On 31 October 1884, the gatekeeper at Hunter’s Bar toll-house requested the city’s last ever toll from a passing traveller on Ecclesall Road. Just for good measure, a crowd of locals seized the toll gate, lifted it from its hinges and dumped it in a nearby field – the gateposts can still be spotted in the middle of the Hunter’s Bar roundabout. Now, some of Sheffield’s best pubs, independent shops and cafés lie along the first mile or so Ecclesall Road – as well as charity shops kept well stocked by the area’s relatively affluent residents.
Cocoa Wonderland serves everything from indulgent hot chocolates to handmade truffles, while Pollards has been roasting coffee in Sheffield since 1879. Don’t miss Seven Hills Bakery, the modern design wares of Ora Gallery or the antique furniture at Gilbert and Sons on nearby Sharrow Vale Road. For a drink, you can’t beat The Lescar, named after the 16th century water wheel that once powered a cutlers on the site. Some lovely restaurants, like Café Ceres and The Mediterranean, can be found alongside a few relatively cheap but tasty takeaways – the Greedy Greek Deli and Two Steps chip shop being the best of that bunch. Leading off from Hunter’s Bar is Endcliffe Park, a vast area of sprawling woodland, streams, fields and a café that’s unbeatable for summer breakfasts.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.
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