It’s National Fish and Chip Day 2021, so obviously you need to drop whatever it is you’re doing and head out to your local chippy immediately.
Here in Manchester we have an excellent selection of eateries to satisfy your fish and chip cravings, with some even ranking among the best in the entire country.
Here’re some of the best ones for today’s special occasion…
With two locations in the Northern Quarter and up by the Etihad Stadium, Tony’s Chippy has been sorting out Mancs (and plenty of City fans) with their iconic battered cod and haddock for years.
It even won the Good Food Award for best fish and chips in 2020 after evaluating customer feedback and exceptional levels of food quality, service and value for money.
Tony’s Chippy, 3 Piercy St, Manchester M4 7HY
0161 205 4593
Sykes is one of the most popular chippies in Salford, with it ranking at the top of a ‘Best Chippies’ poll voted on by MEN readers in 2020 – the beloved Pendlebury fry house even made Britain’s Top 50.
“With thousands of entries Sykes is proud to be named one of the UK’s top 50 fish and chip takeaways,” read a statement on social media.
“This is a prestigious award and the competition was high.”
Sykes, 596 Bolton Rd, Pendlebury, Manchester M27 4ET
0161 793 9249
The Fish at Goose Green
This Wigan chippy offers not only the classic fish and chips, but pies (because Wigan), seafood and chicken, too.
This eatery also made the Britain’s Top 50 list, with owners welcoming the ‘fantastic news’ after a ‘hard year.’
They stated: “We are extremely proud of our staff and are thankful for the continued support from all of our customers. I think there’s only one thing left to say… Who’s up for a Chippy tea?”
12 Clapgate Ln, Goose Green, Wigan WN3 6RN
Atlantic Fish Bar
Okay, this is arguably the best value for money chippy in the whole of Manchester – their meat pies are priced at an outrageous £1.65, while a portion of their chippy chips will set you back just £2. A small price for a plate of perfection, isn’t it?
All the fish is made to order, so there is minimal soggy batter, too. And, with the venue being open until midnight, it makes the perfect post-pint order on your walk/stagger home.
Atlantic Fish Bar,557 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0AE
0161 861 0765
Traditional fish and chips done right (no pun intended).
Located conveniently in the city centre, Wright’s really has it all and is dangerously close to office blocks to tempt all you 9-5’ers into a chippy tea as a reward for a long week’s graft.
Their menu is varied, with everything from perfectly battered cod, fish cakes, scampi and even fish fingers.
Wright’s Fish & Chips,86 Cross St, Manchester M2 4LA
0161 222 6105
Chips @ No.8
This Prestwich chippy was initially made famous for having a 20ft mural of The Fall frontman Mark E. Smith painted on the side of its building – but, putting arty exterior aside, their staple fish and chips is the true reason for their popularity.
This chippy was another Manc icon to make the Britain’s Top 50 list, with the owners stating in a Facebook post: “There are more than 10,500 fish and chip shops in the UK and our little chippy down a side street in P-Town has been listed in the Top 50!!!
“This is a prestigious list and we’re incredibly proud to have made it.”
8 Clifton Rd, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3HQ
Anchors Fish & Chips
Once called Fosters, this Didsbury icon was once noted by the Times to be in the top 30 fish & chip shops in the whole country, so it would be sacrilege to leave them off this list.
Now called Anchors, they have everything you need to either take away or enjoy in house, which is actually quite pleasurable in comparison the usual plastic seats and tables.
Anchors Fish & Chips, 812 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 6UH
0161 445 4430
You can now get Biscoff-flavoured gin and it looks incredible
Gin like you’ve never had it before…
A revolutionary gin liqueur that tastes exactly like Biscoff biscuits is now a thing, and it looks absolutely bloody marvelous.
Now, you’ll all be aware that Biscoff has boomed in popularity in recent years – what was once the random little biscuit you’d get free with your coffee is now a cultural phenomenon.
These days, Biscoff is just as famous for its delicious smooth and crunchy spreads as it is for its original biscuits. You can also buy Biscoff sauce, Biscoff ice cream and Biscoff and Go pots. It’s a great time to be alive.
But now, possibly the best – and definitely the most boozy – Biscoff invention has landed: The Biscoff flavoured gin liqueur.
Okay, people have already been making Biscoff espresso martinis for quite some time, but never before has there been an actual spirit flavoured after the stuff.
