10 long gone Sheffield eateries we miss
Wimpy Bender in a Bun c Louise Rhind-Tutt

Sheffield has many great places to eat and drink, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss some of those no longer with us.

From Wimpy to Artisan, here are ten much loved places that are long gone, but not forgotten.


This American-style bar and diner (one of Sheffield’s longest-established bars) reportedly featured in the Human League hit Don’t You Want Me. Hanrahans was popular with the city’s young professionals before becoming a branch of Loch Fyne in 2008, which also recently closed down.



Artisan at Crosspool opened in 1995 and flew the Sheffield flag for 15 years in the Michelin guide, receiving rave reviews from customers. Sadly the restaurant closed in January 2014, provoking the rallying cry to ‘use or lose’ Sheffield’s independent restaurants. Their superb steaks and homemade black pudding are very much missed.


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Opened in the 1970s, glitzy club Josephines – which also boasted a fine dining restaurant popular with celebrities and footballers – shut its doors for the final time in 2003. Revellers recall its plush interiors (think crushed velvet padded toilet doors) as well as the wine bar and restaurant you might go to for special occasions.


Wimpy Bender in a Bun c Louise Rhind-Tutt
Louise Rhind-Tutt

Orignal British burger chain, Wimpy, had more than one branch in Sheffield in the 1970s and 1980s, with locations on Fargate, Pinstone Street and High Street. Who can forget the infamous Bender in a Bun?

Nano Grill Bar & Restaurant

Nano Grill Bar & Restaurant opened in 2007 on London Road (having previously been Marmaris Turkish restaurant) offering a taste of the Med with its open kitchen and charcoal grill. It closed down in 2010.

Fitzwilliam & West

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This well-established family-run cocktail bar and restaurant in the West One Plaza, which opened in 2007, was originally known as 23. It won positive reviews and awards, but pressure from chains forced its closure in 2014.


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An independent Mediterranean eatery and bar serving small plates and creative vegetarian dishes, Platillos in Leopold Square was a popular tapas bar. Tough trading conditions and competition from chain restaurants saw it close down in 2014.

Back of House

Back of House in Ecclesall Road opened in 2013, offering modern British food, with dishes such as mackerel Scotch egg, glazed pork belly and strawberries and cream impressing customers. The restaurant was short-lived, however, closing just a few months later.

Loch Fyne

The 110-seater popular fish and seafood restaurant opened on Glossop Road in 2008, but the upscale restaurant chain closed down its Sheffield branch earlier this year.

Marsden’s Milk Bars

Marsden’s had two Milk Bars in Sheffield in the 1950s – on Pinstone Street and Change Alley – specialising in frothy milkshakes. The Marsden’s Teenage Tavern was a favourite haunt of many a Sheffield teenager back in the day.

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