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

Nigel Barker

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

Tell us about you…

I am a studio and location photographer working on design and advertising projects, based in Sheffield.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

It's the city I was born in. It's the city my children were born in and it's the city I still call my home. I love Sheffield for its varied mix of people, landscapes and culture.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

As an S6 lad I would say the Rivelin and Loxley valleys. They both hold fond memories for me and are still great for a walk, run or cycle. I'd have to have the Nags Head on Loxley Road up there as a top pub for a bite to eat and a fantastic pint of Farmers Pale Ale, brewed a stone's throw away in Bradfield.

What would you do to improve the city?

I would try and get more people into the city centre. How? Better shopping, cheaper parking and new architecture.

Latest contributions


In the heart of the city centre, Mooch boasts an eclectic range of handpicked vintage gems. Bold prints are Mooch’s calling card – on any given day you can be shifting through paisley, stripes, polka dots, leopard print and everything in between.

35 Chapel Walk

A small art gallery driven by a "radically inclusive" ethos. Number 35 exists to create a platform for seldom represented expressions and artists who may be otherwise overlooked.

Bungalows and Bears

A fire station turned roomy bar, specialising in lively gigs and DJ nights.

Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

The city-centre nesting place of the Yorkshire-inspired loose leaf blend creators.