This little beauty definitely deserves its own blog post in case anyone in the area isn’t aware of it, or in case any one is visiting the area. I’ve been visiting Mothertown Fish and Chips when I can for a while now. Before we moved back to the Stoke-on-Trent area, we made it a habit to take my Grandma there for her birthday, and when I attended a conference nearby I took the opportunity to nip in for lunch too. Now we’re back in the area, it’s become our ‘local’ chippie. There are other chippies closer, but this one has gluten free fish and chips every day. Quite a few fish and chip shops have gluten free occasionally, but it’s rare for them to have it available all the time. Mothertown has a dedicated gluten free fryer 🙂
The name comes from the fact that Burslem is often referred to as the ‘Mother Town’ of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, the only polycentric city in the UK (it has 6 town centres rather than 1). Mothertown Fish and Chip Shop is in what used to be the bank, and the building is impressive looking (especially for Stoke-on-Trent!). Inside, the vault door is still there (you can see a bit of it on the right hand side of the photo) so it makes for quite a unique chippie. But what about the food?! There’s loads of choice for both the regular menu and the gluten free menu, and I’m gradually working my way through most of the gluten free menu.
We decided to go for Good Friday (I tend to follow the tradition of fish on Good Friday from my Catholic upbringing, so thought it was a good excuse to go to Mothertown!). I went for my usual mini fish, chips and peas (with a side of onion rings to share which came later and I forgot to photograph!).
We usually eat in so the food is at its freshest; it’s served in plastic trays with greaseproof paper. The gluten free batter is lovely and light, with a great crunch (though not so crunchy that it almost breaks your teeth as some batter can!). The fish is lovely – it flakes apart but is lovely and moist. The chips are fairly standard chip shop chips like I remember, and it’s always a treat to have those. I prefer garden peas to mushy peas though you can have mushy peas.
I’ve also tried a couple of the fish cakes and they were lovely, especially the madras spice cod. I wasn’t so keen on the mushy pea fritter when I tried that, but I’m not a huge fan of mushy peas so that’s hardly surprising really. The only downside for me is that you can’t get a gluten free curry sauce. Does anyone know of a gluten free chip shop curry sauce? I’d love to be able to have curry sauce – that would just make it even more perfect!
We’ve been with many of our family and friends now and everyone we’ve taken has loved it there. It’s so great for me to be able to have great gluten free fish and chips whilst others can enjoy the regular fish and chips (though they actually usually prefer the gluten free onion rings over the regular ones!). It’s a really friendly environment in Mothertown; in fact on our last visit I ended up chatting to someone who was getting tea for himself and his coeliac wife. We had a lovely chat about some of our favourite local places which cater for gluten free, recommended products, and places to visit further afield. Speaking of local things, can you decipher the local phrase over the till at Mothertown?
Mothertown Fish and Chips is definitely one I recommend visiting if you haven’t already, and I’d encourage you to eat in so the food stays lovely and fresh (we find chippy food tends to go soggy in transit!). Further information including their opening times is available on the Mothertown Fish and Chips website and they also have a Facebook page.
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