Gladstone Barber and Bistro

Upmarket brunch and dinner spot with a love for Middle Eastern flavours, which also serves roast dinners and cuts hair.

Gladstone Barber and Bistro
Pattern House, Castle St, Stalybridge, SK15 1NX
07361 569 260

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8 am–4 pm
Wednesday: 8 am–4 pm
Thursday: 8 am–4 pm
Friday: 8 am–4 pm, 6–9 pm
Saturday: 8 am–4 pm, 6–9 pm
Sunday 9 am–12 pm, 2–5 pm

They say the real sign of a town you want to spend time in is the number of unique, one-off businesses it has to offer. Clearly we should all be spending more time in Stalybridge, then, given Gladstone Barber and Bistro is here. An upmarket establishment that has taken at least some decor tips from aristocratic private members clubs, as the name suggests it’s a one-stop-shop for simple but delicious food, and customers can also get a quick trim on top while they’re here. 

Drawing inspiration for the Middle East, the team are committed to using only the freshest and — where possible — locally sourced ingredients to offer fusion feasts with one foot in the west and another the eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea. On the menu, diners will find everything from brunch classics like Eggs Benedict or Steak & Eggs, served with an exotic twist, through to more aromatic dishes such as Shakshuka, Taboon Roll (hand rolled Palestinian flatbread with labneh, sumac, and tomato-herb dressing). Granola bowls, and the incredible Baklava French Toast are also among the daytime highlights. 

The menu switches to small plates each evening, and there’s more of an international flavour to the fare — Padron Peppers, Popcorn Cauliflower, guac and chips, although Braised Feather Blade Croquettes with muhammara and pickled cucumber, and Lamb or Jackfruit Shawarma Tostadas with pomegranate, tahini, and pickled onions keep with the MENA theme. Sunday roasts are legendary, so advance bookings are essential, and the last Sunday of each month sees house and disco DJs spin tunes while people indulge. And as for the whole barber shop thing, it’s down to the success of Gladstone Barber that the bistro bit exists. Both are run by Yezzan, who started cutting hair when he was just 11 years old and spent years working in restaurants. Inspired by those experiences, and his multi-cultural, food-first family, he took the plunge and combined the lot. Fine work indeed.