University of Manchester serves up ground-breaking new food market

The university's new food market

The University of Manchester is one of the first universities in the country to launch its very own food market.

The project, from the hospitality and events team at the university with local company Eats Agency handling social marketing, opens its doors today (September 25).

Led by Liam Bergin, the team has been working hard to renovate a former eatery on campus to provide a year-round food market of independent food producers.

However, there is no fancy launch planned – instead, Bergin insists the launch will be about “honest food, served by passionate local producers offering our staff, students and visitors alike delicious, fresh food that’s good for the soul”.

The market will be akin to already popular market eateries, such as Mackie Mayor and Altrincham Market, with a central communal seating area surrounded by a selection of artisan food and drink outlets.

Jake Ansbro, co-founder of Eats Agency, said: “Working with the university on a first of its kind project like this is really exciting.

“Following a great reception after launching on our own community eatmcr, we know this new venture will not only enhance the student experience, it’s also a great opportunity for local food brands to connect with students.”

Big names such as Brewski and Yard and Coop are among the initial line up, with what promises to be a fantastic addition to the food and drink offering on campus.