The Roco is sort of like its own cultural quarter. At the city end of Glossop Road, seven beautifully kept Georgian townhouse exteriors give way to one open-plan, minimalist interior that houses an independent shop, an artspace and an easygoing cafe-bar.
Walk through the bright yellow door and you're greeted by the Goods Store. Championing ethical, eco and local manufacturing, without compromising on quality or design, the shop stocks all manner of products that'll make your life and home that bit more beautiful – from handmade ceramics to outdoor supplies.
When it opened in 2015, Brood, the Roco’s cafe-bar, fast became popular with staff and students at the nearby university during the week. It's a handy oasis on Saturday: the perfect place to read the papers and recover from any Friday night antics over brunch and coffee. It opens late from Thursdays to Saturdays too, making for a great spot for craft beer and locally-inspired cocktails in this corner of the city. Look out for the monthly, informal Doodle Club hosted by illustrator George Law and the occasional creative socials in the bar.
Next door from the main building, meanwhile, Bl_nk Gallery is a welcome addition to the Sheffield contemporary art circuit, that has so far hosted fascinating exhibitions on everything from prosthetics to playful twists on domestic tools.
On top of all that, Roco is home to over 40 creative studios and a makerspace, running workshops in everything from woodwork (shout out to the brilliant Girls With Drills) to clay to growing your own veg.
The Roco brings together so many of our favourite things under one roof. Time to take up residence – if not in one of the studios, then at least in its cafe-bar.
- Words by
- David Jackson
- Images by
- Will Roberts