarter in 2019.

135 The Moor, S1 4PH The Viper Rooms

Priding itself on bringing a bit of glam to your nights out, the Viper Rooms has an extensive cocktail and champagne list, confetti cannons, and VIP booths. Expect anything from 90s R&B to pop anthems from its DJs.

35 Carver Street, S1 4FS Maggie May’s Proudly calling itself the ‘home of the classic oldie’, Maggie May’s is the place to enjoy soul music in Sheffield city centre. Saturday is

dedicated to northern soul, with guest DJs taking to the decks from 3pm onwards. At all other times, expect to get moving to some of the greatest musical icons from the 60s through to the 00s.

23 Trippet Lane, S1 4FG Soyo Occupying what was once one of Sheffield’s historical Methodist churches, this stylish late bar has it all: comfy armchairs, a dance floor, a huge glitterball, and cracking drinks deals. Resident DJs provide the perfect soundtrack to wind down and put on your dancing shoes, with weekends tending to lean towards house, disco, soul and R&B.

117 Rockingham Street, S1 4EB Dtour Music Bar and Lounge

R&B and house music are the specialities at Dtour, and it delivers them in style.


You’ll also hear dancehall, soul, garage, bassline and Afrobeats at special events here. The elegant bar and club is one for a slightly more mature crowd, with an over-25s policy at weekends. For an extra level of exclusivity, book a private room and settle down for a night with the karaoke machine or PlayStation.

192 Shoreham Street, S1 4SQ /dtourlounge

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Molly Malone’s This Irish-themed, studentfriendly bar is big on music, sports and Guinness. Each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday it hosts bands that play traditional and contemporary music with an Irish twist.

Molly Malone’s

140–144 West Street, S1 4ES


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Visit Sheffield is a city of culture. It’s home to some of the most exciting theatres in the country, a landmark indie cinema, a neverending festival season, and a string of galleries that make for a great art trail. And that’s not to mention all the art and poetry to be discovered in the streets. It’s also, famously, a green city. The green isn’t just at its hilly edges; it’s in the very heart of the city, where an urban glasshouse sits next to a beautiful public garden. There’s fun for all the family here, whether it’s at a huge leisure complex or an indoor adventure game. There are historic sights to check off that nod to the city’s proud industrial heritage and, after a busy trip, some great spots to slow down and relax. Cultural destinations and visitor attractions will reopen from lockdown in phases. Make sure you follow the social distancing and other measures in place at each venue, to help keep all visitors and locals safe.


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Bloc Projects

How did Bloc Projects adapt and stay active during lockdown?

Bloc Projects is a contemporary art space that, though relatively small in size, is big in ideas. Its exhibitions give artists space to explore their practice freely, while its workshops and events invite everybody to join them. In lockdown, Bloc continued to present art – and conversations about art – both online and outside on the Bloc Billboard. Curator Sunshine Wong shares how the gallery provides a platform for creative thinking.

You hosted a series of online talks about the state of the art world. How will these discussions influence future Bloc programmes?

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For the first few months, Dave McLeavy (our former director, who left in February 2021) and I were having lots of discussions about what to do! We put in an unsuccessful Arts Council bid but did receive some government support. So we thought: maybe the best use of our energy would be to understand how we are responding, both as Bloc and as a sector, to the collision of health, cultural and socio-political crises.

People were feeling all types of ways and getting stuck into other media, new hobbies, etc. Our Harsh Light series of webinars responds to this shift, and asks how we are coping as art workers. Because of these conversations, we’ve made critical care an overarching ethos. This includes making our work accessible to more people, e.g. our webinars have live BSL signing, while the current Bloc Billboard by June Lam includes an accompanying poem read aloud by the artist for partially sighted passers-by. And our new artist residency, Blueprints of the Otherwise, emphasises mutual learning between artist and organisation.

Bloc explores ideas through exhibitions, billboards, talks and workshops. What’s been a highlight for you?

I wasn’t yet working at Bloc Projects but in 2019 I saw a beautiful exhibition by Alex Farrar. The gallery was punctuated by domestic furniture, body-like soft sculptures, and the floor was flooded with water. You have no idea what to make of this scene; it was sinister, familiar and cosy all at the same time. I had no expectations, and this really surprised me. 18

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What are your hopes for the arts and culture community in Sheffield as we emerge from the pandemic? I hope we don’t go back to normal, in many ways. I hope we’ve learned how interconnected we are. I hope organisations have used this time to ask why their work matters. I hope we’ll emerge a little more humble and willing to learn. I would love to see the city’s different arts communities confident in what they do, with a genuine sense of place.

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of Turner, Blake, Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst on its walls – with a few local heroes in the mix too. It is host to regular events, such as an art club and curator talks and tours, and a shop for art and gifts.

Surrey Street, S1 2LH Site Gallery Millennium Gallery

Site is a space for world-class contemporary art in Sheffield. It pioneers new art practices, with a focus on moving image, new media and performance work from local, regional and international creators. It also inspires the next generation of culture vultures with its Society of Explorers collective of 14-to19-year-olds.

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Graves Gallery

Located in the heart of Sheffield, this gallery and museum is the city’s premier destination for art, craft and design. It’s home to an exquisite collection of metalwork and a fascinating exploration of beauty in the Ruskin Collection, while its changing galleries host an intriguing and accessible array of exhibitions. The gallery also facilitates regular talks, tours, craft clubs and workshops – catering for adults, families, schools, colleges and universities. Its shop is worth


a visit for prints, homeware, clothing, stationery and books, many of which are made by local Sheffield makers.

Arundel Gate, S1 2PP Graves Gallery Situated above the Central Library since 1934, the Graves Gallery has long been the home of visual art in Sheffield. It features permanent exhibitions of work spanning the centuries, as well as significant touring shows. The Graves sees the likes

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Millennium Gallery

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DINA Since 2016 DINA has provided a nurturing home for fresh and new alternative arts and culture in Sheffield. A gallery, veggie and vegan diner and performance space, the DINA community first found their home in a converted former nightclub. After four lively years, in 2021 they relocated to Fitzalan Square. When its doors open, you can expect a progressive and inclusive programme – past events have ranged from improv comedy to drag cabarets to electronic music open mic nights.

12 Fitzalan Square, S1 2AZ


99 Mary Street Describing itself as a postindustrial concept space, 99MS is a vibrant hub of creative activity. Exhibitions have ranged from pop art to folk art, while the venue also hosts the occasional intimate gig.

99 Mary Street, S1 4RT GLOAM Gallery

Set up by artist Mark Ridington in 2017, GLOAM is a gallery and studio space dedicated to artist development. In its original location on Mary

Street, between 2017 and 2019 it hosted a series of fascinating solo and group shows of emerging artists from across the country, as well as electronic music nights. In 2020, GLOAM became collectively-run and relocated to Arundel Street, though Covid-19 delayed its opening plans. Keep an eye on its Facebook page for updates.

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APG Works Set in an old cutlery factory, APG is an specialist picture framing and screen-printing studio and gallery, founded by Rupert Wood in 2002. Today it operates as a collective, pooling the talents of its team to offer expert services both to artists and those wishing to display art in beautiful ways.

16–20 Sidney Street, S1 4RH

APG Works

Sidney and Matilda

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In a former paper factory where Sidney Street meets Matilda Street, this place is art gallery by day and social club by night. Artist and curator Al Daw runs the venue and regularly transforms the space depending on the artists and work on display. In the evening its orange lanterns beckon passers-by to its speakeasy-style basement bar, where they’ll find table football, darts and regular live music or comedy nights.


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Sidney and Matilda

Rivelin Works, Sidney Street, S1 4RH Kurious

Kurious shares Castle House with food court Kommune (see p68) and tech enterprise space Kollider (see p124). It’s a creative hub focussed on inspiring people in artistic endeavour through workshops and events.

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Artcade Gallery

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Fronteer Gallery

Based in the Forum shopping arcade, Artcade is a space for Sheffield artists to create, show and well their work. It shines a spotlight on artists with solo exhibitions, with artworks for sale at reasonable prices.

Launched on Snig Hill in 2021, the Social is driven by the desire to make art accessible to all. It’s managed by Yes2Ventures, an organisation that sets up and supports social firms that offer training and employment to people who are disadvantaged in the labour market. It showcases and sells art – paintings, books, cards, prints – with profits supporting people the organisation works with. There are also plans to create a microbrewery on site – watch this space.

Artists Sharon Mossbeck and Michael Borkowsky opened Fronteer Gallery in 2020. Their aim is to provide inclusive, supportive exhibition opportunities for artists from all backgrounds.

Forum Arcade, Devonshire Street, S3 7SB /Artcade-Gallery

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Street art In 2016, artists Florence Blanchard and Ed Bradbury invited sixteen internationally renowned street artists to leave their mark on Sheffield with their Feature Walls event, funded by Sheffield BID, Arts Council England and the University of Sheffield. Locations of lasting Feature Walls murals include Birley Lane car park (Nano 4814), Wellington Street car park (Jo Peel, Will Barras, Michael Fikaris, Kid Acne), The Red Deer on Pitt Lane (Frau Isa), and Charles Lane (Faunagraphic).


Other street art highlights in the Sheffield BID area include Phlegm’s surreal creatures on the side of the Rutland Arms, Rob Lee’s celebration of local magazine Now Then on Howard Street, and Pete McKee’s Muriel character on the back of the Art House. In 2020, the Cultural Industries Quarter welcomed two largescale additions. Florence Blanchard covered the once-grey, unfriendly ground opposite Site Gallery (locally known as Pinball Park) into an inviting pop of colour. Just up the road, Jo Peel combined her distinctive illustrations with planting designed by Nigel Dunnett to create a living mural on the side of Yorkshire Artspace’s Persistence Works.

Artists are constantly adding their unique style to the city’s outdoor gallery – keep your eyes peeled for new murals as you wander the streets.

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Crucible Theatre and Lyceum Theatre

Crucible Theatre The iconic Crucible is the main feature of the stunning Tudor Square at the heart of the city. It regularly welcomes famous faces to tread its boards and has won Regional Theatre of the Year an unprecedented four times at The Stage awards. Its auditorium boasts 1000 seats arranged around the circular stage, while the smaller Crucible Studio is an intimate place with a focus on emerging theatre makers. As well as being known for its plays and annual end-of-year


musical, the Crucible also hosts the World Snooker Championships. And while it was closed for lockdown, it continued to delight theatre lovers with live streamed shows and online workshops.

55 Norfolk Street, S1 1DA Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum is one of Sheffield’s oldest and grandest theatres. There’s been a stage on-site since 1879 and it has gone through many regenerations in its life. It’s now home to

a 1068-seat theatre and acts as a touring theatre for some of the country’s largest scale musical and opera performances. It is also home to the yearly pantomime, a much-loved and cherished Sheffield tradition. The Lyceum sits next to the Crucible in Tudor Square opposite the picturesque Winter Garden and is surrounded by some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.

55 Norfolk Street, S1 1DA

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Theatre Deli

Theatre Deli Theatre Deli started in London but now resides here in Sheffield. They take abandoned buildings and turn them into artistic hubs and performance venues. They support emerging theatre makers working with non-traditional styles of performance, and also host the occasional poetry reading and music night. Theatre Deli have taken over the old Mothercare on the edge of the city centre and transformed it into a place where audiences can see new and cutting edge

work created in Sheffield and around the country.

202 Eyre Street, S1 4QZ Library Theatre

This art-deco venue in the heart of Sheffield’s theatreland is committed to supporting local theatre, arts, music and film.

Montgomery Theatre The Montgomery features performances crossing a multitude of genres – with a particular focus on children’s and family programming.

Montgomery Hall, Surrey Street, S1 2LG

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Showroom Cinema

National Videogame Museum

National Videogame Museum A gamer’s paradise. The NVM showcases over a hundred videogames, and traces the history of how gaming culture has evolved over the decades. There are plenty of chances to get your hands on the joysticks, buttons and controllers for a play – and even to have a go at creating your own game. Look out for familyfriendly workshops and events hosted by the NVM team, exploring everything from pixel art to interactive storytelling.

Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LN

50 emergency service vehicles from throughout history, the museum offers visitors a fantastic insight into the heroics and the methods employed by our emergency service workers through the ages. With three floors of exhibits depicting everything from burning buildings to an accurately smelly Victorian police cell, this is the place for the whole family to experience the sights, sounds and smells endured by the lifesavers of the past.

Old Police and Fire Station, West Bar, S3 8PT

National Emergency Services Museum In the West Bar area of town, rather appropriately located adjacent to the central police station, the National Emergency Services Museum is another of Sheffield’s treasures. Home to over 28

National Emergency Services Museum

One of Europe’s largest independent cinemas, the Showroom offers a unique cinematic experience to the people of Sheffield and beyond. Housed in a converted 1930s car showroom, this distinctly idiosyncratic cinema is a landmark in the Cultural Industries Quarter. The Showroom is home to international documentary film festival Doc/Fest and the Children’s Media Conference, the UK’s premier event for children’s content. It is paired with the longest-running creative business centre in the city, the Workstation.

15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX

National Emergency Services Museum

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Women of Steel

Sheffield City Hall One of Sheffield’s most famous landmarks, the Grade II listed City Hall was designed by renowned architect Vincent E Harris and opened its doors in 1932. Having forged an extensive entertainment and musical legacy, it has become Yorkshire’s premier music venue and conference centre, playing host to a fantastic array of events from ballroom tea dances, comedy and opera to ballet, exhibitions and charity fundraisers. It is also home to the Sheffield International Concert Season, a highlight on any classical music fan’s calendar.

Barker’s Pool, S1 2JA

Sheffield City Hall

Women of Steel Standing proudly next to City Hall, the Women of Steel statue marks a celebration of Sheffield women’s contribution to the war effort in both world wars, specifically in the steel industry. Serving as an inspiration to young women today as well as rewarding the invaluable efforts of the

women of steel, this statue symbolises the struggles women were forced to overcome in those chaotic times, from having to take on. Constructed by Martin Jennings, the Women of Steel statue is an important part of Sheffield’s history and landscape today.

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St Marie’s Cathedral St Marie’s is a beautiful English Roman Catholic Cathedral nestled in the heart of Sheffield City Centre. It offers a warm welcome to visitors from all cultural and national backgrounds. The Cathedral is open every day and holds mass and services throughout the week. In addition to their regular celebrations, St Marie’s holds a variety of special masses throughout the year. It is a renowned concert venue and has hosted many of the finest choral ensembles. Guided tours led by knowledgeable guides are available and group visits to the Cathedral can also be arranged.

Norfolk Street, S1 2JB

Winter Garden

Winter Garden Located in the heart of the city, the Winter Garden is one of Sheffield’s most cherished sites thanks to its beautiful glass architecture and collection of more than 2,500 plants from around the world. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon stroll, taking in the picturesque plant life. It’s a great


lunchtime spot too, with cafes offering hot drinks and light refreshments. Also home to the Sheffield Makers Shop (see p86) and a pop-up featuring local traders and makers, it’s a wonderful place, and has a direct connection to the Millennium Gallery (see p20).

