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Feb 1, 2010 12:28 AM

[Lancs] 3 Fishes Alternatives in Manchester

So yesterday we had a very pleasant meal at the 3 Fishes up near Clitheroe in Lancashre as we often do. I had the veal, and she had the Lamb Roast.

We go as it's good quality locally sourced food, family friendly and the seating arrangements are really good, you never feel like you are crammed in.

Though we live in North Derbyshire (High Peak) and the trip up to Clitheroe can be a bit of a pain sometimes, so I was wondering if anyone knew of anywhere similar in the Manchester / North Cheshire / High Peak area?

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  1. How 'bout Sutton Hall just outside Macclesfield. Part of the Brunning & Price mini-chain of pubs.
    Obviously not quite up to Nigel Haworth standards but pretty damn good. See my post on 9/11/09 here -

    Highwayman at Rainow is Cooking 3 in the Good Food Guide but I can't speak from experience.

    You might find Haworth's Clog & Billycock slightly easier to get to than the Three Fishes. Pretty much the same menu.

    Any thoughts on the Three Stags Head at Darley Dale which I see mentioned also on egullet?

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    1. re: Harters

      Cheers for that Harters

      Never tried Sutton Hall, so might give it a go. It appears that the Highwayman is now closed, which is a shame as that was probably the closest too me, and I know the road well.

      Never tried the other 2 you mention, so will put on my to-do list.

      We also recently tried the Didsbury, which was OK, though not up to 3 Fishes Standards.

      1. re: portseven

        Didsbury's just a bog standard Chef & Brewer, I think.

        Next time you're down that way, try the Fat Loaf directly opposite. One of my fave South Manchester places. Or, if you're there midweek, try the Royal Oak in the centre of the village - justly famous for its cheese, pate or salami lunches. It's a proper pub and this is all they do for food. They offer doggy bags for lightweights who can't manage the enormous portions (although they've never defeated me).