Exposed Uncovers Sharrow Vale
Running from the Porter Brook to Ecclesall Road, in 1870 Sharrow Vale was described in Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales as one of the three hamlets that made up Sharrow – with the others being Sharrow Head and Sharrow Moor.
The name Sharrow comes from ‘Scear’, which is an old English word meaning cut off. Sharrow was an old administrative division that was separated from the surrounding areas – and this could just be one of the factors that has reinforced Sharrow Vale’s great sense of community.
It’s this community spirit that has given such success to the brilliant street market that they hold every few months. The market is packed with local sellers, live music and always attracts loads of Sheffield folk (the next one’s on December 1).
When the market isn’t there, the place is still bursting with independent stores, cafes and restaurants selling local produce. It’s not surprising as the area has always been a hub for trade. In the 18th century Hunter’s Bar was a toll bar. Today the toll house may no longer remain but you can still have a gander at the toll gate on the Sheffield to Hathersage Turnpike. The turnpike was an early road that was created to make a better distribution system – thus making trade easier.
This leads us to the fact that, on Porter Brook, there’s the famous snuff factory of Sharrow Mills. In the 1670’s, Joseph Mills started producing snuff – and it’s still a family affair today as it’s now run and owned by members of the Wilson family under the name of Wilson’s & Co. (Sharrow) Ltd. They’re still producing the famous snuff but with new flavours including one that goes by the name of Prime Minister.
Backed onto Sharrow Vale is The General Cemetery, formerly a stone quarry, that has a host of interesting characters buried there including George Bassett – the founder of The Bassett Company which invented Liquorice Allsorts. He also found time to be the Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1876. Quite the busy man.
Another well-known Sheffield company was the Cole Brothers Department store – and the brothers John, Thomas and Skelton are all buried in the cemetery. So is a certain William Prest, co-founder of Sheffield Football Club in 1875, the world’s oldest club that still plays association football.
And do you remember the magical Harry Houndidi? Well, no, he wasn’t from Sharrow Vale – but the man behind the magic was. Randolph Douglas (a.k.a. Randini) helped to produce the legendary stunt of Houdini’s where he escaped from a straightjacket whilst suspended from hundreds of feet in the air. Randini used to live on Carrington Road, near Hunter’s Bar roundabout, and was a huge fan of the magician and stunt performer. In 1914 Houdini visited Randini and a bromance blossomed. During the time he helped to reinvent the magician!
So, Sharrow Vale has a pretty darn interesting history – so much so that it’s still attracting a wealth of businesses… like our favourites that are listed below…
344 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZP
Tel. 0114 2669147
This restaurant is a firm favourite amongst locals with their offerings of homemade, authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean food.
If you’re fancying something a bit different then you’ve come to the right place. They host a range of themed nights that include entertainment from jazz musicians to belly dancing. Each night is accompanied by a specially prepared menu that’s bursting with delish food. What’s more, it’s bring your own booze – so everything that you need for a right night out! Check their website for the next event.
If that’s not enough, you could always head down on a Friday or Saturday to catch their in house pianist. They’ll also be more than happy cater for any event – from birthdays to anniversaries and graduations!
THE MOGUL ROOM
282 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11
Tel. 0114 267 9846
Since it opened five years ago, The Mogul Room has been providing top notch Indian cuisine to professionals, students and families alike.
Their knowledge and expertise of one of the nation’s favourite foods is why the punters keep on going back for more.
The menu is packed with everyone’s favourites, including jalfrezi, butter chicken and Indian green curry, as well as ones you may not have tried like the spicy murgh chatanoga – an explosion of flavour with chicken, green and red chilli peppers, cumin and fresh coriander.
The modern restaurant prides itself on keeping the age-old traditions while mixing it with innovative cooking techniques that’ll be sure to leave you wanting more.
368 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZP
Tel. 0114 266 2426
If you’re fed up of the daily grind, then take a time out and have some pampering courtesy of the Beauty Care.
With the focus firmly on you, enjoy one of their many treatments – whether it’s a massage, holistic therapy or just some good old beautifying from their range of treatments that include waxing, manicures, facials and more.
For an original birthday idea for your youngster you could try one of their ‘Princess Party Packages’ which include a hand massage, manicure, goody bag, nibbles, drink and photo, or pick up one of their gift vouchers to make someone’s day.
They offer wedding packages for brides to be and even have a range of male grooming treatments.
345 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8UL
Tel: 0114 268 3674
You may recognise Sebastian’s as, until not long ago, it used to be known as Thelma’s. Well the eatery has undergone a lovely makeover thanks to new owner Abbie, who used to work there until recently buying the place.
