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Here are some of the best chippies in Greater Manchester

Did your favourite chippy make the list?

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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…

Tony’s Chippy

Tony’s Chippy

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

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

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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
01942 244952

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

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Wright’s

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

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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
www.fostersfishandchips.co.uk

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Manchester Christmas Market’s legendary Yorkshire pudding wraps are BACK this year

The wraps can be filled with a selection of roasted meats, vegetables, potatoes and gravy

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The Manchester Christmas Markets’s world-famous Yorkshire pudding wraps will officially be making a comeback for 2022.

Last week, Manchester City Council announced that the annual markets would be returning on November 10th, where they will operate across the city centre until December 22nd. 

And now, the undisputed highlight of the markets has also confirmed its return; the famous Yorkshire pudding wrap.

Porky Pig, the vendor behind the delicious invention, took to social media to announce it would once again be serving up its hearty wraps ‘bigger than ever’ throughout the duration of the markets.

They wrote: “Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 we are coming for you bigger than ever this year. We are excited to get back to what we do best.”

The Yorkshire pudding wraps – which catapult to viral fame every year – can be filled with a  selection of pork, gammon, beef, chicken and lamb, along with a selection of roasted vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and lashings of gravy.

This is all wrapped up in a giant Yorkshire pudding for guests to enjoy there and then.

And this year, market-goers will also be able to feast upon battered pigs in blankets, pigs in blanket barms, and even a giant pig in blanket wrapped up in a Yorkshire pudding. 

Porky Pig

The Manchester Christmas Markets will this year be returning to the ‘Winter Gardens’ at Piccadilly Gardens.

It is likely that stalls will also operate on Market Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens, though this is yet to be confirmed by the council.

Manchester’s Christmas Market spokesperson, Councillor Pat Karney, said: “With Christmas Day a mere three months away, that can only mean one thing – Manchester Christmas Markets Day is even sooner!

“In fact, there’s only seven weeks left to go until you can grab a gluhwein and buddy up with a bratwurst whilst checking out the fantastic Christmas gifts and goodies on the best Christmas Market in the land. Mark it on your calendars – 10 November – they’re back!”

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COMING SOON: A Japanese soufflé pancake house is opening in Manchester

The best pancakes on the internet are coming to Manchester…

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Fuwa Fuwa

A cafe dedicated to Japanese soufflé pancakes has its sights set upon Manchester this winter.

The traditional – and wobbly – dessert was first made in Osaka to be served exclusively at weddings – in more recent times, however, the pancakes have boomed in popularity thanks to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

And one of the places to specialise in this peculiar dessert is Fuwa Fuwa – Japanese for ‘Fluffy Fluffy’ – the largest soufflé pancake and dessert cafe in the whole of North America.

And next month, it’s heading to Manchester.

Fuwa Fuwa

Each of Fuwa Fuwa’s fluffy pancakes are made with egg whites whipped into soft peaks, which is essential to their airy quality. They are then baked slowly at a low temperature.

The finished result is a delicate balance between a soufflé and a traditional pancake, with a soft, bouncy, and light texture.

Fuwa Fuwa is expected to open its new cafe – its first in the north of England – in the Manchester New Square development just off of Canal Street.

Fuwa Fuwa

There, guests can expect a varied choice of pancakes and toppings, from Tiramisu Pancakes to Crème Brûlée, all served alongside espresso drinks, iced and hot teas, frappes and smoothies.

Other pancake flavours on the Fuwa Fuwa menu include Oreo, Biscoff, Nutella, mango and strawberry.

Fuwa Fuwa is set to open in Manchester at some point in October with operating times between 12pm-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.

Head over to the Fuwa Fuwa website for news and updates.

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Manchester restaurant launches ‘pay as you feel menu’ to help with cost of living

Ukrainian refugees also get to eat for free

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A restaurant in Manchester has launched a ‘pay as you feel menu’ to ensure everyone can enjoy a meal out during the cost of living crisis.

The Gherkin in Levenshulme serves a hearty plant-based menu consisting of breakfasts, seasonal sandwiches and Sunday Roasts, all while taking a focus on the environment and its local community.

Back in March, the restaurant’s owner Jamie Whittaker flew out to Ukraine on a humanitarian outreach mission to help the country’s refugees following Russia’s invasion.

Upon his return, Jamie decided to start offering free meals for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Manchester every Monday, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating out.

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And now, Jamie has transformed the Monday offering into a ‘pay as you feel’ evening.

While refugees will still dine for free, locals can come and enjoy a set menu of six to seven dishes – featuring meals such as the Sunday roast, a variety of curries, salads and The Gherkin’s famous burgers – all for whatever they can afford at the time.

Diners will also have the option to pay forward for food or donate cash to the restaurant, to ensure the business won’t lose out on a big portion of its earnings.

The restaurant has also introduced its ‘Kindness Kabinet’, which encourages visitors to donate whatever they can to others in need, whether it be money, clothes, books or toys.

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Jamie said of the new menu: “The main reason we’re doing this is to help the community out, but it also means that we waste less produce, too.

“A lot of people are struggling at the moment, especially with the rising cost of energy bills and I want to make dining out accessible to everyone in the community, not just those who are more privileged.”

He added: “We wouldn’t turn anyone without cash away on a Monday for food. Some customers have paid extra and offered to buy anyone a drink or food. We’ve done this often since opening.”

Jamie and the team at The Gherkin plan on running their Pay As You Feel menu for the foreseeable, so make sure to follow their Instagram page for news and menu updates.

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