Formerly the heart and soul of Sheffield’s industry, Kelham Island housed mills that served water wheels, powering workshops during the cities industrial prime. Decades later, the mills, steel works and warehouses provide the most appropriate cultural and historical setting to one of the liveliest and hippest of the eleven quarters of Sheffield. From the effervescent Yellow Arch Studios to the cosiest of pubs, The Fat Cat, there is something for everyone and anyone.
Just a short walk, bike or tram journey from the Students Union, the district is situated just the other side of Allen Court. From here, there is easy access to an abundance of music, food, art, booze and culture. Here is my checklist of the essential places to visit, feel free to add these to your University bucket list!
Yellow Arch Studios
First, and arguably foremost, the Yellow Arch Studios. The likes of Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker and Kylie Minogue have the Yellow Arch to thank for birthing and breeding their music careers. Since, the Studios have reached thousands of music fans with their gigs, open mics, raves and private functions.
Yellow Arch Studios work with local artists and charities including ‘Refugee Rhythms’ hosting events to raise money for worthy charities. Check out their Facebook page to stay up to date and ensure you don’t miss out.
Brand new in October, Cutlery Works is that perfect ‘I don’t know what I fancy’ venue as it brings together an abundance of tasty food and drink. Made up of 14 kitchens and 3 bars, this modern dining hall is open from breakfast till dinner. All the big names from over Sheffield have come together to create one great and thriving hot spot, including ‘Gravy Train,’ ‘Pie Eyed’ and ‘Five Rivers.’ Check out their Instagram for all the food envy, @cutleryworks.
Are you ever stuck for somewhere to go when your parents or relatives come to visit? Well, The Milestone is a more upscale establishment compared to the spoons around the corner. You can blow your parents away with the lamb loin and braised beef on offer at the ‘premier gastro pub’, maintaining your illusion of sophistication now you’re a proper adult away at University.
Peddler Night Market
Hosted the first weekend of every month, Peddler Night Market takes over an ex-industrial warehouse, and the courtyard opposite, with street food, craft beer, art and live music. They’ve got your weekend plans covered.
The Grind Café
The Grind Café successfully offers a hungover full English or a spot of coffee and cake with an old friend, as well as everything in between. Cute and quirky, the café is composed of an eclectic mix of old and new furniture and décor and homemade treats to eat in or takeaway. My personal favourite: bacon and maple syrup pancakes!
The Riverside and Co.
With a large beer garden overlooking the river, The Riverside is the perfect Summer afternoon drink hang out whilst also hosting events throughout the colder months – such as the hog roast on Bonfire. Follow the famous ‘Don’t do all the talking, let love speak up itself’ neon sign to the home of Sheffield Dry Gin and the True North Brew Co Beer.
In addition, Kelham Island hosts a crowd of many more pubs, boasting Sheffield’s proud history of brewing. Take your pick for that pint after your seminar, or experience all in a Kelham Island bar crawl. Some of my favourites include the Kelham Island Brewery, the first independent brewery in Sheffield offering more than just your average Stella and Carlsberg with the likes of Pale Rider and Kelham Best. The Brewery also do tours for all you hard core beer drinkers. Also, The Fat Cat is the perfect cosy pub quiz pub whilst Ship Inn has a funky modern interior that I’m sure you’ll love.
Krynkl provides support for an array of local independent businesses including Dermaglow, Inc. Coffee Lab and Rise, all within the innovative and revolutionary space of the unit – architectural design even George Clarke would be impressed with. Work and play combine to give you the perfect place to come for a bit of self-care or a place to relax and admire Sheffield’s sky-line in the rooftop bar.
See you there!