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The UK’s ‘Top Rated’ Food Market Locations

According to new research, Deddington Farmer’s Market, Market Hall Shrewsbury, and Bury Market are the ‘top rated’ markets in the UK for foodies.

The research, conducted by Tide, analysed TripAdvisor’s data in a bid to discover some of the ‘top rated’ food markets across the UK. Focusing on the top 50 suggested locations – with an average rating of 4 or above – which appeared on the review platform for the search term “food market”, results were filtered to the United Kingdom only. The percentage of 5* reviews was calculated for each location, and this was used to determine the overall index rank.

Based on this methodology, 20 ‘top rated’ food markets included:

1 Deddington Farmer’s Market (Deddington)
2 Market Hall Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury)
3 Bury Market (Bury)
4 Stroud’s Farmer’s Market (Stroud)
5 Borough Market (London)
6 Herne Hill Market (London)
7 Treacle Market (Macclesfield)
8 Ripley Farmer’s Market (Ripley)
9 Maltby Street Market (London)
10 Mold Market (Mold)
11 Bolton Market (Bolton)
12 Shambles (York)
13 Camden Market (London)
14 St George’s Market (Belfast)
15 Tynemouth Markets (Tynemouth)
16 Swansea Market (Swansea)
17 Grainger Market (Newcastle upon Tyne)
18 Broadway Market (London)
19 Columbia Road Flower Market (London)
20 Saint Nicholas Market (Bristol)

With the highest percentages of 5* reviews, Deddington Farmer’s Market (77.78%), Market Hall Shrewsbury (75.37%), and Bury Market (74.58%) topped the list. The common themes within the top markets include: local producers; fresh produce; a wide range of products; value for money; family-friendly; and ready-to-eat options.

London markets also featured heavily in the top 20, taking up six of the spots. 17 markets in England featured in the top 20, as well as two in Wales and one in Northern Ireland. No Scottish markets featured in the top 20.

Heather Cobb, VP Member Engagement Marketing at Tide, added:

“It’s always challenging to find the positives in a pandemic, but lockdowns did force many of us to change our behaviours, sometimes for the better. One major behaviour change was an increase in local shopping. Of course, this was partly a limitation of lockdowns and being unable to travel, but there was also a pushback against the dominance of online retailers, motivated both by an eagerness to spend locally and by a desire to experience the premium quality and local connections offered by vendors within our own communities.

“In our report, we focused on some of the best food markets to visit – these days, many customers are seeking fresh, organic, and sustainable food, and local food markets can be a great way for consumers to find this type of produce. Local markets allow shoppers to connect directly with local producers, the very people who are most closely connected to the local land, culture, and climate. By shopping locally, shoppers can learn how their products were made, who made them, and why. Compared to the cold convenience of online shopping, buying from local producers offers a sensory experience that also helps us connect with our community”.

Independent businesses in this space can take advantage of this customer demand by becoming a vendor at local markets. However, depending on the location, you will likely need to follow certain trading rules and requirements – for example, you may need to already be registered as a business (sometimes at least 28 days before trading), as well as having other insurances in place (such as public liability insurance).

With Tide, business owners can register a limited company and open a business account, all in one go, for free. It only takes minutes to apply, and you can have your certificate of incorporation within hours*. Tide is dedicated to supporting start-ups and small businesses, so it even pays the £12 incorporation fee on your behalf.

For more information on the research, visit: https://www.tide.co/blog/business-tips/uk-food-markets/

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