There’s good things happening in Levenshulme at the moment, people. And one of those things is the new market.
Manchester City Council started a market last year in the station car park but decided it wasn’t profitable enough to continue. Despite that, a group of local residents and business people have formed a committee to continue running the market.
The market is still based in the station car park, which means there’s some parking available for visitors. Lots of the stalls are from local businesses but there are also many more from other areas come to test out the murky inner-city waters. It’s so good to see businesses coming into our little area and so so good to see it well supported by the community.
It was good news that my freezer was almost empty so I set out with the plan to fill it as full as possible. With more than 40 traders there, this was by far the best market yet. Despite the blizzardy arctic conditions, there was a dazzling array of food, vintage clothing, beauty, organic fruit and vegetables, art and some warming boozy drinks from POD Deli.
And yes, I did visit twice in one day. Mainly because my toes were frozen in my scratty ol’ Cons the first time round so I ran home to warm up, only to venture out again in my furry boots to procure some barbecue lunch from Fire and Salt BBQ. The spiced brisket of beef was succulent and pink, with a drenching of Jack Daniel’s sauce.
Other good buys include some potted meats – hare and wild boar – from The Moochery (top photo). I also stocked up the freezer with a pile of meats from Savin Hill, while my wind-chapped hands were soothed by some really rich hand cream I bought from Bayspring, which smells amazing.
Also check out these amazing Manchester Tarts from Robinson’s the Master Bakers.
Bobby’s Bangers was a welcome addition with a wide variety of sausages, all of which could be bought individually so you can try all the flavours. We chose sage and onion and red onion – and have scoffed them already. Bobby had braved the snow and dug himself out of his home in Oldham JUST to bring us sausages, people. Applaud the man (despite his lack of apostrophe).
Chaat Cart is another favourite and market regular. Their samosas are truly amazing – light and delicately spiced, with a fruity tomato chutney, yoghurt sauce and tamarind sauce.
Another foodie regular is Pudding Pie Cafe, which offers really reasonable pies in many flavours. We bought a steak and Lancashire ale pie, but I wish I’d also got a pork and cider one as well. Please come back to the next market!
This Is Lullaby by Vicky Brown sells beautiful children’s clothes made from upcycled and vintage fabrics and is definitely worth a look.
The market is on every fourth Saturday of the month from 10am until 4pm. By an intense algorithm and calculation, I have deducted that makes the next market Saturday, April 27.
The market takes place in the train station carpark, which is just behind the main high street. If you’re on foot, you can cut through by Edward Mellor estate agent or Hennigan’s Bar.
Carolyn Hughes works for Manchester PR agency Fourth Day PR.