The Fry Awards has announced the best fish and chip takeaways across the UK and some are right here in the North West.
For the past three months, people with arguably the best job in the world have secretly dined at each outlet in the running.
They’re assessing 40 aspects of the business, including everything from the quality of fish and chips and staff presentation to front-of-house hygiene and customer service.
The food remains the main focus, including ratings of the flakiness of the fish, crispiness of chips, crunch of batter and value for money.
The takeaways tested needed to hit a 96% pass rate of the assessed factors, much higher than any previous years so you know they’ll all be incredible chippies.
Reece Head, competition organiser, comments: “Announcing our award winners couldn’t come at a better time. The industry is going through a stage of uncertainty with coronavirus impacting the lives and incomes of thousands of shops and owners.
“This is just the news we need to lift the industry so that those that are still trading can tell their customers immediately, while those that are closed have something exciting to shout about when their doors open again.
“Our award winners are all at the top of their game and are moving with the times, embracing technology such as contactless payments, online ordering, and click and collect and delivery while still ensuring the food they are serving is top quality and the customer service is second to none.”
And the Greater Manchester borough that has managed to bag itself one of the top spots might be good at pies, but it turns out it’s also really good at fish and chips too…
Coming in the 50 Best Fish and Chip Takeaways is The Fish at Goose Green, on Clapgate Lane in Wigan!
It’s well loved by fans with a solid 4.8 out of 5 rating on Facebook and plenty of supportive customers.
One customer wrote ‘without a doubt best chippy in Wigan’ five weeks ago, and it turns out they’re not wrong!
There are a few other North West chippies topping the list too, including The Codfather on Manchester Road in Northwich, The Fish Bar in Crewe, and Fylde Fish Bar in Southport.
See the full list below:
- Auckley Friery, Auckley, South Yorkshire
- Bishopston Fish Bar, Horfield, Bristol
- Callaways Fish & Chips, Dorchester, West Dorset
- Captain’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Harrow, London
- Chish and Fips, Norwich, Norfolk
- East Coast, Musselburgh, East Lothian
- Drakes, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon
- Fiddlers Elbow Fish & Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire
- Finn’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Reading, Berkshire
- Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth, Dorset
- Fishtastic, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
- Fochabers, Fochabers, Moray
- Frydales of Syston, Syston, Leicester
- Frydays of Kendal, Kendal , Cumbria
- Fylde Fish Bar, Marshside, Southport, Lancashire
- Hiks, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, Glamorgan
- Hill Top Village Fisheries, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
- Hirds Family Fisheries, Halifax, West Yorkshire
- Hooked@31, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
- Land & Sea, Sowerby, York, North Yorkshire
- Market Hill Fisheries, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
- Middleton In Teesdale Fish & Chip Shop, Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
- Mister C’s, Fulford, North Yorkshire
- Mister C’s, Selby, North Yorkshire,
- My Plaice Fish & Chips, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk
- Oysters Fish & Chips, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
- Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Plattens Fish and Chips, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk
- Priory Plaice Fish and Chips, Ulverston, Cumbria
- Proper Fish & Chip Co, Exmouth, Devon
- Redcloak Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
- Robinson’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
- Sandgate Friery, Penrith, Cumbria
- Scott’s Plaice, Gosport, Hampshire
- Smith’s Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
- The Chip Club, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London
- The Codfather, Manchester Road, Cheshire
- The Cod’s Scallops, Bramcote Lane, Nottingham
- The Esk Cafe , Carlisle, Cumbria
- The Fish at Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire
- The Fish Bar, Crewe, Cheshire
- The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire
- The Friary, Carrickfergus, County Antrim
- The Magpie Café, Whitby, North Yorkshire
- The Plaice To Be, Kilmarnock, Troon, South Ayrshire
- The Real Food Café, Tyndrum, Perthshire
- Topcatch Fish and Chips, Southampton, Hampshire
- Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford, West Yorkshire
- Valerios Fish and Chips, Lanark, South Lanarkshire
- Wetherby Whaler, Wetherby, West Yorkshire
- Wollaston Fish Bar, Wollaston, Stourbridge, West Midlands
A new Blues, Bourbon and BBQ joint called The Blues Kitchen is opening near Deansgate
My kind of place
The Blues Kitchen will be bringing a flavour of the Deep South to the city with live music, bourbon and BBQ!
A new two-storey venue comprising of a restaurant and bar, as well as a stunning concert hall, is set to open on May 20th.
