Is Sheffield the new city of love? Here’s a few of our favourite places to eat, activities to try and gifts to treat that special someone this Valentine’s Day, all lovingly picked from the Little Book of Sheffield. If you’d like even more fantastic ideas for all year round click the link below to grab a copy.

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Where to eat

Public

Occupying the former gents’ toilets below the Grade 1 listed Victorian Town Hall, Public is a tiny haven of fine drinks and delicious food. The cocktails are an extension of the bar, thethered to its location, this city, seasonality, and it’s collaborators. They develop their drinks primarily to be delicious, but also try and push the boundaries of where flavour can be taken and tell a story with every cocktail.

23-25 Surrey St, Sheffield, S1 2LG

@P_U_B_L_I_C

Photo by India Hobson

Silversmiths

Each dish at Silversmiths is a culinary journey. Drawing inspiration from its Yorkshire heritage, Silversmiths produces the finest modern British cuisine, served in a relaxed environment with a dash of fine dining. Be it bottomless brunch, Sunday Dinner or a private event, Silversmiths is perfect for spending quality time with loved ones.

111 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NT

@silversmiths_restaurant

Photo by Victoria Greensmith

Domo

Found on the ground floor of the heritage-listed Eagle Works building in the bustling Kelham Island area, Domo brings a dash of Sardinian spritz to Sheffield. There’s the hustle and bustle of a family-run kitchen in one corner- frenetic, passionate and fervent. It’s quite something to see that manifested in a plate of hearty food, served with a smile and a ‘buon appetito’, of course.

34-36 Cotton Mill Walk, Little Kelham, Sheffield, S3 8DH

@domo.restaurant

What to make

Rafter’s signature Bullion Chocolate Orange Martini

Ingredients:

50ml Bullion Chocolate Liqueur

25ml Cointreau

12.5ml Dolin Dry Vermouth

1 orange slice

Cocoa powder

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice and stir for 1 minute.

Rim a glass with orange juice, then dip into the cocoa powder.

Strain the cocktail into the glass and serve.

Rafters Restaurant, 220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield, S11 7ED

@raftersrestaurant

Whaletown’s Vegan Mocha Pancakes

Breakfast in bed is by far the most romantic way to start Valentine’s Day and who wouldn’t be thrilled waking up to some delicious homemade Mocha Pancakes? We’ve got you covered- here’s the recipe!

Prep time: 10 mins, Cooking time: 10 mins, Serves 2-4

Ingredients

125g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of sea salt

150ml Oatly Chocolate Oat Drink

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 double espresso (40ml)

Coconut oil (for frying)

Mixed fruits (to serve)

For the mocha syrup

1 heaped tbdp vegan chocolate powder

1 double espresso

For the pancakes

Put the flour, baking powder, and sea salt into a large bowl and thoroughly mix them together. Add the chocolate oat drink, vanilla extract and double espresso, and whisk them together until the batter is smooth and looks so good you want to lick it off your whisk.

Heat a frying pan and add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Spread the oil around the pan, then add about 2 tablespoons of the pancake batter into the centre of the pan and spread with the back of a spoon in a circular motion. Cook the pancake until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip to the other side and cook for a further minute, allowing the pancake to rise and become fluffy. Place the pancake on a baking tray in the oven on a low heat to keep warm while you make the rest.

For the mocha syrup

Put the vegan chocolate powder in a small bowl or mug, add the double espresso, and mix together with a fork until the powder has dissolved and the mixture resembles a thick dark sauce.

To serve

Stack your pancakes on a plate, pour the syrup all over them, and add any fresh fruit you desire. Easy. Tasty. Caffeine Dream

Whaletown Coffee Co., 227 Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1TE

@whaletowncoffeeco

What to do

The Village Screen

The Village Screen hosts incredible pop-up cinemas on car park rooftops in Sheffield , caves in Derbyshire, as well as adapting to offer Drive-in cinemas in 2020. Over the Valentine’s weekend you can watch True Romance at Victoria Baths on Friday 11th, Mean Girls or 10 Things I Hate About You at Peddler Warehouse on Sunday 13th, or catch True Romance on the big day itself, again, at Peddler.

@thevillagescreen

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The Great Escape

More for the adrenaline junkies out there, try to escape your chosen adventure within a time limit using puzzles and clues. The difficulty levels vary from beginner friendly to challenging but always watch out for live actors…. Boo.

St James House, Gen 2: Vicar Lane, Sheffield, S1 2EX

@thegreatescapegame

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What to buy

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Yorkshire Candle Company

There’s nothing quite as romantic as lighting a candle over dinner so why not get one that’s been made locally using responsibly sourced materials. Every aspect of the production process at the Yorkshire Candle Company is done by hand, from securing the wick, to mixing our fragrance, to pouring our candles. All our products are produced in small batches and this means we are able to consistently create products of the highest quality.

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Birdhouse Tea Co.

Birdhouse Tea Co. are Sheffield’s favourite tea blenders, with many of their teas blended as love letters to our fine city. As well as their beautiful café and kitchen located on Sidney Street you can buy their flavoured loose leaf tea, including their famous tea lattes, to make at home. Perfect for if your partner is an avid tea drinker… who are we kidding, this is Sheffield! Of course they are!

Birdhouse Tea Co., Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RG

@birdhouseteacompany

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Gravel Pit

If your partner is a house plant hoarder or they just want to add a bit more life to their space why not head to Gravel Pit on Abbeydale Road and pick up some greenery. A hub of the community and veritable gem of the indie retail scene, the Gravel Pit also has you covered when it comes to handmade pots, prints, records, and many other quirky products. If you’re not sure what to get, maybe opt for a cactus so it doesn’t matter when they forget to water it!

329 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FS

@gravelpithomeware