Favourite Things: Nights out and days in the Peak of landscapes

Ryan Holdsworth
Ryan Holdsworth

Ryan Holdsworth is the insolvency manager at Graywoods, the specialist business recovery practice in Sheffield city centre. Graywoods helps businesses and individuals across the country deal with debt and cashflow problems. Ryan, aged 31, was born and bred in Sheffield and studied accounting at Sheffield Hallam University. He began his career in insolvency following a placement with a national practice in Watford before returning to Sheffield to pursue his career. He now lives in Dronfield with his wife Stacey and young son William.


Sheffield has a fantastic football heritage, and football has been a big part of my life. I am a keen Sheffield Wednesday supporter and I have also always enjoyed playing as well. I played in the Sheffield and District League from under nines to age 18 for AFC Dronfield and I still play five-a-side every week with a group of old schoolmates. I used to watch Hallam FC with my granddad when I was growing up and I have also been to see Sheffield FC on several occasions.

Marco at Milano

My favourite restaurant is Marco at Milano off Abbeydale Road. I have been there several times, usually with Stacey on special occasions. We went to Italy on our honeymoon and we both love Italian food, so a meal there is a real treat. We have always enjoyed great service and the food is excellent, plus there is a very relaxed atmosphere. On a sunny day you can eat outside and enjoy the view over Millhouses Park.

Live comedy

I used to go to the Last Laugh Comedy Club at the Lescar on Sharrow Vale Road, but that was many moons ago. I remember it as being quite small and that made for a great atmosphere. We saw some really good acts, including Ross Noble and Alan Carr who were just starting out. I still try to get to comedy gigs at the City Hall and the Octagon. Having a good laugh is a great way to unwind after a day in the office.


I still run – well, I try to! I have done the Sheffield Half Marathon and the Sheffield 10K a few times. Further afield I have done full marathons in Berlin and Stockholm. The hills around Sheffield are great for training. I follow Seb Coe’s advice – he said the hills here helped him to train as an Olympic athlete. I have been out running in the Peak around Ladybower and Win Hill. It is great to get out into the countryside: we’re lucky to have this on our doorstep and it’s great to get some fresh air at the end of a busy week. I also do a bit of walking around Castleton and Padley Gorge, and I always finish off at Grindleford Café for a fry up and a pint of tea. Just the thing after a day on the hills!


I live in Dronfield with my wife Stacey and our son William. It is a nice quiet community and we know lots of people there because Stacey and I both grew up in the area. We went to school together and we’ve been friends ever since. We have a good support network with both of our families being nearby, which has been great for us as relatively new parents. A lot of my friends still live around Sheffield and Dronfield and it is great to have a group of friends that I’ve known all my life.

Sheffield nights out

I used to go to Berlins and Republic back in the day – both are now shut and since becoming a parent I don’t go out as much as I did. When I am out with the lads I like ‘proper’ pubs that still have a great atmosphere and I enjoy a pint of real ale. I like a nice pale ale, something easy to drink like Farmer’s Blonde from Bradfield Brewery. I go to the Old Barrack Tavern before and after a game at Hillsborough and depending on the result, we may go on to the Hillsborough Hotel, the Shakespeare pub and end up at the Seven Spices for a curry to celebrate a win.

The Crucible

I have been to the World Championship Snooker at the Crucible with my dad for the past few years. I used to play snooker when I was younger but you need to practice regularly to improve your game and I don’t have the time these days. I have happy memories of playing at Rileys off Sharrow Vale Road.