Mackie Mayor

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle Street, Manchester, M4 5BU

The Grade II listed Mackie Mayor has long been one of Manchester‘s most beautiful but neglected buildings. Not anymore – this grand space has reopened after a huge refurbishment and is set to become a key fixture in the ever-growing Northern Quarter food and drink scene.

An ornate, voluminous, early-Victorian, Grade II-listed, purpose-built meat market

Previously owned by Manchester City Council, in the last few decades this ornate, voluminous, early-Victorian, Grade II-listed, purpose-built meat market (opened by Mayor Mackie in 1858 as part of Europe’s biggest fresh produce market) has variously acted as a training centre for unemployed youngsters, a shopmobility centre and even a skateboard park. At one point there were plans to turn it into a £12m archives centre, but this idea fell through a few years back, leading to it falling into disrepair, rife with pigeons and mold.

And so it lay empty for years. Vacant but never forgotten,  with constant chatter about when and if it would be brought back to former glories. Thankfully, the team behind Altrincham Market swept in to deliver a total facelift, turning it into a glass-roofed marketplace, packed with the city’s finest food and drink merchants, with room enough for hundreds of diners and drinkers.

Those with half an eye on Manchester’s history will be delighted at the rebirth of this symbol of the city’s illustrious past. And for those who couldn’t care less about architecture and simply fancy a bite to eat, the range of vendors on offer will be a big enough draw to return again and again. Expect Taiwanese steamed buns from the wonderfully-named Bao House, high-end coffee from J Atkinson & Co, charcoal-cooked fish from FIN and a whole host of others.

On this showing, it’s clear that Mackie Mayor won’t be leaving again anytime soon.

  • 1 Eagle Street
  • Manchester
  • M4 5BU
  • View map

Opening Hours

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Wed: 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Thu: 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Fri: 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sat: 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sun: 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Gecko: Kin at HOME
Theatre Until 1 October 2022, from £10.00

Gecko: Kin at HOME

Families Until 1 October 2022, from £13.00

Mrs Doubtfire at Manchester Opera House

MFDF 2022
Festivals Until 2 October 2022,

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2022

Cinema Until 3 October 2022, from £9.95

Not Just Bollywood at HOME

Music Until 5 October 2022, from £5.50

Sounds of Nature at The Stoller Hall

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange
Theatre Until 8 October 2022, from £10.00

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange

Electric Gamebox at the arndale
Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Illustration entitled ‘Because you cannot tame something so happily wild’ by Emily Hughes showing painted animals in a woodland setting
Exhibitions Until 30 October 2022, FREE

Picture This at The Lowry

vegan super club
Activity Until 25 November 2022, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House