Favourite Things: Opening a window into Pete's world in home city
Sheffield born and raised, Ian Hunter, aged 35, is director of the Sheffield Window Centre, a family business employing 74 people. His father bought the firm in the mid-1980s after being impressed as a customer. Ian's brother and sisters Joe, Amy and Sam also work in the company. Ian and his wife Sarah live at Lodge Moor and became the parents of twins in October 2015. A self-confessed food-lover, Ian considered becoming a professional snooker player in his youth and is passionate about all things Sheffield.
Wyming Brook and
We love walking in Wyming Brook, but it’s not really the place for a double pram, so we’re now spending lots of time with the twins in the Botanical Gardens. The gardens have special meaning, as it was where Sarah and I went for one of our first dates. We often meet friends who have children and enjoy a picnic, or eat at the wonderful café. The gardens are so well looked after, it’s always a pleasure to walk round.
My favourite café for breakfast in Sheffield is Thelma’s in Nether Edge. Their vegetarian breakfast stack and their full breakfast with local bacon are such great quality. It’s a brilliant place for a relaxing start to the weekend. We were introduced to Thelma’s about five years ago when it was the Homemade Café, by a friend who went there often because there is a great selection of gluten-free meals. We often have a walk round the other shops in Nether Edge – there’s a really good fruit and veg shop called Zed’s too.
Snooker at the Crucible
I played snooker when I was growing up and did quite well on the Junior Tour one year. I even won the Sheffield Junior Championship, and at my best ranked about fifth in the UK. But at 16 or 17 I had to make a decision and ask myself: was I really good enough to be a professional? You have to have real talent – and honestly, I didn’t think I was quite there. But I’ve never regretted it as I threw my energy into the family business and my education. I did an Open University Professional Certificate in Management and I’d love to do an MBA in the future. But I have to watch the snooker championships at the Crucible each year – what a fabulous Sheffield institution!
Indoor Golf Centre
on Rutland Road
The place is a hidden gem, which I discovered when my brother got me some vouchers for golf lessons. I ended up going there every week before the kids were born. The resident golf pro Jason Proctor is a superb teacher and a really nice guy – I’d never been able to improve before I met Jason. All golfers make mistakes, but Jason can help you understand where you’re going wrong, which is a bit of an art. He also balances that with the fact that everyone is different and works round you rather than someone going through a generic routine and charging you a fortune for the privilege.
Fagan’s and Pete McKee
I love Fagan’s, the Broad Lane pub opposite our office and next to our city centre showroom. It’s known for its live music and it does brilliant food. But beware, if you have one of their pies or all-day breakfasts – you don’t have to eat for another week. My dad eats their stew for lunch every day. Everyone must have seen the fantastic mural by Pete McKee on the exterior wall of the pub. I’ve always admired Pete’s work, in fact I went to an exhibition of his work and I found it really moving. His images are filled with Sheffield memories we all share: he’s passionate about this city.
Sheffield Tigers Speedway and Sheffield Steelers
The Sheffield Windows team love to support local sport, charities and the city. We sponsor both the Tigers and the Steelers. The speedway is my dad’s absolute passion, and Sheffield has the fastest track in the country – he’s there every Thursday. We support the ice hockey because it is such a wonderful family sport and gives fans a brilliant evening out. The teams really work hard and it is an incredibly well-organised club.
For a rare drink after work I stroll down to Kelham Island and walk from pub to pub. It is a real ale treat. It’s good to see how popular the area has become as it’s developed over the last 15 years. The Great Gatsby on Division Street is another favourite. It has a good atmosphere and real ale, with great informal food. It’s another place Sarah and I went to for one of our first dates. We go to the Florentine on Tapton Park Road for pizzas from their wood-fired oven. And when my mum babysits, Sarah and I often end up at the Prince of Wales at the top of Carter Knowle Road or the Peacock at Owler Bar for their fantastic burgers and pies.