Mary Olivia Hickey for Metro.co.uk Friday 11 Jul 2014 12:48 pm
Like many of its northern counterparts, Sheffield is full of happy, outgoing and friendly people.
Southerners, I’m afraid the north trumps you in the most welcoming competition. But, if you want to know why Sheffield is the best of the best, here’s the truth:
1. The friendly people
As mentioned above, the north is home to millions of friendly people. But in Sheffield they’re on a whole new level. Sheffielders love giving directions, recommending a good night out and joining you on that night out. Don’t be surprised when a complete stranger sparks up a conversation with you, the opening line is likely to be either ‘orate, love?’ or ‘ey up, duck’.
2. The house prices
Buying in London? Well look away now. The average asking price for a house in Sheffield is £180,489 and for that you’ll get a house and an actual garden, not a box room with a toilet next to the bed.
3. The green space
Sheffield is full of it. There are endless parks and the Peak District and Chatsworth House are just a short drive away, so you can pretend you’re in a Jane Austen novel for a few hours. Oh, and the air up’t in Sheffield is amazing too.
4. Henderson’s Relish
Like Lea & Perrins, but better. If you head to University roundabout you’ll smell it before you see it. A delicious spicy Yorkshire sauce, still made and sold today in its native Sheffield. You’ll be pressed to find a Sheffielder today without a bottle in their kitchen.
5. The passion for football
There are few cities so divided by two football teams. Sheffield is actually split in geography by the two. Half supports Wednesday, the other Sheffield United. Simple, maybe – it’s never simple on Derby Day though.
6. Ecclesall ‘Eccie’ Road
It’s rare, in a busy city, to have a road slap bang in the middle of the town centre where at any given moment you can walk down and meet at least five people you know. It’s arguably the social hub of the city and it’s home to 100s of independent shops, coffee houses, boutiques and restaurants.
7. The music
Many northern cites may claim they are the birth place of the greatest musicians, but really? Can you compete with the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard AND Pulp? No? Didn’t think so. Sheffield rocks.
8. The lingo
Sheffield really does just have a nicer way of phrasing things.
Footpath? How about a leafy gennel?
Cake? No – it’s small, it’s not a cake, it’s a bun.
Oh you’re cold are you? I’m nesh.
Stop it. Don’t be rude, say ‘geeor’
9. The hills
You’ll always be able to handle a clutch if you learn to drive in Sheffield and you’ll get a great set of calves from running up hills.
10. The sporting heritage
Every year Sheffield hosts the Snooker World Championship and it’s home to some of the UK’s top sporting venues. On top of this, Jessica Ennis-Hill was born and still lives in Sheffield. Winning.