A chip shop in Didsbury has added a posh twist to the traditional chippy tea – by serving up battered halloumi.

The Cypriot cheese was added to the menu due to ‘very popular demand’ among residents in the upmarket Manchester suburb.

And owners of Fosters Fish and Chips say the delicacy – costing £2.50 and  served with homemade chilli jam rather than mushy peas or ketchup – is such a hit it is here to stay.

Kath Foster, 37, who owns the Wilmslow Road shop with husband Gareth, said: “The halloumi has been really popular so far and it will definitely be a permanent addition to the menu.

“We wanted to do something a little bit different – mainly for our vegetarian customers – but don’t worry the cod and the ketchup are here to stay.

“We already serve lots of different types of fish like John Dory and plaice and we do like to have a broad range for our customers.”

Fosters, which also has a shop in Alderley Edge popular with Premier League footballers, is thought to be the first chip shop in Manchester to serve battered halloumi.

It is not clear how the dish compares to cod on a calorie count – but it is certain to be healthier than the famous Scottish variety of deep-fried Mars bars.

News of the addition of battered halloumi to the menu has been mocked as ‘hilariously Didsbury’ on Twitter and one critic wrote: “What a load of *****! We have proper chippies up here #wouldbesoutherners #mushypeasrule.”

Others applauded Fosters for daring to experiment with the ingredients of the traditional chippy tea.

Chris Brooker wrote ‘I may have shed a tear of joy’, while Didsbury Girl added: “Seriously? I need some of that in my life.”

But rival chip shop owners say they thought it unlikely Fosters will start a new trend to revamp the chippy tea.

Peter Anastasiou, manager of Captain Cod chip shop on Eccles Old Road, Salford, said: “I don’t think it would catch on in Salford.”

Manchester Evening News

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