Preston Markets have undergone a major redevelopment with a new market hall opening in February 2018 and there’s plenty to enjoy. Situated under an impressive Victorian canopy, the glass walled building provides a spacious and appealing area for traders and visitors alike.
The new market is comparable to more famous markets and as first impressions wow the visitor, it would easy to imagine being in London, at the world-famous Borough Market. It is a hive of activity and riot of colour and smells as vendors chat happily with customers and share their knowledge and expertise.
Newcomers, in prime position facing double doors, are Rebecca and Julie who run Brew & Bake and offer delicious artisan dishes using locally sourced products. This is a start-up business and Rebecca says that the mother and daughter team are delighted that the new market concept is bringing people off the high street and it appears to be attracting a younger clientele too. Dishes include a tasty bacon and sausage bap, served on local pottery from Pilling with excellent coffee from Carvetii, another local company, based at Threkeld.
There’s a plethora of food on offer with butchers, fishmongers, dairy and greengrocers trading alongside a variety of non-food stalls.
At the famous Redman’s, owner Sandra, who likes to keep her menu healthy, says, ‘The improvements to the market are brilliant and I love everything about the place. It is more modern, cleaner, and has a great atmosphere. We are seeing lots of new faces.’ Redman’s sell a wide-ranging variety of fine foods and all the meat products are roasted each day.
Sandra works alongside Charlie, who has worked on the market for thirty years. He offers a range of appetising foodstuffs, including his famous black pudding sausages. Charlie’s stand is the only place in Preston to sell locally smoked meats.
Trader, Jack, from Super Veg, says he loves the market and despite now occupying a smaller space he is busier than ever with a lot more people coming to his stalls.
The new outdoor market has moved to its permanent home under the 1875 canopy and has bespoke tables and branded umbrellas and several upgraded shipping containers have been used to create the Box Market to provide contemporary trading spaces.
The revamped area is dynamic and has created a unique destination that is attracting visitors from Preston and across the region.
It is a market and shopping location that the people of Preston are clearly very proud of.