Food for your thoughts, have your say on Barnsley’s new Market Kitchen

People are invited to share their thoughts on plans for Market Kitchen, Barnsley’s exciting new town centre dining venue set to open next summer.

Located on the upper floor of the new market hall, Market Kitchen will offer a modern and attractive venue for individuals, families and groups of friends to meet and eat.

With views across the new public square from a spacious terrace, it will provide a choice of ten food outlets with a large dining area and shared seating for up to 600 people.

Customers will be treated to an eating experience different to the larger scale food retailers and restaurants that will be part of The Glass Works and wider town centre offer.

Market Kitchen has a ‘from market to plate’ ethos, and will encourage its food outlets to source their ingredients directly from the market itself or other local providers to support Barnsley’s economy.

The market currently has a selection of cafés which are to become a cornerstone of Market Kitchen, forming a key part of the new offer. At the same time, the council is looking for a range of new providers to occupy the remaining units, offering a broad range of cuisines to deliver a diverse dining experience.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “This is a really exciting part of the town centre development. The markets have always been at the heart of the shopping experience and Market Kitchen will attract more visitors and increase the time that people spend here in Barnsley. We are working hard to create an experience for everyone and are keen to encourage families into the town centre. Market Kitchen will offer a unique food and drink experience that will appeal to everybody and will complement the shopping, leisure and culture on offer here in Barnsley. “As well as the obvious benefits to visitors, it will increase job opportunities and enable the development of skills in the catering sector, with more businesses trading and employing people from the local area.”

To take part in the consultation, visit or send feedback by emailing from Friday 6 October to Thursday 30 November 2017. The feedback received will be used to shape the offer as it develops over the next year. The project team will be attending Elsecar Flavours Food Fest on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, to talk about Market Kitchen and give people the opportunity to take part in the consultation.

Anyone interested in operating a unit within Market Kitchen is invited to contact Barnsley Council by emailing and a member of the project team will get in touch.

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