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

Robert Cooke

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

Tell us about you…

I grew up in the north east. I did a degree at the University of Sheffield and now I work there. I spend my spare time slagging off and gushing over not-very-famous bands in the music press. Other hobbies include buying beers from the Dram Shop, going to gigs at The Audacious Art Experiment and running along the Rivelin Valley.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Ian Brown once said that Manchester’s got everything except a beach. So has Sheffield – the difference is that we don’t go on about it all time.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Everything I love about Sheffield can pretty much be summed up by looking at Park Hill from the Showroom or by looking at the Showroom from Park Hill.

What would you do to improve the city?

More nice places to buy things after 5pm, get coffee after 6pm and drink beer after 11pm please. It’d also be good if I didn’t have to go Manchester and Leeds to see bands as often too.

Latest contributions

The Dram Shop

Full to the brim with excellent beers, wine and whiskies for over thirty years.

Nether Edge Pizza Company

A pizza place committed to breaking down traditional pizza/not-pizza boundaries with their toppings, with a Kelham Island restaurant and a roving pizzeria-on-wheels.

The Tramshed

The shelves heave with spirits in this Meersbrook bar, whilst in the fridges, dozens of craft beers are waiting to be sampled.

Theatre Deli

Theatre Deli turn disused spaces into experimental arts venues and creative hubs. In an old Mothercare, their northern outpost has been taken to heart by Sheffield's communities of writers and performers.