Leeds Kirkgate Market and Harewood House named the most popular food markets outside of London

Two food markets in Leeds have been named the most popular in the country, outside of London.
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Harewood House, a country home that dates back to the 1700s, was crowned the most popular food market beyond London. 

Produced by Capital on Tap, a finance company that allows small UK businesses to access spending and funding, the study gathered the Google search volume for each market as well as the number of TikTok and Instagram posts tagged.

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And Harewood House ranked first outside of London, with 40,500 searches per month. It is known for its exhibitions of contemporary art and stunning views from its 100 acres of gardens, Harewood House is one of Leeds’ treasures

Harewood House, in Harewood, has been named one of the most popular food markets outside of London. Photo: NWHarewood House, in Harewood, has been named one of the most popular food markets outside of London. Photo: NW
Harewood House, in Harewood, has been named one of the most popular food markets outside of London. Photo: NW

This May Bank Holiday, it will be home to the Great British Food Festival, which will feature artisan stalls, street food, bars, chef demos and live music.

Kirkgate Market also ranked number six, with 14,800 searches per month. It is the largest covered market in Leeds with more than 800 stalls. 

Plans to create a new container-style 'food village' at Kirkgate Market were introduced in December 2022 and have been gathering pace. Last week, Leeds City Council revealed the first images of what the site could look like, if plans were approved. 

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Here is the official ranking from Capital on Tap: 

  1. Harewood House, Leeds 

  2. St George’s Market, Belfast

  3. Mackie Mayor, Manchester

  4. Baltic Market, Liverpool 

  5. Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham 

  6. Kirkgate Market, Leeds 

  7. The Dockyard Social, Glasgow

  8. St Nicholas Market, Bristol

  9. Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh

  10. The Forge Market, Glasgow 

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