The Best of Manchester’s Takeaways

It’s all well and good knowing which bars to  hit and which clubs to rock up to, but it’s another thing deciding which takeaway to grace with your presence. It hits 3am and suddenly the streets are overrun with hungry students.

In Fallowfield (Manchester) in particular, there’s enough fast food to feed a small ravenous army. When you’re so overwhelmed with so many (obviously top quality) establishments, which one do you choose? As a frequent drunken takeaway-goer myself, I’ve devised a list of a few of Fallowfield’s main contenders, based on the food, price, friendliness and general levels of banter.

1. Krunchy Fried Chicken

Food – 4/5

Price – 4/5

Friendliness – 3/5

Level of banter – 4/5

Krunchy Fried Chicken is a first year haven, thus making it loud, noisy and a little bit sweaty. The staff are ridiculously efficient, so you won’t be waiting around for too long. Not the friendliest bunch, but the lack of staff charisma is more than made up for by fellow hungry, rambling students.

2. Venice Pizza

Food – 4/5

Price – 4/5

Friendliness – 5/5

Level of banter – 5/5

Two words. Cheap pizza. Here you’ll get a ten inch pizza for around £3. Definitely can’t go wrong with that. The staff will be your friends for life, as will the people on the next table. Always full to the brim with various creatively-dressed students, Venice has a great atmosphere. The only drawback is its business. If you’re willing to hang around a bit, it’s definitely worth the wait!

3. Shaan’s

Everyone loves a bit of grease..

Food – 3/5

Price – 3/5

Friendliness – 3/5

Level of banter – 2/5

Shaan’s is a cheap and cheerful kebab house. The chip naans and meaty kebabs are perfect for soaking up those last few jägers. If you ignore the fact that it’s next door to a brothel (delightful), Shaan’s is a great post-night out choice.

4.  The Codfather

Food – 3/5

Price – 3/5

Friendliness – 1/5

Level of banter – 2/5

If you’re craving real chip shop style chips instead of soggy fries, then Codfather is the place to go. Aside from the hilariously witty name, the food in the Codfather is pretty good, and not too harsh on the bank balance, either. If you’re looking to be on first-name terms with your favourite chip server, don’t expect it here. It’s more of an in-and-out kind of place – no banterous times here.

5. Alan’s Chicken

Food – 4/5

Price – 3/5

Friendliness – 4/5

Level of banter – 3/5

Alan’s is a fairly quiet takeaway next to Venice Pizza. Whilst it doesn’t quite live up to the atmosphere of Venice, the popcorn chicken rivals KFC, and you always get service with a smile. Not sure how much the guys behind the counter appreciate repeatedly being called Alan, though.

Choose carefully!

Written by Sarah, Manchester Uni.

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