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Artful Lodger guide to Broomhill
To the West of Sheffield city centre lies Broomhill. Its close proximity to the Universities, lively Ecclesall Road and the heart of the city make it extremely popular with students who comprise around a third of the local population. The area is well served by frequent buses to the University and city centre, which is only one mile away. If buses are not your thing then hop in a taxi for just under £5 into town. The popularity of the area means it is pricey to rent accommodation, but there are plenty of shared student houses to choose from.
Broomhill is bustling and generally has a “young” vibe. It is self-contained, almost like a village, with lots of facilities and shops. For essentials there is Somerfield and Alldays on Glossop Road. There is also a Boots, two other pharmacies and two opticians. Several high street banks have branches in Broomhill, including HSBC and Lloyds. You’ll find numerous charity shops selling the usual second hand books, clothes and knickknacks. There are also clothes and shoe shops, gift shops, book and music shops – all bases are covered and Broomhill offers an enjoyable alternative to city centre retail.

The area is equally lively during the evening. The Fox and Duck (owned by Sheffield University Students’ Union), the York and the Broomhill Tavern are all popular student haunts. Local restaurants serve a great choice of cuisine from across the globe. Sean Bean allegedly pops in to the Balti King restaurant for a curry occasionally. For food on the run there is a variety of takeaways and bakeries. Broomhill has embraced European style café culture and you will find a range of coffee shops, such as Vittles Bistro, Remo’s and Buon Deli.

There is no shortage of green space around Broomhill with the Botanical Gardens, Western Park (with the revamped Museum) and Endcliffe Park all close by. And of course the Peak District is only a short drive away. Despite the large migrating student population, Broomhill retains a strong sense of community, as demonstrated annually by the Broomhill Festival.

The Artful Lodger Broomhill Top 10

1.  Botanical Gardens -19 acres of beautiful Victorian landscaped gardens
2.  Broomhill Friery - One of the best chip shops in Yorkshire
3.  Record Collector - South Yorkshire’s largest independent record store
4.  Sheffield round walk -A fourteen mile route around the best parks in the city.
5.  Fox and Duck pub - Friendly student boozer and live music venue, popular with locals
6.  Broomhill Festival - Annual community fundraising events in June
7.  Broomhill Tavern - The best juke box in Sheffield 
8.  Buon Deli - Italian restaurant/café and deli selling unusual treats
9.  UK Mama - Great value African/Caribbean restaurant and takeaway
10. Lejurra - Natural, eco-friendly and organic gifts

Do live in Broomhill if… you are young at heart

Do not live in Broomhill if… you are a grumpy old man!

Broomhill is one of the most western areas of Sheffield and lies on the A57 which takes you over the Snake Pass and into Manchester. It’s a suburb that, while being a 5 minute drive to the Peak District and a 20 minute walk to Sheffield city centre, has everything you need without having to travel any great distance. The Broomhill High Street is populated with a Somerfield supermarket, a hardware store, Boots, bookstores, bakeries, hairdressers, coffee bars, banks, friendly pubs and restaurants. There’s a great fresh produce grocer, an Oriental supermarket and a health food store all within a stone’s throw of one another so creating interesting meals without travelling miles going to Tesco isn’t a problem. Try Remo’s for a great fresh coffee or hot chocolate to perk you up during the day or Thyme café for a nice meal at night. The night life is good (even on public holidays) and you never have far to get home after a few drinks. The Place is just off main road and merits a visit, it’s bright and clean inside and the ambiance is good.

This area is only a short walk from both Universities and the Royal Hallamshire hospital and as such has a lively student population. That said, once a public holiday comes along, it’s understandable that it becomes very quiet and peaceful for a couple of days! Accommodation is plentiful with flats above most of the stores and quiet houses a short walk in any direction from the main street. It’s a safe area of Sheffield – within 5 minutes walking distance of 3 different schools.

Buses are the most convenient form of public transport here, with services running into town every 5 to 10 minutes and it’s not difficult to find a cab if you’re getting cold waiting. The tram station is a 10 minute walk downhill if you’re brave enough to head to Meadowhall for your shopping. If you’re lucky enough to get a day off with some decent weather, head down towards Ecclesall Roaduntil you get to Endcliffe Park and take the ‘Around Sheffield Walk’ out towards the beautiful Peak District – it’s a lovely way to spend a day!