Yesterday myself & Mr B went to Beech Road in Chorlton, Manchester which is an eclectic shopping destination, full of independent shops and small bars & restaurants.
On the last Saturday of the month they have a farmers market on the green in front of The Horse & Jockey pub, full of tempting stalls selling anything from artisan cheeses, hand made dips and sauces and home made pizza bases, complete with tomatoe sauce, ready for you to add your own toppings at home.
The prices are very competitive and the stall holders are all very knowledgeable about their products, and the ingredients that have gone into them, as everything is home made and home grown.
Amongst our purchases was some South American chimi churri sauce which can be used as a dip or marinade for meat or vegetables. This was made by fledgling company Some Like it Hot who also make various salsas and sauces. We also bought some chocolate brownies and some vegetable pakoras.
Across the road in The Beech Inn, they hold a regular weekly vintage market, every Saturday. Some of the things that caught my eye today were lovely vintage books and 1950’s barkcloth fabric with a large cabbage rose design, quite rare to find now and at only £10.00 for a length, excellent value. Eva runs the stall in the front bar under the name Shady Lane Vintage and promises lots of new stock from her abundant collections.
Behind the Beech, tucked away in their beer garden, you’ll find a vintage American Airstream parked up serving hot and tasty Asian street food. The Hungry Gecko, run by 2011 Master Chef contestant Jackie Kearney, is parked here every Thursday through to Saturday providing gourmet Asian street food influenced by Jackie’s travels.
If you’re in West Manchester on a Saturday, you could easily spend an afternoon on Beech Road and I recommend a visit to these markets for a great selection of stock and lovely friendly stall holders who are happy to chat about their wares.