From kicking off the new year with healthy organic eateries to binging on burgers, and Sunday dinners to Friday sweet treats, it’s safe to say the unLTD team has spent 2019 trying and testing some of the best places to dine out in Sheffield City Region (you’re welcome!)
James Tippett looks back over the year and selects the unLTD team’s venue highlights … don’t agree? Tweet us your faves @unLTDbusiness and we’ll check them out!
January – A Healthy New Year
Fusion Organic Café
Address: Butcher Works, 72 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NS
Contact Number: 0114 276 3443
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm
Social Media: Twitter: @fusioncafesheff
About: Serving biodynamic, organic and sustainable foods, The Fusion Café is one of our top picks from January’s ‘Healthy New Year’ issue of UnLTD. Not only will you leave knowing you’ve topped up on some of the healthiest, most nourishing sustenance Sheffield has available, you will have made a valuable contribution to this social enterprise that’s run by students with learning difficulties from the Freeman College. By giving fantastic opportunities and work experience to these students, alongside the fantastic food on offer, is what cements Fusion Organic Café in our top three healthy places to eat.
Address: 20-24 Fitzwilliam Gate, Sheffield, S1 4JH
Contact Number: 0114 275 3822
About: Sheffield locals may see this as a surprise top three pick from January’s issue but, according to UnLTD’s Simon Waller, this café isn’t just for the sugar junkies among us. If you look past the highly-instagrammable stacks of pancakes and indulgent milkshakes on The Cabin’s menu, you might just find some secretly sweet, yet healthy, sugar-free smoothies. Simon was sure to highlight the Strawberry Delight and the Raspberry Heaven as his go-to favourites, but the exotic Green Reviver holds true to its name as it’s packed full of vitamin-rich kale, lemongrass, banana and mango. The Cabin’s smoothies are fantastic alternatives to their trademark decadent fare.
Address: 87 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, S8 0RN
Contact Number: 0114 255 0697
About: Heeley bottom, Meersbrook and Abbeydale road are quickly becoming recognised as Sheffield’s unofficial vegan quarter, with Just Falafs playing a major part in this insurgence of plant-based cafes and restaurants. However, the one thing that makes these falafel specialists stand out is there DIY approach and their commitment to serving a 100% plant-based menu – almost everything is made from scratch. From the iconic signage, to the delicately spiced vegan shawarma, you can feel the pride that the owners have for their institution as soon as you walk into their appropriately green-fronted haven. You won’t miss the meat.
February 2019 – ‘Al Desko’
Address: Alsop Fields, Sidney Street, Sheffield S1 4RG
About: We’d be lying if we didn’t say we were slightly biased towards the Birdhouse Tear Bar & Kitchen here at UnLTD, but we implore anyone and everyone to sample their menu. With breakfast served all day and a full brunch menu also available, it’s a fantastic place to go if you’re feeling particularly indecisive on what to have for lunch. Calling it a ‘safe option’ does the Birdhouse an injustice but let’s just say you won’t be disappointed when you bring back a generously loaded halloumi and avocado bagel back to your desk.
The Grind Café
Address: Cornwall Works, 3 Green Lane, Sheffield S3 8SJ
About: Now open for nearly a decade, The Grind has seen Kelham Island grow and grow whilst fuelling the ever-growing population of this popular area. The Grind features some fixed menu items for breakfast and lunch but their incredibly inventive rotation of delicious salads and accompanying items, such as their quiches and famous sausage rolls, is what keeps locals coming back. Turn up to The Grind on any given lunch time and you’re guaranteed to be met by two things; a bit of a queue, and some cracking options perfect for an ‘al-desko’ lunch.
98 Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HQ
103 London Road, Sheffield, S2 4LE
About: Like many cities in 2019, Sheffield is spoilt by a seemingly never-ending shortage of fantastic middle eastern cafes, takeaways and restaurants but, at UnLTD, we hold a special place in our hearts for Fanoush. In the battle for supreme falafel supremacy, Fanoush edges the competition because of its multiple locations (Pinstone Street and London Road), fantastic selection of fresh salads and garnishes, and its consistency. Perhaps this is purely a result of its longevity in Sheffield, but we’ve never had a bad meal from Fanoush. With multiple lunchtime meal deals available, handheld falafel wraps stuffed with salad and sauce, or carb-free salad boxes with the same delicious fixings, are perfect remedies for a lunchtime lull.
March 2019 – Mine’s a Pint (Breweries)
8 Aizlewood Road, Sheffield, S8 0YX
About: Now found much further afield than just the city it was founded, Abbeydale’s creations are still staples in many of Sheffield’s most popular pubs. There’s just something about drinking a beer in the city it’s made; knowing that it hasn’t travelled far from tank to tap makes it all the more delicious. The brewery itself is located just off the main Sheffield road from which it gets its name and is open every weekday 8am – 4pm for locals to buy their favourite lagers, pales and stouts to enjoy at home.
