If, like me, your idea of heaven is a few hours spent in a comfy chair with good coffee and a great book, then Sheffield’s The Rude Shipyard is the place for you. This café and second hand bookshop, its name taken from a line in David Mitchell’s The Cloud Atlas, is one of the
gems in the increasingly revitalised smorgasbord of cool that is Abbeydale Road.
With a menu of homemade, locally sourced food, floor to ceiling bookshelves in most of its friendly jumble of rooms, and friendly staff who make a mean cortado, The Rude Shipyard could well be my spiritual home.
This is also a great place to get your hands on books by Sheffield writers, with a special bookshelf dedicated to local talent.
The rest of the books in stock are an eclectic selection of
second hand fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry, which you can either buy or read for as long as it takes to drink your cuppa.
Owners since 2015 Ben Lydiat and Beki Hedley use local suppliers wherever they can. Ben
says: “Our whole ethos is about supporting local traders and other independent businesses, so it felt right to have the local writers in too. Sheffield Authors have been big supporters of ours, so we wanted to do the same for them.”
For a list of all the books in stock by local writers, as well as up to date menus and opening times, take a look at https://www.therudeshipyard.com I might see you in there.
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