Pinstone Street, the home of Sheffield’s independent fast food

The one good thing to come out of the Sevenstone delay?

Fanoush Falafel and the Street Food Chef

Fanoush Falafel and the Street Food Chef

As we wait to find out what the latest talks between the council and Hammerson mean for Sheffield’s Sevenstone retail quarter, an independent food revolution is quietly happening in town.

Pinstone Street is one of the key roads on the edge of the proposed development. In anticipation of demolition and construction work beginning many of the old shops closed down or moved to alternative locations, leaving a depressing row of empty units.

Not for long though. The good news is that a growing number of tasty food outlets have moved in and are breathing life into the vacant shops on Pinstone Street.

The award-winning Street Food Chef arrived first, serving up Mexican street food from tacos, burritos to empanadas. Their breakfast burritos are delicious.

Flurt frozen yoghurt in Sheffield

Flurt frozen yoghurt on PInstone Street

Then Flurt opened a few doors up, offering fat-free frozen yoghurt. A perfect pudding if you’ve got room after your lunchtime burrito.

And this morning Claire from Feast and Glory revealed that Fanoush Falafel is opening next door to the Street Food Chef. Fanoush already have a shop on London Road so it is great to see them opening in town.

What all three of these outlets have in common is that they are independent businesses, offering an alternative to the food chains that you can find in any city. The food is fast, tasty and relatively healthy. They’re definitely worth supporting.

It’s ironic that without Sevenstone these great food outlets may not have opened at all on Pinstone Street. Perhaps the growth of these businesses points to the approach we should take for a city centre retail quarter: if you create favourable terms for people to take on shops in good locations then local, independent businesses can flourish, even alongside the big chains. The city centre needs both.

Make the most of these foodie gems while you can, as a green light for Sevenstone could mean the end of these independent food outlets in prime city centre locations.

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Eat Sheffield 2011 award winners

This year’s results

Last night the 2011 Eat Sheffield awards took place in the Winter garden and St Paul’s Mercure hotel. The winners were:

The Eat Sheffield Restaurant of the Year
The Devonshire Arms

Green and sustainable award
Silversmiths

Newcomer
The Wig and Pen

Our Cow Molly milk bottle

Our Cow Molly milk

Sheffield food hero
Ed Andrews from Our Cow Molly

Food outlet
Street Food Chef

Family outing
Endcliffe park cafe

Traditional pub
The York

Gasto pub
The Devonshire Arms

Asian/oriental
Hui Wei

Indian
Aagrah

Italian
Nonnas

European
La Mama

British
Silversmiths

Cafe
Fusion

What do you think, are these winners deserving of their awards? Or was your favourite restaurant, pub or cafe overlooked?

There’s more about the Eat Sheffield awards in this news release from Sheffield Hallam university and you can see some more pictures from last night on the @eatSheffield Twitter feed.

Eat Sheffield awards 2011

Eat Sheffield awards 2011

Sheffield on Twitter – July 2010 update

New this month

Here are this month’s additions to the list of Sheffield people and organisations of interest on Twitter – nearly 80 accounts are listed below. The full directory can be found on the Sheffield Twitter users page.

We’re now into our second Twitter list of people and organisations in Sheffield in Twitter. There is also the first Sheffield Twitter list, which contains the first 500 accounts.

Photo Sheffield – Sheffield photography community
@photosheffield

Made by jonty – Sharrow vale road cafe
@Madebyjonty

Beanies – retailer of all things good and wholesome
@beaniessheff

Rony Robinson – BBC Radio Sheffield presenter
@Rony37

CHEFFIELD – food festival
@CHEFFIELDfest

Brendan Moffat, Director of strategic marketing at Creative Sheffield
@mofster

La squadra cycle squad
@LaSquadraTeam

Sean Bloodworth photographer
@BloodworthPhoto

Mixed in Sheffield
@MIXEDINSHEFIELD

Simon Leake – Police inspector for Burngreave, Firth park and Shiregreen
@KPInspector

