A chip shop in Stockport that’s been serving its community since the 60s has been named one of the best in the country.
Tucked between a pet food shop and an Iceland outlet, Taylors location in Woodley seems pretty unassuming – but according to a whole host of accolades, including an OBE being given to its owner for how well she treats her staff, this is the place to go if you want a cracking chippy tea in Stockport.
Owner Annie Wallace prides herself on using only the finest ingredients and stresses that the potato selection is just important as the fish. She has run the shop since leaving school at 16, with it having been opened by her parents in 1966, and reckons she won’t ever retire.
The popular local fish and chip shop has just been named in the ‘Official Guide to the UK’s Quality Fish and Chip Shops 2021′, an annual award it always wins, hosted by National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) and Sarson’s vinegar.
Regularly selling more than 200 fish at peak chippy tea time on a Friday, inside choices include staples like scampi, fish cakes, scallops, and a selection of breaded cod, haddock and hake – not to mention some of the chunkiest, vinegar-doused chips around.
Sausages are also available, but if you want batter you will be left disappointed – as it’s not on the menu. That said, there’s plenty of homemade pies like steak and kidney and meat and potato, plus mince, chilli, and chicken nuggets, so they aren’t exactly short of meaty options either.
And at Christmas, they do mini battered sausages wrapped in bacon and served with Cranberry sauce – the ultimate treat worth waiting for.
Elsewhere, you’ll find classic sides like mushy peas and gravy, baked beans, curry sauce, Irish curry, hash browns, ketchup, special housemade tartar using Taylors’ own recipe, and muffins either buttered or filled with chips.
It’s very reasonably priced too, with a large portion of chips coming in under £2 and a portion of battered cod at just under £5.
At 71, owner Anne has been in the shop her whole life – and still works alongside her 73-year-old husband Robert three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
She told The MEN on a recent visit: “My mum was still frying fish and chips when she was 92 and I think it kept her young.”
Day to day the shop is now generally overseen by manager Jamie, who has himself been with the company since age 16.
As well as offering collection, the popular fish and chip shop always has a delivery service – both running their own within a 30-minute radius from the shop and also partnering with delivery app Just Eat.
You can find the fish and chip shop on Woodley Precinct, in Woodley, Stockport. It’s open from 11.30 am to 7 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Herd of Santas descend on Manchester healthcare clinic for pre-Christmas ‘elf check’
A gaggle of Santas have been spotted visiting Pall Mall Medical healthcare clinic in Manchester city centre, getting their ‘elf checks’ in before Christmas.
The group were also joined by TV doctor Dr Hilary Jones, who has issued a stark health warning ahead of the festive season – especially for Father Christmas who doesn’t exactly have the healthiest lifestyle.
So scores of Saint Nicks gathered in Manchester today for an exclusive appointment with Dr Hilary ahead of their 41 million mile journey on Christmas Eve.
The private healthcare clinic on King Street, right in the heart of Manchester, will be offering health screens for everyone, with 20% off in December.
Today’s event at Pall Mall Medical was demonstrating the seasonal once-overs offered there with its ‘Santa Stop Here – Free Elf Check’.
It’s estimated that in one day, Santa Clause eats 2.3 billion mince pies and guzzles 138,389,578 litres of sherry – the same as 55 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or 181 million times the recommended weekly intake.
Concerned Dr Hilary, who is Pall Mall’s ambassador for health screens, said these eye-popping statistics justify Father C is in dire need of an elf MOT.
The health checks can detect ailments from prostate cancer to heart issues.
Dr Hilary said: “When you digest the figures, it’s a miracle Santa is still going strong.
“A lifestyle like his could lead to chronic fatigue at best – diabetes or heart disease at worst.
“We all love a mince pie or three during the festive season, but without sounding too much like a nutcracker he is going way Ho Ho Ho-verboard!
“Of course, Christmas is a time to indulge, but it is still smart to limit food and drink on the naughty list.
“Hopefully, Santa will take note and adopt an elfier lifestyle this year, so he doesn’t become a ghost of Christmas future next year!”
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Dr Chun Tang Medical Director of Pall Mall, who conducted the Santas private health screens added: “There is nothing more important than health and prevention is better than cure. A private health screen can detect issues before they become a serious medical concern.”
Throughout December Pall Mall Medical is gifting people a discount on private health screens to mark the festive period.
Simply quote ‘Ho Ho Ho’ at the reception desk and receive 20% off a Well Woman or Well Man health screens throughout December, and quote WINTER10 for 10% off GP appointments.
Manchester gaming bar NQ64 claps back at one-star review harassing its staff
A popular gaming bar in Manchester has clapped back at a one-star review that attacked a staff memberby calling them a ‘progressive student gimp’ for wearing a crop top.
NQ64, which has two sites in Manchester – one in the Northern Quarter, and a second on Peter Street – hit out at the rude reviewer this weekend in an act of bartender solidarity. The bar shared the insulting review, left by username Corbin A, to its Instagram page on Sunday alongside a sunny picture of its bar team: all wearing crop tops and grinning sassily into the camera.
The caption on its response post, which has already been liked over 2,200 times, read: “This one’s for you, Corbs – stay progressive x” with a peace sign emoji.
The full one-star review from the unimpressed Corbin A, who has left three reviews on the platform in total, read: “Half your time in there is spent stood waiting to go on games, the other half is watching some progressive student gimp in a crop top take 10 minutes to pour you one drink while he tries to act like a bartender making random throwing movements with glasses and bottles.”
Commenting underneath, followers chimed in thick and fast with their support for the bar and its staff, with one writing: “Please start selling crop tops that say ‘Progressive Student Gimp.'”
Another person said: “Bar staff solidarity! You love to see it ❤️ still the best bar(s) in Manchester.”
A third wrote: “f*ck yeah. This is why I love you guys!!”
A fourth added: “That review should surely be 5 stars! I mean this is a bloody good reason to go, no?!”
Full of retro arcade games and classic consoles, gaming fans can sip on cocktails, craft beers and spirit mixers whilst playing all of their favourites – including the likes of Pac-Man, Time Crisis 2 and Guitar Hero will be additions such as the Mario Kart arcade game, Time Crisis 3 and NBA Jam.
Arcade games are played using a token system, whilst elsewhere there are a selection MegaDrive, PlayStations, GameCube and Super Nintendo consoles for people to get stuck into.