Courtesy of the Boutique Gin Co., Biscoff fans far and wide will be able to get their hands on a bottle of Ginscoffi, a gin liqueur which combines delicious notes of cinnamon and caramel to create a deliciously sweet and warming gin liqueur that is perfect for sipping on cold evenings.
The Ginscoffi creators suggest for the spirit to be enjoyed mixed with ginger ale or simply on its own over ice – they also recommend adding it to cocktails favourites to add a festive twist, such as in an espresso martini.
Layla, the Chief Ginnovator behind the drink, said: “I am a huge fan of biscuits such as Biscoff and biscotti so to me it made sense to try to combine those flavours to create a brand new flavoured gin liqueur.
“It has taken me almost a year to create the recipe, but I think the end product is something really unique. Even if you aren’t a gin fan, Ginscoffi will blow you away. Its sweet cinnamon and caramel taste is so versatile and is ideal for making chocolate or coffee based cocktails, and it has a lovely festive feel to it.
“We’ve been having so much fun using Ginscoffi to create loads of tasty cocktails. Fans can check them out on our website and social media pages.”
There’s a new Pan Asian bottomless brunch with endless prosecco and cocktails
This could be the best bottomless brunch offering yet…
A new bottomless brunch complete with authentic Pan Asian dishes and an abundance of cocktails and prosecco has landed in Manchester and it looks incredible.
Tampopo has been serving up wonderful dishes inspired by the far-flung countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan to Mancunians since 1997 and, now, it has launched its first ever bottomless brunch menu.
The exciting new deal offers a selection of Pan Asian delights alongside those all-important ninety minutes of free-flowing drinks – sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it?
Diners can tuck into either a two-course or a three-course brunch special, which includes the likes of Thai Green Curry, Beef Rendang or a Katsu Curry.
There are also a number of sweet treats up for grabs on the menu, including Tampopo’s famous ‘Little Moons’ and a number of refreshing sorbet options.
On the drinks front, guests can then indulge in ninety minutes of bottomless prosecco, bellinis and Tiger beer, as well as a selection of mocktails and juices; ideal for those who fancy something a little less boozy.
The menu will be available every single day from 12pm-5pm at the Albert Square, Corn Exchange and Trafford Centre venues, with two courses costing £34.95, and three courses costing just a little bit extra at £37.95.
Walk-ins are welcome, though bookings are advised to avoid disappointment.
Fancy it? Make your own booking here.
Price of a pint could rise by 25p in October, Sacha Lord warns
The humble pint is set to become even more expensive…
Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser Sacha Lord has warned that the price of a pint could be rising from October 1st.
Lord estimated that both food and drink prices will rise in line with the government’s hike in VAT for the hospitality sector – the tax rate for pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality establishments was reduced to 5% to help the hospitality sector survive the pandemic but, two weeks ago, it was announced that it will increase to 12.5% at the end of the month.
By 2022, it is expected to return to the usual 20%.
The price of an average pint in England is predicted to rise by 25p to £3.94, while the average glass of wine is likely to shift from £4.07 to £4.35 to cover overall losses felt by operators.
This week, Lord has urged the Government to rethink the increase, calling for the move to be delayed until the industry recovers to pre-pandemic levels.
He said: “The 5% VAT rate was the single biggest recovery measure for the industry over the past eighteen months, and has enabled venues to stay in business and staff to keep their jobs. Removing this relief will have a severe effect on operators across the country.
“VAT is the biggest expense in any business, and it is the quickest way to reduce cash flow. For businesses who have little-to-no cash reserves as a result of the pandemic, it could be last orders.
“Many operators will be forced to pass the increase onto the customer to stay afloat, and we could see prices across food and drink rise by as much as 7-10% from October as bosses attempt to recover losses and fight the dire financial situation they find themselves in.”
Lord continued by stressing that the VAT increase will see the permanent closure of many local and independent venues, before warning that ‘we have a tough winter ahead for our nightlife sector’.
He said: “Operators will take at least three years to recover from this pandemic, and I urge the Government to rethink this rise and extend the current rate until that point. The hospitality industry is vital to the UK’s recovery and growth.
“Cancelling a measure which will result in venues closing, staff being made redundant and VAT bills left unpaid through bankruptcy will only hinder, not help the economy. To punish the sector now will have devastating consequences just as it starts to recover.”