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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Lorna Dockerill

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…
I’m Lorna. I work as a freelance writer from my flat in the city centre and take any opportunity to leave it and see the sights of Sheffield. I’m passionate about music and food and love to discover new places.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
I seem to gravitate towards Sheffield. I moved away a few times after studying journalism here but have always wound up back in this city. Somehow it feels like home, even though I’m from a small town near Hull. When I’m gone I miss the hills, the familiar smiles, collections of bars, greenery, industrial architecture and the music.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?
That’s a tricky one because I’m still finding new places. My ideal Sheffield Sunday would involve a big fat Italian style sandwich from Bragazzi’s on Abbeydale Road followed by a walk around the Botanical Gardens in the sun and then over to The Great Gatsby for a few drinks.

What would you do to improve the city?
I’d love to see more investment in the redevelopment of old buildings, rather than see loads of new empty modern office blocks. There are so many grand derelict spaces which represent the spirit of Sheffield that could be brilliant with a bit of love and someone to breathe new life into them.

Latest contributions

The Milestone

A Kelham Island gastropub that prides itself on its locally sourced produce, earthy flavours and warm, low-lit atmosphere.


“Inspired by India – made in Sheffield” goes the Ashoka motto. The menu is a fantastic assortment of both traditional and original curries, and even brings into play that most unmistakably Sheffield of flavours: Henderson's Relish.