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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


Fri. 27 September 2019

Bishops' House

"Hymns for the internet age" from Sheffield’s premier masked synth-pop artist. Expect an experience that’s equal parts disturbing, hilarious and incredibly fun, in the 16th-century timber surroundings of Bishops' House.

Lou Terry, LIO, Sun Drift

Fri. 16 August 2019

Theatre Deli

Join Theatre Deli for a night featuring three of Sheffield’s best singer-songwriters. With ambient alt-pop from LIO, experimental folk from Lou Terry, and laid-back, sunshine-filled guitar riffs from Sun Drift.


Fri. 23 August 2019

Delicious Clam

The album release party for dance music’s man of mystery. Combining Italo-electro, disco, minimalist house and acid bass, DIMITRI produces “sophisticated commentary of a notable lifestyle” over addictive beats and hypnotic grooves.

Black Mekon

Sat. 17 August 2019

Picture House Social

Primitive, imperfect, passionate rock and roll from Birmingham. Support comes from fellow Birmingham band Cherry Pickles who play lo-fi no wave music inspired by 50s and 60s doo wop and garage.