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Harry Ramsdens At Manchester (Manchester)

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1 Water Street, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4JU Tel = 0161 832 9144.

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      23.11.2000 17:13
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      "The world's most famous fish and chip restaurant", is Harry Ramsden's slogan, and it could well be true. It's difficult for me to say, being from Yorkshire, I'd visited the original Harry Ramsden's restaurant in Guiseley, near Bradford, long before the other branches sprang up. They now have large restaurants (with a takeaway attached) all over the place - over 20 in the UK, from Inverness to Brighton, and even a few branches abroad (Hong Kong, Singapore and Jeddah). The restaurant I go to most frequently nowadays is in Manchester, near the Granada Studios. You're always assured of a decent plate of fish and chips here - it's not the cheapest ever - say around £6.00, for fish, chips, peas, tea, and bread and butter - but it is, in my opinion the best. Takeaway prices are more reasonable - straight fish and chips is £2.95 (large portion £3.95, and that means large) a fish and chip meal (with peas and a drink) is £3.90. And you don't get a strange look if you ask for haddock, either (I much prefer this to cod), because there's always a choice of cod or haddock. You can get kids' meals too - a Harry's Junior meal is £2.35, and there's the option of chicken nuggets or sausages. It always seems very clean to me (can I resist the ' a clean plaice' pun?): the fryers and all staff in the takeaway wear gloves and hats. The Manchester restaurant is always putting on special events. I haven't attended any yet, but I've seen things like a lunchtime Gardener's Question Time, to attract the retired folk presumably, and 'Fawlty Towers' evenings advertised. Meals are included, of course. At the latter you no doubt have the pleasure of having chips spilt all over you by a Manuel or Basil lookalike. There are also "cruise and dine" trips, as the restaurant is right next to the canal - they even run them on days when there's a match a
      t Old Trafford, so you can get to see Manchester Utd as well! You need to buy your footie ticket separately though. On balance, I prefer the takeaway. But if you like to sit down, and have the full works with the pot of tea etc, I'd certainly recommend the restaurant as well. If you think you'll have room for a dessert, there's a good choice of old fashioned puds like sticky toffee pudding, or steamed ginger pudding, with custard, or less stodgy things like chocolate mousse. It's especially good value if you have any Sainsbury reward vouchers, as you can use one to pay for one of your fish and chip meals if you get two. Can get very busy at peak times, but you can wait in their bar area. You can take a look at the menu by checking out their website at http://www.harryramsdens.co.uk/


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