Our Favourite Things about Sheffield
Sheffield has recently been named as Britain’s friendliest city! People have said they find it easy to trust others, trusting neighbours to look after pets and water plants.
To celebrate this lovely accolade, we’ve come up with our favourite things about this fair city.
Richard Fidler, Account Director
My favourite thing about Sheffield is its role in driving sporting innovation. The expertise within the two universities as well as several companies across the city – not forgetting the developments at the Olympic Legacy Park – make Sheffield an important place for the sports industry.
Hannah Johnson, Senior Account Executive
I absolutely love Leopold Square, especially in the Summer. When there’s live bands playing outside it gives off vibes of a Spanish city which makes me feel like I’m on holiday. It has some great bars and restaurants too.
Second on my list would be the Peak District. I live in Dore and we’re lucky to have the Peaks literally a stone’s throw from our house. My three-and-a-half-year-old daughter loves being outdoors so it’s perfect for her to explore!
Finally, Eccie Road. I grew up not far from Eccie Road and I feel like its seen me through the ages! From visiting the shops with my mum when I was little, to drinking at the pub with my friends in my ‘older’ age, I’ve always loved going.
Jill Theobald, Copywriter and Content Manager
Anyone who follows me on social media will know I am a big fan of urban art and graffiti - I think it plays a massive role in our city’s cultural scene, thanks in no small part to artists who have strong links to Sheffield like Phlegm, Kid Acne, Faunagraphic and Rocket.
So, I was really excited to read in the Sheffield Star about the city being awarded £150,000 to attract more culture vultures from across the UK and internationally.
It was especially pleasing to note that ‘The cash injection will be used to promote and strengthen the city’s five cultural strengths’ - one of which was, of course, street art.
Joe Bamford, Account Executive
As an honoury Sheffielder, one of my favourite things about Sheffield is without doubt the Peak District. Despite living here for more than four years now, I still take for granted how close the Peaks are to Sheffield city centre – you’re only ever a 20-minute bus ride away from stunning scenery, amazing views and even better pubs. It’s the perfect place to get away from everything and explore.
That brings me onto my next favourite thing about Sheffield – the ales! Sheffield is the real ale capital of the UK for a reason – the beer here is outstanding. We’ve got so many breweries on our doorstep that we’re spoilt for choice, and I’m lucky enough to live five minutes from a Thornbridge Brewery pub, the Hallamshire House in Crookes.
Food is also fantastic here. There are so many small independent pubs and restaurant serving up some of the best grub around that it makes you want to try a different one every night, let alone every week! Even the bigger chain restaurants are up there with some of the best, too – a special mention has to go to Smoke Barbecue, though, which has become easily my favourite place to eat in the UK since it first emerged right here in Sheffield!
Laura Metcalfe, Account Executive
I love the sense of community in Sheffield. I live in Meersbrook and it’s turned into a fantastic area over the past couple of years thanks to a bunch of local, independent shops there. They have become a community of their own and you are guaranteed to get a ‘Hello – Tramshed, a great bar serving a range of craft ales; Make No Bones, a vegan café offering up fantastic food; and Spinning Discs, my favourite place to pick up records.
I also run a film-adaptation book group and, after two and a half years of meetings, we’ve grown in numbers and come to know each other well. It’s been great to make new friends and become our own little community that meet on a monthly basis.