Once the beating heart of industry, Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites.

This manmade island was formed in the 1100s, when a stream was diverted to power a nearby mill. However, as industrial activity has moved on, the area has undergone a significant transformation in recent years and quietly become one of the most exciting parts of the city. 

The remains of the numerous cutlery and steel works, factories and workshops is part of what gives the area its distinct charm, except nowadays these buildings house everything from indie shopping arcades to microbreweries and galleries.

Don't take our word for it. Have a read through Time Out's recommendations when they picked Kelham Island as one of the 51 coolest neighbourhoods in the world! 

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Indie shopping in Kelham

The DIY ethos of the area spreads into all the bespoke little shops you'll find dotted around. Here's a brief overview to get you started.

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Craft beer for me please

Heist Brew Co.

Heist have converted this two-roomed old factory into an airy, bright taproom and bar. With Slap & Pickle serving up the grub and arcade games and shuffleboard to go with over 30 beers on tap (plus 100 in cans and bottles), wine, spirits and retro soft drinks - you know this is a place you'll be able to spend some time.

The Gardeners Rest

The Gardeners Rest is a community run pub in Neepsend, Sheffield. They pride themselves on the high quality of the beer selection and the regular arts and musical events held in the pub.


Alder is a cracking place to hang out. They are a brewery, pub and bar that also host music events (and private hire parties too) down in Neepsend.

Kelham Island Tavern

With carved wooden bar, tiled floors and leafy beer garden, this is a proper pub with a renowned wide range of real ales that changes all the time- so there's always something new to sup.


One of Sheffield’s oldest and finest traditional pubs. Still standing from the 1830s, it oozes character and charisma, whilst also offering an excellent selection of real ales, wines and a very fine rum menu to top it off.

The Old Workshop

A really brilliantly crafted DIY feel craft beer bar in Kelham Island, Sheffield. Serving a constantly changing selection of draft beer, a selection of spirits and wines accompanied with light bites from the kitchen.

And a bite to eat...


Specialising in Sardinian soul food in the heart of Little Kelham, this family run gem delivers an authentic and vast variety of dishes. A beautiful outside seating area is perfect for aperitivos in the sun.

The Grind Cafe

An independently owned café since 2010 in Sheffield’s unique Kelham Island.


Piña was inspired by a trip in 2016 to Mexico that took in everything from Jalisco to Michoacan, Oaxaca to Mexico City, and plenty in between. They experienced first-hand the amazing cuisine and food culture across Mexico and just had to bring it back.

Gaard Coffee Hide

A place to retreat to, drink great coffee and sample the finest patisserie and pastry. Gaard Coffee hide is a small and cosy coffee shop tucked away on Burton Road. 

Saw Grinders Union

A beautiful repurposed space and cobbled courtyard, combining their passion for heritage with an equal passion for coffee, beer, cocktails, and burgers. 

Church - Temple of Fun

Church is Sheffield's first arcade bar, inspired by South American religious iconography, with a 100% vegan bar and food menu.

V or V

V or V is Sheffield’s first fully meat free licensed restaurant located on Cornish Street in Kelham Island. Their exciting and ever developing plant based menus use both locally sourced & international ingredients to create familiar dishes with their very own style.

Craft & Dough (Kelham Island)

Welcome to Craft & Dough. Creators of luscious & innovative Pizzas all served along side only the finest craft beers available.