Bolton Market has beaten off stiff competition to be named the best indoor market in Britain.
The market, on Ashburner Street, has been judged Britain’s Favourite Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
Reknowned for its fresh fish and exotic fruit stalls, Bolton Market beat other entrants in a national competition to scoop the top award.
The results were announced in an awards ceremony at a NABMA Building Better Markets conference, in Birmingham last week.
Bolton’s submission was praised for its innovation and pro-activity and the judges liked the way Bolton Market differentiated itself from others.
The market’s popularity has grown in the last year with the addition of an in-house cookery demonstration kitchen, believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
The kitchen was singled out for acclaim by the judges who recognised the work being done through the facility to encourage healthy eating campaigns.
Celebrity chefs including the Hairy Bikers have cooked up dishes for the public to try in the kitchen, and more events are being programmed for the year
Bolton Market was also highlighted last year as an example for struggling markets to follow by the Retail Markets Alliance.
More than 2.5 million people visit the market annually, which sells everything from fish to fabric, gifts and plants.
Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “This award is such an honour and it’s a real credit to traders, customers and staff. The unique atmosphere and shopping experience the market offers, together with the good quality, fresh produce at a low price make it an unmissable stop when you’re in town. We are absolutely delighted, but not at all surprised, that Bolton is home to the best indoor market.”
The indoor and outdoor market is open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The car boot market is open Sunday, 7.30am to 2pm.