This website uses cookies. Read more about our cookie/privacy policy.

Accept and Close

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


Thu. 14 December 2023

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

Since their emergence in the late 70s ska revival, Madness have become one of the most loved and most fun British bands of all time. They'll be playing songs from their new record and hits from their back catalogue.

Bean Weevil

Sat. 9 December 2023

Delicious Clam

Delicious Clam's alternative Christmas do. With infectiously catchy grunge-pop band Bean Weevil and their sweet harmonies, odd-ball storytelling and shambolic sing-alongs. Plus punk rockers Rivalry, powerpoppers Post Archives, and no-fi dudes Jeuce.

The Mary Wallopers

Sat. 25 November 2023

The Leadmill

A seven-piece band mixing the raw energy of punk rock with traditional Irish folk ballads to create something joyous, chaotic and irreverent. Their shows are often anarchic but also showcase the pure emotion of songs passed down the generations.

Vieux Farka Touré

Thu. 23 November 2023

The Foundry, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

An internationally respected guitarist from Mali known as the ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’. Known for his hypnotic live performances, with influences from the Songhai music of northern Mali, American blues, rock, jazz, pop and Latin music into his work.