Portland House

286 Ecclesall Road

They say that size isn’t everything, don’t they? Well, we reckon a prime example of when that old adage is particularly apposite is that of the micropub. So upon discovering Portland House, unassumingly tucked in amongst the many and various independent mainstays of Eccy Road, we decided to pull up a stool and see what they had to offer.

Opening as the official tap of Welbeck Abbey Brewery, Portland House is first and foremost a proper ale pub. As such, it showcases some of their flagship ales in the form of golden session beer Henrietta and malty amber beer Red Feather, both of which are always available for three quid a pint as their house beers. There are a further two pumps dedicated to the brewery’s monthly specials and you’ll also find the full range of Welbeck Abbey Brewery’s bottles, including the gauntlet-laying Lady A, a 7.1% Abbey style beer full of rich, complex flavours.

So far, so good. But where this wee place really struck a chord with us was their dedication to source both ingredients and products from other small businesses in the local area. The fresh coffee at Portland House is from the lovely folks at Cafeology, their range of teas comes from Birdhouse Tea Company, the ever-changing menu of snacks and nibbles are from Porter Brook Deli, the wines are from Le Bon Vin, and StarmoreBoss are responsible for their selection of 15 varieties of gin.

Bob along over the May bank holiday to get 50p off a selection of their favourite beers, and see for yourself that the other adage about good things and small packages really rings true here.

Reclaimed Interiors

708 Abbeydale Road

However you define it, a quiet sense of accomplishment and distinct lack of shouty self-promotion are surely cornerstones of ‘cool’.

Designer and craftsman David Lobo has built up his business with little fanfare over the years, emerging from the chrysalis of Raw Timber Ltd to bring to Sheffield his vision for Reclaimed Interiors, a company whose handiwork is hiding in plain sight in some of the city’s finest establishments, from Chesterfield Road’s Tramshed to Hallam Uni’s Fitzalan Square, Thornbridge Hall to Anchorage.

As their auspicious list of clients suggests, Reclaimed Interiors offer a diverse range of products and services to suit projects of all sizes, domestic and commercial, but what stands out in particular is the ethos apparent in all that they do. Driven by a passion for heritage, and for regenerating old and used materials with quality and charm, the team then mix them up with modern designs and materials to bring them into the 21st century and ultimately put them back into interior design in businesses and homes alike.

With products including bespoke reclaimed farmhouse tables, Iroko school worktops, scaffold shelving, pews and seating, custom made bars, rustic cladding and industrial lighting, as well as reclaimed parquet flooring, local heritage and provenance are at the heart of all of their work. Coupled with the expertise of their craftspeople, the services they offer include full design and installation from inception to completion.

Reclaimed Interiors have recently refurbished their shop so that it now functions as a showroom. Have a wander down Abbeydale Road and see what they could do for you.

Peace in the Park Fundraisers


Peace in the Park, the one-day, free entry festival of music, arts, crafts and revelry, needs you. The team of organisers and volunteers work all year round to raise the necessary funds to keep this event free of charge and make it the spectacular celebration of peace, love and unity that we’ve all come to expect.

After a year of hiatus, having narrowly missed last year’s target, it gives us great pleasure to announce that, following 12 months of hard graft and creative endeavour, they’re almost there. Almost. 

Coming up this month are some fantastic events which, with your attendance, should push the party wagon over the line, starting with an audacious 24-hour DJ marathon hosted at CADS from 10 to 11 May, followed by a night of blues at the Greystones on 12 May with the reputable Honey Bee Blues Club.

Check out their social media for a full rundown of fundraisers and volunteering opportunities ahead of the big day on 11 June.

HillsFest 2016


July sees the arrival of the inaugural HillsFest, a festival which, in the words of the organisers, sets out “to show how creativity is essential to ensure a compassionate, energetic, innovative, entrepreneurial and cohesive community”.

Sparked by the vision of Karen Sherwood, director of Cupola Art Gallery on Middlewood Road, and following several public community consultation meetings and events, it became clear that the residents and businesses of Hillsborough wanted to create an event in order to put Hillsborough on the map for all the right reasons.

The ambitious project aims to put on a festival quite unlike any other that we have experienced here in Sheffield, featuring a series of 24-metre inflatable domes themed around a creativity showcase, makers activity, spoken word and film, sound and movement, and taste, complemented by a separate sound stage for live bands and music. Oh, and a modular graffiti sculpture the height of a house. We hope to see you there on 9-10 July.

Yellow Arch


May is a good month to give a little shout to the good folks at Yellow Arch, having been along recently to find that this enigmatic hive of makers and shakers have been grafting hard and are really reaping the rewards.

Having established its status as the go-to studio for local legends and emerging artists alike, the hallowed Arch has seen some heavy traffic of late, with acts as diverse as Richard Hawley and Kylie Minogue respectively recording and mixing their latest work in the studio, along with hot prospects Dancing Years laying down their EP Learn to Kiss, which is now making waves on playlists nationwide.

There’s a real sense of identity to the sound of a Yellow Arch production, as evidenced by a recent comment from Sheffield’s prodigal son, Alex Turner, who described his Last Shadow Puppets single 'The Dream Synopsis' as having “a bit of a Yellow Arch sound to it”. The future’s yellow.

Sheffield Makers


In December 2015, a group of Sheffield artists and makers came together to fill an empty city centre shop with their work. This spring, with the help of a grant from ReNew Sheffield, that group has been able to repair and refurbish the shop, transforming it from a pop-up to a permanent retail space. An impressive achievement indeed.

Most of the makers started out trading at the many and varied artisan markets and selling events held all over Sheffield, with several having rented the Common People pop-up shop, enabling them to strike out and gain experience.

Sheffield Makers Shop now houses the work of more than 20 local artists and makers, working as a collective to cover staffing and keeping the retail space dynamic and well stocked with Sheffield made art, photography, textiles, toys, jewellery, gifts and cards at surprisingly affordable prices. New makers will be joining the collective in May, followed by a launch party to celebrate the fruits of their labour in June. Pop down and raise a glass to the spirit of artistic endeavour.