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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

Suggested Friends/Cozy Slippers/Precious Metals

Tue. 12 November 2019

Cafe Totem, 23 Furnival Gate, S1 4QR

A night of indie pop at Cafe Totem. With Suggested Friends' tongue-in-cheek take on 80s macho rock, Seattle’s feelgood Cozy Slippers, and Sheffield's very own Precious Metals offering up an infectious blast of surf-tinged indie pop.

Margaret Fingerhut

Wed. 6 November 2019

St Andrews Church, 31 Psalter Lane, S11 8YL

A performance from a renowned pianist raising money for The Sanctuary, a welcome centre for refugees. Through music and words, Margaret will tell stories of the many composers who were refugees, and play a new piece by Kurdish Syrian composer Arian.

Jim Ghedi + R.Loomes

Thu. 21 November 2019

Merlin Theatre, Meadow Bank Road, Nether Edge, S11 9AH

Catch Sheffield’s finger-picking folk troubadour and his band in the beautiful surroundings of the Merlin Theatre in Nether Edge. Support comes from the mesmeric and haunting R.Loomes.


Fri. 8 November 2019

Russell’s Bicycle Shed, 92 Burton Rd, S3 8DA

DIY Music in a DIY setting – Russell’s Bike Shed in Neepsend is turning into a music venue to play host to three Sheffield bands. Everyone’s invited to attend and ‘cycle through a landscape of different sounds.’