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

Tom Roper

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

Tell us about you…
I moved to Sheffield from Norfolk to study. Like most people, I fell in love with the city and didn’t want to leave; now I work at the University of Sheffield.

I enjoy making music, doing pub quizzes, playing cricket and watching documentaries.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
To me, Sheffield means having the opportunity to be creative. It has a great DIY culture where people who want to make things or start new projects can.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?
There are so many! I’m lucky enough to live next to Two Steps fish and chip shop on Sharrow Vale Road which makes it a real challenge to not eat their delicious, well priced, generously portioned food every single day. In a similar, but slightly healthier vein, I love Blue Moon Cafe next to the Cathedral – it serves great vegetarian food at a low price and you get loads on your plate!

Bear Tree Records is my favourite new shop in Sheffield, Joe gets some great stuff in so it’s always worth a visit. Likewise, the Showroom always has something interesting to watch and is a great place to go for a cosy evening. My favourite places to go for a drink are the Sheffield Tap next to the train station, the Sheaf View in Heeley, and Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road.

What would you do to improve the city?
I’d ban the needless demolition of buildings and encourage renovation of all the beautiful empty spaces.

Latest contributions

Alice Hubble

Sat. 5 October 2019

Hatch, 107 Harwood Street, S2 4SE

Described as the work of ‘one lady at home with her enormous collection of synthesisers’, Alice Hubble plays melancholic pop inspired by the glam rock of Goldfrapp and the progressive krautrock of Tangerine Dream.

Gary Numan

Fri. 11 October 2019

O2 Academy, 37-43 Arundel Gate, S1 2PN

Marking 40 years since his first ever tour, Gary Numan is back with his (R)evolution tour​​​​​​​. An electronic pioneer who's influenced artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Queens Of The Stone Age, Numan is someone who crosses boundaries of all kinds.

Crushed Beaks

Fri. 11 October 2019

Delicious Clam

Crushed Beaks are a London based art rock/shoegaze trio who craft energetic, relentlessly catchy, and very loud pop songs.

Little Mix

Mon. 28 October 2019 — Tue. 29 October 2019

FlyDSA Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

Pop behemoths Little Mix are the most successful girl band of their generation. They’re currently embarking on a worldwide tour in support of their fifth studio album LM5.