This week lovers of the award-winning Altrincham Market were delighted by the news that its ‘spiritual sister’ Mackie Mayor had opened its doors in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.
Run by Nick Johnson and Jenny Thompson, the duo who established Altrincham Market House in 2014, Mackie Mayor offers seating for 400 diners in what is surely one of Manchester’s most beautiful forgotten buildings.
Large tables fill the centre of this former meat market, which dates back to 1854. The building stood empty from the 1990s but was restored by Muse Developments in 2016 and subsequently transformed by the Altrincham Market Operations team.
Six of the nine food and drink units at Mackie Major are run by traders who’ve been part of the success at Altrincham Market: Reserve Wines, Honest Crust, Jack in The Box bar, Wolfhouse Coffee, Little Window and Tender Cow.
The traders are arranged around the central seating area and diners can pick and choose from different outlets, which is one of the keys to the original Altrincham Market’s success. There’s a no-booking policy, shared tables when the place gets busy, and – if it’s anything like the Altrincham version – a great communal and relaxed atmosphere.
On day one the tables were one third full within the first 30 minutes of opening, and you can expect this sort of popularity to continue. The mezzanine with extra seating will open at the weekend, and it’s a feature that’s sure to add to the ‘buzziness’ of the venue.
For more on the opening of Mackie Mayor, see Place North West’s review.
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