Market House – Altrincham

Altrincham market in Cheshire has always been a well used and loved part of the community but in recent years, this heritage market place also become a specialist market at the weekends, with various Sundays in the month dedicated to Vintage, Artisan, Crafts and farmers & food markets.

Those markets have been the seedlings that have now grown into Market House, which opened it’s doors last weekend. The brainchild of Nick Johnson, the former marketing manager of Urban Splash, who were instrumental in changing our Urban landscapes and inner city living, Nick has re-designed the original indoor market at Altrincham into a food court, providing a permanent home for many of the artisan food specialists that have been putting Altrincham back on the culinary map, with the pop up markets.

The regeneration of the former market hall, is a perfect marriage of original Victorian features such as the wrought iron vaulted ceiling and 21st Century design with the use of recycled materials and industrial lighting. The range of mini restaurants and bars, which are housed around the perimeter of the market, are all specialists in their field, using the best of local produce and finest ingredients and the whole place has become a social hub, with plenty of seating in the centre, live music and even a dedicated childrens area for crafts and entertainment.

My photos, which were taken yesterday on a very busy Saturday afternoon, don’t really do the market justice. The food on offer, was a great variety and although I didn’t eat as I was just passing through, I will definitely be going back. The ones that caught my eye were, The Ginger Kid, who specialises in savoury and sweet tarts, with fresh seasonal salads and dressings, Honest Crust, who have a purpose built, wood burning Pizza oven and promise to bring a taste of Napoli to Altrincham and BlackJack micro brewery and bar.

It looks as though Nick Johnson and his wife, who was Nick’s partner in the rebirth of the market, have brought a little bit of London living to Cheshire. The market reminds me very much of Borough Market and I think it’s going to be just as successful!

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