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Nestled in the historic old architecture of Stockport Marketplace, Blackshaw’s Kitchen becomes the latest food & drink destination in the town centre.
Only two years ago the food scene in Stockport was in all sense of the word bland. But as years have passed more and more establishments are setting up shop which is bringing local people back to the town centre.
Blackshaw’s have managed to turn an old building into something delightfully honest, modern, but also in keeping with the buildings that surround it.
Inside you are welcomed by a space that feels comfortable. The old pillars inside have been stripped down to their original colour, the brick opened up, and the beautiful wooden windows have been given a fresh coat of paint.
The triumph is not only in Blackshaw’s ability to feel modern and classic at the same time. It is James’ choice to use local businesses produce in the process of creating his restaurant. A wide array of plants are perfectly balanced on the wall that give a nod to the fashionable indoor plant scene consuming popular culture. All purchased from Plant Shop Manchester on the other side of the square. There are plans to involve local artists to create a beautiful mural inside the restaurant which adds to the community vibe.
It is always a winner in our eyes when local businesses support each other.
Now to the food…
The food available is in keeping with what you’d expect from an urban kitchen. It is not trying to be complex it is hearty, wholesome and easy going with an occasional spark along the way. Something we feel the old town and Stockport as a whole needed. Surrounded by the likes of Where The Light Gets In, and until recently The Allotment, Blackshaw’s humble menu fits perfectly in its environment.
Blackshaw’s Kitchen offers anything from Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and caramelised banana to a classic fish an chips. We must admit the Roast Sirloin of beef did look excellently put together but we opted for a lighter option.
Vegan and Veggie options are available which include Lentil hotpot, Sunday vegan roast and a field board.
Without harping on too much we absolutely recommend you pay the team a visit, and as always remember embrace the local.
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We were invited to dine as guests of Blackshaws and were not asked to pay.
In awe of the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea – I was reminded of a restaurant that I recently became aware of.
It goes by the name of Baekdu (a North Korean mountain).
The restaurant is oddly located in what appears to be an old pub style building just off Lords Street. I cant imagine it’s the footfall that brings the diners in; however, there is a public car park opposite which is incredibly convenient.
The restaurant, it its own words, labels itself as Korean BBQ.
The concept is based around charcoal fire pits that are set within the tables. Each table has its own pit that the chefs use to grill, BBQ and cook your food right in front of you.
After some contemplation I opted to order the spicy marinated chicken. In addition to this I selected the lettuce & spring onion side which the menu highly recommends. I am sooo glad I did this.
Once the chicken is grilled, the server places a curved lettuce leaf into a bowl, then adds some of the seasoned spring onion and finally takes the chicken off the grill and adds it to your already delightful looking salad.
As you can see from the photos below the lettuce is used as a kind of wrap. It is a little delicate to pick up but it creates a great authentic Korean dish that is full of flavour.
My visit to Baekdu was my first experience of Korean food, usually I am a little tentative because I worry about the chopsticks, how to navigate my way around the menu, and the pronunciation of some of the dishes.
Having said that the staff were very attentive, the menu had numbers which made it easier to order, and the BBQ you eat with your hands so it ticked off all my ignorant insecurities.
With all that in mind I had a great experience and would highly recommend a visit. Although, I believe they are closed for refurbishment from 11th of March to the 27th. Just a heads up.
Baekdu is another example of the Stockport food scene growing and diversifying; we just need to make sure that we give them our support and embrace the local.
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Stockport Indoor Market
The Stockport Indoor Market is one of the most iconic symbols of the historical Old Town district. The structure itself is a combination of elegantly painted wrought iron and large sections of glass. As you can see from the photo these large windows allow for the market to be a beacon of light and a hub for old fashioned conversation.
Within the market there are a number of different vendors selling all kinds of products. The options consist of: cheeses, wines, sweets, vegetables, fruits, cafes, cakes, toys, cards, collectibles and many more. It is more than possible to do your weekly shop here and if you do so I guarantee it will be a positive experience.
The market is made even better by the people within it, the sellers are real people who have a real passion for the products they are selling. The option to try products, discuss them, and really have a meaningful interaction is why this place appeals to me and many others.
Outside of the market hall there is separate vendors at the weekend adding to the array of choices. I would recommend following the market on Twitter to find out the different vendors on offer. This weekend was the Makers Market which brought together local entrepreneurs selling anything from gin distilled in Cheshire to handcrafted jewellery.
The Stockport Market needs more of us to visit to keep it alive – the cliche phrase ‘use it or lose it’ really describes the importance of using these historical spaces to keep them from fading into history. We highly recommend visiting soon so that you too can experience the authentic market atmosphere. Embrace the Local folks!
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