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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

Harry Styles

Fri. 17 April 2020

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

One Directioner turned solo.


Wed. 16 September 2020

Sheffielld Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

Grime pioneer turned global superstar.


Mon. 20 January 2020

One of the biggest metal bands of all time. Slipknot return to Sheffield fresh from the success of their sixth studio album We Are Not Your Kind, which reached number one in the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Belgium, Finland and the UK.


Thu. 23 January 2020

Hatch, 107 Harwood Street, S2 4SE

Forming through a desire to hang out in a more creative way, this four-piece DIY collective released their first single Eisenhower on Christmas Day – a catchy, slightly spooky slice of art-pop. For fans of: Pulp, Sheffield synth pop, Kate Bush.