Pre-lockdown, the UK couldn’t get enough of street food - or the bustle and buzz offered by vibrant food markets. And now the restrictions are easing, the national appetite has never been bigger for these kinds of edible experiences.
So it’s the perfect time for Union to make its arrival at Moorgarth’s Broad Street Mall. Opening initially as the Union Square pop-up before moving into permanent premises in late Autumn/early 2021, the food market will offer some of the finest street eats the Berkshire town has ever tasted.
Making its debut at noon on Thursday 25th June and running six days a week, Union Square gathers together a diverse collection of seasoned street food operators,
The market’s launch line-up is enough to get anyone’s mouth watering - featuring a unique curry/meatball collab between Swaadish and The Bowler, Holy Mountain’s burgers and fries, Lobbo’s innovative seafood cuisine, and Let’s Go Pizza slinging - you guessed it - pizza.
And that’s a mere taste of what Union’s permanent opening will bring to the table. Built on the existing successes of PopCity – the business behind Leeds’ much-vaunted street-food-and-craft-beer hub, Assembly Underground – the venue boasts serious pedigree.
Union’s permanent site will be set within a Broad St Mall property overlooking South Court, featuring 350 seats, seven award-winning street food vendors, and a bar showcasing Vocation Brewery’s vast range of craft beers. PopCity anticipates catering for a broad and diverse demographic – spanning everyone from young foodies to families to local workers.
The experience won’t stop with food and drink. Union’s décor, music and atmosphere will all add extra dimensions: the welcoming space combines design inspo from PopCity’s favourite international street food haunts with a nod to Broad Street Mall’s authentic heritage, and an evolving events programme will encompass live music, film screenings and other themed events.
Union is an exciting prospect not only for Broad Street Mall’s owner Moorgarth - for whom the arrival of Union forms part of a wider plan to re-imagine the market town’s original shopping quarter - but also for the public. Reading residents: life is about to get seriously tasty.