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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

Arma Agharta

Thu. 13 June 2019

Hatch, 107a Harwood Street, S2 4SE

Experimental chaos from Lithuania.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Tue. 4 June 2019

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

Nowhere to Run, Heatwave, Jimmy Mack, Dancing in the Street – just a few of the solid gold classics in Motown legend Martha Reeves and the Vandellas' vast back catalogue. 


Tue. 18 June 2019

The Leadmill

After a ten year hiatus, avant-pop pioneers Stereolab are back playing live to promote their seven-album reissue campaign.

Otis Mensah

Fri. 17 May 2019

Cafe Totem, 23 Furnival Gate, S1 4QR

The alternative hip-hop artist and Sheffield’s poet laureate launches his first book.