90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

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Sheffield Cathedral The Cathedral has been a focal point of the city centre for over 1000 years. It is the oldest building to still be used on a daily basis within the city. The first brick was laid on this site by William de Lovetot when he was building the township of Sheffield and has had a rich and lively history ever since. Not only is it a place of worship but the Cathedral is also home to some fantastic projects, such as the Archer Project which supports adults at risk of homelessness. They provide care and support to all they can and long term care to those who need it most.

Church Street, S1 1HA

Sheffield Cathedral

Victoria Hall Methodist Church A multicultural church with a beautiful modernist interior, Victoria Hall brings people together over prayer, food and coffee. The church also runs community projects like the Sheffield Box, delivering a welcoming shoebox of small items and information to new arrivals in the city, whether they’ve moved from abroad for work, are an asylum seeker or otherwise.

Norfolk Street, S1 2JB

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Russell’s Bicycle Shed

Russell’s Bicycle Shed

Bike Rehab

Visitors can explore the city on two wheels as soon as they step off the train in Sheffield, thanks to Russell’s Bicycle Shed. Based just by the entrance to the station, they sell and service bikes, and hire them out at decent day, overnight and week rates. The shop is next door to the station’s Cycle Hub – a secure bicycle lock-up, accessible 24/7 with a key fob (which you can buy from Russell’s). You’ll also find free-to-use cycle stands on platform 6.

This friendly bicycle service and repair centre is tucked away just off Devonshire Green. It offers everything from puncture repairs to the full works.

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“I would like cycling to become as normal as eating cornflakes for breakfast.” Russell Cutts

100 Wellington Street, S1 4HX Unity Yoga This city centre yoga studio offers a range of classes, suitable for beginners and more advanced yogis, in its airy and comfortable studio space.

190 Norfolk Street, S1 1SY

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Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre Ponds Forge has been honing some of Britain’s best athletes since 1989. There’s something for everyone – from the Olympic-sized swimming pool and the family fun leisure pool with slides winding their way around the outside of the building, to a fully equipped gym and fitness centre. Or for those looking for a more relaxing day, the sauna and steam room are at your disposal.

The Great Escape Game


Described as “like being in a real life video game”, this exciting game challenges a group of people to escape from a room, in the allocated time slot of 45 minutes. Get ready to test your clue solving skills and common sense before time runs out.

Pure entertainment for all ages. Think sci-fi adventure, armed with your own personal laser gun and sent out to explore a faraway planet, whatever the weather.

St James House, Vicar Lane, S1 2EX

4 Bank Street, S1 2DS

Sheaf Street, S1 2BP


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The Fitness Club – Austin McIntosh


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Driven by health and happiness, Austin McIntosh’s approach to wellbeing is refreshing. At the heart of his independent club is the gym. It’s complete with all the cardio equipment, resistance machines and free weights you’d expect from a quality facility. The Fitness Club goes beyond a gym and spinning classes, though. It offers a much more holistic experience. You’ll find a sauna and a salon specialising in afro hair here, as well as one-on-one coaching, massage therapy and a structured mental health programme. What makes The Fitness Club different to other gyms?

We are more than just a gym. We are a community that not only provides all the amenities that allows us to work on our physical health (group training, personal training, dance, pilates and more) but also our mental health. We complete it with additional benefits such as hair and beauty, as well as partnering with a service that helps vulnerable young people find better living circumstances through our self-development programme.

How did you stay connected to the TFC community during lockdown?

Through various social media platforms and online classes. We also offered a free shopping delivery service during the first lockdown. Our ethos of being there for people was something that we wanted to cement even during the toughest times.

What advice would you give to someone who is keen to exercise but doesn’t feel confident joining a gym?

TFC is the place for you! I know through experience that walking through the doors is the toughest step to joining a gym. But here at TFC, from the moment you walk through the doors and we greet you with your name and “good morning,” you’ll be made to feel in a place where you are not only welcome but a place where you belong. 94 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

What’s the best thing about running a club in Sheffield city centre? The people! And this is what makes our club so special. We have genuine, good people, looking to improve on their overall health.


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High streets

Exciting changes are coming to the city’s high streets. Investment from the government’s Future High Streets Fund will enable Sheffield City Council to reinvent Fargate and High Street as social hubs over the coming years. At the centre of plans is Event Central, a new space for events, exhibitions, co-working and cafes. Plans also include bringing in new greenery, seating areas and lighting, improving the high street experience for all and making it more sustainable for the future. The successful funding bid was a real team effort, with the council drawing on the expertise and research of the University of Sheffield. 36

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Fitzalan Square

One of the oldest civic spaces in the city centre, Fitzalan Square has seen a lot since it was built in 1881 – including a bombing during the Blitz. After a relatively quiet few years, the square now has a new lease of life, and landscaping and pedestrianisation have since transformed it. Sharing the square is the grand former post office building, now home to Sheffield Institute of Arts. The art school has welcomed some new neighbours – alternative arts venue DINA, art and craft supplies shop Fred Aldous, and cafes Hygge and the Chakra Lounge. Together they give more reasons to visit this historic part of the city.


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Castlegate Once the site of the town’s castle, Castlegate is the historic heart of Sheffield. In the 19th century it became a hub of working-class culture, with everything from music halls to markets. The area’s Exchange Street is once again home to a lively independent community, with music venues Plot 22, Delicious Clam and Bal Fashions, Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant Frehiwet Habesha, and skate-able street architecture. Around the corner, Castle House encompasses food court Kommune, tech enterprise space Kollider and creative hub Kurious. And towards the river, the Grey to Green project has brought colour to the area with a freshly planted route, new seating and habitat sculptures.


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The Moor

Alongside the rejuvenation of The Moor into the city’s main destination for high street brands, the area has transformed for independent businesses in recent years too. The Moor Market is a hive of indie traders, with everything from Thai street food to fresh fish to craft beer. The Light brings cinema to The Moor, with nine screens showing the latest releases as well as a bar. Around the corner, Lane 7 brings bowling, video games, ping pong, a bar and Fat Hippo burgers together under one roof. And at the end of The Moor, longstanding gay bar Dempsey’s has been joined by Queer Junction and Social Rehab in the burgeoning newly designated Gay Quarter. 42

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Sheffield city centre festivals & events




Sheffield’s lively calendar of cultural festivals, sporting events and family festivities looks a little different in 2021 and 2022. Some events are moving online. Others are offering a mixture of online and in-person activity. And many venues, when they reopen, will be operating with seating in bubbles and at less than 100% capacity. Details may change in response to Covid-19 guidance, so keep an eye on their websites and social media for updates. 44

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World Snooker championships 17 April–3 May 2021 Open Up Sheffield 1–31 May 2021 (online) Festival of Debate 4 May–5 June 2021 (online) Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 11–15 May 2021 (online) Together Season Festival 24 May–5 June Doc/Fest 4–13 June 2021 (online & in person) Migration Matters 14–20 June (online) & 9–17 July (online & in person) CMC Playground 1–11 July 2021 Children’s Media Conference & Playground 5–9 July 2021 (online thechildrensmedia

Bears of Sheffield 12 July–29 September 2021

Returning in 2022:

The Fringe (Tramlines) 23–25 July 2021

Festival of the Outdoors March 2022 (TBC)

Sheffield by the Seaside August (TBC)

Sheffield Bricktropolis August 2022

Sheffield Showcase Festival 2–5 September 2021

Festival of the Mind 15–25 September 2022

Heritage Open Days 10–19 September 2021 Sheffield Half Marathon 26 September 2021 Sensoria 1–9 October 2021 Celluloid Screams 21–24 October 2021 Off the Shelf 15–31 October 2021

SheFest Sheffield Food Festival Dine Sheffield Style Sheffield Photomarathon Sheffield Sheffield Modern

Out of this World October (TBC)

Cliffhanger 9–11 July 2021

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios 20–21 November 2021

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 9–11 July 2021

Lyceum Pantomime 3 December 2021– 3 January 2022


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City of Beer Sheffield’s reputation for beer has grown to almost the same heights as its reputation for steel. It’s now arguably one of the best cities for beer in the world. A University of Sheffield report in 2016 found that Sheffield is home to nearly five times more breweries per person than London. The scene has grown so much that beer now has a dedicated celebration with Sheffield Beer Week each March. Sheffield’s breweries follow a longstanding tradition of small-scale, independent artisans, which can be traced back to the ‘little mesters’ of the city’s industrial past. Between them, they produce around a thousand different beers each year. As Sheffield emerges from lockdown, expect the pub experience to be a little different. Some will reopen with beer gardens or outdoor seating at first. Others are waiting until indoor service can resume. And many are encouraging you to book your table in advance. Prepare for your pint by checking with venues before you visit.


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Out and About is where Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ community and beer culture meet. Bar managers Heather Griffin and Michael Deakin launched the organisation during Sheffield Beer Week in 2019. They create welcoming spaces in the city’s beer community for queer people and allies. Hosting relaxed socials in a network of supportive pubs, they aim to make everyone feel comfortable. In doing so, they help break down perceptions about these places and promote inclusivity. 48

Events have been on pause since the Covid-19 crisis but follow them on Facebook to find out when they’ll be back. In the meantime, sup a can of their latest collaboration beer with Abbeydale Brewery. We spoke to Heather and Michael about the ideas behind Out and About and their hopes for the future.

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Out and About

– Heather & Michael

What impact do you hope to have on the craft beer scene with Out and About?

We’re big fans of the idea of diversity breeding creativity. So in the longrun we want to encourage more queer people to get into craft beer. Currently that sphere is dominated by white men; if the industry wants to evolve it needs to diversify to gain new perspectives and ideas. The first step to achieving this is to make queer people feel safer and more welcome in their local pubs. There can be a perception amongst young queer people that the traditional boozer is not safe for them, that by going to these venues they are putting themselves at risk of being harassed. What we want to do is smash down that wall between these two worlds. Pubs are centres of communities and queer people deserve access to that as much as anyone else.

You have a few collaborations under your belt already, including one with Lost Industry and Sheffield Beer Week celebrating gay rights pioneer Edward Carpenter. What’s next? Our ability to collab has really been hampered by Covid-19 as you would expect, however we’ve recently released a grapefruit radler in collaboration with Abbeydale Brewery and Queer Brewing. It’s the perfect beer to drink on a hot sunny day and we’re really hoping that some queer people who have usually stayed away from beer might try this one and enjoy it. It’s also been great to get this beer on shelves and behind the bar across the country so queer people outside of Sheffield can see that these organisations are out there. We’ve also got another beer with the same breweries coming out much later in the year.

What or where are you most looking forward to drinking when pubs reopen?

The venues that have supported us from day one: The Rutland, Shakespeares, The Crow Inn, Sheffield Tap. They’ll all be visited very soon. As for drinking, I think we’re both excited to drink a pint of our grapefruit radler from the keg, preferably in the sun. /outandaboutsheff

How have Sheffield’s queer and beerloving communities embraced what you do? To a certain degree pretty well. Most of the big beer-focused venues in Sheffield have embraced us with open arms. Communicating and being involved with the queer community in Sheffield is something we need to get better at. We want to work with them more – we’d love to one day set up a little bar at Sheffield Pride, for example.


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Sheffield Beer Week

Rutland Arms

Each March since 2015, Sheffield Beer Week has dedicated seven days to giving a platform to all that is wonderful about the city’s beer community. The citywide event shines a spotlight on Sheffield’s characterful pubs, passionate brewers and discerning drinkers, as well as welcoming beer folk from across the world. Beer Week director Jules Gray is a familiar face to many a beer lover, as the person behind the beer shop Hop Hideout (see opposite).

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Rutland Arms

Sheffield Tap

The Rutland is a popular, laid back pub in the Cultural Industries Quarter. The bar offers local real ales from breweries such as Blue Bee and Geeves, as well as craft beer from the likes of Magic Rock and Mikkeler. Meals on the specials board lean towards bistro fare, while the standard menu includes a great chip butty.

86 Brown Street, S1 2BS therutlandarmssheffield.

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Fagan’s Fagan’s is a cosy hidden gem in the city centre. It’s known for its tough pub quiz and its mural by one of Sheffield’s favourite artists, Pete McKee.



69 Broad Lane, S1 4BS /faganspub

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Hop Hideout

Industry Tap

Set up by beer devotee Jules Gray in 2013, Hop Hideout is a specialist craft beer shop based in Kommune (see p68). It stocks over 200 bottles and cans of beers, ciders and natural wines, and also has four fresh rotating draught taps – all available to enjoy there or take home.

With 21 keg lines and a huge fridge of bottles and cans, Industry Tap really does have something for beer drinkers of all persuasions. The bar prides itself on its rotating range of beers, selecting everything from the tasty to the interesting to the unusual from breweries in Sheffield and beyond. It’s a friendly spot with outdoor seating – complete with parasols for when it rains.

Sheffield Tap Sheffield Railway Station’s popular on-site pub is housed in a series of elegant rooms on platform 1B. It was once a first class refreshment room and reopened as the Sheffield Tap in 2009. The bar stocks over 200 beers, both local and international, and there’s even a small brewery in the back room. It’s a stunning place to sink a pint before catching a train.

Image courtesy of Mark Newton for Hop Hideout

Kommune, Castle House, 1–13 Angel Street, S3 8LN

85 Sidney Street, S1 4RG The Bath Hotel

Hop Hideout

66-68 Victoria Street, S3 7QL The Grapes

1b, Sheffield Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP

Portraits of JFK, James Connolly and Michael Collins peer out from the walls of this traditional and atmospheric Irish pub down Trippet Lane. Sup a Guinness and enjoy live traditional Irish music on most nights of the week. The Arctic Monkeys famously played their first gig in the pub’s upstairs room.

18 Pitt Street, S1 4DD

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The Red Deer Close to the uni, The Red Deer is popular with academic types. As well as excellent ales, it also offers a food menu that’s particularly strong on veggie and vegan options.

A Thornbridge-run pub, The Bath is tucked away from the Devonshire Quarter’s busier streets. It’s Grade IIlisted, with beautiful stained glass windows, a fire, and a cosy atmosphere.

80 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL The Bath Hotel


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True North Brew Co

True North Store Since the early 90s, the team behind True North Brew Co have been responsible for running some of Sheffield’s favourite watering holes. It began with The Forum, the Devonshire Street bar that in summer blissfully spills out onto Devonshire Green. True North now operates its own brewery just next door to The Forum, where it brews its regular range, plus some more experimental beers, and also distills the distinctive True North Sheffield Dry Gin. Pick up kegs, bottles, gift sets and other Sheffield produce 52

from its shop in The Forum arcade.

The Roebuck Tavern

The Three Tuns

72 Charles Street, S1 2NB /pubsinsheffield

Unit 17 The Forum, 127–129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB The triangular Three Tuns may win the prize for Sheffield’s most unusually shaped pub. It also pulls a great ale, and is ideally situated on the route from the city centre to the beer quarter of Kelham Island.

39 Silver Street Head, S1 2DD

Ideally located near the train station, this traditional English pub is just a stone’s throw away from the city centre and serves local ales and hearty food.

