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The top fish & chip shops in Greater Manchester and Cheshire

2 years ago

IT’S an institution, the chippy tea. Fish, chips and peas – what’s not to like? And since the nation’s favourite fast food is celebrating its 160th anniversary, we thought this was a reasonable enough excuse to start a search for the best fish suppers in Greater Manchester (and beyond). Sometimes it’s a tough life, but where there’s a whale, there’s a way…

Over the past few months, our diligent food critic, Gordo, has undergone an intensive research programme in the name of uncovering where serves the flakiest, freshest fish coated in the lightest, crispiest batter. Who serves the fluffiest, tastiest chips and the mushiest most comforting peas. (Extra points for proper vinegar and a decent tartare sauce.)

Read Gordo’s full article here.

  • Fish, chips and mushy peas from Tommy's Fish & Chip Shop in Heywood, Greater Manchester
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    Tommy’s Fish & Chip Shop

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    With regular queues out the door and an army of locals who swear by it, Tommy’s in Heywood comes fiercely recommended. This unassuming corner cafe with its fifties style dining room was the original branch of what used to be a chain of chippies all over the region.

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  • Battered oyster served at Hooked on the Heath, a recommended fish and chip shop in Knutsford.
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    Hooked on the Heath

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    Hooked on the Heath is an upmarket chippy in a former public toilet block in Knutsford. Co-owner Craig Buckley has been in the fishy business for over a decade and along with Victoria Howard and Chris Johnson they have quickly made a name for themselves with the locals.

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  • Classic fish and chips at Fosters in Alderley Edge - eat in their cafe or order to takeaway.
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    Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

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    Fosters Fish & Chips is an award-winning chippy in Alderley Edge that also has a branch in Bramhall. Expect cod so fresh it’s still gasping for breath as it reaches your plate, with twice-cooked chips, and homemade tartare sauce.

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    Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

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    This neon-lit, old-school tiled chippy on Cross Street is owned by local couple Trisha and Marcus and has plenty of fans including a few celebrities. There are queues out of the door regularly for their traditional fare done very, very well.

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  • Tables set up outside the bright yellow Chippy on Burton Road - one of the classiest fish and chip shops in Greater Manchester

    The Chippy on Burton Road

    Restaurant - British

    The Chippy on Burton Road might be the classiest fish and chip shop in Greater Manchester. Alongside their sustainably sourced fish, and sausages from local butchers Axons of Didsbury, they serve homemade fishcakes, homemade chicken goujons, and lesser-seen chip shop choices such as whitebait and squid rings.

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  • Battered squid rings from Hip Hop Chip Shop, the maverick fish and chip restaurant in Ancoats
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    The Hip Hop Chip Shop


    A National Fish & Chip Award winner, the Manchester street food heroes opened up their first bricks ‘n’ mortar outlet in trendy Ancoats late in 2018, following a hard fought crowdfunding campaign. A kicked-back dining experience with proper comfort food, cool artwork and a cracking soundtrack, the HHCS collective have reworked the national dish with inventive additions like Jerk batter, Louisiana spiced crab cakes and their chilli battered sausage. Obviously the traditional fish ‘n’ chips are bang on too, livened up by their trademark flavoured salts and vinegars.

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