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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Glenn Thornley

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

I’m a designer at Eleven. I’m interested in all types of design, films, travel, anything pedal-powered, and the great outdoors. I collect far too much stuff: Braun products, chairs, posters, ashtrays, 1960s design books, bicycles – the list goes on. I’m also Welsh and quite sensitive about it.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Friendly people with a down-to-earth attitude, huge potential and ten minutes to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Endcliffe Park Cafe (outside, NEVER inside) on a sunny day, watching the dogs, with a plate of egg and chips on my green plastic table.

What would you do to improve the city?
  1. Employ Our Favourite Places as city ambassadors.
  2. Close Meadowhall and make the city centre somewhere worth visiting again.
  3. Re-develop Kelham Island as a "creative hub" offering affordable work/live spaces for designers and creatives.
  4. Make Sheffield a proper destination city by promoting it as a sports city: build a velodrome and assign an area of the city as a "sports hub", then sort out the pedestrian/bicycle access to it.

Latest contributions

Western Bank Library

A modernist beauty that makes us envy students for all the hours they get to spend here.

Dim Sum

A gem amongst gems, serving up small plates of deliciousness to Sheffielders for nearly fifteen years. This is Chinese comfort food at its best: dumplings and bao, washed down with a pot of jasmine tea.

Motore Cafe

A mobile coffee stall run from the back of a beautifully restored Italian van, Motore can be found parked up on Howard Street in all weathers.

LP Records

A cosy shop with an eclectic selection of soul, dance, funk, indie and (whisper it) prog-rock classics.