Dog and Partridge Take a seat in this snug traditional pub with a cask ale or bottle of craft beer. True to its name, it prides itself on being dog-friendly.

56 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL

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Beer Central

Triple Point Brewing

The Moor Market’s resident ale shop, Beer Central is stocked with beers brewed both locally and internationally. Its owners Sean Clarke and Deborah Jackson are always forthcoming with suggestions, making this the city centre’s go-to place when you want to enjoy a great drink at home.

Beer enthusiast fatherson duo Mike and George Brook set up Triple Point in 2018. They soon recruited experienced brewers to help them turn their beer dreams into reality. Today, they create an interesting and ever-developing range of beers, with a particular emphasis on lagers. Enjoy draught beers as fresh as they come at their on-site bar and beer garden. The folks at Twisted Burger Company are on hand for when you get hungry too.

The Moor Market, Earl Street, S1 4PF /BeerCentralLtd

178 Shoreham Street, S1 4SQ

Beer Central




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Eat & Drink Expertly brewed barista coffee in cafes oozing charm. Warming homemade dishes in one-of-a-kind restaurants. Healthy, locally sourced food in a hurry. Eclectic flavours from around the world. Locally distilled gin in a nighttime hotspot. Sheffield city centre has it all, and plenty more besides. A host of independent eateries and bars have set up shop here alongside trusty, familiar names. Between them they offer everything from the truly indulgent to the budget. You’re spoilt for choice, so get out there – Sheffield’s vibrant cafe, restaurant and bar culture has to be tasted to be fully appreciated. As the food and drink sector restarts following lockdowns, most of the places featured here will be doing things a bit differently. Check in advance for opening hours, booking details and distancing measures. Or look into whether they deliver, if you’re more comfortable treating yourself at home for now.


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Cambridge Street Collective – Nina & Matt

Exciting things are happening on Cambridge Street, where the folks from The Milestone Group are working on a new destination for food and socialising. Led by Nina Patel Bigland and Matt Bigland, the team have already distinguished themselves in Kelham Island with original gastropub The Milestone, food hall Cutlery Works, pizza restaurant Craft and Dough, and rooftop bar Inc. Now, they’re turning their attention to the heart of the city. What do you plan to bring to the city centre city with Cambridge Street Collective?

It will be a platform for food and drink operators to showcase on a world class stage. We have space to house twelve operators, from the established to brand new startups. It will also incorporate a cookery school, where the kitchens will do classes, along with people from our diverse community teaching recipes and educating on food waste, fermentation, thrifty cooking, etc. This is not an exclusive cookery school – we want it full, exciting and accessible. The classes will be broadcast via Youtube to put our food stars on a global plate. This is Sheffield and we want to show everyone that it’s exciting, creative, independent, and that it has amazing food and drink operators. 56

What attracted you to becoming part of the Heart of the City developments?

We love Sheffield and wanted to have an influence on the future of the city centre. Now is a unique time in that we can shape the retail landscape. Sheffield loves independents, and the Heart of the City gives the opportunity to create a new high street with real people, selling and creating real products.

CSC will incorporate a former chapel and Sunday school. How important is it to you to retain a sense of the site’s history? CSC comes around the back of these buildings and is mainly new build, but the exterior walls of the chapel and Sunday school make our interior. Being on show inside CSC will highlight their historic brickwork and features. Like with Cutlery Works, where we kept the cutlery factory vibe on show to highlight its heritage.

What are your wider hopes and ambitions for Sheffield as we emerge from the pandemic? We have hope and optimism that the city, which is dynamic and fiercely loyal to its own, will bounce back greater than ever. We are sorry that some chains have gone with people losing jobs. Now is the opportunity to back independents and Sheffield startups, try something new, really put the local champions in the spotlight, and create a city that is known for being unique. It’s hugely exciting the catalyst the council has put in place with CSC and Leah’s Yard (see p90) to create a platform for the future.

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CAWA Coffee


Nestled in the heart of the city, close to the Crucible and Lyceum theatres, the original Marmadukes makes the perfect lunch location. Be sure to take in the beautiful rustic interior while enjoying their delicious deli sandwiches and salads, rich coffee and cakes. Its second location on Cambridge Street offers all the superb drinks and dishes people have come to love from Marmadukes, in a more airy and modern setting.

The city-centre outpost for Broomhill coffee shop and bakery CAWA. Expect fresh baguettes, cronuts and deli sandwiches alongside speciality coffees.

HowSt’s modern and stylish interior combined with its nourishing meals and creamy coffee make it the perfect choice for breakfast, brunch or lunch.


1554 Coffee

Situated in one of Sheffield’s most vibrant areas, Couch is great for breakfast or lunch thanks to its range of hearty meals and delicious drinks.

Housed within Sheffield Cathedral, this atmospheric spot has locally-made ice cream, fresh salads, looseleaf tea and lots more.

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23 Division Street, S1 4GE

29-31 Campo Lane, S1 2EG

46 Howard Street, S1 2LX

Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, S1 1HA 1554-coffee

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Tamper One of Sheffield’s best coffee shops, thanks to its carefully made and flavoursome gourmet coffee inspired by the practices of New Zealand’s coffee brewers. While it shines because of its wonderful coffee, that’s not the only thing that makes Tamper so special. Its baked goods and Kiwi-style food, along with the friendly atmosphere and rustic decor, makes its Sellers Wheel branch the perfect spot for a coffee break or a Saturday lunch. The original Tamper on Westfield Terrace, known by locals as ‘Little Tamper’, is a more intimate spot for coffee and baked treats.

Sellers Wheel, 149 Arundel Street, S1 2NU 9 Westfield Terrace, S1 4GH


Steam Yard


Steam Yard

Housed withing Laundry salon, this little spot opened in 2020 and fast became a favourite, serving coffees to go through its hatch. When Mow’s opens fully, it has a cosy indoor area complete with brick interior and repurposed bus seats, and a courtyard for drinks, cookies and brownies in the sunshine.

Located on one of Sheffield’s most adored and liveliest streets, Steam Yard has a cool atmosphere and great outdoor seating area. It’s regarded as one of the best beverage places in town thanks to the high quality of its coffees and the scrumptiousness of its baked goods, most notably its donuts and bagels.


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151 Arundel Street, S1 2NU /coffeeatmows

1–2 Aberdeen Court, Division Street, S1 4GE


Little Boba Cafe

The Chakra Lounge


Gaard Coffee Hide

The Chakra Lounge


Gaard is a dog-friendly vegan cafe. It brews up delicious Foundation Coffee and loose leaf Suki teas, and stocks a great range of sandwiches and pastries.

A welcoming spot on Fitzalan Square, the Chakra Lounge is a Indian-British cafe with a big heart. It not only serves a distinctive range of breakfast, lunches and drinks, it also has a social mission, running payit-forward and charitable schemes. Drink options include rose and cardamom milkshake, masala chai mojito, and bulletproof coffee (coffee with butter and coconut oil). The majority of its menu is veggie or vegan. Highlights include breakfast wraps made with Indian flatbread, bhel puri, a brightly coloured vegan burger, and channa chaat salad.

Delicious food and drinks to go are the order of the day at Feast. Food is freshly prepared on-site and their menu features a plentiful choice of salads, wraps, paninis, homemade cakes, snacks and smoothies.

8 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JB /GaardCoffee Albies Coffee Slightly tucked away from the city centre bustle, Albie’s is the perfect place for a catch-up with friends over lunch. Brother and sister team Robyn and Fraser run this thriving cafe, offering speciality coffees, breakfast and lunch, from early morning to late afternoon.

22 Snig Hill, S3 8NB 60

5 Fitzalan Square, S1 2AY

31 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD Princess House, 122 Queen Street, S1 2DW Little Boba Cafe

A cute spot specialising in handmade sweet treats. Pick up a bubble tea, a taro rice ball dessert or a bubble waffle filled with ice cream (a Hong Kong street food classic).

142 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF

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Lisboa Patisserie

The Cabin

Millennium Gallery’s lightfilled on-site cafe offers something for all appetites – with interesting kid-friendly dishes, classic breakfasts, homemade sodas, and wine on tap.

A taste of Portugal in the heart of Sheffield. This cafe looks onto the beautiful Peace Gardens and specialises in artfully made pastries from its owners’ home country of Portugal – including pastéis de natas (egg custard tarts).

A firm favourite for those who like to indulge in pancakes, waffles and coffee. With sweet and savoury options on the menu, they cater to all, and the cosy, Canadian-inspired decor which features a gallery and gift shop makes it the perfect spot to spend time with friends.

4 St Paul’s Parade, S1 2JL

20-24 Fitzwilliam Gate, S1 4JH

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Millennium Gallery, 48 Arundel Gate, S1 2PP



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Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen This welcoming tea bar and kitchen is light and airy, with plenty of seating options across two levels and its outdoor courtyard. Whether you’re popping in for a quick cuppa or staying longer to indulge in the extensive menu, the emphasis is on enjoying a healthy dining and drinking experience.

Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

Birdhouse have taken their artisan blend teas and used them to create tea-infused culinary dishes, iced teas and tea cocktails. The menu features classic brunch dishes, buddha bowls, sharing deli boards and a scrumptious selection of pastries, cakes and desserts.

Alsop Fields, Sidney Street, S1 4RG Foodhall

Foodhall Foodhall is Sheffield city centre’s first “pay-as-youfeel” cafe. It uses food which would have otherwise gone to waste to create healthy meals to serve in its DIY interior space. Read more about Foodhall’s social mission on p133.

Kollective Coffee and Kitchen


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121 Eyre Street, S1 4QW

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Leopold Square

Kollective Coffee and Kitchen Kollective is the stunning on-site cafe at Site Gallery, Sheffield’s international contemporary art space (see p20). It serves colourful, freshly prepared dishes, including some of the best breakfasts and cakes in Sheffield.

1 Brown Street, S1 2BS

Leopold Square


This delightful square homes in on the eclectic flavours of the world and is a jewel within Sheffield’s cosmopolitan culture. You’ll find live music within several of its venues, as well as outside in the square during spring and summer. Home to well known restaurants Wagamama, The Botanist, Cubana and Zizzi, it’s a lively spot for dinner and drinks.

Located in a beautiful building in Leopold Square, Cubana is a vibrant tapas bar transporting its customers to a colourful and authentic Cuba. Merging both Spanish and Latin-style tapas dishes together with a fantastic choice of cocktails and live music Cubana is a great spot for dinner, and afterwards you’ll be ready to continue the evening dancing downstairs.

Leopold Street, S1 1RG

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Wildwood Artisan gift and coffee shop Wildwood specialises in unique and beautiful things for you and your home. Its Forest Coffee Shop is known for its breakfast burritos, French toast with maple syrup, and build yourown-sub sandwiches.

10–12 Fitzwilliam Gate, S1 4JH

Andrews Cafe Tea Rooms

Andrews Cafe Tea Rooms This lovely traditional tea room has a loyal following and it’s not hard to see why. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. It’s the perfect place to enjoy coffee and cake after a morning of shopping, or stay a little longer and indulge in lunch or afternoon tea. They have a great choice of hot and cold options available for breakfast and lunch, all at very reasonable prices.

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Sundaes Gelato

This meal-prep service offers fresh, nutritious meals for delivery or collection, which you can then pop in the fridge and microwave at home for just two minutes. They tailor dishes to suit the needs of people working in various sports.

Sweeten up your day with a scoop or two of gelato from this dessert house. The menu includes a wide range of waffles, crepes, milkshakes and floats too.

26 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL

32–34 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD /Andrews-Cafe-TeaRooms Hygge Cafe Sheffield’s very own taste of Denmark. Centred around the Danish word for cosiness and contentment, Hygge serves fabulous coffee and freshly made sandwiches and cakes in a completely unique space designed for comfort.

14 Fitzalan Square, S1 2AZ Hygge Cafe


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Lynne’s Pantry


Deli Shuss

Founded in 1978, Lynne’s one of Sheffield’s oldest cafes. A local gem, it’s tucked away amid the Surrey Street cobbles and serves good, hearty food.

Hungarian butcher Sandor Béres came to Sheffield as a political refugee from his home city of Budapest and in 1961 he and his wife Eileen opened their first shop. Béres is now known far and wide for its pork sandwiches.

A longstanding and muchloved sandwich bar in Orchard Square, popular for breakfast and lunch runs with workers from surrounding offices.

39 Surrey Street, S1 2LG Wellies

More than just a sandwich shop, family-run Wellies provides fab breakfasts, fresh salads and homemade cakes.

140 Charles Street, S1 2NE Wagon 1871

A cafe offering local teas and coffees, a Mediterraneaninspired menu, and delicious desserts.

4 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE Cooplands

A South Yorkshire institution since 1932. Cooplands is famous for its chocolate concrete, and is also the place to get pasties, decorated gingerbread biscuits and sandwich rolls.

1–3 Fitzalan Square, S1 2AY Moor Cafe A friendly, traditional cafe, tucked away just off The Moor. It serves breakfast rolls, full English, omelettes and more, all at great value.

14 Fitzwilliam Gate, S1 4JH /Moor-Cafe

151 Pinstone Street, S1 2HL West Bar Sandwich Shop A trusty little sandwich and salad shop at the northern edge of the city centre, serving all the hot and cold classics.

2 Broad Lane, S1 4BT Deli West

A sandwich and jacket potato deli, with a huge variety of fillings and interesting combos on its daily specials board.

282 Glossop Road, S10 2HS Sandwich Division This longstanding sandwich spot has built a strong reputation for quality, service and value on Division Street.

22 Division Street, S1 4GF Sarni’s

35 Church Street, S1 2GL /Delishuss16 Tilly’s Cafe

A cute sandwich shop, with daily options including hot roast pork and beef, as well as a range of pies to eat in or take away.

Matilda Street, S1 4QF

Kings Deli and Sandwich Shop The hot roast pork sandwich is the star of the show at this lunchtime takeaway.

20 Dixon Lane, S1 2AL /kingsdeli20

Brenda’s Fish and Chips A traditional chippy, tucked away just behind the busy high street of The Moor.

2 Earl Way, S1 4QA /Brendas-TraditionalFish-Chips The Moor Fisheries

A popular chip shop, serving meals to take-away or to eat-in.

30 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT

A popular family-run sandwich shop and cafe, tucked away off the high street.

25 Aldine Court, S1 2EQ /Sarnis-of-Sheffield 65

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Urban Deli Discover a place where everything is locally sourced, from food and drinks, to the artwork on the walls. Positioned on the corner of a street lined with tasty traders is this gorgeous independent eatery. Build your own sandwiches or salads and pair it with a smooth coffee or refreshing cold drink.

27 Campo Lane, S1 2EG Blue Moon Cafe

Found in the heart of the city centre, the Blue Moon Cafe offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes at fantastic prices. Its friendly, airy atmosphere and superb homemade food make it perfect for a light bite and a catch-up with friends.

2 St James Row, S1 2EW

Urban Deli


Crucible Corner

Humpit specialise in hummus, falafel and pita bread. Their vegan-friendly food is freshly made every day and is perfect for those times when you need to grab a quick bite to eat on the run. With the smoothest hummus and the fluffiest pita, your tastebuds will thank you.

