Favourite Things: ‘Antiques quarter has transformed city road’

Sharon Lockwood Howells Partner for Favourite Things in Couch on Ecclesall Road Sheffield
Sharon Lockwood Howells Partner for Favourite Things in Couch on Ecclesall Road Sheffield

A Southerner lost in Sheffield?’ someone jokingly asked when Sharon Lockwood first moved to Sheffield 10 years ago. 
‘It definitely feels like home’ says Sharon, ‘but I did find it amusing at the time.’ 
Sharon Lockwood is a Solicitor and Partner at Howells Solicitors. 
Specialising in family law, in particular the financial side of separation and divorce, Sharon is based in the firm’s Rotherham office and also has clients in the Sheffield area who come to her through recommendation. Sharon lives in Millhouses with her husband and their little boy. 
She has recently become an ambassador for the children’s charity Bluebell Wood.

Casa Mia

Outside Rileys and Co, part of Sheffield Antiques Quarter.

Outside Rileys and Co, part of Sheffield Antiques Quarter.

‘My favourite places in Sheffield tend to involve food’ says Sharon.

Casa Mia on Wolstenholme Road in Nether Edge is a favourite. I think I was one of their first customers when they opened last year and I’ve enjoyed both grown up meals there as well as one where my little boy was given the order pad and allowed to take our orders, which he loved.

It’s been decorated with great taste and the food is fantastic. I’ll definitely be going again soon.

Couch on EccleSall Road

I often hold business meetings at Couch on Ecclesall Road when away from the office. I like the relaxed atmosphere and the décor. I always come away with ideas for my house but am not brave enough to do it!

I’ve recently moved house and no longer live within walking distance of Ecclesall Road, but Couch continues to be my first choice for business meetings and they also do a great brunch.


You know summer has arrived when it’s packed outside Nonnas and it’s good to see other independents coming back to Ecclesall Road. 
There are some really nice micro pubs on the road now and I like taking my time to walk down Sharrow Vale.

Petal Accessories

Petal Accessories have some great bags. I have one of their clutch bags in four different colours as they are so lovely and I always pop in to see if they’ve had any more colours in.

Antiques Quarter

Abbeydale Road has been transformed by the introduction of the Antiques Quarter. It’s a great atmosphere round there and busy with people queuing outside the bakeries on a weekend morning. There are a good variety of shops, 
Mr Pickles being a favourite and I’m hopeful the Abbeydale Picture House will be fully restored soon as it’s a fantastic looking building.


When I moved to Sheffield I was impressed with the variety of parks. 
We had to stop going to the Botanics for a while as I felt we were stalking the poor bear.

On the subject of statues, we always have to try and spot The Parkway Man when driving back into Sheffield. I know I’m nearly home when I see him.

Whiteley Woods

I like to run through Whiteley Woods and love the fact that I can turn one way and be amongst the bustle of Ecclesall Road and Sharrow Vale but turn the other and be running out into the Peak District.

Having grown up on the coast I couldn’t have found a more central place to live when I moved to Sheffield, so I’m fond of the open spaces here and running through Whiteley Woods (hoping I don’t see anyone I know!) is a great way to spend an early weekend morning.