There’s something special about brunching with friends and family – we can’t quite put our finger on what it is that’s so wonderful, but there’s nothing better than a day spent with good food and good company.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with second-year Sheffield Hallam University student, Sara Robinson, to bring you the best places for brunch in Sheffield – tried and tested.
Even better – they’re all within walking distance of Nurtur House!
“Brunch is certainly up there in my list of top 10 favourite things to do. You get the joy of a lie in followed by treating yourself to a combination of the best two (in my opinion) meals of the day, how could you go wrong?” Sara explained.
“My love for brunch has resulted in me having tested quite a few places across Sheffield. Keep reading and you might just find your new favourite spot!”
Tamper pride themselves on bringing the best of New Zealand’s culture to Sheffield, and I won’t lie, they do it pretty well. They’re located right between the Sheffield Hallam Owen and Cantor building, so even if you want to go mid-week for a quick catch up brunch with coursemates, you don’t have to wander far (if you go to Hallam that is!).
Sometimes the worry with brunch is that it can be quite pricey, but I’d say Tamper is student-budget-friendly. You’ll notice in my photo below from my most recent visit that I couldn’t even wait to take a picture before I’d tucked in!
You can’t write about the top 10 places for anything in Sheffield and not mention somewhere on Eccy (Ecclesall) Road. The Amaro lounge is a chain, but their quirky interior almost makes it feel like you’re in your own living room. There are plenty of options to suit all dietary needs, including gluten-free, and they have quite a creative brunch menu.
Birdhouse is nestled away on Sidney Street. I only came across it this year, but it really is a hidden gem. Their focus is tea, dishing up a range of delicious brunch dishes alongside. There’s a selection of veggie and vegan options available, including waffles! I visited Birdhouse with friends a few weeks ago (before lockdown of course), and it was the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy some VERY tasty food. My friend had one of the pancake dishes, and I have never seen pancakes look so beautiful before…
There are two Marmadukes in Sheffield city centre, with the one on Norfolk Row closest to Nurtur House. On their breakfast menu (served until 11:30) you can go for something as basic as ‘simple porridge’ or go all out with ‘The Dukes Breakfast’, which includes two sweet chilli sausages! There are some classic brunch dishes on their menu too, which are served all day.
Now, if you haven’t been to Steam Yard, are you even a Sheffield student? Coffee may be their main selling point, but this doesn’t mean they slack in any other areas. I’ve read that their grilled sandwiches are to be described as ‘sinfully delicious’, and if that is not an indication that you need to go try them, I don’t know what is. In the warmer months, you can enjoy a seat outside – it was our favourite spot after finishing assignments and exams for a treat in second year.
Bills is an absolute brunch classic and you know if you go, you’ll be in good hands. It’s right next to the Peace Gardens, so it’s a great place to sit and people watch. They serve an incredible pressed juice on their brunch menu called ‘Superboost’ – if I could drink gallons of it, I would! The ‘Bills Brunch’ option includes everything you could ever need from a meal and will leave you feeling full for the rest of the day.
Pom Kitchen is without a doubt of the most ‘instagrammable’ places in Sheffield. They’re an Aussie inspired veggie/vegan restaurant, and the colours in their dishes are enough to brighten anyone’s day! The interior is bright, clean and a welcome change from the (sometimes) damp streets of Sheffield. The owner, Zora, and the team are so passionate about people having a good time and changing the perception that vegetarian and vegan food must be boring. The atmosphere is ambient and friendly, a real mood lifter.
The Cabin is a great place for waffles and pancakes, and there are savoury options including the Pepperoni Pizza Waffles. You pick whether you want a pancake or waffle base, and then choose your topping. You could even try the Pikes Peak Pancake/Waffle challenge, which is a massive 12 pancakes or 6 waffles!
As a student, Browns would probably be the last place you’d think of for brunch. But you might be surprised to hear that it’s not actually too painful on the bank balance. I like to go and pretend I’m there for the fancy expensive food, but in reality, I just want two eggs and an apple juice…
It’s across the road from Bills, which means again in the summer you could sit for hours looking over the Peace Gardens.
The Forum is another student fave, and their brunch menu does not disappoint. They do a great breakfast burrito, and their hangover fries (pile of fries, bacon and egg) have come in handy a few times. (Don’t worry there is also veggie/vegan option). It’s right next to Dev green, which is full of students when the weather is warm!
Think we might’ve missed a Sheffield brunching spot that the world should really know about? Let us know so we can update the list!
Written by Sheffield Hallam University student, Sara Robinson