Sheffield’s steel production carved the city’s name on the cutlery industry in years past, but nowadays Sheffield’s foodie scene is enjoying the spotlight. From familiar chain restaurants and cosy pubs to artisanal eateries and fresh food markets, Sheffield serves up something delicious for every palate. If you’re planning a visit and wondering where to eat, we’ve got plenty of tasty options for you.
With a rich, multicultural history, it’s no surprise that Sheffield offers food flavours from across the world, including fine dining, lip-smacking curries and peanut butter and fried egg burgers (no, really!).
Indian restaurant Aagrah has become something of a British institution. The menu is as vast as its square footage and comes with a handy chilli pepper guide for those of us who are spice shy and don’t know their makhani from their madras. Aagrah’s stellar reputation is built on traditional dishes, twists on classics, house specials, and an ample vegetarian menu, all of which mean you can expect a buzzy atmosphere of hungry diners at its Sheffield hub most nights of the week, and it’s just a 10-minute walk from our Angel Street hotel.
If you were to imagine what Sheffield’s burly steelworkers would have wanted to eat at the end of their shifts, Smoke BBQ serves it up on a literal platter. Here, hulking great slabs of meat take centre stage in its stripped-back interior, often slathered with mouthwatering marinade and paired with a cascade of fries.
Taking its name from its past life as a cutlery works room, Silversmiths serves up modern Yorkshire cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients and is just half a mile from our Angel Street hotel. Fine and fresh are always the order of the day and the seasonally inspired menus mean you can visit again and again and there’ll be something new to tantalise your taste buds. Their Tuesday Pie Night is legendary thanks in part to a visit by Gordon Ramsay and you’ll always find Henderson's Relish – Sheffield's answer to Worcestershire sauce – within reach.
If you’re craving a cheeseburger with peanut butter and a fried egg, then Mud Crab Diner is the spot for you. With an adventurous menu – trust us on the peanut butter burger – and innovative cocktails, including the mojito gunpowder mint green tea, this laid-back and trendy diner is a local favourite and well worth the slight detour out of town.
For an authentic slice of Italy right in the heart of the city, family-run VeroGusto will set your heart – and stomach – aflutter. Famed for their homemade, hearty Italian food, close your eyes and breathe in the scents and you could be in Siena, not Sheffield. Separate lunch and dinner menus mean that all tastes and budgets are catered for. Buon appetito!
Tired from all the art galleries, shopping, gigs and culture? Rest your feet and get your caffeine fix at some of these citywide hotspots.
If you ever doubted that Kiwis know a thing or two about coffee, Tamper Coffee will put your doubts to rest. Finding their home in a former silversmiths just a 10-minute walk from Angel Street hotel, Tamper has kept Sheffield’s proud tradition for world-beating exports alive, sending out expertly brewed coffee, freshly squeezed juices, delicious cakes and pastries, and hearty breakfasts and lunches to their obliging customers. The red brick, exposed steelworks and industrial-sized windows create a light, airy space to while away an afternoon.
With fresh, homemade food and a stunning location in the middle of acres of greenery, Endcliffe Park Café is a friendly café offering tasty snacks, lunch options, teas, coffees and cakes, and in pleasant weather there’s outdoor seating to take advantage of the picturesque park life. A two-mile walk from the city centre and our St Mary’s Gate hotel, you’ll quickly earn the calories back in cake.
Charm runs through Marmaduke’s Café Deli like chocolate through an éclair. From the quaint red-brick exterior and cosy Scandi interior, to the friendly staff and hearty food, Marmaduke’s is a little cocoon of calm just one street away from the busy Fargate shopping street, just two minutes’ walk from the city centre. Their food is sourced locally or made fresh in-house, and they put the same care into their coffee as they do their cakes. Small groups can turn up and grab a seat, while groups of six or more can call ahead and reserve a table.
Tucked away in a little pocket of the city, it would be easy to miss Steam Yard. Just 10 minutes’ walk from our St Mary’s Gate hotel, set back from the street in its own courtyard, it’s the sweet treats that truly put Steam Yard on the map. Sink into a leather booth, sip a coffee and enjoy seasonal doughnuts, fresh cronuts, air-light cakes and mouthwateringly rich brownies.
Kelham Island’s Grind Café might be famous for its sausage rolls, but there’s nothing greasy spoon about this hotspot. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the café with light, and whether you’re dropping by for breakfast, lunch or just a coffee, dishes are served with an artistic flourish that makes your meal a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!
With year-round bargains and locally sourced produce from the region, you’re never far from a food market or market event in Sheffield.
Just four minutes’ walk from our St Mary’s Gate hotel, Sheffield’s recently revamped Moor Market is a hive of independent sellers, with over 90 stalls to catch your eye. A traditional market, you can pick up everything from artisanal baked goods to beautifully cut meats from one of their butchers, to fine flowers and fresh fish. Open every day except Sunday, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better quality produce for such a low price.
On the first Friday and Saturday of the month between March and December, Peddler Market lights up the night sky, bringing award-winning street food vendors, mixologists, artists and musicians to the city. Hosted in a disused warehouse, beneath strings of fairy lights, Peddler’s unique premises are the perfect antidote to ‘going out fatigue’.
With over 50 cabins, including Santa’s Grotto, a Sleigh Bar and grilled traditional German sausage, Sheffield Christmas Market runs from mid-November until just before the big day. You’ll find bespoke craft goods, sweets, treats and enough decorations and fairy lights to be seen from the North Pole, and it’s just a five-minute walk from our Angel Street hotel.
What do Jarvis Cocker, snooker and cutlery have in common? The South Yorkshire university city of Sheffield. Back in the day, Sheffield was a major player in the Industrial Revolution and coal mining industry. These days, “Steel City” is less grey and more green – in fact, 61% of Sheffield is now green space. So if you’re after a breath of fresh air alongside urban mod cons, our Sheffield hotels are the place to go.