Mackie Mayor, Manchester's newest market, opened its doors last week revealing a stunning space full of scrumptious food vendors, a bar, a wine shop and coffee stall.
The Grade II listed building dating back to 1857 is a former meat market that closed its doors in 1972 and has since been used as a skate park, before being restored by Muse Developments earlier in the year. The team behind the redevelopment are the same people behind the hugely successful Altrincham Market, the Observer Food Monthly's 'Best Market' Award Winner of 2015.
The market, with a capacity of up to 500 people, is a vast space- food and drink operators occupy the sidelines, whilst rows of wooden benches are spread out over two floors, all placed under a beautiful glass roof. The building has certainly maintained its industrial charm, complete with exposed brick walls, exposed beams, and original windows.
Food-wise, you can enjoy the delights of Honest Crust, a sourdough pizza company established in 2013, who provide wood-fired pizzas that are delicious. Alternatively, try out Taiwanese steamed buns filled with a range of fresh ingredients courtesy of Baohouse or salads, brunch, flatbreads and all things fresh by Little Window. Fin are serving up sustainable fish cooked over a barbecue, whilst the guys behind Tender Cow offer the lesser-known cuts of beef from farms from across the UK. Finally, in keeping with the meat theme, Naitonale7 are specialists in French rotisserie. For the thirsty, Reserve Wines curate a wide selection of wines for you to enjoy either sitting in or taking out. Manchester's very own micro-brewery, Blackjack Beers, are on hand for all beer lovers, offering a selection of cask, keg and bottled beers. There are two coffee houses, Wolfhouse and Atkins, who serve up quality artisan coffees and teas.
There's so much to chose from in Manchester in terms of good places to eat and drink, but Mackie Mayor is certainly worth a visit. Situated in a stunning and historic former marketplace, this place offers a fantastic selection of local food and drink operators.