European-style food hall to open in NQ

The team behind Altrincham’s award-winning food hall are looking to replicate its success in the Northern Quarter.

Market House is set to open in the former Smithfield meat market on Swan Street by mid-September.

The historic Grade II building was last open to the public in 1974. The two-storey market will reopen with capacity for 400 people and 20,000 meals a week served by ‘passionately regional, fiercely independent’ eateries.

A company statement said:

“We hope to open our doors in mid-late September with a softly, softly approach as we bed-in, so please treat us gently at first until we have learned a little more about the subtleties and intricacies that come from breathing life back into this truly amazing building.

“As with Market House we will operate a strict no-bookings policy so that you can turn up on the spur of the moment and pitch-in....which is the way we like it.

“At Market House we can seat 180 people inside and we now feed nearly 10,000 people each week. At Mackie we'll have seating for over 400 people so the quest for a seat might be a little easier, we hope.”