Altrincham’s Food Market
I’ve lived in Manchester for just over 2 years. I spent a year of that working in Altrincham and in all that time I never once visited Altrincham’s famous market. So a few weeks ago I decided it was time to combine a little Christmas shopping, a visit to a new cheese shop I’d heard had recently opened ,with a visit to Altrincham’s food market. I wasn’t disappointed as the market was busy and bustling.
The market sells everything from flowers, jewellery, candles and arts and crafts as well as food and drink. As you can see I was particularly drawn to the delicious fresh breads on offer, one of which I bought to accompany the cheese I picked up.
Tables inside and out were full despite the bitter cold day and to warm ourselves up we decided to try the infamous Great Northern Pie Company’s Pie, Mash and Gravy. We opted for the Swaledale Beef mince and onion pie. The pie contained Swale rare breed beef mince, roast onion puree, ale gravy, peas, redcurrant jelly, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon and white pepper. The menu also included Classic Lancashire cheese and onion, Roast Chicken and Ham and finally a Spinach and Cheese filling.
There was plenty of mince filling to sauce inside and the mash was creamy and smooth. This was served on a bed of rich gravy that was plentiful and warming. It was the perfect meal for a cold Northern Saturday afternoon.
The Cheese Peddlers
A friend of mine, who knows of my cheese addiction, told me that a new cheese shop had opened in Altrincham. The Cheese Peddlers is a small artisan cheese shop and deli in the heart of Altrincham town centre.
Of course I wasted no time in hunting it down and sampling its goods. With the help of the two lovely ladies who worked there, I settled on three different cheese; a rich blue cheese, a smoked Lancashire and a smooth Cheddar. I’m sorry to say that that was all the information I can give you about these cheese. Most of them were gone within 5 minutes of this picture being take.
The Cheese Peddlers also offer a range of chutneys, pickles and crackers as well as good selection of locally sourced cheeses.
The Cheese Peddlers are open Monday-Friday 9:30-3.00 and Saturday 9:00-5:00 but are closed on Sundays.