Located in South Yorkshire, Sheffield is a bustling metropolitan town filled with charming historic buildings, a thriving cultural scene and a young student population. Sheffield is also known for its excellent cuisine and dining, reflecting its multicultural population and culture. Here we explore the 10 best restaurants in the area.
Anchorage and The Wick at Both Ends Courtesy of Bethany Trundle
Presented as an East Coast-style restaurant in the heart of Sheffield, Anchorage Bar is a contemporary, chic establishment serving American cuisine and a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails. The interior is cosy and vintage-looking, with reclaimed wood tables and benches, retro signs, and small candles in glass jars casting a comfortable glow. The menu features typical American favourites, from cheeseburgers to fried buttermilk chicken, which can be accompanied by a variety of specially selected beers or unique twists on cocktails – try the popcorn old fashioned made with popcorn infused Buffalo Trace, orange and honeycomb liqueur and bitters.
True to its name, The Hidden Gem is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city around the back of a school off Ringinglow Road. Once located, however, The Hidden Gem is the perfect spot for a light lunch, a coffee with friends, or a lazy brunch. The breakfast items are the highlight of the menu. Try the smoked haddock served on toasted brioche with sautéed spinach, crisp prosciutto, and a poached egg, or the freshly made eggs benedict. The café is part of a garden and learning centre for a charity which supports people with learning difficulties, making a visit to the café not only a delicious treat, but also a vote of support for a worthy cause.
A relatively recent addition to the Sheffield dining scene, Kashmiri Aroma opened in Sheffield in 2010, but has swiftly made a name for itself as one of the best Indian restaurants in the town, winning Favourite Indian at the Eat Sheffield Awards. The restaurant features many of the favourites of Indian cuisine, including tandoori grills, kormas and bhunas, and vegetarian paneer dishes, each exploding with a wonderfully crafted mixture of flavours and spices. Kashmiri Aroma also specialises in banquet dishes, such as the whole leg of lamb marinated in fresh ginger and garlic, or the whole stuffed lamb marinated in a spiced yoghurt sauce, stuffed with rice and potatoes, and made to serve 15.
Bar, Restaurant, Turkish, Mediterranean, European, $$$
The owners of Lokantapreviously ran a restaurant and bar on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast before establishing Lokanta in Sheffield. Their experience and love of Turkish cuisine has made Lokanta one of the most authentic and delicious Turkish restaurants in the area. Everything on the menu is made on location, from the fresh pide bread to the stuffed vine leaves, and is served alongside a wine list made up exclusively of Turkish wines, to ensure a completely authentic experience. Highlights from the menu include the spiced lamb meatballs served on fried bread with fresh tomato sauce and garlic yoghurt, or the fresh, deliciously sweet baklava.
Located in an old police station, Marco at Milano’s is the perfect combination of old-fashioned and contemporary. While the exterior retains the building’s traditional look, the interior is styled with a minimalist, elegant décor, giving the restaurant a sleek edge. The food complements this balance between the old and new. The menu largely focuses on classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, such as the black squid ink pasta served with shellfish, or the roasted guinea fowl served on garlic spinach with a mixed herb and limoncello sauce. The restaurant is also known for its atmospheric al fresco dining on the main terrace, making it the perfect spot for an intimate summer evening dinner.
A pop-up restaurant which appears at intervals throughout Sheffield, The Senses Experience is a unique addition to the town’s dining scene, adding a touch of intrigue and mystery to the eating experience. The restaurant releases tickets and a menu a few weeks prior to the event, guests pre-order what they would like, and turn up on the day for their unique dinner. The Senses Experience was started in order to subvert the idea that fine dining had to equate to expensive and old-fashioned restaurants; instead, guests receive a sumptuous, elegantly presented, three-course fine dining menu for a relatively low price and in unusual surroundings, leading to a memorable and unique dinner.
Street Food Chef began as a street food enterprise in the Sheffield city centre, gaining such popularity and acclaim that they moved to their permanent location on Arundel Street. Since then the restaurant has won two awards from Eat Sheffield, as well as receiving a Reader’s Recommendation in the Good Food Guide 2013. Street Food Chef focuses on Mexican street food, from burritos to nachos and everything in between, made according to authentic recipes, with locally sourced, fresh ingredients, and with flavourful, spicy salsas and chilli sauces. The restaurant itself is cosy and small, with casual wooden tables and benches, brightly coloured walls and a cheerful piñata hanging from the ceiling.
Located in The Harley, a hybrid club-restaurant-hotel, the Twisted Burger Company specialises in melt-in-the-mouth, out-of-this-world burgers which are sure to entice even the most reluctant burger eater. Burgers range from meat to chicken to vegetarian, and are all characterised by an array of extravagant toppings and sides. Highlights from the dazzling menu include the Drop It Like It’s Hot, with spicy refried beans, Monterey Jack cheese, hot sauce and a house BBQ sauce, or the Rasher’s Delight, the UK’s first bacon burger featuring a double bacon patty, coleslaw and dressing. Delicious, messy and decadent, these burgers are hard to beat.
Bar, Gastropub, British, European, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
A modern-day pub located in the city centre, the Wick At Both Ends exudes charm and originality. The interior is quirky and unique, with charming, homelike furniture, fairy lights and a wide, antique-looking bar serving an astonishing variety of wines, beers and cocktails. The menu serves upscale twists on traditional pub food classics, such as their Barnsley chop with rosemary and mint butter, crushed new potatoes and green beans, or the slow-braised beef skirt served with pomme purée, chard and caramelised baby onions. All dishes are expertly plated and presented, making a meal at the Wick At Both Ends a special dining experience without the usual price tag.
The York dates back to the 1830s, where it was used as an inn and alehouse for travellers, and has been serving food and drink under its current guise since 2010. Today, the pub is known for its cosy interior, featuring fireplaces, wood panelling and plush leather seating, and its home cooked, delicious pub fare. The menu largely sticks to the classics, offering comforting, hearty dishes that are certain to please almost everyone. Try the pie of the day served with mushy peas and hand cut chips for an authentic taste of the north. As well as delicious food, The York also offers a range of selected beers from local breweries, both bottled and draft.