Picture House Social

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Possibly one of the best places for date night in our city, Picture House Social is the perfect mix of laid back and romantic. Because nothing says romance like trying to beat each other at table tennis.

 

You do have to adjust your eyes slightly as you walk down the steps into the dimly lit interior, but you are warmly greeted by the candle tables and soft lighting, which really adds to the first date vibe. Personally, I went on approximately the fiftieth date there, but it still did the trick.

 

Every time I’ve visited, I’ve been greeted by lovely bar staff and served a delicious drink. Usually wine or gin, but I once had an incredibly tasty mocktail there, but I am a sucker for anything with the word elderflower in its description.

 

Food wise, it’s mostly pizzas here, with a few different sides to choose from. We opted for arancini and zucchini fries to go alongside our pizzas. We did not need all that food but that always seems to happen. The zucchini fries in particular were amazing but everything in general was great and the perfect fuel to prepare for the competitiveness which was about to take place.

 

I will admit that I did lose, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a lot of fun in the process. There are three table tennis tables. It’s £5 for an hour, but free on Mondays when you will also be able to take advantage of 2-4-1 pizzas. They also hold ping pong tournaments but I don’t think I’m quite ready for that yet.

 

 

NO NAME Sheffield

I was secretly very smug and pleased with myself when I discovered this place a few months ago, as I’d never heard of it and when I mentioned it, no-one else seemed to have heard of it either. However, I knew I was onto a good thing when I tried to book 2 months in advance and they only had one reservation available for the day I wanted to book.

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This is a TINY place with very interesting decor. From the mini bottle of Henderson’s Relish on the shelf, to animal horns and musical scores on the walls, it’s everything you would and wouldn’t expect to see on the walls of a restaurant. The menu is written on a roll of brown paper which I loved – easy to change and very cheap!

 

We arrived as soon as they opened, but it was quickly full of couples and friends out for dinner. Having read other reviews, I had seen that the chive cream cheese was a must, so we ordered some of that to start with, which came with sea salted focaccia.

 

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After this, I was told I wasn’t allowed to take any more pictures, as I wasn’t giving my partner enough attention for his liking. Anyway, the pumpkin soup they served was probably one of the best soups I have ever had, and that is a bold statement to make. I would go back and just get that time and time again.

 

The menu changes frequently though, but I’m sure that whatever is available will be totally delicious. I have seen a few different menus and it seems as though they always try to use seasonal ingredients, which is probably one of the reasons why the food is so good! There are only a few options; one meat, one fish and one vegetarian, but in my experience, when a restaurant only does a select few options, they are usually amazing, and that is definitely the case for NO NAME!

 

I am very sure that we will be back here.

 

The Old Workshop

This is fast becoming my new favourite place in Kelham Island. Which is saying something because generally I love everywhere in Kelham Island. I saw this place when I was on my way to life drawing, glittering around the corner with its pretty lights. And like a moth to a flame, the next time I met with a friend, it had to be here.

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The first time I went here, we decided to try the food on offer. Not a huge selection yet, but a very tasty and diverse range. There’s a meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan option of the bruschetta type things they make there, called pinchos. We each had a board of two pinchos with olives, houmous and even more bread to go with it. Possibly one of the best parts of this were the tiny plastic army men they gave you at the till as tokens to go and retrieve your food.

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We immediately felt comfortable here, with the soft lighting emanating from candles and fairy lights, comfy seating and laid back, yet friendly and attentive staff. Every time I have been here, it has been a total pleasure. Plus, I have recently discovered that they also have live music and DJs here on some evenings, making it even better in my book.

 

Anyway, all in all, a very cute place and the food is actually very filling. Possibly due to all the bread, but we weren’t complaining. I’ve since been a few times for drinks, and it’s safe to say the gin selection is admirable. The ambience is great, the food is great, the drinks are great, this place is just great. And I’m sure I will be back again and again.

 

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Life Drawing

One of my favourite things to do here in Sheffield is life drawing. Bit of a strange one to start off with, I know. Every Wednesday I try to head down to the Lion Works in Kelham Island with a friend for the open life drawing session held there, ran by KIAC.

 

From 7pm until 9pm we all sit in a room surrounding the naked person in the middle. It’s very cold but there’s plenty of heaters pointed at them. Sometimes people seem surprised that I go to life drawing classes, perhaps they find it a bit strange. But, for me, it doesn’t feel like you’re sat there looking at a naked person. It’s just a piece of art in front of you, and the idea is to get the shape and shading how you want it to look, based on that person.

 

The class is made up of 5 two minute drawings, 3 five minute drawings, 2 ten minute drawings, a 20 minute drawing and a 25 minute drawing. I always like the last ones the best but the shorter ones are good for experimentation. Charcoal, chalk and paper are all provided, but people bring in pencils, paints, pens and pastels too. What’s great about it, is everyone’s drawings look completely different, and it doesn’t matter how good you are at it, you just go for the enjoyment.

 

It’s good fun, and it’s quite relaxing too, plus we get a cup of tea and a biscuit half way through which is always a bonus.

 

Hello from me

Hello. I’m Tess.

I’ve lived in Sheffield for most of my life, except for a brief interlude when I went to Leeds for University. I love it here, and what I’m trying to do now is encourage people to love it as much as I do.

I’ve lived in Ringinglow, I’ve lived in Ecclesall, Kelham Island, Nether Edge and now I live in Woodhouse. I’m always on the lookout for new places to go (mostly to eat, I won’t lie), and things to do in and around this wonderful city. I don’t like sitting still and doing nothing, so when it comes to evenings and weekends, I try to be out and about.

I like to think I’ve tried most of the good places in Sheffield, but I’m sure this isn’t true, and I’m trying to get round all the best ones so that I can write about them here and show off to all my friends that I found them.

So if you’re looking to find the new places or the old favourites in Sheffield, then you’ll be able to read about them here, and if there are any I’ve missed, I’d love to hear from you.

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