Sheffield is home to a thriving foodie community and we would be doing this City a great disservice if we didn’t point out at least a couple of our best culinary secrets. So we’ve check out some of the City’s best bites and tastiest new offerings (it was a tough job but someone had to do it) to bring you the top places to eat in Sheffield. As we have so many great bars, cafes and restaurants, we decided to bring you our findings in terms of areas of the City and then we’ll leave the decision of where to go up to you!
What better place to start than the district of our first event on the Sunday night, Kelham Island. After we’ve ended our canapés and drinks reception, you’ll be free to wander around the heart of Sheffield’s industrial heritage. You’ll see many of the old mills and factories on your travels throughout the district with many repurposed into business, offices and apartments to create a vibrant area once more whilst still keeping many of the buildings historical features. Many of the eateries and pubs in this area have won both local and regional awards for their commitment to fine food, locally sourced produce and innovative menus. The Milestone, a regular favourite amongst anyone who considers themselves a serious foodie, sits in the heart of the Kelham Island quarter and caters for those who have a true passion for food. For something a bit more laid back, the team at Craft and Dough have created a true taste of Italy; enjoy their artisan pizzas and craft beers in a casual and relaxed setting, perfect for ending your first night in the City of steel.
Ecclesall Road was originally a turn-pike road to enable travelers into Sheffield from the south and operated a toll road at Hunter’s Bar. Nowadays, it is a hub of cafes, bars, restaurants and artisan shops including bakeries, grocers and butchers. The road is 3.6miles long and caters for every taste including British, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Thai. There are too many great restaurants to cover in one blog post but we’ve never had a bad meal on Ecclesall Road yet.
City Centre and Division Street
There are numerous restaurants in the City Centre mainly centered around and behind the Peace Gardens. Here you’ll find BBQ Smokehouses, all you can eat buffets, Italian restaurants, bars and pubs. Division Street which runs from outside the City Hall away from the centre, contains a large number of bars and pubs which all serve good food and often have live music.
Leopold Square in the City Centre
Formally a technical college and then in 1897 part of the University of Sheffield, Leopold Square has been through several changes in its history but more recently, has been turned into public square surrounded by the refurbished technical school and houses several restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes. Due to it close proximity to the conference venue, Leopold Square offers a fantastic setting to relax and watch the world go by or dine out with other delegates before retiring for the evening. There are a selection of well-known Italian restaurants, a Brazilian steakhouse and an award winning Indian curry house to name just a few.
London Road is best known for it’s food of the world scene due to the high concentration of Chinese, South East Asian and Polish communities who reside in the area. This has brought together a great choice of foods from across the globe neatly situated onto one road. So if you fancy tucking into something a bit different to traditional British pub food, this is the place to go. Situated about a 20 minute walk from the conference venue, it is definitely worth a visit during your stay in Sheffield.