Amanda Perry was a pastry chef who set up Fancie in 2007 - in the vanguard of the cupcake trend - from her kitchen. She then had shops in various places including Sharrowvale Road and Meadowhall, but is now concentrating on her new headquarters (office, bakery, shop and cafe-bistro) in Ecclesall Road. Fancie won the speciality category in the Eat Sheffield Awards for its supper club and its sous chef was named Young Chef of the Year.
Of course. I’m not ashamed to say that I love our corner on Ecclesall Road, from the bustling breakfasts and lunches to our super cool Supper Club and elegant afternoon teas. I love the customers and the atmosphere that each part of the day brings. My favourite time is when it starts to get dark at fiveish and we dim the lights and light the candles. It’s so cosy, I sometimes find it hard to go home!
We have recently started supplying Sheffield Hallam University with cupcakes to sell in their retail outlets (starting with Cutting Edge). Making regular visits there during the planning process was like discovering a secret life. Having never gone to university - I have now deferred for well over 15 years - it’s a completely alien environment where everything is shiny and new and people are there to help at every corner (maybe not the best way to prepare students for real life!)
Everyone was so friendly and helpful, from people showing me how to use the lifts (a little embarrassing) to helping me find my way around the rabbit warren. Thank you.
My favourite view - I didn’t know it was called that until recently - is the one as you turn the corner at the top of the hill down to Hathersage. It is absolutely breathtaking on a clear day. You can see for miles across the valley. It’s a great place to go and blow the cobwebs away after a tough day or just to drive over to remind you that there is more to life than the things that are keeping you up at night. There is nothing like nature to remind you of your place on earth.
It’s my favourite park in Sheffield. There’s everything from fighting over a good spot in the summer to feeding the ducks and walking through the woods.
A mooch around the shops on Ecclesall and Sharrowvale Road, followed by stroll through the park with a hot chocolate from Ash in the café is the perfect Sunday.
Weston Park Museum
I love spending time here with family and my gorgeous nephew, Cooper, who goes crazy in the play areas and at the giant polar bear! The park area is also gorgeous and I always think the bandstand would make a wonderful location for a wedding.
I love having a wander round the antique and vintage shops on Abbeydale Road at the weekend. It’s such a vibrant area with lots going on and new shops opening all the time. My favourite florist, Anna at Swallows & Damsons, is down there, and I always drag my boyfriend in to have a look around. Her flowers are so different.
Then you can follow the road along to the antique shops and finish with a pie and a glass of red at The Broadfield. Delicious!
Who doesn’t love this wonderful square in the city centre? We once went on a ghost walk around this area, which almost ruined it for me, but it’s still one of my favourite places. Sitting in the Wig & Pen with a lovely glass of wine dreaming about owning one of those lovely buildings is definitely a good use of time in my book.