The top ten independent food markets in the UK.
You may have noticed that independent food markets are making a bit of a stir. You may have also noticed that a lot of chains that were the darlings of the high street are starting to close (think GBK, Zizzi and more recently Jamie’s Italian). As independent food markets become more and more popular we thought we would give you the low down on some of the best independent food markets to check out in 2019.
Mercato Metropolitino – Elephant & Castle, London.
We loved our visit here. The Turkish platter and passion fruit mojito was spectacular and we will be returning soon to taste test some of the other cuisines.
The marketplace is where selected food suppliers and trading partners connect with visitors to breathe life into healthy living that helps local communities grow strong together. With diverse food practices and ingredients from different countries, cultures and traditions into urban environments. This space is a place of social gathering, eating and enjoying time with friends and family. They are looking to emulate this is new locations soon.
The Crafty Fox Markets also host regular events here too, definitely worth a trip down to combine the 2 markets and experience the quality handmade stalls and great food at the same time! Grab the Mojitos everyone. Cheers!
Baltic market – Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
It’s Liverpool’s first and finest street food market and the residents are loving it. As their 2nd Birthday approaches it might be worth a visit to see the market hosted in Cain’s Brewery. We have our own plans to visit very soon.
Bustler Market – John Street, Derby
This is one of only two monthly events we are sharing–we have heard ‘on the grape vine’ that it is pretty special!
Held on the last weekend of every month, and we a recent change in venue it is going from strength to strength. Northern Craft recently visited to host a craft market alongside this food market and we could expect to see more collaborations like this.
Find Northern Craft on Pedddle really soon….
Peddler Market – 92 Burton Road, Sheffield.
The second of our monthly events, Peddler Night Market serves up a tasty mix of street food, craft beer, cocktails, live music and art, all under one roof. Not to be confused with us here at Pedddle (3d’s) this is a hot market to be a part of, it’s all about the best of the best. Passionate people making really good stuff!
Head down on the first weekend of the month to 92 Burton Road for this one.
Mackie Mayor – Northern Quarter, Manchester
Mackie Mayor in Manchester was once Europe’s largest fresh produce market. After laying derelict for years Mackie Mayor’s is now home to a great independent food hall serving everything from Artisan Pizzas, beef short ribs on toast and chocolate goodies. The vaulted ceilings and ornate décor make this a truly memorable and unique experience.
Brixton Village Market – Brixton Station Road Market
Brixton Market is more than a food hall really, but we wanted to share it. The once down trodden arcades have been replaced by a vibrant spaces full of quirky independent shops and, crucially, independent food stalls and restaurants. There’s literally every type of food under the sun at Brixton, lots of Caribbean food, as you would expect but there’s also amazing French, Italian and Brazilian delights that need to be sample.
We are excited to see our very own Pedddle members the Green Rooms Markets join their space for a pop up on 8th September, 2019 too.
Kirkgate Market – Leeds
In 2017 over 400,000 visitors came to Kirkgate Market. Their thinking is that they came for the infamous Yorkshire Pudding Wraps as well as Jerk Chicken that is to die for. You’ll also find great artisan beers and independent wine sellers at this market.
Shrewsbury Market Hall – Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury market used to be a standard market but it is now a treasure trove of amazing independent food (and other) stalls. The Indian street food is amazing and you can also eat incredibly authentic tapas and Dim Sum. Like most independent markets, there are no reservations but we often feel this adds to the charm.
Alty Market House – Altrincham
The Mancunian’s seem to be leading the way when it comes to independent markets and Altrincham is one of the originals. The choice of food on offer at Altrincham is probably not as extensive as some of the others but what is there never fails to impress. Tender Cow, as you would expect, is great if you love all things meat. And the Great Northern Pie company, we think does exactly what it says on the tin (their pies don’t come out of tins by the way).
This space is also accompanied by an adjoining market- Altrincham Market (operated by Alty Market team) and it is where you can find a host of fabulous creatives. From our fav Vintage duo Vintage Honey Interiors that hold a regular spot here to Pedddle members that are standing at different weekends throughout the month. Some of them include: The Thomas-Coles, Statement Artworks, Eggbert & Daisy to name a few.
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Look out for Hatch Manchester, Boxpark in Shoreditch, GRUB in Manchester, the recently opened Seven Dials Market in london by KERB Street Food in London and Street Feast plus the many Foodie Friday events that are popping up near you.
We hope you have found this short guide to some of the best independent markets useful. If you love independent markets (food and otherwise) please visit Pedddle. Pedddle is a platform that brings independent markets, stallholders and customers together.