Bumper festive crowds expected
A PUB is expecting bumper crowds for its annual Christmas market - now in it’s fifth year.
Bosses at The Oxford pub, on Whitworth Road in Rochdale, have announced their foodie-focused, festive market line-up. Sweettoothed market veterans Jelly’s Sweets & Treats will be joined by the Cat and Mouse cheese stall; while Dan’s Fishop will be dishing out seafood and oysters alongside Kelly Marie’s cakes and Nordic bakers, Göhrt Bakery.
Thomas McNeeney, whose family runs the pub, says their markets have come along way since they first ran with the idea five years ago.
He said: “Over the weekend we normally expect around 800 people but this year I can see it being even more popular. It’s been building steadily over the last few years and with this being its fifth birthday we’ve really pushed the boat out.
“It’s a huge weekend for our family, or Team McNeeney as we’ve become known. My dad’s built and outfitted all the wooden huts himself and once the festoon lights are up and there’s some Christmas music playing you’ll forget you’re just off Whitworth road, it’s an amazing feeling.”
The market will be open between 12noon and 8pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 - and the pub will be hosting an evening of live music to kick of the festive weekend on Friday, November 30.
The Penny Gin company, Defiance Gina and the Serious Brewing company will be providing liquid refreshment, which Thomas says will go well alongside the family’s new bespoke barbecue hut dishing out enormous smoked brokwurst, foot-long bratwursts, truffle fries, hefty roast turkey and stuffing barms and mini doughnuts drowned in hot chocolate sauce.
Thomas, who says that there will be something for everyone at the familyfriendly festival, .
He added: “We’ve become a real destination for food in Rochdale and with us appearing at the Rochdale Food & Drink festival this year & the Feel Good Festival in previous years it seems only natural that our markets become a celebration of other great makers, bakers & brewers. We’ve come so far from our disastrous first year when all of our market tents blew away.”