Once the beating heart of industry, Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites, formed over 900 years ago, when a stream was diverted to power a nearby mill.

This manmade island was at the very forefront of the Industrial Revolution in the 1900s, but as times changed, industrial activity moved away, leaving the remains of numerous cutlery and steel works, factories and workshops.

Along lanes that cross the River Don, it's these buildings that give the area its distinct charm, except now they house everything from indie shopping arcades and food halls to microbreweries and galleries, while striking street art intersperses the spaces in-between...

One of the world's coolest neighbourhoods…

Several residential developments have helped breath new life into the Kelham Island, along with an array of unique and vibrant independent pubs, bars, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Where these businesses have thrived, more have followed and Kelham Island has steadily transitioned into one of the most exciting parts of Sheffield and (according to TimeOut Magazine and The Sunday Times) is now considered one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the UK, and even 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.

Great places 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.


A lively party spot with Mexicana vibes, Piña owner/founder Joe experienced first-hand the amazing cuisine and culture on a Mexico trip back in 2016, and just had to bring it back to Sheffield. So, expect plenty of (high quality 100% agave-based) tequila, mezcal and, of course, delicious tacos.

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 and 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.