23 Sheffield Foodie Secrets You Need To Know
Wow247 have produced a nice little article about 23 Sheffield eating establishments that may have slipped under your radar. With Sheffield’s culture of cuisine taking off in recent time, we’re pretty chuffed with our inclusion!
Dine somewhere different
1. You may have passed INOX Dine at Sheffield University and not realised, unless you look to the skies to the 5th floor. The restaurant offers contemporary British cuisine in a smart setting. They run special food events too, in February you can book for lunch or dinner with Cyrus Todiwala, co-host of the TV series The Incredible Spice Men.
2. Keeping with the theme of eating in an educational setting, why not try Sparks Restaurant located in Sheffield City College. Enjoy top class food and service provided by hospitality students who are studying and gaining experience at the college. You can call for lunch or try one of their themed nights which showcase cuisine from around the world.
3. Love food and hate waste? Get yourself to The Real Junk Food Project’s café run at Regather Works. The menu is all made with food donated from local supermarkets, cafes and restaurants which would have otherwise gone to landfill. Here the volunteers work their magic to make an array of delights and you pay what you feel.
4. Independent Harland Café just off London Road offers a daily menu of homemade cakes, soups and sandwiches. They also run regular events where you can enjoy dinner and live music in a cosy and intimidate setting, the upcoming programme features a mix of jazz, swing and funk bands.
Out on the farm
5. If you want to get up close to nature you don’t have to travel far as Heeley City farm is a farm based in the city. They have animals on site, plants for sale and a homemade food served from their Farm Kitchen café most of which is created using as much of their own organic produce as possible.
6. Across the city, on the edge of the Peak District is Whirlow Hall Farm where you can see the free range chickens and buy the eggs from the farm shop along with meat from the farm. If you fancy a bite to eat then the Cruck Barn café provides a conformable setting to enjoy a hot drink, cake or an all-day breakfast. In the summer look out for BYO strawberries and raspberries.
Learn new cooking skills
7. Want to hone your cooking skills then head to Kelham Island and try out one of The Milestone’s cooking classes. The gastro-pub offer an eclectic mix from chocolate making, curing and fermenting to cooking with fish and shellfish. Places are limited to around 10 people so you get plenty of chance to get hands on.
8. Fancy yourself as the next ‘Bake Off’ champion? Have an urge to get kneading and perfecting your baking, then book onto one of Forge Bakehouse’s baking classes. You can choose from an introduction to baking, getting to grips with sourdough to French baking.
9. Going back to school doesn’t have to be daunting especially if it involves pizza and a wood fire oven. The Porter Pizza Company on Sharrow Vale Road are hosting dates throughout January and February where you can learn to make stone baked pizzas using their traditional wood fire oven.
Indulge in the cafe culture
10. The Roco on Glossop Road opened in November 2015 and is a co-operative home to gallery space, a beautiful book shop, craft beer shop and the Brood café and bar. Expect to enjoy delicious deli style sandwiches, coffee and drinks. The bar does a late night on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays providing the ideal space to socialise and unwind.
11. Searching for a rustic and chilled out café? Why not try the Kaffihus café at Hagglers Corner on Queens Road. The café offers homemade cakes, soups, salads, sandwiches and drinks. Look out too for their special events as they’ve hosted intimate gigs over recent years.
12. If you want coffee in a majestic venue then you can’t go wrong with 1554 Coffee, the café inside Sheffield’s cathedral. All proceeds from the café support the cathedral and you can enjoy freshly made tea, coffee, cake, salads and sandwiches whilst enjoying the historic surroundings.
13. The World Peace Café near to Hunter’s Bar is housed in the Gyaltsabje Kadampa Buddhist Centre so you can enjoy the calm ambiance and choice of vegetarian and vegan meals and snacks, as well as a range of hot and cold drinks.
14. On Abbeydale Road you will find the relative newcomer Four Corners canteen which offers an eclectic street food menu influenced from around the world. Go for breakfast, lunch or tea and enjoy cuisines varying from Hungarian, Indian to Brazilian.
Somewhere else for coffee
15. The Twin Café is a social enterprise which sells ethical Nicaraguan coffee where profits go towards funding community projects in Sheffield and Nicaragua. You can buy the coffee in local stockists such as Beeches of Walkley, Mr Pickles and Beanies or try a cuppa in their pop-up café at the Union Street workspace every Friday.
16. On your way to the train station and need a coffee? Look out for the Motore Café who serve coffee from their Piaggio Ape van on Howard Street. Grab your favourite caffeine choice to take away 7.30am-2.30pm.
Independent food shopping
17. If you enjoy cooking world cuisines then Ozmen on London Road is one of the best shops to source ingredients. It is an Aladdin’s cave where you can find those more unusual items needed for Asian or Middle-eastern recipes. They have a particularly good spice selection and range of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs which are great value.
18. Wholefoods not-for-profit shop New Roots on Glossop Road is run by volunteers, all veg is sourced as locally as possible and their veg boxes are delivered by bicycle. All proceeds are passed on to charities such as ASSIST.
19. In Heeley you will find The Incredible Nutshell, an independent vegan and vegetarian shop where you can pick up fresh produce including baked goods, as well as eco-friendly products and a extensive ‘free from’ range of groceries.
20. The Hop Hideout on Abbeydale Road boasts a wide range of beers and ciders from the UK and around the world with brewers featuring Abbeydale, Kelham Island, Weird Beard and Anchor. They have a tasting room so you can enjoy a drink on site, plus they have ‘Meet the brewer’ events scheduled throughout the year, so you can find out more about your favourite brew.
21. The Tramshed on Chesterfield Road has given new life to a building which had been empty for some time following fire damage. With rustic and comfortable decor, the place has a welcoming feel where you can kick back, enjoy drinks and dishes like pearl barley with wild mushrooms and duck leg with cashew nuts and miso. Look out for their film nights and art exhibitions too.
22. The independent cinema, the Curzon located in a Grade II listed building in the city centre is a nice spot for a drinks in their cosy bar as well as a place to see a film. They have a rooftop terrace so it is somewhere to keep in mind for the summer to enjoy some alfresco socialising.
23. The Walkley Beer Company on South Road in Walkley is a cross between an off licence and tiny pub. It’s open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays with normally four beers on the bar and a wide range of ales on the shelves/fridge which you buy to drink in or take away. They’re dog-friendly too.
To be in such esteemed company on that list is quite impressive, is it not?! And you could be cooking in our kitchen, as part of that team who has made it on the list! Find out more about the catering courses on offer here by following this link!