Tiina Carr opened the boutique Scandi-inspired hotel and restaurant Brocco on the Park in 2014 after a process of restoring the building back to its original glory.
This came as a change of career following her role as director of local design and learning agency The Workshop. Brocco on the Park has just won a César award for City Hotel of the Year from the Good Hotel Guide and is listed in the Michelin Guide 2017. Tiina is half-Finnish and was born and raised in Doncaster. She has two children and lives in Nether Edge.
Hunters Bar and Beyond
Hunters Bar – where my hotel and restaurant (Brocco on the Park) is located – is the starting point for so many of my favourite Sheffield experiences. Whether it’s enjoying the park life with a stroll through Endcliffe Park, or continuing further through the parks and stopping at Forge Dam Café for an ice cream, Sheffield has so much great outdoors. Come the weekend, it’s likely I’ll head in the other direction and go for drinks and a catch up with friends down Ecclesall Road. No matter what mood you’re in, there’s something for everyone in this corner of the city.
The Botanical Gardens
Just around the corner from us is one of my best-loved Sheffield places, The Botanical Gardens. We are incredibly lucky to have so much green space in this city, which really gives you a chance to breathe during busy everyday life. I love the artistry of the Botanical Gardens and a visit always brings a smile to my face. I have fond memories of walking through them with my kids on their way to school from our house in Nether Edge – it was always my favourite part of the commute.
My current favourite place to eat is Akentannos, the new Sardinian restaurant on Sharrow Vale. It’s only been open since February and already has a set of loyal and loving regulars. I really rate its fresh and authentic Italian food – especially considering it’s the only restaurant in Sheffield specialising in Sardinian cuisine. I would highly recommend it. Zeugma’s on London Road is another go-to place for a laid-back dinner: mezze, salad and bring your own wine.
Sharrow Vale Road
Of course: it’s my work neighbourhood. I love strolling down there on my way to and from work, chatting to business owners at great places like The Framery, Starmoreboss, Porter Brook Deli and
Ora. We independent businesses have to stick together. It’s like stepping back in time walking down there, you can get an entire week’s worth of shopping done by visiting five different, independently-owned establishments and that’s what I love about it. It’s the place in Sheffield where the new meets the old – it’s entirely unique.
Gardens at Chatsworth
Not technically Sheffield, but it’s probably my favourite place in the whole world to lose myself. The beauty of it never fails to stun me: the view of Capability Brown’s landscapes, especially from the gardens across to the trees in the park. It’s hard to beat in the whole of England.
One of my favourite things about Sheffield is its thriving art scene. I collect art, it’s a real passion of mine. We’re incredibly fortunate to have the talent and capacity for so many amazing creations in Sheffield, it’s one of the things that make it such a unique and creative city. The artistic landscape in Sheffield continues to get brighter and brighter and I’ve got lots of original work by local artists such as Jonathan Wilkinson and Kid Acne. I started buying my son art for his birthday every year – which has actually inspired him to start collecting himself. Although, I must confess, my house is really running out of wall space.
My home in Nether Edge
They say there’s no place like home, and when you’re as busy as I am, sometimes there’s nothing in the world better than being at home in my Ugg slippers. I spend lots of long hours on my feet, which means I love to just come home and relax (on rare occasions when I get the chance). I like to while away my free time making my home a special sanctuary for my family and friends to enjoy with me, in the same way I spend hours at work making Brocco on the Park a beautiful and peaceful place. I’m a home-bird at heart, really, and my favourite way to spend time is with my family.