First look at Steve Pilling’s new Stockport restaurants
Exciting images of renowned restauranteur Steve Pilling’s two fantastic new restaurants in Stockport Market Place have been released, with both planned to open before Christmas.
With more than 30 years’ culinary experience running award-winning restaurants such as Sam’s Chop House, Damson, Roost and La Cantina, Steve is set to transform Stockport’s historic Produce Hall and Blackshaws into must-visit eateries where visitors can enjoy a wide range of delicious food, drink and entertainment.
The Grade II-listed Produce Hall will be sensitively refurbished into a thriving food hall housing up to eight independent kitchens and bars, with seating for 150 people.
A rotating selection of guest pop-ups and street food traders will mean that no two visits will be the same, and live entertainment will also help transform the Produce Hall into a buzzing food and drink destination.
Just round the corner from the Produce Hall is Blackshaws Café.
Dating back to the 1860’s this former bakers and confectioners will be home to a new ‘deli-style’ café bar operated by Pilling.
The openings come as Stockport Market Place is quickly establishing itself as the region’s newest hotspot for food-lovers.
Over the past few months there has been a flurry of lettings in the Market Place, meaning the area’s well established food and drink scene, that includes award-winning restaurant Where The Light Gets In and new bar Project 53, will soon be joined by a number of other bars and restaurants, as well as Steve Pilling’s eateries.
Cllr Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “It has taken a little time to deal with the complexities involved in converting historically significant buildings into restaurants Stockport residents can be proud of, but believe we have achieved this.
“At the same time, we have also successfully relocated the businesses who used to be based in the Produce Hall into new homes from where they are now trading.
“These openings will cement Stockport Market Place’s position as a thriving, exciting food destination for visitors, both locally and from further afield.
“We’ve been working hard to ensure the Market Place is a key feature of our plans for town centre regeneration and that the full potential of the whole area is unlocked.
“It will be fantastic to see even more visitors coming back to this important and beautiful part of our town to shop, eat, relax and enjoy its unique historic charm.”
Stockport Council is currently investing £7m into helping revitalise Stockport’s Market Place and Underbanks.
The opening of new restaurants, bars and other businesses comes at the same time as events are being launched in the area, the independent businesses are being supported, and buildings are being restored or given new uses for the future.
The work, which is part of a £1bn transformation taking place across the town, is building on Stockport’s strengths.