Crewe Market Hall, 27 Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2BL – Visit Now
From big name brands at Grand Junction Retail Park to the bijou boutiques of Nantwich, Crewe has plenty to offer those in search of some retail therapy. Located at the heart of Crewe’s shopping epicentre is Crewe Market Hall, a building brimming with history.
The origins of one of Crewe’s earliest civic structures and local landmarks lies in cheese. Cheese? Yep, it doesn’t get any cheddar than this. In the early 1850s, a Cheese and Cattle Fair Committee was formed and plans devised for a cheese market. The magnificent ‘Cheese Hall’ opened in 1854, providing space for 2,000 tonnes of cheese. In 1857, a corn exchange was built next door, followed by a warehouse for butter and bacon. The hall soon became a popular general market and cemented its place in the daily life of the townsfolk.
The historic Market Hall on Earle Street has recently undergone an extensive £3m programme of refurbishment, breathing new life into the Grade II listed building. The Victorian building’s large archways have been opened up as entrances and fitted with glazed doors, while external repairs have been made to the brickwork. The interior has also had a makeover to make the units more in keeping with the building’s rich history.
With a planned opening date of 17 May and an official launch earmarked for 21 June, the redeveloped Market Hall will host a variety of eateries, artisans and makers. Traders confirmed include family-run Mini Beans Coffee and Jordy’s Pizza. Northwich-based firm The Salty Dog are taking on the bar with their new venture, The Crewe Dog, offering craft beers and real ale. Other traders include Mighty Burger Club, Casa Mexica and Nature’s Street Chef, specialising in vegan street food from around the world. With a feast of traders and activity, the new Market Hall looks set to become the big cheese in Crewe.