Struggling to get away for a lengthy lunch break?
Side-step the shop-bought sarnies and buy a bite from one of these businesses instead to eat ‘al desko’ with a difference.
Grab some cheap comfort food or even have your taste buds take a trip to Mexico, Nepal, Vietnam, or New Zealand – despite being desk-bound.
Venue: The Street Food Chef
Address: 90 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 4RE or 376 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11 2ZP
About: If street food’s your thing, this place packs a punch with cantina-style Mexican food such as burritos, tacos, and quesadillas with a range of soft drinks and beer to wash them down. Described by one social media user as the ‘best burritos around’ and the feeling is echoed throughout their reviews. So, grab a bit of spice and take it back to your desk!
Venue: Hungry Buddha
Address: Unit 2, Food Court, 77 The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PF
About: It’s not like you get the opportunity to eat Nepalese food every day, but now you can! Conveniently placed in the food court at the Moor Market, it should be on the doorstep for many workers wanting an exotic lunch to keep them going through the afternoon (their curries have certainly powered the unLTD team through on numerous occasions!) With meat, veg and vegan options there’s no need for anyone to feel left out.
Venue: The Bhaji Shop
Address: 77 The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PF
About: Serving up homemade bhajis, chutneys, thali boards and plenty more delicious treats galore from their venue in the Moor Market, the well-established Bhaji Shop brand is often the first name that pops into a hungry worker’s mind.
Venue: How St
Address: 46 Howard Street, Sheffield S1 2LX
Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm
About: The small independent cafe just up from the train station, opposite Hallam University, bills itself as ‘great food, great drinks, service with a smile’ and many an office worker would agree. Plus there’s vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
Venue: Grind Cafe
Address: Cornwall Works, 3 Green Lane, Sheffield S3 8SJ
About: The independently owned café opened in 2010 in Kelham Island and quickly established a reputation for ‘fab food using only the freshest of ingredients’. Colourful lunch options range from tasty quiches and sarnies to mouth-watering salads. Plus their giant sausage rolls have a following all of their own.
Address: 140 Charles Street, Sheffield S1 2NE
About: Their strapline is ‘lovingly made food’ and it shows. Using meat from a local butcher and bread from a local bakery, they make everything from scratch with the utmost care and attention. Their cooked breakfasts are a thing of legend, but don’t let them overshadow the fabulous lunch menu with paninis, jackets, sandwiches and salads. Can you resist popping to Wellies for the ultimate comfort food – a fish finger sandwich?
Address: 22 Norfolk Row, Sheffield S1 2PA
About: Tucked away on Norfolk Row in the heart of the city centre in a Georgian townhouse is this hidden gem of an independent café serving food created simply, made well. Marmaduke’s famous seasonal deli salads go down a treat for a healthy ‘al desko’ lunch. Or for something a bit more substantial, how about a deli sandwich served on traditional, long fermented, handmade bread, mmm, delish!
Venue: Union St
Address: 18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP
Street food served 11:30am til 2pm
About: Not sure what you fancy? Sheffield’s central hub for co-working, street food and public events has a pop-up café with different eateries taking over on different days. Check their website to find out who’s dishing up the delights – it could be home-baked bagels from Lovely Pear, Taiwanese curries by Shuju Kitchen or something delicious from Pie Eyed. You can even arrange a delivery for your office, so you don’t even need to stray from your keyboard.
Venue: Tamper Sellers Wheel
Address: 149 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NU
About: For a taste of Kiwi cuisine, pick up lunch with a difference from Tamper’s trendy city centre Seller’s Wheel cafe. Shredded tandoori jerk marinated lamb shoulder sarnies, fresh seafood Thai green noodles and crispy coley sliders are all guaranteed to brighten up a gloomy winter lunchtime in the office. Plus the menu caters for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free customers.
Address: 98 Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HQ
Facebook: @Fanoush Salad Bar
About: That’s a wrap! Add a middle eastern flavour to your al desko lunch with takeaway from Fanoush Falafel Bar, on Pinstone Street. Perfect for meat-free Mondays, Fanoush serves a range of vegetarian and halal wraps and salad boxes. Falafel, halloumi, aubergine, cauliflower, feta and baba ganoush are some of Fanoush’s most popular fillings.
Venue: Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen
Address: Alsop Fields, Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RG
About: Bravo Birdhouse – this quirky little company sets the standards high when it comes to choosing where to grab your lunch. It’s highly doubtful you’ll find Buddha Bowls or Sheffield Fog tea in any old lunch stop. With more than 50 choices of hot drinks you’ll never be short of choice. It’s also opposite unLTD HQ so we are very FREQUENT visitors and al desko diners in the run-up to print day!
Venue: Brunch and Lunch
Address: 10 Matilda Street, Sheffield S1 4QD
About: Brunch and Lunch? It does what it says on the tin. But that’s not to say its menu is limited. From omelettes, toasties, paninis, burgers, jacket potatoes … they even do homemade quiche. At an affordable price, too – surely no one in Yorkshire can resist a homemade meat and potato pie, especially not for under £4. Whatever al desko lunch you fancy, Brunch N Lunch have you covered.
Venue: South Street Kitchen
Address: 9-20 South Street, Sheffield S2 5QX
About: Fancy lunch with a bit of a twist? Forget your traditional English breakfast and lunch and go al desko style with some speciality coffee and middle eastern inspired food. Don’t be surprised by the ever-changing menu, as South Street Kitchen keep you on your toes by offering fresh and seasonable produce.
Venue: Steam Yard
Address: Unit 1-2 Aberdeen Court, 97 Division Street, S1 4GE
About: It’s been trending as the #bestcoffeeshopinsheffield but it doesn’t stop there. Steamyard serves delicious doughnuts or even delicious “dough-NOTS” as they creatively call them – they’re referring to their gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free doughnuts so no one has to go without! Runner up for the third year running for Best Cheap Eats in the Guardian Observer Food Monthly Awards and with fresh food baked daily, why not add a coffee and enjoy it at your desk al desko style.
Venue: Tilly’s Café
Address: 102 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QF
About: Tilly’s is around the corner from unLTD HQ and has saved our bacon on many a lunch break – by providing the bacon butties. Serving lashings of comfort food (and we do mean lashings, even the sandwiches are massive!) and all at a price that’s not going to hit the wallet hard, even right before pay day.
Venue: Harland Café
Address: 68 John Street, Sheffield, S2 4QU
About: At the Harland Café there’s something to eat for everyone on every occasion. In terms of lunch, the café offer ‘workers specials’ for as little as £3.50 to take away all day Monday-Friday. The range includes grabbing yourself a sandwich and adding either a drink, cookie, fruit or crisps. So if hard work is making you peckish, head down to Harland Café and treat yourself at your desk.