Teacup Kitchen, included in '111 Places In Manchester That You Shouldn't Miss'. Picture: Peter de Figueiredo.
The SnakeX57 bus – operated by Hulleys of Baslow – will run from Sheffield Interchange to Chorlton Street in the middle of Manchester, approximately every two hours Monday to Sunday beginning on October 25.
Importantly the trans-Pennine service will go via the Snake Pass and call at Glossop – creating a valuable direct link between Sheffield and the bustling Derbyshire town for the first time in many years.
And at £10 for a return ticket, catching the bus will work out cheaper than taking the train to Manchester for many passengers.
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Oi Polloi is a much-imitated menswear store on Thomas Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter - it opened in 2002 round the corner on Tib Street. Its owners comb the world for unusual, tasteful brands such as Norse Originals and Beams.
Here are 10 great sights and locations people heading to Sheffield’s neighbouring city can add to their itineraries, drawn from the recently-published book ‘111 Places In Manchester That You Shouldn't Miss’, by Julian Treuherz and Peter de Figueiredo, published by Emons Verlag and priced £12.99 in paperback.
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In 1819 eighteen people died and almost 700 were seriously injured when armed men on horseback attacked a crowd that had gathered in St Peter's Fields, Manchester, to demand fair political representation. The massacre became known as Peterloo, inspired by the battlefield of Waterloo - 200 years later, a memorial was installed close to where the bloodshed happened. Designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, the circular stepped structure features names of the people who took part and references to other incidents such as Tiananmen Square and Bloody Sunday.
Teacup Kitchen on Thomas Street aims to serve the best cuppa in Manchester - every pot comes with a small timer with three hourglasses set for weak, medium and strong, and a proper strainer. Set up by three friends, including the DJ Mr Scruff, the tea is imported from suppliers to luxury hotels. Food is served too, from brunch dishes to imaginative salads and cakes.
The stretch of Wilmslow Road at Rusholme used to be the biggest concentration of South Asian restaurants outside the Indian subcontinent. Mughli Charcoal Pit and Ziya Asian Grill are recommended.
Here's a novel photo opportunity. Vimto was first created in 1908 in Manchester as Vim Tonic - the purple drink is commemorated by a monument carved in wood that takes the form of a giant bottle surrounded by coloured grapes, raspberries and blackcurrants. It can be found in 'Vimto Park' off Granby Row in Manchester city centre.
This fine Victorian shopping arcade off Deansgate was restored after it fell into disrepair by the 1980s and now contains eye-catching stores and restaurants such as the Lunya tapas bar and café Pot Kettle Black.
The old entrance to the John Rylands Library - designed by Basil Champneys - is architecturally stunning, featuring soaring stone vaulting, columns, a sweeping staircase and Art Nouveau light fittings. The library, off Deansgate, is filled with rare books and manuscripts and is part of the University of Manchester.
Anthony Burgess - the highly prolific writer best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange - was born in Manchester. This café on Cambridge Street is part of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, where the larger part of his archive is housed in a 19th century building that was once a mackintosh factory. Burgess books, light meals and drinks can be bought here.
The Richmond Tea Rooms, on Sackville Street in Manchester near the Gay Village, pulls in huge numbers of customers for its extravagant afternoon teas in Alice in Wonderland-themed surroundings.
The Bridgewater Basin, on Lower Mosley Street, is a water garden where a fountain provides a backdrop for islands of plants floating on the surface of a repurposed canal branch that had become disused. The garden was inspired by the idea of musical composition - the home of the Hallé orchestra, the Bridgewater Hall, is nearby.