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Hyde, England -- More Than Just Dr. Shipman

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A December 2005 trip to Hyde by joellevand

Hyde at Night: A Sleepy Little Town Photo, Hyde, England More Photos
Quote: When I moved to Hyde, all I knew about the town was that it was small, my boyfriend lived there, and it was host to one of England's most prolific serial killers. However, there's more to Hyde than meets the eye.

Hyde, England -- More Than Just Dr. Shipman

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Overview

Hyde at Night: A Sleepy Little Town Photo, Hyde, England
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I came to Hyde in June of 2004 to meet my boyfriend, whom I'd been dating exclusively online, for the first time. He rarely had anything nice to say about the place, other than there was a biker bar where he got free pints for helping decorate at Halloween and which, to the horror of my American sensibilities, features a Topless Barmaid Night. He also enjoyed mentioning that the serial killers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were arrested by Hyde Police and that England's most prolific serial killer, Dr. Harold Shipman, worked (professionally and otherwise) in the town. In fact, Dr. Shipman's surgery, with the words "justice" scrawled all over the locked metal security shutters, was one of the first places...Read More

Passage to India

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Restaurant

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Indian food is hard to get wrong, really; I mean, even ASDA has a fine selection of curries for the low-budget dinner with enough bang for your buck. What any Indian restaurant has that denotes it from its fellow establishments is atmosphere, and Passage to India has cultivated one that is absolutely unique in Hyde. Unlike the dilapidated exterior of Nawabi Balti or the modern, nightclub feel of Clove, Passage to India is all about fine dining on a budget. The exterior is well-maintained; the interior is cared for and planned to perfection. You won't find the modern living room design of Clove or the mismatched but classy design of Nawabi; Passage to India is all about style and elegan...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

Passage to India
137-139 Market St
Hyde, England
0161 367 8132

Clove

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Restaurant

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I recognised the chairs right away: simple, clean, modern, and minimal. "These are my dining room chairs!" I attempted to whisper to David, though my voice was a bit louder than it should have been. With the grace of a comedic actress, I dropped my purple linen napkin to the floor and placed my hand around the table leg, checking out the design. I sat up, placing my napkin in my lap, then carefully learning over the table to whisper, a bit more softly this time, "This is my table!" I squinted, my eyes adjusting to the dim, atmospheric lighting of the small dining area. The wavy mirrors along the walls, those were my mirrors; the wire-suspended track-lighting was my living...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 8, 2005

Clove
122-124 Market St.
Hyde, England SK14 1EX
0161 882 9191

The Crown

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Attraction

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Come into The Crown on Market Street on almost any Wednesday night, and as long as we are gainfully employed, you'll fine us there: David, Alice, Alice's fiancé, and myself, members of the oh-so-originally named team "Three Brits and a Yank." Huddled around a small table by the window, faces grimly serious, you might think we were deciding the fate of the world, but not to worry, the world's not going to end. It's just pub quiz night. The Crown is one of 400 pubs throughout England that's franchised under Robinson's Brewery, though the managers/owners of the pub stay nearby and are always on hand on Wednesday night to keep the crowd in order. Like most pubs on quiz night, the groups can ge...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2005

The Crown
171 Market St.
Hyde, England SK14 1HG

Bike 'n' Hound

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Attraction | "The Bike and Hound"

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When you're tired of the chain pubs owned by Robinson's or Weatherspoons, with all their rules and bans on smoking, hoodies, and even (in the case of Weatherspoons) swearing, head on down Hyde. Just behind the bus station and the job centre, well away from the bored chavs frequenting the Market Street pubs, is the Bike N Hound. The main reasons it keeps away the annoying teenagers and trendy 20-somethings is two-fold. First of all, this is a pub in ever sense of the word. You won't get your cosmos or your nutty martinis here. You can order a beer, single shots, mixed shots, or a spirit and a mixer, but only if said spirit and mixers are usually served in rocks or highball glasses -- no cock...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 11, 2005

Bike 'n' Hound
10 Hamnett St.
Hyde, England SK14 2EX
0161 367 9050

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