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Stockport has a new bar in town – it’s unique, has style, and is already creating a bit of a buzz in the town centre. The Glass Spider is located just off Stockport Market Place in the seemingly ever-changing venue which has recently housed Vinabod and The Allotment.
The Glass Spider is the invention of Joseph Patton who already has an established bar on Little Underbank by the name of The Cracked Actor. He likes to refer to his new establishment as The Cracked Actor’s ‘evil twin’ ready to take on the Stockport bar scene with passion, class and a point of difference.
The interior, based on a traditional early 20th century bank, mimics all the luxury of the era. The use of gold look bars, stained glass, Venetian chairs and traditional lighting all works to convey a historic milieu. The interior has been crafted by Stockport businesses – the stained glass being handmade in Edgeley and the lighting from Hillgate’s Agapanthus Interiors.
Joe’s aim is to create a sense of luxury and class in the Stockport bar scene which is why he is enforcing a dress code on its patrons, he told us “what happened to putting on some nice shoes to go for a drink”. He understandably, after the immense work to create The Glass Spider wants his customers to blend into the era he has tried to recreate.
The bar itself, stocked with a huge variety of spirits that have been curated over the year, mirrors an old bank teller. You will be served through bars and a conveniently covid secure screen that was designed way before todays current events.
The beer on draft ranges from handpicked craft ales to fantastic lesser known German lager. Joe has teamed up again with local distillers Hatters Gin to create the bar’s own signature spirit which sits proudly on the top shelf. The bar is currently not serving food but plans are in motion to offer a lunch and evening menu in the coming months.
One of The Glass Spider’s most interesting features is the ability to sit exclusively in your own partially enclosed private booth – there are two available of different sizes. These are allocated on a first come first serve basis but will be available to hire at a later date.
The location of this bar has a history of consistent change but we believe that this new institution is here to stay. Next time you are looking to step back into a different era, hear the smooth sounds of days gone by and enjoy a local drink, The Glass Spider will have you covered.
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We’ve put together a list of famous faces from Stockport. Some were born here, some moved here & some stayed here! We know we’ve missed a few off but lets be honest we’d be here all day if we wrote about everyone… Yes, Stockport does have quite a range! We’ve picked some obvious names and some less well known ones – let us know who we have missed.
1 – Claire Foy
Claire Foy, widely known for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the recent Netflix series The Crown, was born right here in Stockport in Stepping Hill Hospital. It is hard to say if Claire acknowledges she is from Stockport but as she was born here we are going to take it as a claim.
So it is true.. we all come from regal Stock.
2 – Fred Perry
Fred Perry, the tennis legend behind the popular clothing brand, was the tennis world world number 1. He won 3 consecutive Wimbledon championships and prior to Andy Murray was the last British player to win at Wimbledon.
Fred Perry was born in Brinnington at his house on Carrington Road which today has a blue plaque highlighting his incredible achievements. Stockport also has a public path named Fred Perry Way.
3 – Sarah Harding (Girls Aloud)
Before joining Girls Aloud, Sarah Harding was a student at Hazel Grove High School and later attended Stockport College to learn Hair & Beauty. During her time in Stockport she worked with the promotion team for the recently demolished nightclubs at Grand Central – Heaven and Hell we presume?
4 – Dominic Howard (Muse)
Dominic Howard, the drummer from Muse, was born in Stockport in 1977 and lived in the area until he moved to Devon at the age of 8. Muse have grown to become arguably one of the largest British bands in Britain at present.
5 – Dominic Monaghan
Stockport has a hobbit of sorts.. Dominic Monaghan was cast in Lord of the Rings as Merry – a hobbit from The Shire. He moved to Stockport when he was 11 years old and attended Aquinas College for his sixth form education.
6 – Nathan Aspinall
From tennis to darts. Nathan Aspinall, who proudly represents his home town of Stockport, won the 2019 UK Darts open against the former world champion Rob Cross. With an exciting career ahead of him we hope he continues to impress.
7 – Tess Daly
Born at Stepping Hill Hospital and spending her early years towards Derbyshire in New Mills, Tess Daly earned notoriety through her modelling career and going on to present Strictly Come Dancing.
8 – Michelle Keegan
Stockport has produced a number of soap stars throughout the years but Michelle Keegan seems to take the top spot. Earning fame through her role as Tina in Coronation Street, she later starred in Tina & Bobby, Our Girl and more.
9 – Ricky Hatton
Moving on to boxing, Stockport can add Ricky Hatton to its belt. Born at Stepping Hill Hospital and growing up in Hyde – he became a household name during his time in the ring. Throughout his career he had 48 fights, won 45 and lost only 3.
10 – Sacha Dhawan
Sacha Dhawan was born in Stockport and grew up in Bramhall where he found his passion for acting. Sacha attended Aquinas College for his Sixth Form studies. He first stepped onto the big screen with his performance in The History Boys, which led to him securing roles in The Last Tango in Halifax, Line of Duty, Doctor Who and more recently playing Davos in Marvel’s Iron Fist.
11 – Phil Foden
Growing up in Edgeley and born at Stepping Hill Hospital, Phil Foden is one of the shining lights of the Manchester City squad. Phil is the youngest player to gain a Premier League winners medal which is quite an achievement. Maybe some day he might come home and play for Stockport County… We can only dream.
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Stockport Marketplace has a new addition. It’s not a bar or a restaurant it’s a co-working space. Co-working spaces are growing around the country and highlight the importance of flexible working environments.
The team behind Profolk, Hall Property, have done an incredible job restoring this old bank to its former glory. With a spend of over 600,000 it’s safe to say no corners have been cut and no detail too small.
This co-working space is setting its target on luring digital freelancers and small companies into town. We have to thank Hall Property for creating an option for these kind of workers as it is a huge step in regeneration and adds a new type of job to the local market.
Internally there are office spaces, hot desk options, kitchens, showers, meeting rooms, cycle racks & more.
The pictures taken really don’t do the space justice. What the team have created really is spectacular. I’d even imagine guided tours of this historical building would be immensely popular.
We must commend the team for using the attributes of the building and incorporating them into the design. Using the bank vaults as meeting spaces, cleaning up the stained glass, highlighting the cornices, detailing the historic brick work all add to the grandeur of the space. The phrase that comes to mind is “they don’t build them like this anymore”.
If you want to find out more details about Profolk please visit https://profolk.space//