• Mackie Mayor has all the hype… but we love the indie taste of GRUB

Mackie Mayor has all the hype… but we love the indie taste of GRUB

8 November 2017 by Neil Sowerby

MACKIE Mayor may be flavour of the month but this man runs the city’s true indie food hall – GRUB. We caught up with Jason Bailey being very hands on at the street food operator’s new winter haven at Unit 6 Temperance Street. He was way up a ladder chalking up the latest beers on a terrific craft range.

The new venue is still part of the Mayfield Depot complex but unlike their pop-up summer  premises off Baring Street the Fairfield Street Social Club is indoors and widening its scope to become a music, open mic, even wedding venue (there’s already one booked).

For such a vast arched space, it’s surprising cosy, nowhere near as architecturally exciting as the Mackie Mayor in the Northern Quarter, but the community vibe and more affordable prices here are just right. This ‘inclusivity’ in Jason’s words, contributed towards GRUB winning ‘Best Pop-up, Event or Project of the Year’ in the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Awards

The GRUB Food Fair formula remains the same – a changing roster of six street food traders each weekend, half of them changing from Friday to Saturday, followed by the vegancentric Plant Powered Sundays.

Below are pictured the six traders on the day ToM went down. We tasted three dishes – a chicken goulash from Hungarian Street Kitchen, beef rendang spring rolls from Nasi Lemak and a wild mushroom pizza from Pizza Peddlers, all hugely enjoyable.

‘Grub Food Fair At Fairfield Social Club’ takes place every Friday and Saturday 12pm-10pm. ‘Plant Powered Sundays’ are every every Sunday 12pm-8pm. Free, children and dogs welcome. 

Line-up for Fri Nov 10: Mac Daddies, Oh My Glaze, Man Dough Co, Ital Fresh (also Sat), Wallace & Sons (also Sat); Sat Nov 11: Purely Pizza, Get Wurst, Hip Hop Chip Shop, Scoop-up; Plant Powered Sun Nov 12: Dilla Deli, Get Wurst, Manzoku Ramen, Drizzle City Bakes.