Bumper fes­tive crowds ex­pected

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

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.”

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