Where’s the best of British fish and chips in Manchester city centre?
Whether you’re picking up a chippy tea after work or fancy a little comfort food at lunch, nothing quite beats the taste of fish and chips.
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, but always a good idea.
To celebrate the National Fish and Chip awards hitting the road this month, we’ve chomped our way through the city’s best chippies to pick the very best. We are now fish and chips connoisseurs.
So don’t look back in hunger. Get a load of these instead.
The Victorian Chop Houses
Sam’s Chop House has over 140 years of history behind it and remains one of Manchester’s favourite eateries. It’s the special bitter batter that bags this brilliant bar a spot on this list. Try saying that after a couple of shandies. The batter is made with a secret recipe and it adds a whole depth of flavour to your meal. And you can help save lives at sea at the same time by paying an optional 50p per fish dish at all three Chop Houses – Sam’s on Back Pool Fold, Albert’s in Albert Square and Tom’s on Cross Street – from the 13th October to the 13th November in aid of the RNLI’s annual fish supper fundraising campaign. Read more about it here.
Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN
Randall and Aubin
This is your one stop shop for delicious food made from the finest ingredients and an overall fabulous dining experience. Whether you’re hunting for oysters, on the look out for succulent rotisserie meats, or just fancy some bloody good fish and chips, this place has you covered. The fish batter here is light and crackly, while the fish itself is moist, flaky and full of flavour. It’s posh fish and chips, cooked to perfection, and delivered with the highest level of service.
Randall & Aubin Manchester, 64 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BN
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. It’s open late – very late – and the menu features a wealth of hearty options that’ll satisfy your every crispy fried craving. More info here.
4 Dantzic St, Manchester M4 2AG
Kingfisher Fish and Chips
Going 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 stodge here.
43 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LX
The Village Fish and Chips
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 in this Bloom Street hangout serves comfort foods galore. The menu is packed with traditional options like cod bites, scampi, battered sausages and even a cone of soft scoop ice cream to seal the seaside deal. More info here.
37 Bloom St, Manchester M1 3LY
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.
3, Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester M4 3TR
Albert’s has had locals hooked on its signature fish and chips for yonks 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. More info here.
18-20 Castle St, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ
Fish and Chip Van
This is the new cod on the block. The National Fish and Chip awards are taking the nation’s favourite takeaway on the road as they tour the UK and serve up free portions of fish and chips to the nation. The van hits Manchester on October 25th so keep your eyes peeled. From pickled onions in Glasgow, to gravy in Manchester or curry sauce in Birmingham, fish and chip lovers across the country will be able to tuck into a free portion of the gloriously British dish just the way they like it.