Address: Unit 1-3, Lion Works, Mowbray Street, Sheffield, S3 8EN
About: Let me paint a picture; it’s the cold, miserable first Friday of December and you’re searching Kelham Island and Neepsend for refuge whilst you wait for the inevitably large queue into Peddler’s Market to subside. You see a warm and inviting light in the distance and are instantly drawn to it and, when you get closer, you see what you think are the fermentation tanks found in most breweries. You step inside and realise that you’re in the haven that is the Neepsend Brewery taproom. Peddler’s Market becomes a distant memory as you settle into your new favourite monthly spot to drink, with your new favourite pint of blonde. No pretence, just good beer.
Address: Buxton Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1GS
About: You’ll find Thornbridge’s fantastic range of beers throughout Sheffield’s drinking hotspots, but if you like their beers that much, then we definitely recommend having a day out to Derbyshire and tracing it back to the source. Located in the quaint town of Bakewell, Thornbridge now has an astonishing 350 industry-recognised awards since its beginnings in 2005. You can also book a tour of the brewery itself and see how all of your favourite tipples come to be, alternatively, pop over to Bakewell on the weekend for a day out and stock up on Thornbridge’s latest creations while you’re at it. Whether it be the classic Jaipur IPA, or the hazy flavours of Green Mountain; Thornbridge really does have something for everyone’s tastes.
April 2019 – Sunday Lunches
The Broadfield Ale House
Address: 452 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FR
Sun 11:30am -11pm
About: As a well-known sanctuary of comfort food throughout Sheffield, The Broadfield serves up some of the best pies, sausages and roasts in the city. Originally opened in 1890, the old school façade of the building leads you into a surprisingly chic dining area and bar, where you’ll be well looked after by the Broadfield staff from start to finish. With all the usual Sunday Lunch suspects lined up, the highlights come in the form of the supporting cast – it’s the amazing local vegetables and comforting Yorkshire puddings that steal the show here. If you’re brave enough to get into the, ‘who does the best roast’ discussion in Sheffield, The Broadfield is bound to be brought up in the debate without fail.
Address: 84 Green Lane, Sheffield, S3 8SE
Mon-Sun 11am – 11:30pm
About: As featured in the ‘After Hours’ section of our April edition, The Milestone still sits proudly atop its perch as the city’s premier gastropub. Classic roasts are given the Michelin star treatment at The Milestone, without compromising on any of the stick-to-your-ribs satisfaction that you expect from a Sunday dinner. In addition to serving their take on British classics, The Milestone also hosts an eclectic variety of guest cooking courses; including an ‘Introduction to South Indian Cooking’ course, which would give valuable insight to any chef on the pillars of traditional Indian cooking.
The Rutland Arms
Address: 86 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS
About: As we said in the April edition, traditional is not what you’ll be getting at The Rutland Arms. But that’s not to say that it won’t be utterly delicious. The Rutland, or The Rutty as it’s affectionately called by its faithful regulars, has become a shining example of what an independent pub kitchen should be; serving inventive, quirky takes on British pub grub and pulling it off, all at a fantastic price. The Rutland was even featured on indie news outlet Vice’s ‘Food Guide to the North’, and if that’s not an indication of the type of place this is, then I don’t know what is. This isn’t a gastropub as you know it – it’s something quite brilliantly different, and definitely worth experiencing.
May 2019 – Friday Sweet Treats
Address: Unit 1-2, 97 Aberdeen Court, 95-101 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GE
Opening Times: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @Steamyard
About: Steam Yard boasts one of the most exciting selections of sweet treats in the city centre, specialising in delicious filled doughnuts and, the relatively new confectionary hybrid, the cronut. Aside from its vast array of pastries, one of the greatest things about this spot is its location. Steam Yard sits neatly tucked away in a small courtyard on the popular Division Street, giving you the option of getting cosy inside, or embracing the beautiful outdoor setting by taking a seat in the courtyard. Sit in or takeaway – Steam Yard will forever be an UnLTD favourite.
Address: 22 Norfolk Row, Sheffield, S1 2PA
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @marmadukescafe
About: Situated on the pristine Norfolk Row just off of Fargate, approaching Marmadukes feels closer to entering The Rambles in York than it does a side street in Sheffield City Centre. However, the setting is only a small part of what makes this café one of the city’s finest hidden gems. Marmadukes use exclusively local ingredients to create their perfect bakes, often accompanying them with Our Cow Molly dairy products for that extra hit of luxury and Sheffieldness. When you just really fancy a coffee and a cake, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Marmadukes.
