@ Tom’s Chop House

We sampled the traditional fish and chips sitting outside in the rare sunshine of St Ann’s Square. Served with chips, mushy peas and home-made tartar sauce it’s not cheap at £12.50.
Batter: This is, without question and by far, the best fish batter I have tasted at least this ytear if not forever. Crisp, so light it melts in your mouth, completely sympathetic to the fish – I don’t know what more I can say. It’s perfect.
Fish: Good, beautifully cooked and moreish despite its generous size.
Chips: Again they were good. No unwanted black bits, served in a bowl so they stayed crisp in the face of the mushys and too many to handle. Yes it’s unheard of but Himself couldn’t finish the chips.
Peas: Not the best part of the meal – but then it did have steep competition. A bit sweet and rather too green but I am being picky.
Tartar sauce: Good, homemade style with a tang. A real addition to the plate – definitely not a garnish.
Verdict: If I ever have to host overseas visitors I will take them here. This is where our national dish is done properly. Yes it’s pricey but this is a case where you get what you pay for. Top.

Mr. Thomas’s Chop House is at 52 Cross Street, Manchester. M2 7AR Phone: 0161 832 2245.

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