Matt Pinder

Post Lockdown Q&A with Matt from This Is Sheffield

After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, months of lockdowns, tier systems and restrictions, we are all hopeful that things will get back to normal by the summer. Whilst the government has staggered its roadmap to minimise risk of even more deaths and setbacks, there finally seems to be a light at the end of this dark tunnel. 

We are catching up with some of the people behind Sheffield’s independents to find out what they are looking forward to the most.

This week we spoke to This Is Sheffield’s Matt.

Hi, how have you found the past twelve months? What have you missed the most?

Weird. Weird on so many levels. Weird how adaptable we are. How natural it has been from a life of going out a few times a week to not speaking/seeing anybody for days. Weird trying to figure on what this normal life is as it has been constantly changing, we’ll probably adapt back to the old normal within days of restrictions being lifted.

I miss having small talk ready for when I bump into people, the whole ‘What have you been up to?’ has been pretty pointless. Also miss a freshly pulled pint of cask in a pub, a can at home just doesn’t cut it.

What restaurant will you be going to first & what will you be eating?
 
Like last weeks guests MacPot, I’ve got Hillsborough’s new spot, The Orange Bird on my list, I’ve got a thing for fried chicken (and pop next door for a drink at the also new Pangolin). 
 
I want to check out Tonco, Get Wurst at Two Thirds and I really miss Pina‘s tacos.
 
Where will you be having your first drink?
 
Well I have to walk past The Bar Stewards and Kelham Island Tavern on my way home from the office so I’ll pop in there for a decent pint or two.
 
Can’t wait for Heist to finally open too!
 
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned during the past year?
 
To be accountable. I bang on about shopping local and supporting independents so I’ve tried to do that as much as possible, cutting down the amount I spend in Tesco and on Amazon. I won’t be mourning with nostalgia if little Tesco closes down.
 
I’ve been getting meat, fruit and veg from The Moor Market, beers from local breweries and bottle shops whilst buying records from Bear Tree.
 
What are you most excited for when things get back to normal?
 
I’m intrigued to see what the new normal will be like. I look forward to sneezing in public without getting the death stare and being able to have a night out that doesn’t involving planning.
 

Photo by Lindsay Melbourne

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