Favourite Things:Â 'Theatre Deli is one of the city's best kept secrets'
A man that changed the face of policing in Sheffield now has the same sense of ambition for the housing market at the east side of the city. Oz Billings enjoyed an illustrious law enforcement career that started way back in 1984 when he joined the local force at Hammerton Road as a constable. He served in a number of uniformed and non-uniformed roles and took part in major operations to reduce violent crime and clampdown on illegal drug activity. He was promoted to sergeant in 1992.
Oz Billings spent 21 years with South Yorkshire Police - when he left he was chief inspector ofÂ operations in Barnsley and he'd become a leading light in the Black Police Association.
But even though he rose even further through the ranks to become a Superintendent in MerseysideÂ he had another burning passion in his life - property.
The estate agent and rising star of the company specialises in sales, lettings and sourcing individualÂ properties for buyers '“ he was even featured in HGTV's top rating House Hunters InternationalÂ recently.Â
He said: 'Some might think it was an unusual move but for me it's perfect. I've always been veryÂ much a '˜people person' and selling a house is a very personal thing. EweMove are rated the mostÂ trusted estate agent in the whole country according Trustpilot and our Sheffield team have the mostÂ 5 star reviews across our company '“ it couldn't be a better fit.'
Oz Billings is married and lives in Dinnington.Â You can find more about him at: https://www.ewemove.com/estate-agents/anston/Â
This is undoubtedly one of Sheffield's best kept secrets. It is an arts centre with aÂ difference. Though it is housed in the sprawling, former Mothercare building on Eyre Street bangÂ next door to Staples, it retains more than an air of intrigue with passers by still wondering what on earth goes on inside.Â It contains the Deli Bar and an array of regular performances with an emphasis on helping people make art for themselves.
Beehive Pub, HarthillÂ
Few country pubs have the welcoming nature of this place. RecentlyÂ refurbished, the Beehive is a firm favourite of mine. It's a great place for classic pub food withÂ everything locally sourced. It has been a country pub for over 150 years with a dÃ©cor that cleverly mixes modern with traditional.Â Greenbean cafÃ© at the Green Scene Garden Centre '“ This cafÃ© is not your ordinary garden centre cafÃ©. Think table service, exquisite dishes and excellent Trip Advisor reviews. People drive from miles around to sample their renowned menu!
Chez Lahlou, Walkley
The French restaurant has been serving up the best of Paris since 1989. TheÂ servings are ample and the prices are very reasonable. Everything from frogs' legs to snails are on theÂ menu. Small, homely and genuinely welcoming. If you've not tried it, I'd suggest you pay them aÂ visit.
It's still hard to comprehend the incredible transformation of the Kelham Island areaÂ in recent years. The proliferation of quality accommodation, restaurants, bars and more has beenÂ quite mind blowing. And it doesn't show any sign of stopping.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Few places display Sheffield's industrial beginnings better than theÂ breathtaking Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. It is undoubtedly one of the city's key culturalÂ attractions.
It may not be the most illustrious cathedral in the country, but it's said to be amongst the best preserved. The site previously played host to the Sheffield Cross, a 9th centuryÂ feature with a shaft of the cross now featuring in the British Museum. The basis of the current cathedral was believed to have been constructed in 1430.
There have been many changes, developments and refurbishmentsÂ in theÂ intervening years but there are stones in the east end of the church which date back to the 13thÂ century and the chancel roof is said to date back to the 16th century.