It’s no secret that the best chips are to be found in the North. Those of us of a certain age already know the answer to the question “Which do you like best? Daddy or chips?”
Rio Ferdinand recently revealed that David Moyes banned chips at Manchester United because a couple of players weren’t as lean as they should have been – a move which didn’t go down at all well with chip-loving Mancunians.
Whilst we’re not claiming that chips are healthy, they’re not necessarily as bad as you might think in moderation, either, containing vitamin C as well as fibre and important B vitamins which are needed for energy. So you needn’t feel too guilty about working your way through this list…
From traditional beef dripping and triple cooked chips to more decadent bacon, pizza and Eggs Benedict fries, we’ve picked 10 of the best places to get your chip fix in Manchester.
Beef & Pudding
— Louise Rhind-Tutt (@lrtpublicity) January 22, 2015
Beef & Pudding do beef dripping chips and shoestring fries, both of which are truly wonderful. The beef dripping chips, though… They might just be some of the best you’ll find in the city. The perfect texture, with a soft fluffy interior, these thick-cut, expertly seasoned chips are the chips you think about when you try to imagine chip perfection. They do little jugs of proper gravy, too. One day I’d love to turn up with a loaf of cheap cotton wool-like white bread and make myself endless chip butties with these beauties, if they’d let me. It would be a happy day.
37 Booth Street, M2 4AA – beefandpudding.co.uk
Hawksmoor’s beef dripping fries are excellent, and their triple cooked chips are simply superb – Jay Rayner described them as “all snap and crunch and sigh”, which is spot on. For a happy lunchtime, grab a seat at the bar and order a Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew while you decide how you want your chips. The poutine (£5) – chips, gravy, cheese curds – is delicious, whilst the chicken poutine barm, with herb-fed chicken, triple cooked chips, Westcombe Cheddar curds and gravy – a Manchester take on the classic Canadian dish – is basically the pimped-up chip butty of your dreams.
184 – 186 Deansgate, M3 3WB – thehawksmoor.com
Pizza fries for lunch. We win. pic.twitter.com/rh78gjRV2y
— Solita Restaurants (@SolitaNQ) July 7, 2015
We’re veering away from traditional chips with the inclusion of Solita’s creations, but bear with me, because the sweet potato fries are the best version I’ve had anywhere. Even more inventive, though, are the spectacular pizza fries – skinny fries smothered in melted mozzarella, pepperoni and pizza sauce. Utter filth, and every bit as good as they sound – just don’t think about the calorie count.
Turner Street, M4 1DW – solita.co.uk
— Thom Hetherington (@ThomHetheringto) March 21, 2014
Proper, simple, old-fashioned fat chips, done really well – that’s what you can expect at Linda’s Pantry, located in the last remaining coaching house in Manchester, and run by Linda for over 25 years. Double-cooked, hand cut, as good as your mum used to make, and just £1.50 a portion. A chip barm will set you back a mere £2, or you can go for chips and gravy or chips with mayonnaise. Treat yourself to the Friday special of homemade pie, chips and gravy – you won’t be disappointed.
23 Ducie St, M1 2JL – Facebook
Hip Hop Chip Shop
— Hip Hop Chip Shop (@thehiphopchippy) June 25, 2015
Visit the award-winning Hip Hop Chip Shop at their new home The Kitchens in Spinningfields, where they’ll bring you untraditional fish and chips inspired by the inventive and experimental ethos of hip hop culture. The triple cooked chips (£3) are excellent, fat and sturdy and made from Maris Pipers, and homemade gravy is superb, or try the minted mushy peas. You can pimp your chips with a variety of salts – from peri peri and malt vinegar salt to citrus, fajita or beer flavour. The chippy tea just got seriously cool.
Irwell Square, Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3AG – thehiphopchipshop.com
The Winning Fries (£2.50) at Almost Famous are as addictive as they come – a mixture of skin-on fries and sweet potato fries, dressed in a house seasoning so dangerously tasty it’s virtually impossible to stop yourself from grabbing handfuls even when you’re full. And how do you make a portion of Winning Fries even better? Add bacon, of course. Bacon Bacon Fries are smothered in bacconnaise (why yes, that’s bacon flavoured mayonnaise) and bacon rain. Oh my.
Unit 2, Great Northern Warehouse, Peter Street, M3 4EJ
100 – 102 High Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1HP – almostfamousburgers.com
Leo’s Fish Bar
— Mitch Wills (@MitchWills1986) January 11, 2015
Leo’s Fish Bar fish and chips have been voted as the best in Manchester, and it’s easy to see why. The chips at this family-run business are made from Maris Piper potatoes, freshly prepared and cooked on the premises. A regular portion of these delicious golden beauties to eat in will set you back £2.20 (£1.90 take away), or push the boat out with chips and cheese or a chip barm. Add gravy for a true taste of Manchester. They’re open until midnight on weekdays, and 4am or 5am at the weekend – most Mancunians will at some point have found themselves at the counter in the early hours, swaying slightly and grinning from ear to ear at their much-needed chip butty.
12 Oldham Street, M1 1JQ – leosfishbar.com
— Louise Rhind-Tutt (@lrtpublicity) July 7, 2014
Three words that will bring joy to any chip fan, as well as breakfast and brunch lovers: Eggs Benedict Fries. Seasoned fries topped with two oozing poached eggs, bacon and hollandaise sauce, this is a combination that works so beautifully you can’t believe you’ve gone this long without trying it. At £5 it feels like a real treat without breaking the bank, and I’m pretty sure it cures 99% of hangovers too.
John Dalton Street, M2 6WH – splendidkitchen.co.uk
The Angel Pub
— Stephen Paddy Dyson (@SDXcreative) April 23, 2015
You’ll find the perfect pub chip at this quirky independent dining pub in the Northern Quarter. Chips are big, handcut, and cooked to a perfect, deep golden brown. There is a great selection of real ales and ciders, too. There’s no distracting TV, so you can focus on your conversation – which will probably be about how good the chips are.
6 Angel Street, M4 4BQ – theangelmanchester.com
Reds True Barbecue
— Liz Cage (@lizcage) May 13, 2015
Made for sharing, the Swine Fries at Reds True Barbecue (£6.95) are a filthy creation – a mixture of sweet potato and twice-cooked skin-on fries, topped with Red’s pulled pork, grilled cheese, chipotle sour cream, spring onions, sliced jalapenos, and a coriander and lime salsa. Phew. Grab a friend and a couple of Coronas and order a heap of these loaded fries for a superb sharing snack.
22 Lloyd Street, Albert Square, M2 5WA – truebarbecue.com
Main pic: Leo’s Fish Bar / Facebook