Recently the team at Eventbrite got in touch to ask me to take part in their Hometown Haunt project. The project will see bloggers championing their favourite hangout in their city and this is made even better with summer being on the way and more events being planned.
For my Hometown Haunt, I have chosen the Kelham Island Quarter in Sheffield.
Located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre, the Kelham Island Quarter has really come into its own over the past couple of years with investment and regeneration poured into this area of Sheffield. Beautiful city apartments make this an enviable place to live in the city but it is the heart of the place I’m planning on celebrating and that is the food, pubs and events.
With everything from a museum to a brewery, a plethora of pubs and plenty of eateries, it really is the new cool place to hang out in Sheffield. As a food blogger, this place harks to my passion for good grub and has plenty of places high on my ‘to eat at’ list including The Riverside – pub, live music venue and one of the homes of the very successful Twisted Burger Co., Craft & Dough – a pizza place, coffee bar and craft beer venue and Urban 1/4 – a newly opened burger joint with a difference.
If those three don’t make you want to head down to Kelham Island right now then maybe Kelham Island Museum can tempt you with its great history of Sheffield and our trade – steelworks. There is plenty on show from trains to steel making equipment and demos and then there are the special, limited exhibitions which this year focus on the Wars and its impact on steel making in the city. An educational day out in one of Sheffield’s best museums that is surrounded by modern day culture.
If beer is more your thing though, you will be spoilt for choice in this area as there are pubs galore and a brewery tour you can take at the brilliant Kelham Island Brewery. The Brewery has been brewing for 25 years now and they produce everything from pale ales to bitters and a selection of amber beers. For a reasonable price you can tour the brewery, starting off at the Loft Beer with a drink and pie and peas before a tour which will tell you all about the history and the methods before heading back to the bar for another drink. Well worth looking into for the beer enthusiast in your life.
Their pubs include The Tap and Tankard and The Fat Cat, the latter of which is situated in the quarter. Alongside some other great pubs including Kelham Island Tavern, The Harlequin, The Milestone and The Shakespeare, each pub is known to be a great one in these parts and a night spent taking a little tour of these pubs would definitely be a night well spent. With an importance on great beer and good food already under their belts and them becoming a staple of the Sheffield scene there was no wonder that some of these places would turn into venues for the annual music festival, Tramlines.
On small indoor stages or on outdoor stages next to the river, some of these pubs host fringe events for the successful Tramlines festival usually showcasing smaller acts or the best new Sheffield talent. It is always a great relaxed atmosphere down here for Tramlines with many coming down for a drink and a listen to some new and good music. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main Tramlines crowd then this is most definitely the place to go.
So there we have it, my recommended haunt in Sheffield for this summer. Not only is it somewhere I recommend but it is somewhere I plan on spending a lot of my summer as well. So whether it is at Tramlines, in a pub or while I’m tucking into a burger, you’ll be sure to see me down there soaking up the great atmosphere, delicious food and wonderful events going on.
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