The Crucible’s very own restaurant is just a stone’s throw from the theatre itself. Spilling out onto Tudor Square, Crucible Corner is a cheerful spot for light bites and burgers.

45 Leopold Street, S1 2GY

101 Norfolk Street, S1 2JE QC’s Bagels

A little gem tucked away in the city centre. Here you can find freshly prepared and quirkily named bagels created with a mouth watering selection of fillings.

8 Orchard Street, S1 2GX /QCsBagelBar

Blue Moon Cafe


QC’s Bagels

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Lucky Fox

Lucky Fox


A Brooklyn-inspired diner with a passion for great fried chicken and great beer. Everything’s fresh, cooked to order, and served with a smile – the classic American diner way. Try their famous fried chicken and wash it down with a cold beer.

Linked to Freeman College (see p118), Fusion is an organic cafe with a focus on locally-sourced, freshlymade dishes. The menu is mostly vegetarian and vegan, featuring some great salads and fantastic coffee. Currently closed to focus on the wellbeing of students at the college, the cafe is planning to reopen in September 2021.

72 Division Street, S1 4GF Cavells A family-friendly cafe and bar for a bite between shops on the high street.

Extra Life Gaming Lounge A family-friendly cafe with a difference. Enjoy freshly ground coffee, a refreshing smoothie or an ice-cold ice cream milkshake, all while playing video games.

24 Commercial Street, S1 2AT

Butcher Works, 74 Arundel Street, S1 2NS

31 High Street, S1 2GA


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OHM Food Yard

Terrace Goods

Based in Castlegate, Kommune brings together some of the region’s most acclaimed independent kitchens. The food court spoils diners for choice – with lavish tacos, loaded flatbreads, fresh pastries, fine coffees, a huge bar, and tons more. Traders include: Chaat Cart, Depot Bakery, Depot Pizza Company, Fat Hippo, MorMor, Shoot The Bull, Tamper Coffee Kiosk, Torito, and Yoki Social Table.

Enjoy the stylish and luxurious surroundings of OHM while you sip cocktails from their fantastic menu or tuck into dishes from its resident independent vendors. There really is something to please every palate – from New Yorkstyle pizza to Thai-inspired street food to Portuguese nibbles.

Opening onto the terrace overlooking Orchard Square, this spot is a great place for divine fast food, cocktails and peoplewatching. It serves pizza by the slice, poutine (a fancy take on chips, cheese and gravy), fried chicken or halloumi, and more.

Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4BJ

Orchard Square, S1 2FB /terracegoods Sheffield Plate

Due to open in summer 2021, this food court will join the Orchard Square community of shops and food outlets. It’ll bring together five independent street food traders, two bars, live music, foodie events, and entertainment across two floors.

Orchard Square, S1 2FB 68

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The Moor Market

The Moor Market


Sheffield’s central marketplace is home to all kinds of independent traders, and its busy food hall is no exception. Your options include everything from freshly cooked Nepalese curry to classic fish and chips to Thai fried rice. Traders include: Hungry Buddha, Karen’s Kitchen, Lemongrass Thai Street Food, Nic-Nix Cafe, Sallies, La Sania, McKay’s Kitchen, Ping’s Kitchen, Market Chippy, Bitz & Bitez, Cath’s Cafe, Coffee@Moor Market, and Chinese Fast Food.

Using fresh, local and seasonal produce, Silversmiths is known as The Yorkshire Restaurant thanks to its classic yet constantly-changing menu which serves some of Yorkshire’s most adored

delicacies, notably its pies and Yorkshire puddings. Complemented by its warm atmosphere and friendly service, Silversmiths is for those who want a true Yorkshire dining experience.

111 Arundel Street, S1 2NT

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Street Food Chef

Street Food Chef

California Fresh

From its humble beginnings as a catering service in a van, the Street Food Chef has won the hearts of many thanks to its delicious Mexican cuisine. The menu includes chicken mole tacos, veggie quesadillas and beef brisket burritos, as well as authentic Mexican beers and sodas.

America and Mexico collaborate to bring a burrito-based 1950s-esque surf spot to Sheffield.

90 Arundel Street, S1 4RE Burritos y Mas

Catering for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans, this takeaway spot prepares its burritos every day using only fresh ingredients. It also serves churros and coffee from early morning.

Orchard Square, S1 2FB


257 Glossop Road, S10 2GZ El Paso An family-friendly restaurant that offers a fantastic selection of Mexican and Italian dishes.

10 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT

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Bronco’s Rodeo

Union Diner

Twisted Burger Company

Big-plate American bar and grill in a chilled, family environment.

A burger joint with a huge menu – from piri piri to tandoori flavoured beef burgers to vegan fried chicken to Caribbean-style steak burgers. It’s great value and always has a range of meal deals.

Sharing a home with Triple Point Brewery (see p53), Twisted Burger are experts in cooking up a mouthwatering array of decadent burgers

53 West Street, S1 4EQ Smoke

Aim for a seat close to the open grill and watch the house-smoked meats cook away. Whether you go for ribs, pulled pork, turkey leg or steak, the main portions are generous. For non-meat eaters they do a veggie burger and some great sides – jalapeño muffins, smoked beans, and mac and cheese.

1 St Paul’s Place, S1 2NB

8 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT Smokin’ Bull Good value burgers and fries in a range of combos – from classic beef with pickled onion, ketchup and mayo to Korean-style fried chicken to cauliflower fritter. The specials have a theatrical twist, coming served under a glass dome that traps in the smoke.

9 Leopold Street, S1 2GY

178 Shoreham Street, S1 4SQ FirePit Rocks Meat eaters and veggies alike will be impressed with the fresh food at this American-style sports and dive bar. Using the best ingredients and creating all their barbecue sauces and marinades inhouse, you can expect a range of flavoursome dishes.

138 West Street, S1 4ES



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Unit Sheffield – Mo & Nabz

This diner is a burger lover’s haven. You’ll find a mouth-watering selection of beef, chicken, seafood and veggie burgers on offer, as well as delicious sides and, of course, their famous milkshakes – piled high with an array of sweet treats for when you’re feeling especially indulgent. Mo and Nabz lead the friendly Unit team, and spoke to Sheffield BID about what makes the place special.


Tell us a little about Unit’s neighbourhood.

We are on Headford Street, behind the big substation on Hanover roundabout. It’s basically in the middle of an industrial estate but we love it. The area is a little empty at the moment but has a lot going for it in the future with a few developments popping up, and we are here for the long run.

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What makes the ideal burger?

It’s all about the ingredients and the chefs. We use fresh ingredients and our chefs are the best in the city when it comes to burgers. Shout out to the Unit team chefs!

What sets Unit apart from other burger places in Sheffield?

I would like to think it’s our out-of-thebox thinking. From the burger combos to the names or even our location – nothing about us is ordinary.

Where’s your favourite place in Sheffield?

We love locally owned businesses so it would have to be Bagel Shack in Broomhall. Lovely clean food at affordable prices. They are also only a few hundred metres away from us.

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88 Headford Street, S3 7WB


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BB’s Italian

Cafe Piazza

A cosy and traditional family-run restaurant on the edge of the Devonshire Quarter, that’s been dishing up traditional Italian meals since 1999.

Nestled in the city centre, Cafe Piazza serves up some of the best pizza in Sheffield, plus beautifully cooked Italian dishes and drinks.

La Gondola


A traditional and affordable family-run Italian, with all the classic pizza, pasta dishes and desserts, as well as interesting chefs’ specials.

An eatery dedicated to the joys of macaroni and cheese, Macpot opened on the upper terrace at Orchard Square in 2020.


The Copper Pot

A traditional Italian dining experience, just up from the busy bars of West Street.

A lovely little venue serving coffee and a selection of sandwiches, Tuscan flatbread melts, hotdogs, burgers, chicken wings and wedges.

119 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

33 Carver Street, S1 4FS /La.Gondola.Sheffield

3 Convent Walk, S3 7RX Grazie

A family-run Italian restaurant specialising in fresh homemade pasta. The inspiration comes from the owner’s hometown Polignano a Mare, Puglia, where his nonna Maria used to make fresh pasta each day.

1–3 Leopold Street, S1 2GY


18 Church Street, S1 2GN

Orchard Square, S1 2FB /MacpotKitchen

68 Division Street, S1 4GF Appetito

A fine Italian cafe with a tempting counter of fresh pastries, focaccia and sandwiches to go with your cappuccino.

249 Glossop Road, S10 2GZ

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Bloo 88 Serving an eclectic range of pizzas, from classic to veggie to Americana, along with a stellar list of cocktails, Bloo 88, housed in one of Sheffield’s most beautiful old drinking dens, is certainly worth a visit.

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182 West Street, S1 4ET


Bloo 88


Mama’s and Leonies

In the heart of Sheffield, close to the Crucible and Lyceum theatres, this elegant restaurant serves some of the finest Italian cuisine, and the best desserts, in Sheffield. From the orecchiette con manzo to the filetto di manzo, its food never fails to amaze. Along with great wine and great service, VeroGusto is the perfect restaurant for a special evening.

Combining great service and a welcoming atmosphere, this family restaurant has served tasty and authentic Italian food since 1968.

111–115 Norfolk Street, S1 2JE

12 Norfolk Row, S1 2PA

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Butlers Balti House


Loved by the locals, this modern restaurant serves authentic and aromatic Indian dishes quite unlike anywhere else in Sheffield, with spice levels to suit all tastes.

The Sheffield outpost of this family-run Yorkshire chain can be found in beautiful Leopold Square. It’s a contemporary, roomy space fit for banquets, dishing up recipes from the Indian subcontinent ranging from award-winning seafood and chicken specialities to Kashmiri, Punjabi and Pukhtoon regional dishes to vegetarian favourites, and even some very special marinated meats that can only be ordered 36 hours in advance.

44-46 Broad Lane, S1 4BT Shapla

A family-run restaurant in a quiet corner of the city, providing a friendly welcome and incredible Indian and Bangladeshi flavours since 1979.

26–28 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT Maveli

Maveli bring South Indian food experiences to Sheffield. Their menu features dosa (a savoury pancake fish), a fantastic range of meat, seafood, vegetarian and vegan curries, and, for dessert, kulfi (ice cream flavoured with saffron and almonds).

223 Glossop Road, S10 2GW


1 Leopold Street, S1 2JG

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Frehiwat Habesha

Beteseb Ethiopion

Jimmy’s Kitchen

A delightful little eatery that serves fabulous and tantalising Ethiopian and Eritrean fare, including injera flatbread with a range of spicy lentils or meat. The friendly serving staff readily offer suggestions to those looking to try something new.

A family-owned restaurant serving Ethiopian Eritrean and Mediterranean traditional dishes and vegetarian options. Complete your meal with imported Ethiopian drinks or with a traditional coffee ceremony.

A Turkish bar and grill popular with students and staff from the nearby University of Sheffield, serving a range of kebabs, chef’s specialities and pides (topped flatbreads).

35 Exchange Street, S2 5TR

9–11 Castle Street, S3 8LT betesebrestaurantsheffield. Efes Efes, near West Street, offers Turkish food of a quality which is unmatched anywhere else in Sheffield, made all the better by its friendly service and atmosphere.

278-280 Glossop Road, S10 2HS

270 Glossop Road, S10 2HS Mount Lebanon A restaurant dedicated to classic Lebonese dishes. The menu features a wide range of hot and cold mezza – including hummus, tabbouleh and bourak – as well as shawarma, moussaka, falafel wraps, and more.

169–171 West Street, S1 4EW


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Oisoi Gourmet Marché


Soya Express

This bright little spot serves a superb variety of fresh Asian dishes and produce to take home. Its kitchen imports the finest sauces and ingredients, from Korean kimchi to Taiwanese fruit tea.

The only place that serves fresh hand-pulled noodles in the city, Noodlesta was a revelation to many Sheffielders when it opened. It’s mesmerising to watch the chefs pull the noodles into shape, and it’s a delight to eat the finished product. The menu draws on restaurants that can be found in northern provinces of China, and is incredibly good value for such fresh and tasty dishes.

Soya Express is a fantastic little lunchtime spot serving a range of Chinese dishes. Its freshly made tofu is a particularly big hit.

106 Arundel Street, S1 4RE Noodle Doodle Serving Malaysian and Chinese cuisine, Noodle Doodle offers an extensive selection of authentic Asian dishes in great portions and at great prices.

34 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL Noodle Inn Centro

Noodle Inn Centro serves its speciality noodles with a range of tasty and sumptuous Chinese dishes.

15 Westfield Terrace, S1 4GH Harmony Cafe Just off West Street, Harmony Cafe offers a wide range of delicious Asian cuisine, all of which is high quality and well-priced.

11 Westfield Terrace, S1 4GH Pepper Greenhouse Close to the University of Sheffield, this Chinese canteen is particularly popular with international students.

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192–194 Brook Hill, S3 7HE BoBo Express A Cantonese restaurant serving traditional claypot rice, nutritive detox broth and regional delicacies.

17 Matilda Street, S1 2JP /Soya-Express Tok-you

An unfussy option for Chinese cuisine. A simple, laid-back venue serving heaping plates of Chinese fare from soups to noodles and rice dishes.

46 Castle Square, S1 2GF /TokyouChineseRestaurant Foodie A small Chinese takeaway near the nightlife of West Street.

51 Furnival Gate, S1 4QQ

2 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JL

China Red

The Asian menu at this bakery and cafe has all kinds of things to tempt the taste buds – from matcha latte and Hong Kongstyle milk tea, to jang bing (Chinese savoury crepes), Korean fried chicken and a pizza topped with kimchi. And don’t miss the colourful crepe cakes (a cake made from stacked crepes and whipped cream).

A traditional Szechuan eatery, serving staples such as fried rice and lo mein in its large dining room. Book the upstairs room for a karaoke party.

3 Rockingham Gate, S1 4JD Chinese Kitchen A busy and friendly place, conveniently right by the Crucible theatre, that plates up fresh and flavoursome classics like duck pancakes and sesame chicken.

43 George Street, S1 2PF /sheffieldchinesekitchen


30 Furnival Gate, S1 4QP

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Edo Sushi

Bánh Mì

Serving a wide selection of Korean dishes from traditional recipes to Korean barbecue, Ginseng offers a cuisine unlike anywhere else in Sheffield.

From lunch to dinner, dive into this Japanese takeaway and enjoy a fresh selection of sustainable seafood.

Hidden just off the bustling high street, this Vietnamese cafe serves meat and vegan baguette sandwiches, noodle soup and vermicelli. They make their coffee the way it’s traditionally done in Vietnam, with sweetened condensed milk.

12 West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JB Sakushi

This conveyor belt sushi spot offers a super selection of Japanese cuisine, from don buri to ramen noodles at its quiet but friendly location.

27 Campo Lane, S1 2EG Mr Miyagi Sushi & Noodle Bar

This conveyor belt sushi spot boasts a fantastic choice of Japanese dishes, from gyoza to yakisoba. It’s a sushi lover’s heaven.

