Stockport has (unfairly) had a bit of a bad rep for in recent years but those who live and work there know that it’s become a serious go-to destination, with some fantastic restaurants, top boozers and now their very own market hall.
The humble market hall has experienced a big resurgence in many towns and cities throughout the world, including Manchester with the advent of Altrincham Market a few years back and more recently with Mackie Mayor in the NQ.
As such, many of the smaller towns in the region have been looking to capitalise on this very popular ‘all under one roof’ trend and get their own market halls to attract those big-spending weekend crowds.
Urmston is getting one. Macclesfield is getting one and this week Stockport got one as The Produce Hall opened its doors to Joe Bloggs and his wife Debbie – and to be fair to them – it’s brilliant.
Housed in the Grade II-listed building that has served as a meat and fish market, cheese stall, sweet shop and even a public library, The Produce Hall offers a 150-cover space complete with a range of food and drink options to try, as well as an outside terrace with the obligatory (and necessary) umbrellas and patio heaters.
So what food is on offer there?
Well, top of my list to try is the range of homemade pies on offer, as well as tuck into some of the requisite wood-fired pizzas that you come to expect from such places.
Also on the menu are burgers, steak sandwiches, tapas, rotisserie chicken, fish and chips and coffee and cakes courtesy of the Black Market Espresso Co.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there’s the bar – serving up a rotating range of beers and ales from local brewers such as Shindigger and Beatnikz, as well as wines and spirits.
The Produce Hall is open from Tuesday – Sunday each week from 11am until 10.30pm.
The Produce Hall, 22 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EU