Owners vow to return as community rallies around Michelin Guide favourite

Popular Glossop restaurant Hyssop has had to close after a fire broke out yesterday evening, destroying the site on Glossop High Street. Emergency services were called to the restaurant yesterday evening, with the Glossop Chronicle posting a video of smoke pouring from the upper floor windows.

Hyssop has since posted on social media confirming “the whole top floor of the restaurant went up in flames and we’ve lost the lot.” The restaurant owners have also confirmed that staff were able to escape the fire unharmed and they’re now in the process of contacting all of their bookings. The cause of the fire at this moment is unknown.

We can’t figure out a way to start this post as it’s not something we ever thought we’d have to write

The restaurant, which features in the 2022 Michelin guide, is popular among locals and visitors alike. The restaurant received a glowing review from Confidentials in 2019, with our reviewer summing up: 

“Hyssop is aiming high, the cookery rooted in classic technique but with creative flourishes. Provenance is key and the ingredients shine.”

Hyssop Chef Paul Holding A Michelin Artwork In Glossop
Hyssop chef, Paul, holding a specially commissioned artwork to celebrate making the Michelin Guide Image: Hyssop

Heartbreak for one of Glossop’s finest

An image posted by the restaurant shows how the fire has gutted the cosy interiors of the neighbourhood restaurant. Footage from High Peak TV, posted yesterday, shows flames spilling from the ground floor of the back of the restaurant with smoke able to be seen from the surrounding area.

In a post shared across social media platforms, the restaurant has described its disbelief. 

“We can’t figure out a way to start this post as it’s not something we ever thought we’d have to write. Yesterday was quite easily the worst day of our lives.” 

“Our whole top floor of the restaurant went up in flames and we’ve lost the lot. Thankfully Paul and all of the staff managed to escape unharmed. No lives were lost and that is the most important thing. We are trying our best to contact all of our bookings and we are obviously trying to figure out the next stages.”

“Please bare with us, we are still trying to process what’s happened and along with trying to keep our business afloat financially, it’s going to be a long road ahead. Thank you for all of your kind messages. We have to get through this. Lots of love.”

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The upstairs dining room at Hyssop Image: Confidentials

Tributes pour in from local community

The tragedy comes at an already challenging time for hospitality with energy and produce price rises, the aftermath of Covid recovery, and the cost of living crisis causing some diners to stay at home.

Tributes to Hyssop have already began to pour in from the local community, including local MP Robert Largan, with many offering help on social media. Many have already stated they would be happy to contribute to a crowdfunder.

Everyone from Confidentials sends their support to Hyssop and wishes the team a quick recovery. When the restaurant reopens we wholeheartedly recommend you book in and in the meantime, a crowdfunder has now been set up

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