74 Division Street, S1 4GF Sushi Express

From tempura to gyoza, Sushi Express offers an extensive selection of Japanese dishes and a rich fusion of flavours right in the heart of Sheffield.

24–26 Highcourt Chambers, S1 2EP Tsuki

Dedicated to Japanese dining, this restaurant is an elegant spot, built on a love for the freshest ingredients and most delicious flavours.

58–60 West Street, S1 4EP Let’s Sushi

Let’s Sushi is a fast-food cafe with a real passion for Japanese cuisine. Their sushi, noodle and rice dishes are made by their expert chef with the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients and they are all available to either eat-in or take-away.

35 High Street, S1 2GA Chatime

Chatime is dedicated to the art of the Taiwanese bubble tea. The sweet and refreshing drink comes in all kinds of flavours, with milk or fruit tea options as well as various toppings.

38 Division Street, S1 4GF

14 Division Street, S1 4GF Unit 3 West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JB

8 Milton Street, S1 4JU


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Forum Cafe Bar

Common Room

Forum Cafe Bar

The Old House

One of the coolest bars in the city centre, the Forum is located at the forefront of Sheffield’s bustling independent bar district. Friendly staff welcome diners and drinkers alike to relax and enjoy the vibe, either outside on the beach-themed deck chairs or inside in a cosy booth beneath bespoke neon signs. From coffee and “hangover fries” to afterwork cocktails and pizzas, it’s a great place to join friends at any time of day.

This all-day bar and eatery is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing morning coffee or leisurely brunch with friends. Their gin and vermouth selection is one of the most plentiful in the city and their modern British cuisine is hearty and wholesome.

129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB Common Room Tucked away above the Forum awaits a perfect place for food, beer and a catch-up. Partake in a game of pool with your mates or watch some live sport on the TV.

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113–117 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB Bamboo Door

This tropical-inspired bar is a lively spot on Leopold Square, with an extensive menu of fruity cocktails and lots of rum.

Leopold Square, S1 2JG Spirit of Sheffield

A cafe-bar and shop just off The Moor specialising in its own brand of gin, rum and vodka.

24 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT


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Mr Wilson’s

A light beckons passersby down the steps at the side of the Town Hall. It leads you to what was once a men’s public toilet – now completely transformed into an intimate underground bar that serves some of the most delicious and different cocktails in town.

Gatsby encapsulates a modern twist on the lustful 1920s era in the heart of the Devonshire Quarter. Excellent drinks, great decor and ace DJs, Gatsby will entice you into its musicfilled rooms. They’ve even got fab food, with in-house Shy Boy Cantina chefs serving a range of Mexicaninspired dishes.

Something to look forward to: the folks behind Molly Malones are aiming to open this new cocktail bar in late summer/early autumn 2021. It’ll offer a 1920s New York vibe, with a chilled out floor for conversations over drinks and a second floor for live jazz and house music.

73–75 Division Street, S1 4GE

99–109 West Street, S1 4EQ /MrWilsonsUK

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23–55 Surrey Street, S1 2LG


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✚ City of Makers

City of Makers Sheffield is known far and wide as a city of steel. Cutlery and tool making is in its blood, and it’s down to the city’s heritage of metalwork that “Made in Sheffield” is an official, globally recognised brand. A number of manufacturers working with steel are still going strong across the city – many of them have specialised and adapted, and continue to be pioneers in their field into the 21st century. Today, though, the city turns out metal plus a whole lot more. Sheffield city centre is now a welcoming and inspiring home for a diverse and innovative array of makers, who produce everything from music, film and theatre to jewellery, video games, advanced technology and digital art. Much of this creativity and innovation happens in the many studios and workshops that cluster around the Cultural Industries Quarter. With a lineage that can be traced back to the city’s ‘little mesters’ and ‘buffer lasses’ and the discovery of stainless steel, 21st century Sheffield remains a proud city of makers.


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Francisca Onumah Metalwork has a long history in Sheffield, and Francisca Onumah is part of the current generation keeping it alive and moving it forward. Francisca first set up in Yorkshire Artspace’s Persistence Works in 2017 through its Starter Studio programme. She now shares a workshop with two fellow silversmiths and jewellers, where she sculpts beautifully textured and truly unique vessels.

and jewellery making for just over three years. It’s nice to share a space with such a supportive pair of makers – it’s always good to have people who not only hold you accountable but also inspire you to push your practice further. Yorkshire Artspace definitely has that vibe; there’s a supportive community, happy to share knowledge, skills and tools. The Starter Studio was such a valuable opportunity, and gave me space, tools and machinery that would take years and a lot of money to build up myself.

How would you describe your practice?

What are your hopes for the future of silversmithing in the city?

I’m a silversmith working in base metal and precious metals, mainly copper and sterling silver. My process embraces features which are seen as imperfections, that tend to be buffed and polished away. I layer textures and patterns onto sheet metal, using textured hammers and creating folds. My main focus is sculptural vessels and decorative objects, but I also make jewellery. The pieces mostly have a dark oxidised finish, which gives the surface a quality that mimics burnt wood and leather.

Tell us what it means to be part of the Yorkshire Artspace community.

I moved into a new workshop at the end of summer and it’s been such a blessing to have a space to escape to and focus on my practice through lockdown. I share the workshop with Daisy Lee Jewels and Josephine Gomersall. We all came from the Starter Studio programme and have been practicing silversmithing 84

The silversmithing industry has evolved over the years – it’s gone from the big silversmithing companies, to little mesters working on specific jobs, to designer-makers. Being able to tap into the knowledge of the little mesters who are still working now, and hear how they have had to diversify over the years, is really interesting. It’s sad that there are skills that aren’t being passed down to the next generation – most of the mesters would love to take on apprentices but there isn’t the funding. However, there is an evolving pool of emerging designermakers who have an appreciation for the history of the craft. There is a nice exchange of knowledge with established designer-makers creating opportunities for emerging makers to learn traditional skills such as raising and forging.

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Yorkshire Artspace

Yorkshire Artspace

The Art House

A team of art graduates established the original Yorkshire Artspace in 1977. Since then it’s grown into one of the country’s largest studio networks, filling two sites with around 170 artists and makers. Persistence Works is its purpose-built, award-winning complex in the city centre. Exchange Place Studios is its beautiful, converted art deco block at nearby Castlegate. Artists at both sites open their doors to the public each November for Open Studios weekend. See the previous page for an interview with one of Yorkshire Artspace’s residents, metalsmith Francisca Onumah.

Just off Division Street in the city centre, The Art House is driven by the belief that natural creativity can be unlocked in anyone, given time, tuition and the right environment. It offers workshops and taster sessions for all ages on everything from pottery to perfumery to painting, and is a great place to have a cup of tea while looking at art.

21 Brown Street, S1 2BS

8 Backfields, S1 4HJ

The Art House

Sheffield Makers Shop Set in the beautiful Winter Garden (p30) Sheffield Makers showcases the work of local independent artists and designers right in the heart of the city. The shop is filled with everything from photography to pottery, screen printed textiles to woodcrafts.

90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH 86

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Bloc is an old knife workshop turned creative hub in the Cultural Industries Quarter. Art school graduates set up the studios in 1996 when there was a shortage of affordable studios in the city. They’re now home to 65 artists. See p18 to find out about Bloc Projects, the contemporary art gallery next door.

198 Arundel Street, S1 4RE AALFY

AALFY are all about inspiring personal growth, collaboration and creativity in Sheffield’s diverse communities. Based amongst retailers on The Moor, they create unique learning experiences for young people and adults. Programmes include Learn Create Sell and Makerpreneurs. Workshops cover everything from digital literacy to entrepreneurship, creative arts to employability skills. The space is also equipped with laser cutters, a 3D printer, vinyl cutter and a variety of hand tools.

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Bloc Studios


Sheffield Creative Guild A community of over 800 members, and growing. Since 2016, Sheffield Creative Guild has connected folk from any and all creative disciplines across the region. It provides a network for skill sharing, audience building, collaboration, and fun.

The Guild’s home is the Workshop in Orchard Square – a space that’s available to hire for exhibitions and events.

Workshop, 4 Orchard Square, S1 2FB

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108 The Moor, S1 4PD

Sheffield Creative Guild


Image by Hugo Glendinning, courtesy of Forced Entertainment

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Forced Entertainment

Forced Entertainment

Utopia Theatre

Forced Entertainment are world renowned on the contemporary performance scene. For 35 years their mission has been to “reinvent theatre” with shows ranging from the comic to the absurd, the thought-provoking to the incredibly moving. They are pioneers of online theatre and in 2020 restaged an athome version of their show Table Top Shakespeare.

Led by founder and artistic director Mojisola Elufowoju, Utopia is a resident company at Sheffield Theatres and a leading voice for African theatre in the UK. Since 2012 it has brought to local and national stages shows that demonstrate the rich cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora. During lockdown Utopia went digital with a free programme that brought together some of the world’s leading African artists for masterclasses aimed at supporting the next generation of artists and strengthening African communities within the arts.

502 The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX

The Crucible, 55 Norfolk Street, S1 1DA


E.D.E.N. Film Productions Founded by filmmaker Claire Watkinson in 2013, E.D.E.N. is a film production company and social enterprise in one. Driven by a passion for equality, diversity and education, they produce videos for a range of clients, as well as running workshops and events with the LGBTQ+ community. Past events have included Transforming Cinema, a film festival dedicated to championing transgender people and stories. During lockdown they took their work online, hosting the E.D.E.N. Digital filmmaking course over Zoom.

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW

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And Other Stories And Other Stories is a publishing company with a refreshing approach to books and the wider book world. Publisher Stefan and editor Tara moved the not-for-profit to Sheffield from the south-east in 2017. Since then, they’ve worked to rebalance the Londoncentric nature of their industry. They helped form the Northern Fiction Alliance and launched the Northern Book Prize. Become a subscriber and you’ll receive some of the best in contemporary writing, straight to your door. You’ll also see your name listed in And Other Stories books as thanks for supporting new, exciting voices to get out into the world.

Central Library, Surrey Street, S1 1XZ

The Poetry Business For over three decades this indie publisher and agency has discovered, developed and published hundreds of extraordinary poets. Poets included in its back catalogue of books and pamphlets include Simon Armitage, Hera Lindsay Bird and Sheffield’s current Poet Laureate Warda Yassin. It also holds residential courses and workshops for writers looking to hone their craft.

Campo House, 54 Campo Lane, S1 2EG

Ernest Wright and Son


Ernest Wright and Son

Brothers James, Jon and Michael Brown run indie video game studio Boneloaf from an office within Site Gallery (see p20). Their multiplayer beat ‘em up game Gang Beasts is a huge hit on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, winning several awards for the studio since 2017.

Ernest Wright and Son has been hand-making the finest quality scissors and shears for over 100 years in Sheffield, the birthplace of stainless steel. In 2014 they were the subject of The Putter, a short film by Shaun Bloodworth. The film saw a resurgence of awareness of and interest in the company and brought orders flooding in from around the world.

Site Gallery, 1 Brown Street, S1 2BS

The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire The Company of Cutlers has been central to Sheffield’s cutlery and metal trades for 400 years. It’s made up of representatives of manufacturing, overseen by the elected Master Cutler. Together they uphold the proud heritage of the “Made in Sheffield” brand. The beautiful Cutlers’ Hall opens for occasional events.

Church Street, S1 1HG

58 Broad Lane, S1 4BT Pryor Marking Technology

In 1849 William Pryor bought a mark-making business in Sheffield, where his son Edward was an apprentice. The company went on to become internationally renowned for its engraving work engraving. Pryor continues to lead the way in 21st century identification technologies.

Egerton Street, S1 4JX


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Leah’s Yard

– James & Tom


After years of abandonment, Leah’s Yard will soon get back to doing what it does best: housing a thriving community of makers in the heart of Sheffield. The historic industrial site dates back to the early 19th century, when it was named after resident silver stamper Henry Leah. Previous generations have included tool makers, buffers, horn traders, and a whole variety of little mesters. James O’Hara and Tom Wolfenden recently took on the Grade II* listed building and plan to open in 2023 with workshops, boutiques and food traders.

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What attracted you to take on this historic building?

J: It felt like a natural fit and something Tom and I had been keeping our eyes peeled for. It gives us the ability to create a community using both of our skill sets and experience. It’s something we think is vital for the future of heritage buildings and city centres in general. T: Leah’s is a tricky building, and commercially it doesn’t sit within mainstream models given its size and the amount of time needed to make it come alive. Leah’s won’t be about us – we’re doing this through SSPCO (the non-profit behind Sheffield Technology Parks) and want to create a home for independent businesses.

How do you picture the building’s next community of makers?

The history of Sheffield has always been in its makers. What we need to do is use that history and look at it through a modern lens: who are the makers, creators and innovators in the city now, and how can we give them a platform within the city centre? There’s a huge network of these kinds of businesses in the city and it’s our job to get the right mix so that we can shine a light on Sheffield’s present whilst showing respect for its past.

What impact do you hope to have on this part of the city centre with Leah’s Yard?

J: We want Leah’s Yard and indeed the whole of the Cambridge Street development to be the beating heart of the city centre – something for residents of the city to be proud of, and a place that visitors are drawn to as an example of what Sheffield is great at. T: We’re already talking to our neighbours at Cambridge Street Collective (see p56) about their plans and ideas, and working out how our buildings blend together and complement each other. Having a solid working relationship with the other parties will allow us to join forces on events in the area to make it really work.

What are your wider ambitions for the city as we emerge from the pandemic?

T: Just today we were talking about what the city centre will be when the scheme is developed and open. The chance to bring your family into the city for the whole day, with a special mix of leisure activities, experiential retail and interesting events; meet your mates for lunch and spend the rest of the day here. J: We’re excited about the future of Sheffield’s city centre. The city has a real opportunity to use the lessons of Covid-19 to become an experiential place to be, somewhere that is a destination beyond just commerce. Leah’s Yard will be a big piece of this puzzle and we can’t wait to share the journey with everyone. 20–22 Cambridge Street, S1 4HJ


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Shop It’s easy to shop independent in Sheffield city centre. You’ll find indie shops dedicated to books, plants, unusual gifts and records. Others where local makers show off their wares. In the Devonshire Quarter, a cluster of designer boutiques and vintage shops that create a hub of student life. And tucked away on the charming Chapel Walk are tattooists, gift shops and more. That’s not to say the city doesn’t do high street, though – big names and national treasures, including Marks and Spencer, Primark and Lush can be found down Fargate and on The Moor. Meanwhile the likes of TK Maxx, Waterstones and The Body Shop gather among independents in Orchard Square. Add to all that a shiny modern market filled with fresh produce, and you’ll want to grab your purse and go shopping in no time. The pandemic has hit independent shops hard. As they welcome back customers, be sure to check their safety measures – some may limit numbers, run click-and-collect services, or offer appointments.


