Sheffield's businesses need our support more than ever and this book showcases the city's best independents

As the country enters the third national lockdown, Sheffield’s independent businesses are going to need our support more than ever and a new book is helping to showcase the city’s best producers, cafés, pubs and shops.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 4:23 pm

From January 6, all shops regarded as “non-essential” will be forced to close their doors throughout lockdown three, which is expected to stretch out until the middle of February at least.

The city’s non-essential shops have had to battle to survive two lockdowns already, while Sheffield’s pubs, cafés and restaurants have been closed for months to all but customers picking up or ordering takeaways.

But Sheffield’s businesses are made of steel, and have adapted in order to be able to continue to serve customers throughout the city, and will no doubt do it again during lockdown three.

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Sheffield businesses featured in the Little Book of Sheffield. All images provided by Little Book of Sheffield Top row (L-R): Domo; Triple Point Bottom row (L-R): Locksley Gin; Gravel Pit

They will not survive without our support, and The Little Book of Sheffield is a handy guide to the wonderful independent businesses in the city that are worth our hard-earned cash.

With a foreword from the iconic Sheffield institution Henderson's Relish, The Little Book of Sheffield also features the likes of True North Brewery, Locksley Gin, Moss Valley Fine Meats, Freshmans Vintage, Bird’s Yard, The Mowbray, Jameson's Tearooms and The Famous Sheffield Shop telling their stories and celebrating what makes them and the city unique.

The Little Book of Sheffield has been published by Meze Publishing and Exposed Magazine.

Exposed Magazine editor Joseph Food said: “The people in this city are incredible when it comes to supporting local independents, and we’re going to continue letting them know exactly how they can do so.”

Gravel Pit. Picture courtesy of Little Book of Sheffield

Online editor Paul Stimpson added: “Sheffield is a beacon when it comes to small businesses; it revolves around our independents and they are entrenched in the very soul of the city. We’re hoping this book can give everyone a lift through these turbulent times and remind everyone of how they can support our indies.”

The book details how the city’s small business owners coped during 2020 as well as what they love most about the unique community spirit in Sheffield that has always helped independents to thrive.

Even if you are unable to visit your favourite café or restaurant, The Little Book of Sheffield also includes some delicious recipes so you can cook up a storm at home.

Start the day with Vegan Mocha Pancakes from Whaletown Coffee, have a go at making homemade tortillas with expert instruction from Kelham Island’s own Mexican fiesta, piña, and treat yourself to patisserie specialist, 4eyes’ Hazelnut & Chocolate Babka.

Locksley Gin. Picture courtesy of Little Book of Sheffield

The Little Book of Sheffield retails at £10 and is available to purchase from the contributors and online at Amazon and www.mezepublishing.co.uk

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Triple Point Brewery. Picture courtesy of Little Book of Sheffield

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a digital subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.

Domo. Picture taken by Ellie Grace Photography and courtesy of Little Book of Sheffield