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Ecclesall Road

Ecclesall sits two and a half miles south-west of Sheffield city centre with Ecclesall Road(the A625) as its main artery which stretches all the way to the city centre. Number 80, 80a, 80c, 81 and 82 buses run frequently along Ecclesall Road to and from the city centre. Parking restrictions and an often gridlocked rush hour can make driving in the area tricky and it is far more pleasant to stroll along and peer in the shop windows instead. Known locally as ‘Eccy Road’, the chic shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops epitomise the areas wealth. The large imposing houses in the Ecclesall area are used either as substantial family homes, or as rented student accommodation making for an interesting mix in the local population.
Ecclesall Road itself is a hive of activity day and night. Vibrant, lively and cosmopolitan, there is always a new bar or shop to be explored.

For groceries and “big shops” there is a Waitrose right at the bottom of Ecclesall Road, a small Tesco and Spar further up and a Somerfield beyond Hunters Bar. The Food and Fine Wine Shop at 760 Ecclesall Road is a treat for any foodie. If you have the shopping bug then Ecclesall Roadis the cure. You’ll find familiar high street outlets including Fat Face and Boots. For bargain hunters Ecclesall Road is a mecca of charity shops. There are plenty of stylish boutiques and quirky shops galore. Artful favourites include Mookau and Jesters for unusual gifts and Billycat for the kids. If all that retail therapy seems a bit too much like hard work, how about some beauty therapy instead? With Toni and Guy as the newest edition, you can try a different hairdresser for every month of the year. Hundreds of treatments are available from the many beauty parlours and specialist nail bars. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more drastic, there is even a Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group branch.  You will need plenty of money for all of the above, so it’s a good job that Eccy road is home to a post office, HSBC, Barclays, Natwest, Lloyds TSB and Yorkshire Bank.

The best thing about Ecclesall Road is the array of restaurants to choose from. During the day try a delicious locally sourced dish from Mish Mash. For a special occasion try Nonnas, ‘one of the nation's Best Italian Restaurants’ according to The Observer Food Monthly's 2008 annual awards. Baan Thai offers a dazzling selection of Thai delights, La Tasca serves tasty tapas and the Blue Fin specialises in seafood. Uncle Sam’s and Yankees provide a family American diner experience.

For a caffeine fix, Eccy Road coffee shops include Starbucks, Coffee Revolution and Caffe Uno. For a relaxing alternative try the World Peace Cafe at the Gayaltsabje Buddhist Meditation Centre.
There are plenty of places along Ecclesall Road for a crafty pint after an evening meal (or between lectures as the case may be!). The Nursery Tavern is a student friendly boozer. There is also the Pomona, Champs Sports Bar, the Slug and Fiddle, the Devonshire Arms, and further up the road the Porter Brook – certainly enough for a decent pub crawl. If you are more a wine bar type, try Menzel’s, Abuelo or Café Rouge. After many a pint you won’t have a shortage of fast food outlets to choose from, with a Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC and numerous kebab shops and traditional chip shops, yum!  After all that food and drink it is good to know that Ladyzone (a women’s only gym) and the Greens Health Club are close by. Or if you fancy a walk in the park, try the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Endcliffe Park, or get lost in 350 acres of Ecclesall Woods. Property prices are high in the area with many people investing in properties to rent in ecclesall

Ecclesall is typified by leafy Knowle Lane, with its large detached houses and 1930s semis. Ringinglow Road also offers sizable semis in Ecclesall. Over in the direction of Bents Green, the semis aren’t so imposing yet still good-sized homes. Ecclesall Road is lined by large properties in this area. Further down, towards and beyond Hunter’s Bar, Ecclesall Road becomes predominantly commercial, though it still also features spacious Victorian properties. Close to shops, restaurants and campuses, many of these Ecclesall Road houses provide shared accommodation for students. Historically, there was never a village of Ecclesall, but the name has come to signify a comfortable suburb in southwestern Sheffield. Ecclesall has the dual advantages of being close to the Peak District and yet within easy reach of Hunter’s Bar, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and lively street scene and café life.

Ecclesall has a parade of shops including a local Spar supermarket and a hairdressers on Ringinglow Road close to the junction with Knowle Lane. Other local shops and some restaurants are to be found nearby on Ecclesall Road. Further down Ecclesall Road, Hunter’s Bar has an excellent variety of restaurants and shopping. There isn’t a large supermarket on the doorstep of Ecclesall. There is, however, a good choice of supermarkets within easy driving distance. These include Waitrose right at the bottom of Ecclesall Road, and Tesco and Sainsbury’s off Abbeydale Road.

Ecclesall’s streets are generally quiet and it has below average crime rates for the city. There is a higher risk of street crime or burglary at the lower end of Ecclesall Road towards the city centre. Ecclesall offers good state-sector education. Ecclesall Junior School performs well at Key Stage 2. At both Silverdale and High Storrs secondary schools, GCSE results are above the national average.

Ecclesall Church has long been a prominent feature on the upper reach of Ecclesall Road. It has its origins in a chapel founded near here by Sir Ralph de Ecclesall in the 13th century. Originally there was a pinfold for keeping animals to the front of the church. As late as the mid-19th century, Ecclesall Church stood alone here, surrounded by fields.

Professional families are the typical Ecclesall residents. Middle-class and mainly white, they are well off (as properties here don’t come cheap), but not ostentatiously so. The priorities of Ecclesall residents tend to be good schools, both state and private, and a safe area in which to bring up the kids. Ecclesall Road below Hunter’s Bar is a different story. This is a territory ruled by the Sheffield student, a numerous species.

Hunter’s Bar is a five-minute drive away down Ecclesall Road; Sheffield’s city centre is ten to 15 minutes’ drive, depending on traffic. Buses are also available on this route into town. The lower part of Ecclesall Roadsuffers from sluggish traffic at the busier times of day.