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Atkinsons – James Martin

Dating way back to 1872, Atkinsons is Sheffield’s oldest (and now only) independent department store. The family-run shop and its cafes are as popular as ever. Its friendly service and expertise keep its discerning customers loyal – and wins over new ones, even after nearly 150 years. Sales and operations manager James Martin shares what makes Atkinsons so special, and why shoppers should cherish it.

What sets Atkinsons apart from other department stores?

One of our key differences is that we have a team of local buyers that understand our customers – whether this be fashion brands such as Joules, White Stuff, and Apricot, contemporary or classical furniture from G Plan, Alstons, and SoftNord, domestic appliances or even an independent local artist such as Goo Design. We believe we’ve got everything covered.

What has it been like to see the store’s home, The Moor, transform in recent years? It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s long overdue, and the changes have been striking. Big thanks to the previous owners for implementing the changes and we’re really excited to see what the future holds 94

Next year will be Atkinsons’ 150th year. Do you have any plans to celebrate the anniversary?

We’re really hoping that we will be able to celebrate properly, and things will have returned to normality. But we believe the best way to celebrate is to continue to offer our customers quality, value and service, as we’ve done for the previous 149 years!

What are your hopes or ambitions for the future of shopping in the city centre as Sheffield emerges from the pandemic? As Nicholas Atkinson, Chairman, said in a recent interview with Radio Sheffield, all we ask is that the people of Sheffield, customers new and old, get behind the city centre’s only independent and individual department store. 78–82 The Moor, S1 3LT

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Moor Market With around 90 independent businesses, Sheffield’s Moor Market has the biggest collection of indie retailers under one roof in the region. It is at the heart of developments in the lively shopping district on The Moor. Think local and give its stalls a go next time you’re shopping in the city centre. Whether it’s fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish, local beer and coffee, international delicacies, fabric, jewellery and makeup, phone repairs, or toys for your pet – the market traders will sort you out. And if you’ve got your own business idea, you can test it out with the market’s rent-a-stall scheme, with stalls and small barrow pitches available by the day.

77 The Moor, S1 4PF


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Al Amir Food Store A small but well stocked international supermarket, with fresh groceries as well as Middle Eastern and Indian products.

127 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JP Yi-Mart Oriental Supermarket


Taste The Orient

Simmonite is a fantastic butcher, fishmonger and delicatessen with friendly and accommodating staff. They really do have it all – whether you’re after a lovely joint of lamb for your Sunday dinner or a sumptuous spread of shellfish for a special occasion.

A supermarket specialising in food from across the east and southeast Asian region. With imported Vietnamese snacks, sushi ingredients, Korean rice cakes, ramen noodles, and lots more. Eatin at its Yummy Food Court.

11 Division Street, S1 4FT /Simmonite-DivisionStreet

217–231 Glossop Road, S10 2GW /tastetheorient

A small, great value shop with a big variety of noodles, sauces and other Chinese products.

8 Matilda Street, S1 4QD T Bates

A local off-licence with a range of beers, wines and spirits.

16 Dixon Lane, S1 2AL

Central Food and News A convenience store selling halal meat, international produce and snacks.

272 Glossop Road, S10 2HS


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Melody Couture

As one of the Devonshire Quarter’s longest-standing traders, CollardManson is known for stocking stylish clothing and accessories, shrouded in dusky lighting and a cool green exterior. Stocking a line-up of monochrome clothing from both designer brands and its own collection, you can find carefully designed dresses alongside graphic tees. The truly stunning elements are the jewellery collection – intricately-made gold and silver statement pieces – and the range of homeware; cushions, chandeliers and crockery to give any home a chic and elegant look. CollardManson’s collection is designed in Sheffield and manufactured in London.

A menswear shop in Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter, Sa-kis stocks the latest designer menswear garments, from Vivienne Westwood to Edwin, in its wide, multi-railed space. Its collection of streetwear clothing from both wellestablished and emerging brands makes Sa-kis a place which offers its shoppers original and authentic clothing unlike anything to be found on the high street. With a stock of t-shirts, tracksuits, shoes, jackets, shirts and jeans, there is something for everyone at this shop and it is certainly a number one destination among those who have an interest in men’s fashion.

Melody Couture have been in business for over 30 years, dressing bright young things in the latest looks at affordable prices.

125 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

64 The Moor, S1 4PA

32-34 Division Street, S1 4GF


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this friendly Devonshire Quarter shop dedicated to sustainable fashion. To date, they’ve saved 500 tonnes of clothing from going to landfill, and counting.

76 Division Street, S1 4GF The Thrifty Store

Filled with seemingly endless amounts of vintage, this is a shop you can get lost in for hours, discovering the rare treasures and hidden gems within.

1–25 King Street, S3 8LF Freshmans Boutique

Filled with vintage gems, Freshmans Boutique is the longstanding destination for men’s and women’s vintage in Sheffield.

6-8 Carver Street, S1 4FS


Vulgar Vulgar’s thoughtfully picked rails of vintage-inspired garments and authentic retro designer pieces make it a fun and colourful shopping experience.

2 The Forum, 127-129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB The Alternative Store

The Alternative Store has been supplying streetwear to Sheffield for more than 25 years. They sell top quality, modern street fashion hand-picked from a combination of the best homegrown UK brands and 100

American brands, including SABBC and Test Your Strength, Rebel8, Crooks & Castles and 10 Deep.

121 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB Preloved Kilo Led by husband-andhusband team Wayne and Mark, Preloved Kilo handpick the best quality vintage clothes and sell them in bulk at affordable prices. With a warehouse full of clothes, they began with stalls at festivals and vintage fairs, before putting on huge kilo sales across the country. They now run

Glass Onion Dedicated to sustainable fashion and reworking pre-loved clothes, Glass Onion is heaven for vintage lovers. New deliveries land from textile recycling plants across Europe and the USA each week.

194 Norfolk Street, S1 2JH

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Naked Ape

Eddy’s Style

Specialising in quality outdoor wear for climbing, running, skiing, snowboarding and fitness, Naked Ape is also an official stockist of Vibram five finger shoes, Patagonia outdoor clothing, and Carhartt workwear.

A discount outlet for wellknown clothing brands.

First Floor, 190 Norfolk Street, S1 1SY

35 King Street, S3 8LF Free Style Footwear A shop for big brand trainers at low prices.

37 King Street, S3 8LF

Rocky Horrors The longstanding destination for gothic, biker and punk gear, Rocky Horrors is beloved by the alternative scene in Sheffield and surrounding areas. It stocks everything from leather biker jackets and band tees to colourful hair dye, patches, and the biggest range of cowboy boots you’re likely to ever see.

97 Division Street, S1 4GE

Sheffield City Centre Gift Card Encourage your friends and family to shop local by sharing the joys of the Sheffield City Centre Gift Card. As soon as businesses reopen, they’ll be able to spend to their heart’s content in a fantastic range of restaurants, cafes, independent shops, high street brands, and health and beauty spots. Gift cards are available from £5 to £200.


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Plantology Almost like walking into a thriving indoor garden, this florist offers an extensive variety of gorgeous flowers and beautiful potted plants to decorate the home in its shop on Division Street, as well as a range of services including hand-delivering beautiful bouquets of flowers and creating innovative flower displays for weddings.

70 Division Street, S1 4GF Lockwood Florists

Lockwoods are a long established family run business who have been trading from the same location in Sheffield for over 40 years. Delivery and collections are available.

35 Surrey Street, S1 2LG 102

Within Reason

Within Reason

All Good Stuff

Selling everything from candles to dresses, this little gem on Devonshire Street is full to the brim with treasures and trinkets that are certain to catch one’s eye. Whether you want to decorate your home or buy a gift for a loved one, Within Reason is the perfect shop for it.

This gallery shop at Butcher Works sells a range of arts and crafts, from pottery to jewellery, made by local artists and makers at reasonable prices.

144–146 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF

72 Arundel Street, S1 2NS

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Cards & Gifts


Bird’s Yard

Cards & Gifts

Sheffield’s go-to shop for original gifts, MoonKo stocks one-of-a-kind jewellery, stationery and home decor from independent and emerging makers. The ceramic ornaments and plant selection create a serene environment in which to find a perfect present, whether you are wanting botanical, sartorial or domestic. With its aim to support young budding artists and local brands, you can expect to regularly see new treasures appear in this colourful shop.

Stocking a wide collection of works by local artists and makers, including homeware, clothes and cards, Bird’s Yard is the perfect shop for unique and quirky gifts.

Whether you’re on the hunt for contemporary greetings cards, birthday candles or super shaper balloons, Cards & Gifts has everything you need to celebrate a special occasion. They’re fully stocked with a wonderful array of party and wedding supplies including personalised gifts, keepsakes and helium balloons.

44 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD

46 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD /cardsgiftssheffield

89 Division Street, S1 4GE

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Slugger Skate Store

– Martin Kennelly & Matt Chapman


Slugger is an icon on the Sheffield skateboarding scene. Run by skaters for skaters, it’s a one-stop shop for boards, footwear, beanies, skate films and magazines. It stocks brands including Palace, Thrasher, and Vans. The Slugger team are a supportive bunch, helping newcomers get kitted out as well as welcoming longestablished members of the local skateboarding community. Slugger’s Martin Kennelly shares what it means to be part of the Sheffield skate scene. (Martin nominated Matt for photos!)

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Tell us a little about the area Slugger is based in. Slugger is based in the Devonshire area of Sheffield, on Division Street. We are close to the green and the skatepark, also the city centre – which makes for a great location for skateboarders to find us.

What’s the best thing about running a skate shop in Sheffield?

We have always been around Sheffield skateboarding from the early–mid 90s. The street we are on always had a skateboard shop! We had Sumo as young ‘ens. We love to see the progression of kids coming in for their first skateboards to becoming stalwarts in the Sheffield skate scene.

How would you describe the skateboarding scene in the city?

The Sheffield skateboard scene today is a wide mix of natives, students, transplants, local kids and folk from the surrounding areas of Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Skaters are all over these days, it’s a great thing to see. The central hub is the skatepark on Devonshire Green, but the streets will always be where you’ll find skaters. We also have the longest running indoor skatepark in the country called The House in Neepsend, which is most folks’ home through the winter months. There has always been a great independent video culture that is kept alive by the true faithfuls. The Forum, Devonshire Street, S3 7SB


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Andaa Home Whether you’re a catering professional or a passionate home cook who appreciates quality, Andaa has everything you could want. Their extensive range of high-quality products includes baking, cookware, cutlery, kitchenware, knives, tableware and textiles – as well as some great gift ideas. You’ll find all the top brands and eco-friendly products.

48 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD

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Moor Bargains A discount shop dedicated to selling a wide range of furniture and homewares at affordable prices.

Unit 53 The Moor, S1 4PF /moorbargains Natural Bed Company

Natural Bed Company The folks at the Natural Bed Company expertly craft solid wooden beds, futon sofa beds and bedside tables, all using high quality, sustainable materials. At their showroom and shop they also stock a range of beautiful wares for your home – from luxury towels and candles to cosy slippers and bedding.

123–125 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JP

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Established in 1992, Framework has earned loyal customers and a reputation as one of the leading bespoke picture framing companies in Sheffield. It also houses a cafe, where you can enjoy a hot drink surrounded by beautifully framed artworks.

Buy, sell or exchange a wide variety of tech and entertainment products.

Considered to be one of Sheffield’s best head shops, selling a variety of smoking apparatus and oil gears, Balance also sells homeware, posters, throws and clothing.

114 The Moor, S1 4PD TL Killi’s

Family-run since 1964, this shop specialises in cleaning equipment. It’s one of the country’s most trusted businesses in the field – with everything from vacuum cleaners through to industrial ride-on sweepers.

286 Glossop Road, S10 2HS Audio Images Hi-fi and home cinema specialists, in business since 1996.

284 Glossop Road, S10 2HS Sheffield Lighting Company

Operating for over 30 years, the Sheffield Lighting Company’s showroom offers high quality, great value lighting. Designs range from the decorative to the traditional to the functional.

13 Rockingham Gate, S1 4JD

33 High Street, S1 2GA The Vault

The Vault is Sheffield’s newest home for avid gamers and comic book fans. The shop is packed with comics, trading cards, games and consoles, as well as merchandise from the likes of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Dr Who. They also buy and trade.

156 Devonshire Street, S3 7SG

20 Norfolk Row, S1 2PA /TheVaultSheffield

Wargames Emporium Stockists of a wide range of products for all your gaming needs. The Emporium stocks brands including Dungeons & Dragons, GHQ, Essex Miniatures, Games Workshop, Peter Pig, and Osprey books, to name just a few. It also offers a large range of collectable card games and board games.

8 Orchard Square, S1 2FB Patriot Games Founded as a market stall in 1994 in Sheffield’s Castle Market, Patriot Games has gone on to be a muchloved part of the gaming community in Sheffield and beyond.

33 King Street, S3 8LF


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La Biblioteka Avid magazine readers Alex and Julie Maxwell run this shop dedicated to all things print. Housed within Kommune (see p68), La Biblioteka stocks unique and creative magazines that you’d struggle to find anywhere else in the city, as well as a fine selection of books, travel guides and stationery.

Kommune, Castle House, S3 8LN Bear Tree Records

Based in the Forum indie shopping arcade, Bear Tree holds an extensive and carefully-picked collection of both new and used vinyl of all genres, from jazz to punk to techno. The shop’s owner, Joe, writes descriptions or recommendations for many of the records, making for a personal record shopping experience quite unlike any other.

Unit 13 The Forum, 127 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

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LP Record Store

Record Junkee

A small but expertly stocked record shop, with shelves lined with a fantastic range of new and second-hand vinyl to browse.

With around 30,000 records in stock at any time, Record Junkee is a vinyl lover’s paradise. Look out for gigs here too (see p13).

137A Arundel Street, S1 2NU /LP.Vinyl.Sheffield

7 Earl Street, S1 3FP Music Junkee

On the ground floor of the same building as Record Junkee, Music Junkee is an outlet for things musical – from accordions to xylophones and everything in between.

7 Earl Street, S1 3FP

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Green and Benz

Browns Family Jewellers

The team of jewellery experts will help you find the perfect piece in this award-winning jewellery store – whether it’s an engagement ring, earrings, or a “just because” gift. Their collection includes jewellery from around the world, featuring some of the best names in the industry. Located on a street lined with independent shops, this contemporary jeweller is a highlight of the Devonshire Quarter. With platinum and diamond specialists in store, these people really do know their carats.

Browns place honesty and integrity at the heart of their business. With 20+ years experience and a wealth of knowledge, they specialise in vintage, antique and new jewellery for men and women. You’ll find a beautiful range of jewellery, including engagement and wedding rings, and service with a personal touch.

71 Division Street, S1 4GE

107 Pinstone Street, S1 2HJ Michael Spencer Jewellers These artisans have over 40 years of experience crafting and repairing bespoke

jewellery, with design and trade all taking place in their workshop in the centre of town.

Unit 6, Craft Workshops, Orchard Square, S1 2FB James Hadley Jewellery A family run business over 35 years in the trade, James Hadley specialises in fine diamonds and precious stones. As well as its extensive collections, it also offers repair, alteration, design and valuation services.

