First look at vaults under the Market Place shopping centre

First look at vaults under the Market Place shopping centre

Diners eating in the Market Place vaults

The Taste winner Debbie Halls-Evans in the vaults

The Voice contestant Joe Keegan

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THE Market Place opened up the doors to its vaults today in an exclusive first-look event which featured The Taste winner Debbie Halls Evans’ first pop-up restaurant.

The mum-of-three created a three-course meal for representatives from 40 Bolton businesses who were invited to the afternoon, organised by local events company DLC Lifestyle, while The Voice contestant Joe Keegan, from Westhoughton, provided acoustic entertainment.

Debbie presented a cauliflower cheese soup for starters, a spring salad with venison, chicken parfait and smoked chicken for the main, and a chocolate cake with pistachio nuts on top for desert.

She said: “I’m really grateful that I have been given the opportunity to show off my food today and prove that I do have the ability in my hometown.

"The proof is in the pudding — people who watched the show have not had the chance to properly see what I can do until today. Hopefully this will be the first of many.”

Cllr Christopher Peacock also attended the event, along with Tim Vaughan, chief executive of The Market Place’s new owners Moorgarth, who spoke about the company’s vision for the currently empty vaults.

Moorgarth has already received permission to build a new nine-screen cinema within the current car park, and is now waiting for the outcome for their application to transform the shopping centre’s bottom floor Victorian vaults into restaurants, bars and shops.

Mr Vaughan said: “Bolton is a wonderful town but it has gone downhill a little in a past couple of years so we want to help transform it into an eclectic mix of independent shops, eateries and fashion stores.

“There are some beautiful buildings here — all it needs is a little injection to create a special restaurant venue such as this, that doesn’t currently exist here.”

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8:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

That part of the vault look like where The Lamplighter restaurant used to be (yes the same restaurant that was once owned by Smithills Coaching House)
That part of the vault look like where The Lamplighter restaurant used to be (yes the same restaurant that was once owned by Smithills Coaching House) BWFC71
  • Score: 8

1:05am Tue 1 Apr 14

Mike23 says...

Long ago, I came out of Rockafellas with a great girl from Little Lever.

We walked down Bridge Street and ended up in the arches…she was remarkable and it wasn't long before the knees were trembling.

Don't think I would ever be able to eat here without remembering that amazing performance…sausag
e anyone?
Long ago, I came out of Rockafellas with a great girl from Little Lever. We walked down Bridge Street and ended up in the arches…she was remarkable and it wasn't long before the knees were trembling. Don't think I would ever be able to eat here without remembering that amazing performance…sausag e anyone? Mike23
  • Score: -6

8:07am Tue 1 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

Mike23 wrote:
Long ago, I came out of Rockafellas with a great girl from Little Lever. We walked down Bridge Street and ended up in the arches…she was remarkable and it wasn't long before the knees were trembling. Don't think I would ever be able to eat here without remembering that amazing performance…sausag e anyone?
Well, could there ever be a greater testament for the virtues of the great girls of Little Lever?

Keeping Timberland and Nike sweatshops in business since 1998.
[quote][p][bold]Mike23[/bold] wrote: Long ago, I came out of Rockafellas with a great girl from Little Lever. We walked down Bridge Street and ended up in the arches…she was remarkable and it wasn't long before the knees were trembling. Don't think I would ever be able to eat here without remembering that amazing performance…sausag e anyone?[/p][/quote]Well, could there ever be a greater testament for the virtues of the great girls of Little Lever? Keeping Timberland and Nike sweatshops in business since 1998. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 1

10:02am Tue 1 Apr 14

The Squire In Residence says...

A fair smattering of our council leaders with the snouts in the trough.... Anything for nothing I suppose, that is the new council motto after all!
A fair smattering of our council leaders with the snouts in the trough.... Anything for nothing I suppose, that is the new council motto after all! The Squire In Residence
  • Score: 0

2:12pm Tue 1 Apr 14

trotter1874 says...

There's alot of negative stuff written about the town centre these days but I think this idea should be embraced! I look forward to seeing it develop.
There's alot of negative stuff written about the town centre these days but I think this idea should be embraced! I look forward to seeing it develop. trotter1874
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Tue 1 Apr 14

stantheman133 says...

At last a good idea for the town centre, lets develope it and take it forward but please no curry shops or pizza places.
At last a good idea for the town centre, lets develope it and take it forward but please no curry shops or pizza places. stantheman133
  • Score: 5

3:55pm Tue 1 Apr 14

gigglebox3 says...

why have comments been removed from the farnworth drug dealers taserd in harwood story?????
why have comments been removed from the farnworth drug dealers taserd in harwood story????? gigglebox3
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Tue 1 Apr 14

gigglebox3 says...

oops - think i got the wrong story then!! apologies.
oops - think i got the wrong story then!! apologies. gigglebox3
  • Score: 0

5:56pm Wed 2 Apr 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

"The proof is in the pudding." she says.

Anybody who uses this phrase should be shot.

It's: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

Get it right !!
"The proof is in the pudding." she says. Anybody who uses this phrase should be shot. It's: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." Get it right !! OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 0

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