Indie scene in Hillsborough

Hillsborough has long had its own distinct shopping district, with lots of familiar high street names across Hillsborough Barracks, Hillsborough Exchange and the streets in between. But the area is also experiencing something of a rebirth, with a fast-growing community of new independent businesses, bringing a fresher feel to the area.  

Middlewood Road is its own Hillsborough high street, home to Pangolin Craft Beer, Bricks and Bits Toy Shop, Molly’s Café Deli, Purple Pumpkin and Cupola Gallery, all close to Hillsborough Park.

Not far away The Green Shop sells an array of locally sourced produce and treats, including a well-stocked craft beer selection. Adopting a similar ethos, gift shop Annie Jude’s offers a hand-picked selection of local-made products from across Sheffield.

In addition to Molly’s Café Deli, there are some great indie places to grab a bite to eat - stop by neighbourhood bistro The Orange Bird, grab brunch at Ayla’s Breakfast House and/or Coffee Boo, or for more liquid refreshment there's The Hillsborough Tap and Brass Monkey.  

Hillsborough highlights

Bricks and Bits Toy Shop

Bricks and Bits Toy Shop is an official stockist of LEGO, Playmobil, Games Workshop and Orange Tree Toys. Based in Sheffield the stock a huge variety of games.

The Orange Bird

The Orange Bird is a buzzing neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Hillsborough. Their food is based around modern South African, cooked over a Braai (don't worry, you'll see when you get there), with plenty of local charm and twist.

Cupola Gallery

Established in 1991 Cupola remains one of the most respected contemporary galleries for the sale and exhibition of fine art & fine craft in the north of England.


The Pangolin is a craft beer specialist in Hillsborough that is well loved (and highly rated) by those who know. They have a bottle shop but also a tap room and have a range of wines and spirits to go with the events they frequently put on.

The Hillsborough Tap

Hillsborough Tap is a great local bar specialising in cask and craft ales alongside quality food, as well as a great selection of entertainment.

Brass Monkey

Located in the heart of Hillsborough Sheffield, Brass Monkey is a Craft Beer and Artisan Gin bar.

Developments in Hillsborough's burgeoning indie scene

Over the last year the area has started to see an influx of exciting new independent businesses join the long-established family businesses in this friendly corner of the city.

Hillsborough’s Burgeoning Indie Scene