A big regeneration project and a boom in independent businesses has given Sheffield renewed confidence on the national stage. The city’s food and drink scene has certainly benefitted, so we’ve answered all your questions about restaurants in Sheffield right here.
You won’t struggle to find a good meal in Sheffield. The restaurant scene still definitely has a foot in the traditional British food scene, but ethnic cuisines and interesting new offerings influenced by street food are shining through, too. Here are some of its top-rated eateries.
You can’t go far wrong with lunch in Sheffield. There’s always something good on offer at the city’s best cafés and street food places.
You’ll find Henderson’s Relish on the tables of many Sheffield town centre restaurants. It has the consistency of Lea and Perrins, but the flavour is more like a sweeter and more acidic version of brown sauce.
Henderson’s Relish has started to make it beyond the city limits of Sheffield, but only relatively recently. It now has its own flavour of crisps, and Leeds brewery Northern Monk recently made a ‘Bloody Mary Porter’ with it. In Sheffield, it goes on everything except your cornflakes. Most importantly, though, it’s essential for any savoury pie.
Henderson’s Relish is either the city’s most important or second-most important product, depending on who you ask (the other is Sheffield steel).
Ask most people about Yorkshire food and they’ll tell you about Yorkshire pudding and parkin, but there’s far more to it than that. Those two dishes do tell you something about the spirit of the food that Yorkshire folk used to eat though – it was hearty stuff made with local produce that was cooked to feed hungry agricultural workers.
Knaresborough Picnic Pie, for example, is a sturdy concoction of ham, eggs and cheese that probably shouldn’t be eaten without consulting your doctor first. Or Moggy is a heavy cake that might date back to the arrival of the Vikings, and is basically the product of throwing a lot of sugar and ginger at flour and butter.
It’s fair to say I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with shopping, particularly at the Trafford Centre. The one thing that gets me through the sometimes-necessary trips to such places is the hope of finding somewhere good to dine when I’m finished. You’d think that’d be easy at the Trafford Centre, after all there are over 50 places to eat and drink. Although the majority are either coffee shops or the usual sort of chains you can find on any retail park - from Pizza Express and Nando’s to T.G.I Fridays and Frankie & Benny’s - there are several more interesting options too.
Dashing to the theatre, sweetie, darling? Well not until you’ve pondered the city’s top five dining establishments for luvvies looking for a little pre theatre satisfaction in Glasgow.
Brunch is the most important meal of the most important part of the week - the weekend. Lazing and grazing is the only way for some weekend mornings or to kickstart a slow weekday. Right now, London loves brunch. And there are so many options, from super meaty to Antipodean (and lets be honest, they do lead the way). New Yorkers say we don’t do brunch properly, but really it’s just that we don’t do it like them. Brunch for us is more breakfast style; you’ll never see pasta on a brunch menu. And that seems right to me.