Named after her two year old, the café is family run business with the food made fresh on site by Abbie. At their core they’re all about serving the freshest seasonal food with an ever changing menu of innovative salads, sandwiches, cakes and scones.
They also offer scrummy veggie, vegan, diary and gluten free options – so whatever your taste you’ll find something you like!
And for coffee lovers they have freshly ground to order coffee – stop by for a bite to eat or a morning pick me up.
MADE BY JONTY
363 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZG
Tel. 07803 082488
This gastro café has attracted a wealth of praise since it opened in 2010 – and no wonder with the food that’s on offer.
It’s run by Chef Jonty Cork, who’s had a cracking career – including being head chef at West 10, Silversmiths and running a high class chalet in Morzine.
Things are kept interesting with a new menu every week that features the likes of jerk pulled pork, pan-fried mackerel and many veggie options. There’s also a hugely popular breakfast menu – serving the likes of full English, Eggs Royale, and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast.
Just don’t forget to leave room for dessert as there are a host of tempting cakes and tantalising treats that have all been made on site.
THE BROOKHOUSE FLORIST
398 Sharrow Vale Road, Hunters Bar, S11 8ZP
Tel. 0114 266 7087
With over 20 years of experience in professional floristry you can be guaranteed to find something you’ll love here.
Whether it’s a traditional bouquet, or a contemporary arrangement that you’re after, their experience means they can provide just what you’re looking for.
Specialising in weddings and funerals The Brookhouse Florist can whip up a sculptured arrangement or create a hand tied bouquet for any occasion – just give them a brief and see!
They pride themselves on creating arrangements that get the ‘wow’ factor seal of approval – and with delivery available across Sheffield it’s worth giving them a ring. If you’ve left it to the last minute there’s even a same day delivery option.
Skill, expertise and imagination – all tied up in a pretty little bow.
8 Hickmott Road, S11 8QF
Tel. 0114 266 1817
Owned by Fiona Long, who had an extensive career as an artist before training in tattooing, Feline Tattoo is the place to get inked.
Fiona specialises in colour and animal portraits and has received tonnes of recognition, including being awarded the The UK’s Best Tattooist – so you know you’re in safe hands.
The rest of the Feline family is made up of a talented bunch that includes Gavin Rowbottom, Gail Perrin, Ricky Graham and Magenta.
Whether you’re braving the needle for the first time, or just adding to the collection, they provide a clean and safe environment that’s built on years of experience.
On top of the brilliant artwork they also offer full body piercing, with aftercare service, if you’re in the market for something a little less permanent.
CERES CAFÉ – FRENCH BISTRO
85 Junction Road, S11 8XA
Tel. 0114 267 9090
A little taste of France in the heart of Sheffield anyone? French fare made from simple ingredients is at the heart of this business – with the menu including classic French dishes from a continental breakfast to Pan-fried Duck Breast à l’Orange.
Known for its laid back and friendly vibe, this little bistro is run by Caroline and Jean-Paul – and together they have extensive food knowledge. Jean-Paul trained as a pastry chef before working in chalets and restaurants with Caroline in the French Alps.
Everything’s made fresh on site, with a bistro menu available Wednesday through to Saturday, which includes a children’s menu and delicious desserts with all the classics.
If you fancy staying at home then their take away menu will sort you right out. A delightful place with tantalising food run by lovely people – what’s not to like?
394 – 396 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZP
Tel. 0114 266 0106
For every gal that has a shopping addiction, Rio Boutique is a little haven.
It stocks a wide selection of labels, including Diva, Desigual (as designed by Christian Lacroix), Rinascimento and Max C to name a few.
The range means that you’ll be sure to find whatever outfit you’re looking for – whether it be a fancy affair or a casual day out.
Not content with just providing clothes, there’s also an extensive range of accessories – from scarves, handbags, jewellery, fascinators and a selection of Italian bags.
Gift vouchers are available if you’re looking for that perfect present – and with new stock arriving every day it’s more than worth popping by to see what delights are in store.
77 Junction Road, S11 8XA
Tel. 0114 266 1221
If you’re in need of a little something for your little one then look no further than B Biscuit.
The children’s and babywear boutique, which re-launched in April of last year, has a range of toys and clothing that cries out quality.
Stocking a wide range of products from across the UK, including those that have been made and designed in Sheffield, there’s also Scandinavian labels including Maxomorra..
The delightful shop also stocks traditional wooden toys, children’s jewellery, accessories, nursery art and cards. Plus, if you’re looking for a bargain, then venture no further than their second hand rail.
Many of the products are made from organic cotton and focus on function, design and playful colours.
