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The Fish Hut, Liverpool Road, Reviewed

Sleuth asks whether the chips are good after the make-over

Written by . Published on June 17th 2014.


The Fish Hut, Liverpool Road, Reviewed
 

THE FISH HUT, one of the city's only traditional fish and chip shops, is looking smarter these days after a change of ownership.

Maybe the Don Marco team and the very pleasant Latin ladies who serve are holding back a bit.

Fry ladies, fry hard on higher temperatures. Give your food a bit of lusty Lancashire character.

Dating from 1969 - as it proudly states on the facade - this is a three-storey affair. Chips and takeaway on the ground floor and cafe above.

The cafe gives the game away about the change of ownership. Here there's a counter with salads and boards on the wall advertising capuccinos.

In a chippy.

Heresy. Burn 'em.

But the new owners also own Don Marco, the Italian restaurant over the road, so there's a hint of the Med about this place. Not that people were much departing from traditional chippy grub and mugs of tea on the Confidential visit. 

The Fish Hut

The Fish Hut

Anyway, recently the plaice has been refishbished when the new owners haddock enough with the tired interior and wanted to clear it trout as it was crabbing their style. Using a lot of whiting they've made it much brighter which works very whelk.

Downstairs there's the main menu board for when you need to mullet over and want to be squids in. We don't know whether there are chub locks on the doors or where they keep their quays but if that floats your boat then you can always look things up on the net - if it doesn't drive you lobster potty.

(That last sentence doesn't make sense and this joke is wearing fin. Stop it. Ed.)

A big portion of fish and chips and curry sauce at the Fish Hut is £6.10 and is middling in quality, aptly it was 6/10 in scoring terms too.

The batter needs to be crisper on the fish, the chips need to be crisper too. The curry sauce was ok but erred on the side of watery. It was all a little insipid, reflecting the pale insipid interior of the cafe.  

Counter and prices

 

Counter and prices

Maybe the Don Marco team and the very pleasant Latin ladies who serve are holding back a bit.

Fry ladies, fry hard on higher temperatures. Give your food a bit of lusty Lancashire character. 

I suppose the Fish Hut still provides a useful stoking up spot before a night out or maybe a stodge refill after a night out. The next door pub, Cask, still provides a steady stream of punters, handy that you can take the chips back into the boozer too.

But if it wants to be a destination chippy - one you'd cross town for - then those fish and the chips, the very essence of a chippy, need to improve drastically.

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The Fish Hut, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, City Centre. M3 4NW
Rating: 12/20

Food: 6/10 
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5

PLEASE NOTE: Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing, 14-15 worth a trip, 16-17 very good, 18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20, we get carried away

 

Sandwiches and salads upstairs in the cafeSandwiches and salads upstairs in the cafe

Much brighterMuch brighter

Upstairs in the cafeUpstairs in the cafe

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

RobbsyJune 17th 2014.

What a shame - I had high hopes when I saw the level of the refurb - I'm still looking for good fish and chips in the city centre (Wrights doesn't cut the mustard either - also very pale and tasteless, with batter tasting of little but fat and flour!) Guess I will just have to stick to forays to Fosters in Didsbury or pilgrimages Neil's on sunny Langworthy (I don't mind eating at bus stops!) :)

AnonymousJune 18th 2014.

in and out prices? no thanks

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AvoJune 18th 2014.

Why no thanks to different prices for eating in and taking away? The higher price has to be levied to cover the cost of the wear and tear your fat sweaty anonymous arse causes on the chair you sit on to eat your greasy chips. The dining furniture has to be paid for, the crockery and cutlery, the waiting staff who takes your order, delivers your food and clears your plates away. People have to be paid to clean the dining area. An increased rent has to be paid for the extra space the tables and chairs occupy. Do you expect the owners to absorb all of those costs? Or are you one of those idiots who complain about the price of a bottle of wine at a bar or restaurant when compared to a supermarket?

AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

just never seen it before at a chippy, could point you to plenty where they have the same price

AnonymousJune 18th 2014.

Only Chippys in Manchester I will go to are Café Lloyd in the centre and The Battered Cod in Fallowfield. And neither of them charge £6.10 for Fish and Bleedin' Chips!

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AnonymousJune 19th 2014.

Battered cod isn't that great. The chips aren't done enough.

Hero
RevaulxJune 18th 2014.

Manchipster Plaice (ouch) on Dantzig Street is pretty decent by Manchester standards. It pains me to say it, but the average Yorkshire chippy is just miles better than anywhere over this side

daveycJune 19th 2014.

Fish hut used to be great about 2-3 years ago before the last change of owners. Proper chippy. +1 for Manchipster Plaice despite the rubbish name.

AnonymousJune 23rd 2014.

How about the the Kingfisher on Tib St? Ged

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