What’s on your doorstep?
Since returning form travelling I decided to make a conscious effort to visit new places more often. It’s funny, we have to travel to the other side of the world to visit a museum or historical places, yet when someone asked what there is to see on your doorstep, you hit ‘GOOGLE’ and search ‘TOP THINGS TO DO IN CHESHIRE’. Whilst we were in Australia, we would ask people their recommendations on places to go. Nearly 90% of all people’s responses were ‘ I don’t know – I’ve never been’. Yes perhaps in Australia it’s a little different as it is a HUGE country nonetheless the point is it’s so funny that we often never actually get to know our own country.
With this in mind, myself and Ash decided to go to Altrincham Markets last weekend. Following restoration and refurbishment, the historical market has expanded and now includes a whole range of traders. From bakeries to handmade jewellers the market was buzzing with creativity. The traders also differ from week to week so each time you go you’ll have a different experience. My friend for example, Daisy Strang Illustration , sells beautiful handmade cards. She has a stand every couple of months to share her new seasonal designs.
Surrounding the market there are lots of independent boutique shops too. There was one shop with a range of quirky home wear – I spent about 25 minutes in this tiny little shop.
Food and Drinks
Next to the market stall room there is the ‘food court’. This cannot be likened to a generic fast food hub. The extent of the restoration is transparent as soon as you walk into the room. The original market features are laced throughout the interior. The open plan area compliments the circulation of delicious smells and smiles! We grabbed a coffee from ‘The Coffee House’ first before deciding on which stall to get food from. We decided to get a ‘light bite’ from Jack in the box.
We shared a couple salad options as we we’re both still full from breakfast! However, as we sat down, we faced the best looking pizza I have ever seen! It was so perfectly crisp and baked that I ended up asking the couple next to us if I could take a picture (that blogger life). I can’t comment on how it tasted – but if it’s anything to go by – they looked like they enjoyed it. The pizzeria in the food court offers a range of toppings, however unfortunately they don’t do a gluten free options. On a positive note they said that they we’re going to be putting it on the menu!! I will certainly be going back to try a slice or 5.I will be 100% going back to the markets especially when the weather warms. With it being open aired I can see why its a hot spot in the summer months!