268 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZH
Tel. 0114 267 0133
This fruit and veggie shop has built a reputation for providing the freshest, quality, local produce since it opened in 2010.
With their ethos firmly set at the local level, they also offer Made in Sheffield products – along with all your cupboard essentials and snacks.
Making sure that you get the best quality, they buy their stock in the early hours every morning. And, if you’re into your organic fruit and veg, then you’ll be pleased to know the shop has deliveries twice a week that brings the best organic produce.
They’re a friendly bunch who are always more than happy to provide a recipe idea or two – so pop in for something good for tea!
THE GREEDY GREEK DELI
418-420 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZP
Tel. 0114 266 7719
Run by the Mouzakis family, The Greedy Greek Deli offers traditional Greek dishes and produce.
Mama Tassia does all the cooking – with herbs and spices imported from Greece. With 25 years of experience, you know you’re gonna get the real deal.
The menu ranges from the traditional Lamb Kleftico, Beef Styfado and Moussaka to veggie dishes such as their veggie wrap – which is filled with homous, butter beans, olive pate and salad.
They also cater for all types of parties, from a corporate affair to wedding receptions, be it a guest list of 5 or 500 people.
Whether it’s a light lunch, food to go, their delivery option or a party that you’re after, you can be sure you’ll get that authentic Greek flavour with this family run business.
A MONTH OF SUNDAYS
365 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZG
Tel. 0114 263 1000
The gallery of the very talented, Sheffield born artist Pete McKee, allows a brilliant look at some of his most poignant work.
Pete, who grew up in the 60s and 70s on a Sheffield council estate, creates pieces inspired by his background, music and self-deprecating humour.
His work stirs the emotions and has seen him garner a huge international fan base – designing tour posters for Oasis and having work commissioned by Disney, Paul Smith and the Artic Monkeys.
The gallery is not just filled with his work but also exhibitions from other artists that Pete is a fan of. It’s also decorated with items that inspire him – so take a trip to Pete’s world to see some of his much loved pieces.
271 – 273 Sharrow Vale Road, Hunters Bar, Sheffield, S11 8ZF
Tel. 0114 2661069
With décor that screams of the Med, this restaurant is just the ticket when you need a Spanish kick.
They’ve been going strong for 25 years – and it’s no wonder with their range of Spanish tapas, sea food and fresh fish.
The friendly atmosphere and welcoming staff will make you feel right at home – and they’ve recently started holding live music events with The Big Guitars. Just one more reason to get down their sharpish and experience their amazing food and hospitality.
374 Sharrow Vale Rd, S11 8ZP
Tel. 0114 268 2325
A new season means a new do – and where better to go than Sharrow Vale’s newest hair salon.
They’re doing things a bit differently as they know that a haircut is more than just nipping to the salon – it’s all about the experience, especially the social experience.
Kinkks believe firmly that it’s all about you, which means every service will be tailored to exactly how you want it.
With this mentality they also offer group packages for friends and late night openings to get your do done before a night out in their contemporary designed salon.
The salon caters for men, women and children, with all the usual cuts on offer – including a full range of colour treatments.
PORTER BROOK DELI
354 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZP
Tel. 07528 253978
For any cheese, chutney or cured meat fan, Porter Brook Deli should be your number one stop. The newly opened deli is chock-full of your favourite foody things.
The deli has a huge selection of cheeses (from Stinking Bishop to Yorkshire Fettle), cured meat (that’s from the renowned Trealy Farm) and pies to tempt the appetite.
They also stock a range of olives, crisps and, championing local produce, Yorkshire rapeseed oil and Hedgerow chutneys.
The delightful deli also looks just as it should – with neatly packed shelves, hand written signs and black boards.
Stop by to pick up a tasty treat – you’ll be more than glad you did.
352 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZP
Tel. 0114 268 5150
If you fancy a taste of Italy, without the air fare, then head over to La Terrazza.
The family run business will give you Italian food at its finest in an atmosphere that’ll make you forget you’re in the heart of Sheffield.
The menu has all the typical Italian dishes, from pizzas to pasta, but they also offer ever changing specials.
They’re happy to cater for any party size – just give them a ring to book at table. Head down for some authentic, unpretentious food, that excels in flavour.
SEVEN HILLS BAKERY
373 Sharrow Vale Road
Simple, rustic and ridiculously tasty, this bakery uses local ingredients to make artisanal bread.
On offer you’ll find every type of bread that you can imagine, from lemon and cardamom brioche, rye bread and – one to definitely try – Sharrow sourdough.
Because they’re all about the flavour, everything’s made that same day using a slow fermentation technique.
You’ll want to try everything – so just be sure to head there early as they sell out quickly!