Tramlines music festival
@tramlines

Martyn Ware – Heaven 17
@martynware

Designed in Sheffield
@DesigninSheff

Busk Sheffield fundraising event on 31 July 2010
@BuskSheffield

Sheffield open doors – young people’s outreach health service
@shefopendoors

The riverside bar
@Riverside_Live

Your nuts health stores
@yournuts

Aalto moderna – Oakbrook road antique shop
@Aaltomoderna

Love Sheffield blog
@love_sheffield

The hair band – Eccy road hair salon
@thehairband

Statement images – photojournalist collective
@statementimages

PCL air technology
@PCLairtech

Shef flex – podcast
@Shef_flex

New start design – Social enterprise specialising in design and ethically sourced print
@NewStart_Design

Barkers furniture
@Barkers__

Group on – stuff to do in Sheffield
@GrouponShfield

Output records
@outputrecords

World goal ball championships (at Ponds forge in June 2010)
@worldgoalball

Golf lesson search
@LessonSearch

Carney academy arts school at the Lantern theatre
@carneyacademy

Charity unleashed Sheffield
@unleashed_0114

Nest online design store
@nest_co_uk

Neil Smith personal trainer
@ptsolution

Rebecca Wainwright designer and dressmaker
@rebecca_designs

Sheffield university student’s union building news
@shefunionbuild

Green news
@Greenasaspnews

Grievous angel producer and DJ
@grievousangeluk

Space cabaret club night
@SpaceCabaret

Silent Sheffield
@SilentShe

Tie machine – writer
@Tiemachine

Timberplay play equipment
@TimberplayLtd

Street food chef Mexican street food
@streetfoodchef

Chrysalis photography
@ChrysalisPhoto

Sheffield wire – automated newspaper-style Sheffield news service
@SheffieldWire

Cross scythes Totley pub
@CrossScythesS17

Screaming maldini – band
@kookaburrasings

Infinite training
@Infinite_Trng

Sorby house office accommodation
@SorbyHouse

Opportunity Sheffield – supporting Sheffield’s employers
@OpportunityShef

World development movement Sheffield
@WDMSheffield

Ponsford furniture
@Ponsford

Glue creative
@gluecreative

Beauty business news
@BeautyBizNews

Tuxtel telephone, ISPs, hosting
@tuxtel

Feedback – Corporation club night
@FEEDBACKDNB

Funding4Sport
@Funding4Sport

Webber klein agency
@WebberKlein

The stitch factory
@stitchfactory

MADE entrepreneurs festival
@MADEfestival

Dale Smith – a woman with Asperger syndrome updating you with news, events information for people on the autism spectrum to participate in Sheffield and the UK
@Ms_cellany

Science cafe at the Showroom
@SciCafe

The strange things – band
@StrangeThings1

Shaun Galleon – Everly pregnant brothers singer
@BigShaunGalleon

Clare MacKenzie – freelance journalist
@ClareMacKenzie

Buzzy work – beekeeping services arm of the Sheffield honey company
@Buzzy_Work

Sheffield university big band
@SUBB_Sheffield

The student magazine
@thestudentmag

New channels digital TV specialist
@NewChannelsLtd

Leftfield podcast
@LeftfieldShef

ShefiGEM
@ShefiGEM

Activity Sheffield council activity initiative
@ActivitySheff

South Yorkshire funding advice bureau
@syfab

Everly pregnant brothers – another account for the ukelele group featuring @PeteMcKee and @TobyFoster
@everlypregnant

17 Broomgrove – development in S10
@17broomgrove

The bakery store – independent clothing store
@bakerystore

Trak robotic eye in Access space
@trakrobot

Benjamin Harris – DJ
@muskmanbenji

Theo Simpson – photographer
@sheffield_fans

If you want to be listed on it then follow @sheffieldblog, get in touch or comment below.