Address: 302 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FL
Tues-Fri 8:30am – 5pm
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @ForgeBakehouse
About: Blink and you’ll miss ‘em – Forge Bakehouse’s sweet treats and breads are often depleted before 11am every weekend. For us, that’s one of the best endorsements possible. As one of a number of emerging artisan bakeries opening all over Sheffield, Forge serves those on the southside of the city centre with some incredibly well-crafted pastries. Time and technique are as essential as flour and yeast to the team at Forge, as their breads and pastries are slowly fermented before baking to add some truly unique characteristics to the finished products. Trust us; you’re definitely not going to regret an early morning trip down Abbeydale road to visit Forge Bakehouse.
August 2019 – Cocktail Bars
Leopold Square, 7a Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2GY
About: No matter the time of night, no matter how much you’ve had to drink – it’s unlikely that you’d forget stepping foot in Kuckoo. As stated in the August edition, Kuckoo’s style is certainly memorable and, some might say, accurately fits its name! However, with a great atmosphere and fun cocktail menu, Kuckoo has been extremely popular in Sheffield ever since it opened. Here at UnLTD, we love the creative cocktail concoctions on offer, such as the Wham Bar Sling and the Ten Dollar Shake. You’ll definitely have a night to remember at this joint.
The Great Gatsby
Address: 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S1 4GE
About: A well-loved late-night Sheffield institution, The Gatsby is a go-to spot at the weekend for locals and students alike. With a diverse and inventive selection of cocktails, we suggest trying all of them once – perhaps just not on the same night! The Gatsby also has a secret function room upstairs equipped with its own bar, and very 70s décor, that’s perfect for any special occasion, as well some fantastic DJ’s playing the usual classics guaranteed to fill the dancefloor downstairs. Over the years, The Gatsby have perfected their version of the classic Amaretto Sour that has rapidly become an UnLTD go-to cocktail.
Address: 383 Abbeydale Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, S7 1FS
About: Iconic Sheffield building? Check. Award-winning cocktails? Check. Separate rooms for games and gigs? Check. The Picture House Social really does cater for any sort of evening that you fancy. Owned by the team behind Public, another one of Sheffield’s finest cocktail bars, The Picture House has led the way for the flurry of independently owned bars popping up around the Abbeydale road and Heeley areas, but continues to be the Godfather. Located in the basement of such an iconic Sheffield landmark, this spot is arguably one of the most well-rounded cocktail bars in the city, combining great drinks with cosy-come-chic interiors – you could easily spend an entire evening here. Be sure to check their gig listings to catch some great live music and one of their expertly made cocktails.
September 2019 – Burgers
Address: Unit 2, Valley Centertainment, Broughton Lane, Sheffield S9 2EP
Unit 3, The Oasis, Meadowhall Way, Sheffield S9 1EP
Centertainment: Sun-Thu 11am-10:30pm
Meadowhall: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm
About: Founded back in 1986 in Virginia, USA, Five Guys’ signature Subway-esque ordering system finally established itself on UK soil a few years ago and was an instant hit. Sheffield is now spoiled with two restaurants and, with burgers so good that some locals are beginning to turn their noses up at other fast-food chains, everything seems to pale in comparison. However, the highest of praise, as mentioned in our September edition, comes from our chain-averse Simon Garlick; this is his favourite spot in Sheffield for a burger! Five Guys is definitely worth a visit when you’re particularly ravenous as, along with every delicious burger you order being made from scratch, their portions of fries are enormous.
Address: Kommune, Unit 11, 1-13 Angel Street, Sheffield S3 8LN
About: Despite only opening at the end of March, Kommune has become a hotspot with us at UnLTD and taking a look at Fat Hippo’s specials board is always everyone’s first instinct whenever we make the trip over. After expanding throughout Newcastle with a small chain of restaurants and Street Food Trucks, Fat Hippo have brought their signature burgers and gargantuan eating challenges to Sheffield’s newest foodhall. However, not only does Fat Hippo satisfy meat-eaters, their vegan chicken burger is the best that this veggie has ever had; a crunchy, well-seasoned coating with a satisfying texture inside, complemented by a sharp, fresh slaw and fiery hot sauce. It’s the real deal.
Church – Temple of Fun
Address: 4A Rutland Way, Sheffield S3 8DG
About: There is one new Sheffield burger joint mentioned in our September issue that immediately stands out from the rest, and it’s not just for its 100% vegan menu. Entertainment, in the form of various games consoles old and new, and plant-based delights come together at this incredible riverside venue. As an expansion of his Drop Dead store/warehouse in Kelham Island, BMTH frontman Oli Sykes has made Church – Temple of Fun true vegan sanctuary. Grab a drink, play some video games and eat some inventive burgers and sides that riff on junk food and street food classics; all whilst minimising your impact on the environment. For example, why not pair the Tinsley Tower southern fried ‘chicken’ burger with some poutine or okonomiyaki-style fries? Crazy? Yes. Delicious? Also, yes.