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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

The Bug Club

Thu. 3 February 2022

Sidney + Matilda

Welsh three-piece The Bug Club make rock 'n' roll nuggets in the vein of The Modern Lovers and The Kinks. Their music is catchy, infectious and fun – the perfect antidote to cold February nights. 

Brockhampton

Fri. 28 January 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

A Texas hip-hop collective who also label themselves as "the world’s greatest boyband." Their music ranges from R&B balladry to more aggressive, hard hitting hip-hop.

Dale Storr

Thu. 16 December 2021

The Greystones

Described by Jazz Journal magazine as the "piano man's piano man," Dale Storr is one of the UK's leading exponents of New Orleans-style piano. He’s been wowing audiences with his highly acclaimed Sounds of New Orleans show since 2008.

Mullstock

Fri. 17 December 2021

Delicious Clam

Join DIY music venue Delicious Clam as they throw a Christmas party with Mr Ben and the Bens, Thumbuster and R.Loomes. All the money raised from sales of tickets and mulled drinks will go to homeless charity HARC (Homeless And Rootless at Christmas).