They broke the mould a little when Mackie Mayor opened. In a world of food halls, the Northern Quarter landmark stands out and then some, with the building alone worth a visit. Of course, the plates, dishes, and glasses being served up are also impressive, hence always being able to find this place busy, no matter the time or day. Honest Crust has long been a staple at this emporium of culinary greatness, and for one very good reason. The team behind it have been making exceptionally good sourdough pizza since 2013, when they started out as a pop up over in Ramsbottom, and that quality has provided longevity.
Today operating three locations (see Altrincham’s Market House and Picturedrome in Macclesfield), the independent operation is all about pizza as it should be. And by that, they mean 48 hour fermented dough, and only the best ingredients imported direct from small-scale producers. For example, the tomatoes and olive oil at the root of many menu items. This guarantees the best flavours, and helps reduce environmental impact. So that means everything you eat contributes to a fair, positive food ecosystem, which is always a good thing.
Onto the food itself, and that heart translates to amazing pizza, with specials changing on a regular basis depending on the availability of produce through suppliers including Cinderwood Market Garden, Organic North, and charcuterie experts Trealy Farm and Cobble Lane Cured. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to find Honest Crust in a slew of good food guides. And those looking to dive a little deeper into pizzas should also note you can sign up for a Pizza Workshop, which includes refreshments on the date, dough and sourdough starter kits to take away, along with discount priced premium ingredients, and — of course — the actual pizza you make.