Taking over 13 Quay Street, an old Victorian Eye Hospital, The Blues Kitchen will transform the site with new additions as well as restoring some of the original features.
The concert hall is set to open for seated performances on May 20th subject to further guidelines, before fully opening for standing gigs and club nights on June 21st.
Guests will be transported to the Deep South with flavours, sounds and smells of Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi & Texas all on offer.
The venue will be filled with décor that emulates the roots of Blues, with a gospel roof constructed with reclaimed 19th century tin plates from a derelict church in Manhattan.
Plus there will be a stained-glass ceiling, fashioned with the original stained-glass windows from Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey, where one of the true blues greats, Woody Guthrie, once resided.
There will also be an original 1920s Air Stream Caravan that has been revamped to provide the ultimate retro private party space.
Located on the ground floor is a restaurant and bar specialising in American Soul food and rare and vintage bourbon.
There will be everything from brunch, lunch, supper and dessert covered with proper classic comfort food.
Expect the likes of stacked-up burgers, creamy mac n cheese, finger lickin’ buffalo hot wings and succulent smoky ribs.
Behind the bar, guests will have the choice of 80 bourbons as well as a dedicated menu of cocktails, beers, wines and other spirits.
The whiskey menu covers everything from Single Barrel (aged 12 years), Rye, Corn & Wheated, Small Batch, Tennessee, Rare & Vintage as well as whiskeys from around the world.
Guests can also expect a curated live music programme every single day of the week on the ground floor while you sip on whisky and tuck into a burger.
Heading upstairs to the concert hall, the space will host concerts with international headliners to 500 guests. There will also be in-house gigs and club nights with a variety of genres.
Steve Ball, CEO of The Columbo Group, which owns The Blues Kitchen, said: “We’ve been looking for the perfect site in Manchester for years and have finally found it.
“We’ve taken a great deal of pleasure in restoring the building over the past year, and we’ve managed to get hold of some incredible vintage features from The States so it’s really going to be quite something. We’re really excited to reveal it all soon along with our entertainment programme once restrictions have lifted.”
Keep up to date on their Instagram.
Crazy Pedro’s is doing bottomless pizza and booze every day from April 12th
I’m heading straight here on the 12th…
As we approach the dates laid out by Boris Johnson for easing restrictions in his ‘roadmap’, hospitality venues are starting to reveal details of their reopening plans.
On April 12th pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen if they can offer outdoor service, and many of your favourite spots will be doing just that across Greater Manchester.
That includes Crazy Pedro’s, who have announced that not only are they reopening on April 12th, they’re bringing back an offer which will make you very happy.
Back when we were in Tier 3 and we had to order a ‘substantial meal’ with every drink, Crazy Pedro’s came up with an incredible concept – bottomless pizza and booze.
Well they’re bringing it back from Monday April 12th, and you can take advantage of it while relaxing on their new and extended outdoor terraces.
Not only is the Bridge Street venue huge outside, but they’ll also have a large outside area in the NQ branch, and it’ll be both under cover and heated so you don’t get a soggy slice in the Manchester rain.
The offer will be available every day until 9pm, and the Bottomless Pizza & Booze deal will cost you £25 per person for 90 minutes .
It’s available for walk-ins and includes bottomless slices, Hooch, frozen margs, beer and prosecco.
You can make bookings on the weekends between 12pm-5pm (the booking links will go live on Sunday March 7th).
On top of this, their legendary happy hour (5-9pm Sunday to Friday) will also return, as well as the lunch deals (12-3pm Monday to Friday) with 2 slices and a beer for £6.
You’re definitely going to want to head down to Pedro’s on April 12th – in the meantime you can stay up to date on the website here.
Escape to Freight Island is now taking bookings for April 12th
Can’t wait to be back here!
Platform 15 at Freight Island is set to reopen from April 12th.
The first step in Boris’ lockdown easing plans involves allowing restaurants to open again and serve if they have an outside area.
This means the massive Escape to Freight Island can reopen!
The safe and secure outdoor area features the likes of Baratxuri, Belzan Pasta Kitchen, Madre, Mi+Pho, Voodoo Rays, Patty Queen, Krum and a brand-new sweet addition, Sundae the in-house ice cream brand.
Platform 15 will reopen seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 4pm to 12am and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12am.
You can book now on this link.
The site will continue to operate under the world leading ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’, meaning Escape to Freight Island is committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
This means it’s: “A space where you are able to socialise safely with your party, maintaining social distance from others and remaining alert to the risks of coronavirus, while being part of the overall urban festival atmosphere of Freight Island”.