Hilly Meersbrook lies two miles south of Sheffield city centre. Chesterfield Road (A61) provides easy access to the area, but apart from this main road, Meersbrook consists largely of quiet tree lined residential streets. The area is popular with young families as the abundant Victorian terraces make ideal first family homes. All terraces in this area have good sized rear Gardens, but no off street parking. Meersbrook also offers larger semi-detached properties that carry on towards Lees Hall and Norton. Young professionals are becoming a more significant presence in the area, as evidenced by an increasing number of newly built apartment blocks.
Buses run regularly along Chesterfield Road and near-by Heeley Green is handy for buses too. The number 33 route runs right through the area though the service becomes infrequent in the evenings and at weekends. The number 10 travels along Rushdale Road before heading out towards Nether Edge and eventually up to the Hallamshire Hospital.
Meersbrook Park is the focal point for this area and if you climb the steep path to the top of the hill you will be rewarded with one of the most stunning views in the city. You’ll also find Bishop’s House at the top of the park. Built around 1500, the house is now open to visitors as a museum.
As well as Meersbrook Park the area boasts a sizeable plot of allotments, allegedly the largest in Europe! This really adds to the community atmosphere and you’ll always find a friendly face on hand with a few gardening tips.
There is no supermarket in Meersbrook, but it is conveniently placed for Morrisons at Meadowhead and Sainsbury and Tesco on Archer Road. There is a Co-op on Lees Hall Avenue and another at Heeley Green. Heeley Retail Park on Chesterfield Road includes a large Boots, Pets at Home, Matalan and Next clearance store. There is a large Virgin Gym just two minutes walk away from the retail park.
Meersbrook lacks the café culture found in other parts of the city, but Chesterfield Road has an eclectic mix of small shops, take-aways and restaurants. Shops include In A Nutshell (a health food shop), Artscene for art supplies and Sandora’s Box for doll’s houses and accessories. The Everest and Momtaz serve great curries, while Pachino’s offers Italian cuisine. The Bohemian has become a local hangout and is open day and night with tasty bites.
Pubs in Meersbrook include the Red Lion, the White Lion and the Crown Inn all on Chesterfield Road. On the other side of the park there is the Cross Scythes. A little further a field in Heeley, selling numerous imported beers, the Sheaf View is hugely popular with locals.
All in all, Meersbrook has an appealing laid back, distinctly “lefty” feel to it. It is essentially a quiet area, but Abbeydale Road and Nether Edge are very close-by and offer a livelier atmosphere.