Now Then Discounts App

Since its launch in September last year, the Now Then Discounts App has gone from strength to strength. The app has had over 7,000 downloads (we’re aiming for 10,000 by Christmas) and currently supports over 100 local traders. Plus, it’s completely free to download. Not bad, eh?

Designed as a tool for independent traders in Sheffield, the app encourages people to make ethical shopping choices that support the local economy. It’s also a great way to keep up to date with Sheffield’s finest enterprises and save a few pennies across a range of bespoke offers, from free cake to exclusive drinks offers in some of the city’s favourite bars. And we don’t want to brag or anything, but it’s currently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Google Play Store. Just saying.

Recently, we’ve given the app a bit of an update to enhance its usability through additional features, including automated emails to traders, push notifications to app users (coming very soon), and a New Offers section. There are currently two options available to traders who are interested in being listed on the app - sign up for a 6-month term at £15 per month plus VAT or invest in a 12-month term for a total of £150 plus VAT, a significant saving of £30 as our way of saying thanks for committing. We’ve got loads of new offers lined up over the next few months, so watch this space.

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Sheffield Beer Gardens


Sheffield, summer is upon us, and with longer and brighter days comes the desire to frolic in the bountiful beer gardens of real ale pubs. This month we pay homage to a few pubs whose gardens we at Now Then have enjoyed.

Starting in Heeley, you’ll find two fantastic beer gardens in The Sheaf View and The Brothers Arms, the latter offering perhaps the best view of the city’s skyline. On 9 June you’ll find the Sheaf View winning CAMRA’s pub of the month and celebrating the launch of a new local brewery, Neepsend Brew Co.

Heading across onto Abbeydale Road, you’ll land at the ever-popular Broadfield, brother to The York in Broomhill, both pubs ideal for after-work drinks and weekends in the sun. Trailing towards town, we’d recommend paying the University Arms a visit for solid sustenance and one of the largest beers gardens in the city centre, but the Rutland Arms and the Red Deer are also undoubtedly worth a look-in.

At this point it’s downhill towards Kelham Island. Why not stop in at Shakespeares for a few pints amongst their Gondor-like stone turrets and then head onwards to The Kelham Island Tavern, home to a beer garden of Eden, where you can sample some of the best kept pints in Sheffield at their annual beer festival from 18 June.

We know we have barely scraped the surface of pub garden possibility, so if your favourite summer haunt has been missed, tweet us with the #realale hashtag and we’ll head down to sample and report back.

Sharpen Up!

28 June

Following the success of last year’s fair, Portland Works opens its doors again this summer for a day showcasing quality Sheffield craft products. In aid of their repair and restoration fund, Sharpen Up! offers much more than metal.

There will be a variety of crafts on display across 25+ stalls in addition to refreshments, live music and demonstrations. Bring your wood chisels or garden shears for sharpening or peruse Whirlow Hall Farm’s food stall. And if that’s not enough, Michael Dowse will be doing antique valuations. Entry £1. Free for children.

The Beer Engine

17 Cemetery Road

Located just off London Road, The Beer Engine has only been open for a matter of months, but it’s already attracting a good crowd with a penchant for great ale and tasty, affordable tapas. They have six hand-pulled cask ales and four keg ales on at any one time, alongside a solid line-up of premium lager, cider and wheat beer, and plenty of bottles to boot.

Food-wise, they’ve got a great tapas menu, with everything priced between £2.50 and £3.50. We strongly recommend the chargrilled chorizo, the black scotch egg (packed with black pudding) and the arancini. Veggies, check out the pearl barley risotto and the root veg chips with homemade ketchup.

Eroica Britannia

19-21 June

'The Most Handsome Festival in the World', Eroica Britannia, returns to the Bakewell Showground this month for a second year, showcasing cycling, vintage style, food and drink, fashion and, of course, flamboyant dressing up for ‘Best in Show’.

The three-day family festival celebrates the best of independent music with a cracking line-up of bands and DJs. Lose yourself in over 200 amazing shops and experiences. Also, take the time to enjoy Graze, the specialist food festival, crammed full of award-winning food and drink vendors, and get your family and friends in training for the vintage-style family sports day on the Sporting Lawns. See website for ticket info.

Steam Yard Coffee Co

95-97 Division Street

Nestled in a grade II listed former silverworks on Devonshire Quarter, this cult coffee house is always abuzz with the comforting hum of caffeine-fuelled conversation. There is something very singular about Steam Yard. The retro interior and local artwork hanging on the walls give off a casual vibe to match the sweet, subtly fruity taste of their home blend, Red Brick by Square Mile, best served as a classic flat white with a Depot Bakery donut for £3 (ask for a Steve McQueen). Weekly guest blends also on offer.

They also serve a range of delicious iced coffees, perfect for sipping on sunny afternoons in the courtyard. Pop in, enjoy an affogato and see for yourself.


Refreshing Blonde Craft Beer

Did we mention that we love Abbeydale Brewery? Those lot are good eggs, and once again they’ve made us a tasty alcoholic beverage, this time with a new twist. #7 is a keg beer (crisp and carbonated, 4.5%) celebrating seven years of Now Then. It’s also Abbeydale’s seventh pale keg beer and it’s made with seven American and European hops. Hence the name.

By the time you read this, #7 should be on sale across the city. We had the pleasure of sampling it last month and it’s a real treat – a tasty blonde with tropical notes and a crisp lime finish. It’s the perfect accompaniment for that heat wave we should be due by now...

Cards Against Humanity

In a civilised world of cultural acceptance and the tolerance of others, sometimes it’s nice to throw off the shackles of political correctness and be a complete arse. Cards Against Humanity is a deliciously and hilariously horrible card game which operates on the very simple premise of one player reading a black card and the others responding with their funniest white card.

From the spectacularly dubious Jimmy Savile references to the inevitable anal beads card, there really is something for everyone. Let out your inner arsehole. It’s healthy once in a while. Plus, if you’re skint, you can download a free PDF from their website and make your own set.