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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

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas by Candlelight

Sat. 18 December 2021

Sheffield Cathedral

What better way to get into the festive spirit than an evening in Sheffield Cathedral, surrounded by candlelight, listening to classical Christmas music. With the Piccadilly Sinfonia, an orchestra made up of some of the UK’s leading young talent.

Wesley Gonzalez

Tue. 23 November 2021

Delicious Clam

The former front man of cult-indie icons Let’s Wrestle. He’s swapped his band's lo-fi, guitar driven for a style influenced by pop and soul from the 70s and 80s – somewhere between Sly and the Family Stone, Pulp, Giorgio Moroder and George Michael.

Working Mens Club

Thu. 18 November 2021

The Leadmill

Combining the sparse electronics of English post-punk with the rhythms of Italian house and Detroit techno, Todmordern’s Working Mens Club are one of the leading lights of the UK music scene right now.

The Little Unsaid

Sun. 31 October 2021

The Greystones

Combining elements of alt-folk, electronica and alt-rock, The Little Unsaid have been championed by the likes of Iggy Pop and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music. Their latest record is described as "a genre-hopping exploration of flux and impermanence."