A new food hall from the Altrincham Market House team is set to open in Manchester city centre – subject to planning permission. The venue is to be the huge Mackie Mayor Smithfield Market building, next to the Smithfield Tavern and near Band on the Wall in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Built in 1858, the building has been simply renovated inside (we managed to grab a sneak peek) to make the most of its beautiful skylights and cast iron pillars. It was originally a meat market, but has been empty since the 1990s, barring a few raves and a brief incarnation as a skate park. The building is a companion to the other remaining Smithfield Market building, which now houses the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Altrincham Market Hall is home to Honest Crust Pizza, Reserve Wines and various other food and drink vendors, and, as reported by Manchester Confidential, the owners are set to opened a companion venue in the city centre with similar traders should the planning application get the green light. Altrincham Market House was tastefully refurbished by former Marketing Manchester boss Nick Johnson, and has flourished since it launched in September 2014 with a warm, woody shared dining space at the heart of a large food hall, complete with vending outlets running around the circumference of the room. Offering a range of drinks and cuisines, it’s an ideal place to go with kids, for brunch or just for a fun night out. The Market House has won many awards to date, which acknowledge the fact that Johnson and co have created and curated a food and drink hall that stands up there with the best in the world. Watch this space for more info about the new Northern Quarter venue.

Mackie Mayor Building, Smithfield Market, Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 4AF

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Published on:
Wed 28 Sep 2016