From the creators of the well-known Altrincham Market, the Mackie Mayor boasts a communal food-hall style eating and drinking dream, accommodating around 400 people! Be prepared, however – it seems like the whole of Manchester is in on the secret so avoid peak times if you want a seat!
The building itself – opened by Mayor Mackie, hence the name – dates back to 1858, is grade-two listed and was originally a popular meat market which fell into dereliction in the early nineties and has lain tragically empty until now. Careful restoration has ensured that the charm of the glass roof-topped building has not been lost, with original graffiti still gracing the exposed brick walls. I think it will take some time before I get used to the beauty of the place…
Nine independent food and drink businesses, including Honest Crust Pizza, Tendor Cow, Fin, Bao House, Katie’s Cakes, Reserve Wines and Black Jack Brewery are situated on the ground floor, with a mezzanine overlooking the magnificent architecture providing additional seating. I am fortunate enough to live a five minute walk away, but I’m confident that this gem will be drawing punters in from across the North West.
If you are only visiting Manchester temporarily, DO NOT LEAVE until you have dined beneath Mackie Mayor’s wonderful glass roof among other likeminded foodies. Be prepared to scootch up along the rows of benches, dodge a dog or two (!) to find yourself perfectly at home surrounded by a collection of passionate vendors who love food as much as you.
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Photos by Claire Harrison