29–31 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

H.L. Brown Founded in 1861 by Harris Brown, this jeweller’s has stood the test of time to become one of Yorkshire’s leading jewellery specialists. The family-run, independent business offers a stunning range of gold and silver jewellery, watches and clocks, and also stocks a magnificent selection of gem, antique and period pieces. Knowledgeable staff are always on hand to provide sound advice and to assist with valuations, refurbishments, repairs and servicing. The shop is also renowned for its beautiful diamond collection, if you’re looking for something that sparkles.

2 Barker’s Pool, S1 1LZ

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Services and amenities Bird Opticians, 41-43 Surrey Street, S1 2LG – A family-owned optician running for nearly 40 years. Somers, 27–29 High Street, S1 2GA /somersofsheffield – A specialist shop offering shoe repairs and bespoke leather care. Stitch Express, 36 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD – Tucked away on Chapel Walk, Stitch Express carry out professional tailoring and clothing alterations. Their staff are highly skilled and experienced and can provide you with quality advice in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Phone and technology repairs Next time your tech lets you down, try one of the following trustworthy repair shops in the city centre: Elite Vape and Phone, 22 Fargate, S1 2HE Fone Plus, 37 High Street, S1 2GA Gadget Expert Zone, 9 High Street, S1 2GA Geek-Man, 18 Division Street, S1 4GF


Mac Repair Sheffield, Cooper Building, Sheffield Technology Parks, Arundel Street, S1 2NS

Billy Bobs Barbers, 112 The Moor, S1 4PD

Phone Extras, 29 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD

Creator Hair, 210–214 West Street, S1 4EU

Phone-Geekz, The Forum, 127–129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

Dapper Chaps, 107 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB /Dapper-Chaps

Barbers and hair salons However you like your hair styling, the city centre’s independent barber shops and salons will sort you out. It may be a restyle in rustic interiors at Kojo and Lee, a bit of beard grooming at Dapper Chaps, braiding at Imai, a wet shave at Less Than Zero (who just moved into what’s thought to be the oldest barbershop site in the city), or a tailored cut or styling at any of these spots: Alpha Male Barbers, 20 Snig Hill, S3 8NB Anatolia Barbers, 150 West Street, S1 4ES /Anatoliabarbers Another-Kind, 207–215 Glossop Road, S10 2GW The Avenue, 195 Glossop Road, S10 2GW

Change, 261 Glossop Road, S10 2GZ

Dan Hair and Cosmetics, 22 Dixon Lane, S1 2AL – Stockists of a variety of extensions and hairpieces, alongside cosmetic products. Dolls Mansion, 10 Norfolk Row, S1 2PA /dollsmansioncosmetic lounge1 Golden Scissors, 218 West Street, S1 4EU Hair @ St Paul’s, 8 St Paul’s Parade, S1 2JL /HairAtStPauls Hallam Barbers, 251 Glossop Road, S10 2GZ /Hallam-Barbers The Headonist, 21 Campo Lane, S1 2EG Henger Barbershop, 157 West Street, S1 4EW Honkytonks Barbershop, Unit 18 The Forum, 127 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

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Imai Hair and Boutique, 127 The Moor, S1 4PH /MARTINAHAIR International Hair Salon, 127 The Moor, S1 4PH /International-HairSalon-127-The-Moor Julia Hair and Cosmestics, 113–115 Pinstone Street, S1 2HL /juliahairandcosmeticssheff – Proudly calling itself the largest hair and beauty supply store in Sheffield, Julia stocks a huge range of brands, with products to suit all hair types as well as extensions and dyes. Just Cuts, 129 The Moor, S1 4PH Kojo and Lee, 109–111 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB La Coupe, 29 Orchard Square, S1 2FB Laundry, 151 Sellers Wheel, Arundel Street, S1 2NU Leo’s Barbers, 47 Leopold Street, S1 2GY Less Than Zero Barbers, 10 Campo Lane, S1 2EF Mancave, 2 Orchard Square, S1 2GJ /mancavesheffield

Michelangelo’s Barbers, 9 Hawley Street, S1 2EA Muang Beauty Salon, 26 Union Street, S1 2JP /muangbeautysalon Savills Gentlemens Barbers, 114–118 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF Shear Illusionz, 30 Union Street, S1 2JP /Shear-Illusionz Taylor Taylor 37 Surrey Street, S1 2LG Vanilla by Sara, 16 Norfolk Row, S1 2PA Wigs and Warpaint, 11 West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JB Nails, eyebrows and waxing When you want to indulge in that extra bit of pampering or grooming, book an appointment with one of the following:

Wax Inc, 1 Tudor Square, 67–69 Surrey Street, S1 2LA Tattoos and piercings Sheffield’s independent tattooing and piercing studios are home to skilled artists and fantastic jewellery ranges. Try out: Follow Your Dreams, 160 Devonshire Street, S3 7SG /FYDTattoo Owl and the Pussycat, Unit 11 The Forum, 127–129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB theowlandthepussycat Thou Art, 47 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD /thouarttattoo Tobacconists Kingsize, 10 Exchange Street, S2 5TS Vape City, Fitzalan Square, S1 2AY

Flash Express Beauty Bar, 20–22 Carver Street, S1 4FS New York Nails, 16 Arundel Gate, S1 2PP /lymynytk Sheffield Nails, 105 Pinstone Street, S1 2HJ /sheffieldnailss 111

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City of Learning Innovative thinking. Visionary collaboration. Open debate. Endless routes to discovery and invention are open at Sheffield’s centres of learning. The city is first choice for students both near and far. Over 60,000 students fill the labs, libraries and lecture halls at Sheffield’s two universities, with a significant number coming from overseas. A good mix of local and international students doesn’t only make a difference academically, it also has a huge positive cultural and economic impact on Sheffield. Between them, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University attract students and staff from almost 150 countries, creating truly global communities here in the city. Add to the universities a spectacular public library and colleges specialising in everything from computing to cutlery making, and the possibilities for learning are endless in Sheffield. As well as being an inspiring place to study, the city centre is also a vibrant place to live. It’s no wonder, then, that such a high number of students stick around after graduation.


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Desert Garden project

– Duncan Cameron, Moaed Al Meselmani & Tony Ryan


Thousands of refugees are currently growing crops in a desert in Jordan using science developed here in Sheffield. Meet Dr Moaed Al Meselmani, Professor Duncan Cameron and Professor Tony Ryan OBE, the scientists behind the University of Sheffield’s Desert Garden project. Driven by humanitarian and sustainable aims, the project addresses issues of both waste and food at the Za’atari refugee camp. It draws on the team’s expertise in hydroponics, the science of growing without soil. Together they found a way of taking the foam from discarded mattresses and using it in place of soil. Now, families displaced by war are able to grow their own fresh food in the hostile desert environment.

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Tell us a little about how you came together to work on the Desert Garden project in Sheffield.

Tony had worked for over ten years creating artificial soil from similar polyurethane foams that the mattresses are made from. With Duncan and Moaed’s experience in hydroponics, he put in place pioneering research to solve the issue of food shortages for thousands of people living in the desert in Jordan. As world-leading experts in hydroponics systems, the team used the discarded mattresses as a growing medium for crops.

How does it feel to see your research from Sheffield have a lasting realworld impact in Jordan? It’s inspirational to see the optimism and generosity in this project. We are humbled by the experience and we are very proud of what we’ve achieved. This work was born out of innovative science and is giving families displaced by war the opportunity to grow fresh food in the desert using discarded mattresses.

You have so far raised £240,000 in donations. What will this funding mean to the communities you work with?

It has the potential to give the farmers the opportunity to apply their years of experience and skills to meaningful purpose, and at the same time produce food to eat and sell. This will help thousands of Syrian refugees to grow their own fresh food in the desert, as the project is on its way to being fully sustainable. The families involved in the project speak of benefits beyond having fresh food for the first time in years: improving mental health and wellbeing, gaining new skills, maintaining important cultural and social traditions, finding a new sense of purpose and a feeling of empowerment. The project gives people

the tools and techniques they need to grow their own food and gain future employment as well as boosting mental health and greening the camp.

What did you learn in Za’atari and are there any ways that you’re now applying this learning to Sheffield?

Working closely with the refugees, the team successfully created ‘desert gardens’ that provide people in the camp with fresh herbs and vegetables, training opportunities, and longed-for greenery in a challenging desert. As scientists, we’ve learned an enormous amount from the refugees about how our research can be applied in the real world, how to use the foam, and the potential to grow crops more sustainably – and in places with degraded soils. If we can make desert gardens economically and culturally sustainable in Jordan, we can ultimately roll this out around the world and help millions of refugees to thrive. We do lots of research around issues of global sustainability and how we can reduce waste and help the food production system achieve net zero carbon emissions. Similar types of projects won’t feed the world, but they’ll certainly take some of the pressure off.


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A member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a world top 100 university, the University of Sheffield is guided by its aspirations to transform lives for the better around the world and its strong sense of civic duty. Its civic heritage can be traced back to its origins, when Sheffield’s factory workers donated pennies to the proposed university, and is still strong today, stoking fruitful and innovative collaborations between academics and organisations in the city. The likes of Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman and Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel have studied within the University of Sheffield’s laboratories and lecture halls. While the main campus is in Western Bank, the campus extends into the city centre with buildings like St George’s church turned lecture theatre, the Mappin Building, Jessop West and The Diamond. The university is proudly international; in 2013 it launched #WeAreInternational, a campaign that has since spread to 100 other organisations, aiming to show students and academics from around the world that they are welcome and valued.


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Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield Hallam University has grown from humble beginnings in fledgling colleges in 1843 to its position today as one of the UK’s largest and most progressive universities. The University campus is constantly evolving and innovating with its flagship Charles Street building, home of Sheffield Institute of Education, being nominated for the RIBA Yorkshire 2018 Awards for architectural excellence. Its state-of-the-art facilities attract large numbers of students from overseas and also make a big impact locally, recruiting a large proportion of home students from the city region and contributing £424m a year to its economy. Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK’s largest providers of health and social care courses, teacher training, and sport and physical activity courses. It is also home to the UK’s largest modern business school and one of the UK’s oldest established art and design institutions. Notable alumni include actor Sean Bean, Olympian Kelly Holmes, cutlery designer David Mellor, Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit fame, and graffiti artist Kid Acne.


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Sheffield Institute of Arts

Freeman College

Sheffield Institute of Arts dates back to 1843. It’s since become part of Sheffield Hallam University and, in 2016, opened an exciting new chapter in its long history, as it relocated to the beautifully refurbished former head post office. This home for the arts welcomes students in subjects including fine art, fashion, jewellery and metalwork, and design. The general public can also take a peek at the work of some of its students – as well as the building’s original mosaic floor and spectacular spiral staircase – during exhibitions and events.

Opened in 2005, Freeman College offers day and residential education and care for students aged 16 to 25 who have special educational needs and disabilities. Teaching at Freeman combines practical skills – such as cutlery making, jewellery, horticulture, music, textiles – with therapeutic education. As well as gaining qualifications, the young people who study here get experience in real-life work and living situations, preparing them for life after college.

Fitzalan Square, S1 2AY

Sheffield Institute of Arts

Sterling Works, 88 Arundel Street, S1 2NG UTC Sheffield

Students with technical ambitions can join UTC from Year 10 or 12. There, they’ll study the usual GCSE or A Level curriculum, plus a specialist area of technical learning: engineering and advanced manufacturing, creative digital media, computing, health sciences or sport science. They’ll graduate ready to enter the world of business.

111 Matilda Street, S1 4QF Red Tape Central

Freeman College


Everyone from Pulp to the Spice Girls has rehearsed or recorded at Red Tape over the years. It opened in 1986 with support from Phil Oakey, who was topping the

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UTC Sheffield

charts around that time with The Human League, and is perhaps the only recording studio in the country to be run by its local council. Here, music industry professionals teach courses in areas like music technology, music performance, the music business and composition, all with the aim of helping students get into the music industry.

50 Shoreham Street, S1 4SP Sheffield Central Library

Forming one side of Tudor Square is a beautiful neoclassical building that houses Sheffield Central Library and the Graves Gallery. The library has been a much used resource for the city since 1934; today, its staff are always eager to help, shelves always well

stocked, and its reading rooms a great place to spend an hour or two lost in a good book.

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Sheffield City Archives A treasure trove of Sheffield history. The city’s archives hold vast collections, amounting to almost 10 kilometres of books and documents, as well as maps, photographs, sound and film recordings. They also offer a research service for those unable to visit in person.

Shift Media Shift offers training tailored to young people looking to build careers in digital media, film, TV and the cultural industries. It offers media-related vocational training as well as GCSE qualifications in English and Mathematics and employability skills.

The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX

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Work It was Sheffield’s workers who made the city internationally famous in the 19th century, pioneering developments in steel that changed the world. Though heavy industry has declined in recent decades, much of the city’s workforce keeps alive its heritage of technological innovation. And Sheffield’s reputation for cutting-edge enterprise continues to define much of its changed economy. The city centre is now home to thousands of public and private enterprises. The number of creative, digital and media industries in Sheffield has boomed since the 80s. These industries are focussed in central hubs like Electric Works, the Workstation and Sheffield Technology Parks, creating an exciting community of startups and ventures both large and small. They also range from everything from the BBC Radio Sheffield studios to the Plusnet offices, as well as agencies and studios including Field, Llama Digital and Rocca, and co-working space Cubo. The city centre’s unique character, as well as its good connections to rail and road networks, have also attracted global and national corporations. The likes of DLA Piper, Mott MacDonald, Ove Arup, Sky and Zoo Digital have invested in Sheffield, becoming major employers that stand harmoniously alongside the independent business community. 121

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Many renowned architecture, engineering and construction practices have set up home here, such as Jefferson Sheard Architects, HLM Architects, Studio Polpo, and Mott MacDonald. In the fields of law and finance, the city centre houses offices for the likes of Howells, Wake Smith, Wrigleys, Bluestone Credit Management, and UK Steel Enterprise. Among the property agencies in the area are Blundells, BNP Paribas Real Estate and Knight Frank, while in training and recruitment there are Hays, Office Angels and Reed. And from the health sector, companies include Chase Medical, One Medical Group and Westfield Contributory Health Scheme. Together, all of this makes for a vibrant and dynamic city centre, driven by an innovative and creative workforce who reap the benefits of working, socialising and living here. The following pages give just a flavour of some of the independent, office-based businesses who have chosen to invest in the city centre.


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Carrie Rose and Stephen Kenwright launched creative marketing company Rise at Seven in spring 2019, and within a year turned over £1.5m. They’ve continued to grow at super speed. Between September 2020 and March 2021 they hired new employees at a rate of one a week. They’ve opened a second office in London and have a third on the way in Chicago. 27-year-old Carrie is a breath of fresh air in the usually tight-lipped world of CEOs, sharing on YouTube her day-to-day experiences of building a business. The company pioneers a bold approach to digital PR, seizing opportunities to position brands within trending topics. You may have seen their work for GoCompare, Odeon, and Cath Kidston – and no doubt there’ll be many more to come.

