The Macclesfield Treacle Market in Macclesfield, Cheshire, is something I’ve been meaning to go to for ages. It’s a food/craft/vintage market that runs on the last Sunday of every month.
I don’t know why we’ve taken so long to get round to going – it’s only a few stops away from where we live on the train. Being on a Sunday, it’s perfect for us because we’re always busy with horses or nights out on Saturdays. So we finally got round to going to the one in August and it was brilliant. I do love a market, but it’s hard to find a good’un. Food ones are a bit boring once you’ve actually eaten and they’re often overrun with screaming children, which I am allergic to. Vintage/craft ones are frequently full of old junk and someone’s hideous homemade Celtic jewellery. You end up wandering round and never actually buying anything. The Macclesfield Treacle Market is the opposite of this situation – we came home with loads of actually nice stuff and had a really lovely day.
And Macclesfield itself turned out to be really good too. It’s not somewhere I know very well, even though it’s so close to where we live now. It’s really pretty and has lots of places to eat and drink, so it’s a good place to wander round when you’ve wrung the market dry too. We’ve already planned to go back to try a Scandinavian restaurant we had our eye on and I want to take my mum to the market. That’s how good it was.
So this is what we got up to and my little guide to the Macclesfield Treacle Market – it might be handy if you’re planning a trip there…
How to get to the Macclesfield Treacle Market
Macclesfield train station is pretty central. When you walk out of the station, head up towards the hill. Look for signs to the market place. It’s a short walk and you can get an idea of the town. Some of the little cobbled streets are really pretty.
You’ll find the main chunk of the market in the market place (surprisingly). This is just the tip of the iceberg – it goes on. I was worried that was all there was, until we noticed it went on down all the side streets and EVERYWHERE.
Homewares and gifts at the Treacle Market
In the square, you’ll find a lot of the craft and homeware stuff – aka the best bit for spending all your money. There was SO much garden stuff I wanted but our garden is a state at the moment and needs a complete overhaul.
We ended up getting an adorable little succulent in a terrarium from The Glass Gardener, a Scandi-style tote bag, some squirrel earrings by Victoria Wild Designs, retro postcards and a fridge magnet from Statement Artworks, and a gorgeous little wooden row of houses. I really want to get more of the houses next time because they’d be a really good present. Can’t remember the name of the stall, annoyingly. But they now have pride of place on our bathroom window ledge and look SO cute.
Apologies in advance for the photo overload but it was all very aesthetically pleasing.
Food and drink at the Treacle Market
Onto the important stuff: overindulging.
After we’d filled our bag with cute homewares and stuff, we ended up having one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. That’s a bold statement, I know. It was a mushroom pie from Russian pie makers Cossack Cuisine. It’s not often I find a veggie pie that good. It wasn’t like a normal pie – more like a brioche bun filled with all sorts of delicious stuff.
We also had some beer and prosecco cocktails at The Boho Bar, which has to be the most Instagrammable bar I’ve ever seen. The best thing was being able to sit in the sun and say hello to all the dogs going past. Seriously, I’ve never seen so many cute dogs in one day before. It was too much to cope with.
Aside from that, there was loads of food you could buy to take home. We got some mushrooms but if we’d not been staying out and getting a late train home, we could have got loads more. Everything was, as you’d expect, local and organic and all that joy. There were plenty of veggie/vegan things, so we’ll have to bring a bigger bag next time.
Finally, we left the market for a bit to do something we’ve been meaning to do since… 2013? We went on a friend’s hen do that featured a cupcake class at Cherry Blossom Bakery in Macclesfield. But we never got to eat the cupcakes we made because we left them at our friends’ house. Probably for the best for me being a fat mess, but we keep saying we’ll go back and finally have one there. So we did. Cherry Blossom Bakery is on one of the cutest cobbled streets and it looks like it does an incredible afternoon tea. We just had cupcakes and a brew because we wanted to do more market mooching.
Drinks and tea around Macclesfield
The Treacle Market started to wind down at about 4ish so we decided to visit some of the craft beer places in Macclesfield. Considering it’s not huge, it has a really good selection.
- First up was the American-style bar The Snow Goose. I’ve never been to the US but Chris went to Seattle and Portland for his stag do (that’s sort of like a bachelor party for any US readers) and assures me that bars there are exactly like this. There were two gorgeous black labradors so our cute dog quota was off the scale.
- RedWillow Bar is another of our favourite haunts in Macclesfield. Fun fact: the first time we went there, my drink flew off the bar and I’d not touched it and it looked like I’d knocked it over and I was left in a massive shame-well. I’m going to blame ghosts. The beer here is always good.
- Our last stop was The Treacle Tap. By this point, it was about 7pm and we needed to have tea out because that’s what always happens when we have ‘one’ drink. Luckily, they had veggie options. And this rather nice beetroot pie made it a double pie day for us. I’m not counting the Russian pie at lunch because it was more of a brioche affair. Okay?!
And OMG, I’d almost forgotten to blog about this. While we were in the Treacle Tap, we heard someone talking about South West Scotland, because they’d seen an ‘article’ about Kirkcudbright shared on Facebook. This was a day after my blog post about it had gone viral. I feel like their ‘article’ was the blog post. It had to be. It’s too much of a coincidence, isn’t it? We were silently screaming listening in on this man’s conversation but it was too awkward to interrupt and say ‘Hi, I think you’re talking about our viral blog post’. Still, I feel like it was a Thing.
After more drinks, we ended up on a much later train home than we’d planned. A really good Sunday.
The Macclesfield Treacle Market: useful information
How to get there (and away)
Get the train to Macclesfield and it’s a five-minute walk if you’re a very slow walker.
Where to stay
We live too locally to stay over, but you could easily do it as a Sunday day out if you were on holiday in Manchester and wanted a quieter, less city-ful day. Or it would also be good if you were staying in the Cheshire countryside. Or if you’d been to a wedding at one of the myriad wedding venues nearby and you wanted a hungover Sunday mooch before you go home. The possibilities are endless.
When to go
As mentioned, it’s the last Sunday of every month apart from at Christmas when it can be earlier. The Treacle Market official website usually has all the dates well in advance. Obviously, the summer months make it extra nice because it’s all outdoors, but I imagine it’s still good in winter and could be really festive.
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