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Breaking News ! Everyone knows that Greater Manchester is a haven for food and drink, with a restaurant scene that's been booming for the last decade. But while the city centre's growth is dramatic and obvious, smaller towns on the fringes of the region have begun to undergo their own transformations. Ramsbottom, Uppermill and Hebden Bridge have all done it, and now Glossop is hot on their heels. This market town on the far side of Ashton sits just over the Greater Manchester border in Derbyshire. In terms of scenery, it doesn't get much better than this - the town is in the foothills of the Peak District, the stone cottages of Old Glossop peppering its hills and valleys. While its appeal to those seeking green space is obvious, it's only in recent years that the food and drink scene has created an after-dark pull to match. Howard Town Brewery (Image: ABNM Photography) Now visitors will find everything from traditional pubs to small plates, craft beer straight from the brewery to vegetarian cafes influenced by South-East Asia. There's Howard Town Brewery with its taproom outside, The Globe pub serving vegan dishes for only a few pounds, Harvey Leonard's with its renowned range of wines and cheese, and plenty more besides. Local business owners hope that the town's efforts will start to boost the area's visitor economy, drawing people from the suburbs out to Glossop rather than in towards the city centre. The Globe in Glossop (Image: ABNM Photography) People are certainly beginning to re-evaluate their relationship with the city centre following months of lockdown - could this be the beginning of the town's rebirth? Restaurant consultant Thom Hetherington, a born-and-bred Glossopian, certainly thinks so. He said: "I think what's changed really is that people's values and what they want out of life has changed. "If you're relocating from London, or anywhere in the world really, and you want to be near Manchester while having a good environment for a family, it's just incredible. The old Conservative Club (Image: ABNM Photography) "We've had this influx of newcomers, driven by things like MediaCityUK, and I think we're at a really nice tipping point with Glossop. "I don't think it's ever going to shed its heart and its soul. There's still mills, lovely terraced housing, it's got a certain character which I don't think will change, but there's now more balance in terms of different audiences with different tastes, and it's a really nice blend. The Oakwood in Glossop (Image: ABNM Photography) "It's almost escaped the sort of gentrification in Manchester because the tide of money has tended to flow south, towards Cheshire. "But it felt like there was a lag where the high street didn't reflect the tastes of the people who were moving into the town, but it's catching up now. I think most Glossopians can get what they want on their own high street now. Glossop High Street (Image: ABNM Photography) "What will really make the difference will be if it can develop a visitor economy, attracting people from outside the town. That will really ratchet things up. "I think that is starting to happen. It's changed even in the last 10 years, the volume of people we see coming through. "Once we start attracting people to Glossop because they like the food and drink culture, that is really the next gear for the town to develop." One local business that Thom praises highly is Hyssop. Read More Related Articles A huge new socially-distanced street food and live music venue has appeared in Manchester - take a look inside Read More Related Articles Sign up to CityLife's free newsletter from the Manchester Evening News One of the most buzzed-about openings in recent years - and one that received a rave five-star review from the M.E.N. during its residency at the Bulls Head pub - is Hyssop. Founded by Denton couple Jess Hines (front of house) and Paul Sykes (head chef), along with their close friend William Webb, the restaurant has gone from pop-up supper club to residency kitchen to its very own restaurant in just two years. Although not locals, there's a poetic full-circle story to how the trio ended up in Glossop. (Image: ABNM Photography) Paul has found himself back in the kitchen where he first trained after college, a full decade ago. Jess said: "The old owners wanted to retire, the business wasn't on the market but they mentioned it to us, and they wanted to pass it on to someone who they knew would care for it. "It's all come full circle for Paul. It's very surreal and it happened very quickly, but it felt very right. "He pinches himself to be like 'Whoa this was my first job, and now I own the place!'" Hyssop first started as a pop-up in Dukes Cafe, where Jess was working at the time. Instagram She said: "When we did our first pop-up, we literally sold out in 24 hours. "Because there weren't any places doing our sort of food we assumed there wasn't a market for it, but when things sold out so quickly we realised there definitely was. "The second one sold out in 24 hours too and we just thought 'maybe this is the place, maybe there's something missing and we can ride that wave'. And we're still riding it! "I just have always loved Glossop. We used to come here at the weekends and just sit in cafes. It's such a lovely community. Glossop (Image: ABNM Photography) "There are so many great places in Glossop and we want to encourage people from outside the town to come and see it. "You'd never think there'd be an amazing wine bar with cheese from all over the world, and the sort of food we do, and all these tap houses. "We all love it but we just want everyone to know we're here. It's just great. "I hope that one day people think of us like they think of Chorlton and Didsbury." Harvey Leonard's (Image: ABNM Photography) One of Hyssop's first pop-ups was with Harvey Leonard's, another locally-grown success story. Starting life in 2013 as a small bottle shop hosting wine tastings, it's now moved to a much larger unit in the old Conservative Club near the railway station.
