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Oldham to get massive food hall with six restaurants and a bar this summer

Joe Foster, Managing Director of Northern Lights Group, and Cllr Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council.

Northern Lights, a leading hospitality group, is backing town centre regeneration, signing a deal to turn the Old Town Hall’s Egyptian Room into an exciting new food hall.

Six casual dining and street-food-style food stalls, plus a bar and seating for some 150 people, will create one of the most spectacular new food halls anywhere.

Set to open in late summer this year, it’s a major landmark in transforming the historic Oldham Old Town Hall and a significant investment in bringing this exciting and fast-growing leisure and eating concept to local people.

Oldham Food Hall Ltd, part of The Northern Lights Group (NLG), which runs some of the northwest’s most exciting and renowned restaurants and entertainment venues, has signed a long-term lease for the Egyptian Room. They will bring unique expertise and flair to create an exciting new food and drink attraction for the borough's locals and visitors.

Oldham Council Leader Cllr Arooj Shah said: “We can’t wait for Egyptian Room to open with one of the most exciting new eating and leisure offers anywhere in the region!

“Securing a regionally renowned operator like The Northern Lights Group is a massive win for Oldham. They have chosen to invest here and backed our plans to revitalise the town centre and our hospitality and entertainment sector.

“This combination of a building featuring stunning restored Victorian architecture with a cool new venue is something extra special. It’s a great attraction to bring local people and visitors into the town, particularly on evenings and at night – boosting our local economy.”

The Northern Lights Group has been a pioneer in the North-West restaurant and hospitality industry for over three decades. They have opened and operated successful bars and restaurants in Manchester city centre, Media City and various venues throughout the North-West. They are one of the region’s largest independent hospitality groups, and recent innovations include launching three successful Mexican restaurants in the Manchester area and the innovative New Century dining and entertainment venue in Central Manchester.

Joe Foster, Managing Director, said: “This is an exciting time for us – and I believe for Oldham. We are ambitious to do things differently, and we’re going all out to create a unique new food hall in historic surroundings. I truly believe that local people and visitors to the town will love it.

“It’s our passion to bring exceptional food that is affordable and gives people special experiences. I can see Oldham Council has big plans for the town centre – and is well on with making them happen. We are proud to be a part of that, creating both a national-class venue and new employment and development opportunities for local people.”

The news also boosts plans to revitalise the town centre’s evening and night-time economy. Greater Manchester night-time economy leader Sacha Lord will host a major roundtable event on Friday, March 22, bringing businesses and other partners together.

Building work to create the new food hall is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2024.

The Grade Two-listed space will offer indoor and outdoor seating and a new mezzanine area. This unique venue will combine a contemporary food hall with the preserved historic character and original features of the Egyptian Room. It features original decorative glazed wall and column tiling, parquet and terrazzo flooring, plastered ceilings, and original arched windows and doors.

Oldham Council has been awarded an external funding grant from the Future High Street Fund towards the costs of the restoration works.

 

*To find out more about the broader regeneration plans, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/regeneration

 

**If potential local traders wish to consider launching alongside some of the food hall’s seasoned operators, please contact Joe Foster directly at info@theegyptianroom.com

 

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