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Union St is a central hub of co-working, street food and events, which has been cultivating a productive and collaborative atmosphere since it opened its doors in 2014. It offers co-working, hot-desking and desk rental in a friendly shared workspace, with tenants including poets, architects, designers and translators. The workspace itself is bathed in natural light and is decorated with nicely appointed botanicals and work by local artists. You’ll find a barista and in-house cafe, joined each lunchtime by a different food trader with past cuisines on rotation including Korean, vegan and good oldfashioned pie and peas. The venue hosts a vibrant events calendar too, featuring yoga, pilates, an alternative choir, language classes, and more.

Jaywing’s HQ is a beautifully converted former warehouse in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter. From here, the firm delivers data-driven marketing for companies around the world. Its brand development and creative strategy work has attracted high-profile clients in fields ranging from fashion to finance.

Albert Works, Sidney Street, S1 4RG

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The folks at Kollider have turned a former Co-op department store into a hub for digital innovation. A landmark in the Castlegate area since the 1960s, Castle House retains many of its original features, including a stunning spiral staircase and woodpanelled boardroom. Now, rather than haberdashery and shoe departments it houses digital and tech startups and coworking spaces. Kollider shares the building with the National Videogame Museum, food court Kommune and events space Kurious. Tell us a little about the area where Kollider is based.

When we first started redeveloping Castle House, we set out with an agenda to build a tech and creative hub as the core of an ‘innovation district’. We’re nowhere near achieving this goal but we’ve made great progress. Over 400,000 people visited Castle House in the first year (pre-lockdown) – including families and school children enjoying the National Videogame Museum, great food, events and exhibitions at Kommune, and a building filled with wonderful tech and creative companies. Lockdown hasn’t helped (obviously) but hopefully by the summer we’ll see the building become a hive of activity again, and this mood slowly spreading across the district as other buildings are brought back into meaningful use.

What makes Kollider such an appealing workspace for tech and digital businesses?

The tech incubator is an Eagle Lab, which draws a great deal of support and expertise for emerging high growth tech companies in the form of mentoring and workshops. We’re also a visa endorsing body, so Kollider has the opportunity to 124

bring some fabulous overseas talent to the city. Added to this is the interaction of a few scaled multinational tech companies, which pre-lockdown were beginning to blend with the younger talent. Finally, the incubator is one of three games development hubs in the UK, which supports an industry that Sheffield companies have been leaders in over the past decade, and which is now bringing in some great games dev companies from overseas.

What impact do you hope to have on the city with your startup and visa schemes?

The original aspiration, to work with our partners to build a tech and creative innovation district, hasn’t changed. It takes many forms, and each has a positive impact on the district and the city. Importantly, we’re seeking to do this in a commercially sustainable way, so the primary driver (and impact) will be the creation and scaling of businesses in the relevant sectors. This in turn relies on an exciting supportive sociable environment, training, an outward looking economy, safe streets, the development of education and aspiration for children, good relationships with local and national government, universities and the wider commercial world to draw on investment and expertise. We don’t have all the answers (in fact we sometimes don’t have any). We rely on having great partners and staff to work with, for which we’re very grateful. Castle House, Castle Street, S3 8LS

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Workstation The Workstation is the flagship business centre for creative and digital industries. Connected to the independent Showroom Cinema next door, it’s a natural home for film-related organisations – including the international documentary film festival Sheffield Doc/ Fest; The Children’s Media Conference; the BFI’s Film Hub North; Cinema For All; and film production company 104 Films. Other creative tenants include app developers 57 Digital, design studio Diva, and theatre company Forced Entertainment. And it’s from the Workstation that community radio and TV station Sheffield Live! broadcasts to the city by day and night.

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Sheffield Technology Parks Close to Sheffield station, the Millennium Gallery and the excellently brewed coffee of Tamper: Sellers Wheel, Sheffield Technology Parks couldn’t be in a better location. The non-profit specialist IT and technology business centre is home to innovative, entrepreneurial businesses including software companies like SkillsLogic, digital consultancy firm Rocca Creative, and podcasting experts Rebel Base Media.

Cooper Buildings, Arundel Street, S1 2NS

Sheffield Technology Parks

Electric Works Electric Works is the landmark building in phase one of the evolving Sheffield Digital Campus – a £110 million development opposite Sheffield station which aims to be one of Europe’s most technologically advanced business sites. The unique, ultra-modern office and events space is home to a lively hub of creative, digital, IT and multimedia companies. Offering hot-desking, shortterm project office hire and a range of flexible spaces, it has something to suit the small startup and the large-scale organisation alike. And if that wasn’t enough to put smiles on its tenants’ faces, Electric Works is also home to a huge, threestory helter-skelter, sliding from the top floor to the reception.

Sheffield Digital Campus, S1 2BJ


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City of Solidarity It’s often remarked that Sheffield’s a friendly city, and in 2007 it became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary. This status is given to places that proudly welcome people in need of safety, and grew out of local community groups’ and the council’s commitment to support refugees and asylum seekers. Sheffield’s culture of friendliness and hospitality extends to anyone and everyone in the city centre, where charities and social enterprises offer a hand with everything from housing to healthy eating. Since the start of the pandemic, the need for many of these organisations has become more critical than ever. Some started to deliver food, others coordinated volunteers to run errands for people shielding or selfisolating. Many have offered friendly voices of reassurance. Their action and support is invaluable in helping Sheffield’s communities through these difficult times.


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Voluntary Action Sheffield – Helen Steers & Helen Sims

Established in 1926, Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) has long been the city’s go-to organisation for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. Its aim is to improve the quality of life for all of Sheffield’s communities. VAS offers advice and support and connects those who want to volunteer with organisations who involve volunteers. It supports community services with everything from financial advice to volunteer training, and helps refugees and asylum seekers find new roots in the city through volunteering. VAS also runs the Circle, a meeting and office space and a hub for the sector. Helen Steers and Helen Sims currently job share as Interim Chief Executive Officer at VAS. The former is also Head of Health and Wellbeing, while the latter is Head of Business Growth. Find out more from Helen and Helen about how VAS has been there for the city over the past 95 years. 130

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VAS made us feel proud and humbled by the people who work across the voluntary and community sector.

What do you consider the main benefits to volunteering?

It connects people who are unconnected, creates opportunities that build confidence and provides stepping stones for people who want to try new things or move in a new direction. It also provides capacity and power in our communities or within specific groups of people.

In March 2020 VAS issued a callout for volunteers and put together the Sheffield Covid-19 Support Map. What has the community response been like to the pandemic?

Awesome. There has been an incredible coming together between people and organisations, supporting each other to support vulnerable and isolating people. The amount of support and the speed at which people responded had a stabilising and reassuring impact on the city.

What are the priorities for VAS as the city emerges from the pandemic?

What have been some of Voluntary Action Sheffield’s proudest moments over its 95 years?

A key benefit of Voluntary Action Sheffield is that it’s been positioned to step into the gaps that have appeared at different points in Sheffield’s history, making sure there are protections in place for people who are vulnerable for a range of reasons. VAS’s role in coordinating community and volunteer responses during Covid-19 is such a tangible example of how vital that role is. Being in

Addressing the impact of poverty, leading partners across Sheffield to work together to mitigate against the impact of financial cliff edges created by the lifting of Covid-19 support measures, focussing on empowering communities, and addressing health inequalities exacerbated by Covid-19.

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW


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Sheffield Futures

SAYiT is dedicated to supporting and uplifting LGBT+ young people in Sheffield. The charity has been running in Sheffield since 1999, focussing on sexual health and emotional wellbeing. It offers specialised support and social groups to those aged 11–25, delivers awarenessraising sessions in schools, supports parents and carers of LGBT+ people, and runs training to help organisations improve their knowledge and address discrimination.

Through temporary accommodation, food and support, ASSIST aims to alleviate the hardships of destitute and vulnerable asylum seekers in Sheffield. The charity is also dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and integrating those who use their services into the wider community, by organising workshops, talks, concerts, carol services and more.

Star House is the welcoming hub of Sheffield Futures. This one-stop-shop offers confidential support with education, employment, training or personal issues, though the charity’s services spread far and wide, into communities, schools and youth clubs across the city. The charity is dedicated to helping people in the city achieve a better future and reach their full potential, regardless of their background. Whether it’s questions of careers, sexual health or after-school activities, the charity can point people towards the answers. As well as offering confidential, non-judgemental advice, Sheffield Futures values the voices of young people in the city, and ensures these voices get heard across Sheffield and beyond through projects like Sheffield Youth Cabinet, Sheffield Young Advisors and UK Youth Parliament.

The Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, S1 4SE

Cathedral Archer Project The Archer Project dates back to the 1980s, a decade of industrial decline and rising levels of unemployment and poverty in Sheffield. At that time, Sheffield Cathedral became a regular place of shelter for many in the city, welcoming homeless people and offering them a basic breakfast. The charity has grown from there and is now based in a purpose-built area within the Cathedral, where it provides support helping people move towards employment and an enjoyable, fulfilling life.

Sheffield Cathedral, Campo Lane, S1 2EF


Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, S1 2JB Roundabout

Sheffield’s youth homeless charity Roundabout provides shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16–24 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. With a hostel and supported accommodation across the city, the charity helps young people live independently and learn how to break the cycle of homelessness. In an effort to prevent homelessness, Roundabout runs mediation and drop-in advice services from its Homeless Prevention Service in the city centre. You can support Roundabout by fundraising or taking part in one of its sponsored runs, bike rides or hikes, or its Bangers and Cash rally – due to return in 2022.

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW

Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE

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Foodhall A colourful entranceway on Eyre Street leads to Foodhall, where everyone is welcome in both the kitchen and cafe. The social enterprise has seen volunteers in the kitchen ranging from Michelin star chefs to local people who just want to do some good with their love of cooking. In the cafe, people enjoy vegetarian meals made from food that may otherwise go to waste, in a friendly setting that promotes equality, inclusion and sharing. Foodhall’s pay-as-you-feel, communal model is inspired by the Commonwealth Cafe, a low-cost cafe and meeting place set up by the socialist poet and early LGBT+ activist Edward Carpenter in Shalesmoor in the late 19th century.

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Help Us Help

Snowdrop Project

Ashiana Sheffield

People can find themselves on the street through a number of circumstances and bad luck. Help Us Help is a collaboration between all the varied services and charities who provide practical support, compassionate care and advice to the homeless in Sheffield city centre – like the Cathedral Archer Project, the King Street soup kitchen, and the Sunday Centre, which offers refuge, hot meals, activities and conversation on Sunday afternoons at Victoria Hall. Visit the Help Us Help campaign’s website to learn how you can donate to or volunteer for these agencies, see how they’ve helped people build fulfilling lives away from the street, and find out who to call if you’re concerned about someone.

The charity launched in 2012 with the idea of providing long-term support to survivors of human trafficking beyond safe houses. It aims to empower survivors of human trafficking to move on from their past, and advocates for social change.

With over 30 years’ experience, Ashiana works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) adults, children and young people fleeing domestic and sexual abuse. The charity provides practical and emotional support, driven by its conviction that everyone has the right to live in a safe environment. It also coordinates the South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership, in response to modern slavery across the region.

Midcity House, 17 Furnival Gate, S1 4QR

Age Better in Sheffield The Age Better in Sheffield mission is to tackle loneliness and social isolation for people aged 50 and over. It does this through creative sessions, counselling, transport support, and more. During Covid-19 it has been running the Moments of Joy project, sparking connection with activities that are good for the mind, body and soul of older people across the city.

152 Rockingham Street, S1 4EB


PO Box 367, S1 1HX The Corner

The Corner is a substance misuse service for people under 18. It supports young people to make positive change, offers treatment, advises family members, and runs training sessions for organisations working with young people.

91 Division Street, S1 4GE

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Maan Somali Mental Health Sheffield

Autism Centre for Supported Employment

This organisation works with the local Somali community to address mental health needs and related concerns.

A small local charity breaking down barriers to employment for adults with Autism. It matches people with roles and work experience placements at partners ranging from high street names like WH Smith and Primark to the City Council, the University of Sheffield and Vue cinema.

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A local volunteer-run organisation aimed at supporting and empowering asylum seekers and refugees who identify as women or as non-binary and are lesbian, bisexual or queer. The group holds monthly meetings at Together Women and a weekly ‘rainbow hub’ at Victoria Hall Methodist Church.

Courtwood House, Silver Street Head, S1 2DD SAVTE

SAVTE helps speakers of other languages develop their English language skills, with the aim of helping them to gain confidence, independence and a sense of community.

The Circle, Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW


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Sheffield BID In 2015, over 400 businesses in Sheffield city centre collectively decided to invest in improving their trading environment. They wanted a busier, more vibrant city centre. They wanted a city centre that’s cleaner, safer and more welcoming. And they wanted a stronger voice. That’s where Sheffield BID comes in. The BID (Business Improvement District) – delivered through a not-for-profit private partnership – is the very centre of Sheffield, marked out by the boundary of the old inner city ring road. Within this area, Sheffield BID’s action plan is to contribute to the trading and working environment with services and activities that are additional to what Sheffield City Council does. The BID supports the events programme to drive city centre vibrancy. It funds activities, ideas and innovations that bring people and trade opportunities into the city centre. Businesses renewed their commitment to continuing the city centre BID in February 2021 meaning that they, through the BID Company, will invest almost £4m over the next five years. This guide is just one of Sheffield BID’s projects.


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If you run an independent business in the city centre (see map on p138 for areas covered by the BID) that doesn’t appear in this guide, call 0114 339 2015 or email

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Getting to Sheffield

Getting around Sheffield

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Sheffield is well connected, with regular direct trains to most of the country’s major cities. Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham are each less than 1 hour away by train; London St Pancras is 2 hours; and Edinburgh is 4 hours.

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By coach National Express coaches regularly pull up at Sheffield Interchange, right in the city centre. Megabus drops off and picks up at Meadowhall, a tram ride away.

Hop on the Supertram at various points across the city – stops include the Railway Station, the University, Sheffield Cathedral and West Street.

Sheffield’s bus network reaches far and wide. Pick up a timetable from Sheffield Interchange (over the road from the Railway Station), or use their handy journey planner.

By road There are a multitude of parking options in the city centre. Alternatively you can Park and Ride at a number of spots just outside the city. Park at Nunnery Sqaure, Meadowhall, Centertainment, IKEA, Halfway, Malin Bridge, or Middlewood, and catch the Supertram into the centre. sheffield


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Sheffield’s welcoming centre, where its main galleries, theatres, library and offices gather among beauty spots, striking architecture and public gardens.

The centre of student life in Sheffield, where vintage fashion and one-off shops meet cool cafes and cocktail bars.

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The city’s main professional and business quarter, filling streets steeped in history around the landmark of Sheffield Cathedral.

The creative heart of the city, home to an independent cinema, artists’ studios, colourful street art, and a trail of small independent galleries.

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Castlegate Where once stood Sheffield Castle, now lies this rapidly developing area connecting the riverside and the city’s bustling centre.


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