. Steven said: "It's changed so much since I used to go out drinking in my twenties. Everyone used to end up going into Manchester. "When you do live here you maybe don't appreciate it as much! But it's really a great spot. "There's room for a few more places to open up for sure. We need to attract more people into Glossop to sustain it all." The calls for new businesses to join the town are already being heard, with two new openings planned for the coming months.
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The first comes from established Denton neighbourhood bar Howard's, which is beginning to lay foundations for a second site in Glossop. The couple behind it have seen a real pick-up in town centre footfall - the opposite to current trends in city centres - and they hope to replicate that pattern in their new location. Jack Howard said: "A lot of people will keep working from home, and they're not going to go into the city to go for a drink or for dinner - they're going to go to their local pub or their local restaurant. "Town centres are really going to see some positives coming out of this situation. "I've always loved the idea of opening in Glossop but it was waiting for the right site to come up." Amy added: "Denton has been doing so much better than we'd predicted, pre-lockdown, but we were still really early days. "It took a bit of convincing from Jack to persuade me to open a second bar so soon! But every time we go to Glossop we can see the vision a bit clearer."
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Established town centre bar Cask & Kitchen is also getting ready to open a new spot, and its owner Gareth Edwards is taking a more-the-merrier approach. He said: "Over the last few years there've been several new places that have popped up and changed the town. "It's gone from your standard local Italian and curry house to some more unique cuisines, and there's a really good variety now. "I don't see any of the other places as competition - it's all about collaboration. There's plenty of business to go around.
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"The more places we have, the more choice there is in town, the more people will come out. It's about the collective. "I think we'll see a huge amount of growth in towns and suburbs after the pandemic. I think working from home will become a key part of the UK economy. "We see a lot of people coming the other way on the train line that goes through Hyde and Gorton - people coming out to Glossop for their night out rather than into Manchester.
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"The way we socialise has changed massively in the last decade or so too. I used to meet my mates in the pub to see how their week had been - but now I can just look at my phone and know who's pregnant, who's had sausages for tea, we know all this information instantly. "Now I think people need a reason to go out, they're going out for an experience they can't have at home, for something they can't buy off a supermarket shelf." Speaking of his new venture, which will be called Square West, he added: "The new spot will have more of a drink-led vibe with some live music and pizza by the slice. "It's like a New York deli-cum-tap-house-cum-bar-cum-something else! That's the general gist. "I've always found myself back here. I've been to Leeds for uni, played rugby in South Africa for a year. "It's somewhere that I never really appreciated when I was younger, I think because it was so far removed from Manchester. But now I'm very very proud of the town, and that our business has these local roots." The last business owner I speak to is over in Old Glossop, and has taken a very unconventional route to end up in hospitality.
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A few years ago, Jude Osborne was rescuing bears in Laos - now he's at the helm of vegetarian cafe Shepley's, along with his partner Jane Clegg. He admits it's a very different background to most restaurateurs, but it's working for them. The couple use fresh ingredients and vibrant flavours, with lots of herbs, in their cooking, even though the menu isn't particularly Asian. Jude said: "There's been a big increase in the amount of interest and enthusiasm for food and drink in the area and a big increase in the number of people working in it.
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"While everything we do is fully vegetarian, we don't try to push that point too hard - I think it can be quite off-putting for people, that label. "We like it when people come in and have a meal and don't even realise they haven't had meat. "That's a scene that's definitely changing too. When we started developing the cafe here there weren't any other vegan eateries other than The Globe. "It's definitely increased in terms of audience, which isn't something we banked on when we started! "Jane was born and brought up in Hadfield, so right next door, and before we went to Laos I'd spent a few years living here. "It's a really welcoming town and a lovely community to be a part of, Old Glossop in particular has a really small village feel.
"You're definitely part of a community here, you're not left on your own. "Our site had been a bakery previously but had got to the point where it was basically boarded up, so to be able to put something back into the community and become a focus for the local village has been a real positive for us. "Increasingly people have begun to discover that Glossop offers a lot in terms of access to Manchester, while still allowing you to be part of a beautiful part of the country with incredible scenery on your doorstep. "It really has taken off, I think people are beginning to discover it, and moving further out of Manchester to find that balance between the two things."
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