Hunter’s Bar, Sheffield

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On 31 October 1884, the gatekeeper at Hunter’s Bar toll-house requested the city’s last ever toll from a passing traveller on Ecclesall Road. Just for good measure, a crowd of locals seized the toll gate, lifted it from its hinges and dumped it in a nearby field – the gateposts can still be spotted in the middle of the Hunter’s Bar roundabout. Now, some of Sheffield’s best pubs, independent shops and cafés lie along the first mile or so Ecclesall Road – as well as charity shops kept well stocked by the area’s relatively affluent residents.

On Ecclesall Road, you’ll find Cocoa Wonderland – serving everything from indulgent hot chocolates to handmade truffles, while Pollards has been roasting coffee in Sheffield since 1879. Don’t miss Seven Hills Bakery, the modern design wares of Ora Gallery or the antique furniture at Gilbert and Sons on nearby Sharrow Vale Road. For a drink, you can’t beat The Lescar, named after the 16th-century water wheel that once powered a cutlers on the site. Additionally, The Beer House is worth hunting out too; a toasty two-roomed micropub in the winter with tables for outside for summer evenings.

Some lovely eateries like The Mediterranean and Ashoka (recently named as one of Britain’s best curry restaurants), and daytime cafes, like Made by Jonty, can be found alongside a few relatively cheap but tasty takeaways – the Greedy Greek Deli and Two Steps chip shop being a couple of the best. Leading off from Hunter’s Bar is Endcliffe Park, a vast area of sprawling woodland, streams, fields and a café that’s unbeatable for summer breakfasts.

Our top picks

Cocoa Wonderland

Cocoa Wonderland, 462 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8PX - Visit now

Described as “a truly magical experience” by Vogue magazine, Cocoa Wonderland is a store of sugary wonder, offering a range of delicious and delectable hand-selected chocolate delights. As well as providing a vast array of scrumptious treats, Cocoa Wonderland is also host to a range of events, including a monthly book club, knitting club and chocolate making workshops.

Cocoa Wonderland cafe in Sheffield

Pollards Sheffield

Pollards Sheffield, 627 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8PT - Visit now

Pollards Sheffield is a specialist retailer in Sheffield, stocking a wide selection of coffee beans and teas – plus all the equipment needed to perfect your brew.

Pollards Sheffield

Endcliffe Park

Endcliffe Park, Rustlings Rd, Sheffield, S11 7AB - Visit now

Close to Sheffield’s city centre, Endcliffe Park offers a surprisingly peaceful Haven infused with leafy winding paths, sparkling streams and a superb breakfast café- ideal for a nature-loving family walk. The park is also host to a regular stream of events including the annual Great Sheffield Duck Race in the spring and Pride Sheffield in the summer.

Children enjoy the annual Great Sheffield Duck Race in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield.
Image courtesy of Mike Smith/ CC.

Rafters

Rafters, 220 Oakbrook Rd, Sheffield, S11 7ED - Visit now

Within the quiet leafy suburb of Nether Green lies Rafters, an exquisite restaurant known for its adventurous menu and beautiful wine pairing. Rafters isn’t the kind of place you stop by for a quick bite to eat. It’s an experience that requires an entire evening, particularly when indulging in the eight-course tasting menu, all meticulously matched with a range of breath-taking wines.

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