A proper traditional fish and chips is the cornerstone of northern life. Whether you’re picking up a chippy tea after work or fancy a little comfort food at lunchtime, nothing quite beats the taste of fish and chips from a chippy. The essentials are simple; crisp, golden batter encasing soft flaky fish and of course, some signature deep fried spuds and mushy peas. Curry sauce optional.
At the very least order a chip barm! Here’s our pick of the best fish and chips in Manchester…
The Corner Plaice
Slightly off the beaten path, The Corner Plaice on Hulme High Street is definitely worth the divert. The fish batter here is light and crackly, while the fish itself is moist, flaky and full of flavour. The price tag is stellar and there’s plenty on the menu, including fish cakes, salt and pepper squid, battered king prawns and chip shop barms. It’s also worth mentioning that this fishy diner uses only 100% uncontaminated vegetable oil, so if you’re trying a meat free diet or just fancy being a little healthier with your chippy choices, this place has got you covered.
31 Hulme High St, Manchester M15 5JT
Manchipster Plaice was opened by Stockport boxer Ricky Hatton and although it may be on the higher end of the fish and chips price scale, it’s certainly matched in quality and quantity. The restaurant is open late (very late) and the menu features a wealth of hearty options that’ll quash your every crispy fried craving.
4 Dantzic St, Manchester M4 2AG
Kingfisher Fish and Chips
Above and beyond the classic fry-fish dishes, this quirky corner unit on Tib Street only uses the finest fish and their chips are made from the best potatoes available for the season. It never goes for cheap or second best. All its food is cooked to order so you can rest assured that your fish and chips are the freshest they can be. No stodgy fare here.
43 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LX
The Village Fish & Chips
The menu in this Bloom Street hangout offers up comfort foods galore. The Village was in dire need of a proper chippy and this newcomer brings a seaside feel to the city centre, with its light décor and welcoming atmosphere. The menu is stocked with traditional options like cod bites, scampi, battered sausages and even a cone of soft scoop ice cream to seal the seaside deal.
37 Bloom St, Manchester M1 3LY
Armstrong’s “home of the jumbo cod”
If you’ve been craving a proper chip shop dinner, Armstrong’s has got you covered. It offers no frills options, massive portions and beautifully cooked fish. You only need to look at the queues out of the door of this Prestwich chippy to know you’re onto a good one here.
486 Bury Old Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1NL
Kosmonaut (Hip Hop Chip Shop)
The Hip Hop Chip Shop started its life as a funky mobile trailer with the sole aim of differentiating itself from overpriced and menu-limited chip shops. This self-proclaimed ‘untraditional chippy’ which is now open permanently in the Northern Quarter, serves up pun-tastic dishes like the Feastie Boys – battered fish biters, chips, minty mushy peas and tartare sauce. With a name like that, it’d be rude not to try it.
10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
This is the place to go if you want to give your chippy dinner a bit of nostalgic panache. The Cosy Club in the Corn Exchange features an outdoor terrace and, oddly enough, they offer up some brilliant fish and chips. The beer-battered cod is light and crackly, served with a heaping of thick-cut chips, minted mushy garden peas and tartar sauce. It’s also open on Sundays until late (hallelujah).
3, Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester M4 3TR
Sam’s Chop House
Sam’s Chop House has over 140 years of history behind it and it still stands as one of Manchester’s most celebrated eateries. It’s the special bitter batter that bags this brilliant bar a spot on this list (try saying that after a few beers). The batter is made with a secret recipe and it adds a whole depth of flavour to your meal. Finish your dinner with a traditional Eccles cake, or if you’re feeling calorific, they serve up a fabulous treacle tart.
Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN
We know that a modern restaurant in the heart of Castlefield, Didsbury and Worsley isn’t exactly most people’s idea of a solid place to grab your chippy dinner, but, let me tell you, Albert’s has had locals hooked on its signature fish and chips and for good reason. The cod fillet is sustainably sourced, battered and arrives on your plate with proper mushy peas, bread and butter, chunky chips and home-made tartare sauce. It’s your best bet if you’re hankering for a fish supper but fancy somewhere a little plusher to spend your evening.
18-20 Castle St, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ
The Battered Cod
An authentic old style fish and chip shop, The Battered Cod has been serving up fantastic fishy fare to the people of Fallowfield since 1985. It’s a reliable choice and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
1 Ladybarn Lane, Manchester M14 6NQ
The Baths Supper Bar
This steadfast eatery is the place to go for class act comfort food in Chorlton. It’ll satisfy every crispy, crackling, chippy craving with its fishy fare and huge portions. You can usually get change from a fiver which can’t be bad.
113 Manchester Rd, Manchester M21 9PG
Foster’s Fish & Chips
This eatery really does put its heart and sole into its food (pun intended). It serves up crispy deliciousness with an equally tasty price tag. You’ll find a menu holding the usual suspects of cod and haddock but Fosters encourages you to cast a wider net and try the seabass, john dory or cod goujons that are on offer. Carlsberg doesn’t do chip shops but Foster’s does and it’s a cracker.
812 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 6UH
Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant
This family run business has become a local landmark for Bolton folk but it attracts chippy cravers from miles around. In traditional surroundings, you can grab haddock, cod, plaice or salmon which all come with chips, peas, white or brown bread and a good cuppa. There are plenty of other good stuff, too, like the chip shop curry sauce, gravy or jumbo sausages.
35-41 Great Moor St, Bolton BL1 1SW
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