Leicester Market Wins Best Food Market

January 30, 2015
Visitors flock to the Food Hall on it’s opening day – May 23rd 2014.

We are pleased to announce the Leicester Market’s Food Hall has won the Great British Market Award for Best Food Market.

Shaun Miles, Leicester Market Manager said, ‘We are extremely pleased to have won this award which recognizes the hard work of so many people including the project team, the traders and of course the excellent produce on offer at the market.’

‘If you still haven’t been to the food hall since it opened in May, I would encourage you to come down and have a look at all the lovely fresh food on offer at great prices.’

The award, which is largely considered to be the most coveted of the all of the Great British Market Awards was given to the Food Hall after being open for just over 6 months.

The panel was made up of market experts, press and sponsors.

Graham Wilson, chief executive of the NABMA, said: “The judges were very impressed with the new food hall and the way it had been designed and the way it’s become the heart of the city centre.

“The quality of food on offer was also of a very high quality and the whole place creates an intimate atmosphere and has colour and character.”

The New Food Hall houses eight high quality fresh food traders that were originally housed in the outdated 1970’s outdoor market.

Grieg and Stephenson, architects for the project, were keen to make the historic Corn Exchange building a key focal point of the Food Hall design.

The final result was beyond anyone’s expectations.

Glued laminated timber beams form large clear spans across the inner roof defining the shape of the building.

Natural daylight floods in to allow for a fresh and airy atmosphere.

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The new food hall is a stunning addition to Leicester’s historic market and I am delighted it’s won a national award for best food market.

“Leicester Market has served the city well for the past 800 years, and we are continuing with our programme of improvements there to ensure it has a role to play for the next 800 years.”

As good as the design, layout and start of the art equipment is, the real stars here are the traders.

Inside you will find fresh fish such as whole Sottish Salmon, scallops and prawns as well as chicken and game from Trawlerman and Gibson’s.

From the three butchers Ashmore’s, Frank Lee and Son and Andrew Sykes you will find a variety of fresh meats including homemade sausages and kebabs , aged beef, offal, joints of pork and more.

And in the deli section you will find local artisanal as well as regional and European Cheeses from Country Fayre, Kotula and Son and Sherwin’s Cheese Company not to mention tripe, bacon, pork pies and cured meats.

The customer feedback has been phenomenal with a significant increase in a younger more foodie customer base.

And the traders are also happy, reporting an increase in both footfall and sales.

News of the award comes as Leicester City Council is partway through demolishing the old indoor market to make way for a Covent Garden-style piazza.