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Levenshulme market – so good I went twice

Levenshulme market The Moocher

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.

Levenshulme market - Robinsons 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.

levenshulme market - chaat cart

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!

Levenshulme - Pudding Pie Cafe

This Is Lullaby by Vicky Brown sells beautiful children’s clothes made from upcycled and vintage fabrics and is definitely worth a look.

Levenshulme market - This Is Lullaby

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.




Artisan Markets, Castlefield

Castlefield market

Castlefield Artisan market

It couldn’t have worked out better. We had nothing planned, and it was a mild November day with searing blue skies and a low afternoon sun.

Scanning through my Twitter feed on Sunday morning, I noticed a tweet about Castlefield Artisan Market, which is on the cobbles under the viaduct near Dukes 92.

With a great mix of food, vintage stalls and craft, this was the best market I’ve been to in a long time. Jazz was blasted out across the cobbles, with a troupe of dancers, doing a ridiculously cool dance routine. The upbeat music gave the event a really lovely atmosphere and gave everyone a smile on their face.

We stocked up on salt marsh lamb from Cockerham in Lancashire, as well as speciality sausages, cakes and delicacies from Taste of Anatolia, among many other delicious items.

This is exactly what Manchester has needed for many years, and I can’t understand why the council hasn’t been able to organise something like this. Although saying that, the best events come from innovative individuals doing something they’re passionate about. And in true Manchester fashion, this isn’t just any old farmers’ market – it’s so much more than that.

Castlefield Artisan Market will take place every first Sunday of the month, from 10am to 4pm. The next event is December 4 and there is a special Christmas market on December 23.

Come along and show your support.

Surburban Series plates by Lisa Mouncey, from Broadstone Mill

Surburban Series plates by Lisa Mouncey, from Broadstone Mill

Long Causeway, Burnley

Long Causeway tarts

Long Causeway Farm Shop is situated up near Burnley and is run by the three former owners of That Cafe in Levenshulme, which sadly for M19 closed last year. The trio now work on their smallholding, and sell their produce at farmers’ markers and at their own farm shop once a month.

We regularly used to go to Ashton Farmers’ Market (last Sunday of every month) and know exactly how good their little tartlets and cakes are (see above photo). So we decided to go and visit their smallholding, and made it just before it closed at 2pm. Luckily they hadn’t sold out of those tartlets so good we’d driven 35 miles to buy some.

The haddock chowder tart (all tarts are £1.40) was delicious with a spicy kick of chilli livening up the smoked fish, and came with a sprinkling of crunchy cheese on top. Long Causeway Farm’s own lamb was shredded and baked to perfection in another tart, and given a topping of minted mushy peas. Next up (hey, we were hungry) was the king of the crop – the pork, sage and apple, which tasted like really juicy stuffing with a sweet slice of apple across the top. All truly amazing and worth the journey.

Long Causeway meat

We also bought a heavenly pear and almond tart (£1.40), which had the most perfect crunch to the pastry, plus a bag of their home-reared lamb and pork, and a jar of bursting-with-freshness pesto (£3). A loaf of caramelised onion and walnut bread (£1.50) is everything bread should be: crusty on the outside and bouncy and full of flavour on the inside.

All the produce from Long Causeway is incredibly reasonably priced considering it is all homegrown and lovingly baked.

We’d envisaged a lovely day out in the countryside but didn’t really find much to inspire us around Burnley, ending up at Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale for ice-cream.

If you appreciate good well-looked after meat, make the effort to source some from Long Causeway  - it’s worth the effort.
Directions to Long Causeway




Buy real food at Manchester Farmers’ Market

Manchester farmers market

After a late night with too much wine and then a 6.30am early start to finish off a project, I needed rescuing to make it through the rest of today. A hungover craving for food that involved not cooking or washing up propelled me, via the magic of the 192, down to Manchester’s Farmers’ and Producers’ Market at Piccadilly Gardens.

I’ve not been there for a while, so it was all brand new to me. I started off at the Orchard Pigs stall, who breed lovely happy pigs in Wrexham and then make them into pork pies for us Manchester people to eat. I’ve just nibbled a bit of the pork and cider pie that was recommended to me and it’s pretty good. There was none of that nasty jelly you usually get surrounding a pork pie. I think it cost £2.50.

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