That food hall pic reminds me of Stables in Winchester.It is shit. Utter shit.
I feel the same way about the Baltic Markets in Liverpool - there the aesthetic is bare plywood rather than concrete. It is a collection of bars clustered around an old brewery which has at its heart a large open area, with bench seats and surrounded by food kiosks.
Most of the food is pretty good, but you can tell that they knocked it up with the hope of extracting maximum revenue for least investment.
All of the bars have different themes - one is like a huge off-licence, fridges in the foyer where you select your (craft) ale in a can, pay the bearded/tattooed hipster an extortionate amount of money before going to drink it in the beer garden.
But it was the ‘Peaky Blinders’ bar that made me lose the plot. It was like they took an industrial unit, chucked up a few posters from the TV series and made the staff wear flat caps then think they can charge twice the money for your beer. Oh no, it was EXACTLY f***ing that. When one of my drinking companions commented about how cool it was I pointed out loudly and in no subtlety about how f***ing stupid she was for buying into this crap. (And breath...).
There are a number of bars in Liverpool where the plywood theme has been repeated - yet there are also countless beautiful, classy, cool or just amazing bars in the city centre. Even where the Baltic’s market is based is stunning - a red brick, former brewery. They could have made it beautiful. Instead they decided to milk the morons.
Phots are of the external and of the food hall.
Except they have proper solid tables, the prices are pretty fair and the food can be pretty good, or at least it used to be. The goat curry pie was a particular favourite.
That place seemed to be the prototype for this new "style" of bar.