During lockdown, we went weeks without a decent chippy in Blackburn. All the takeaways were shut and many of us had to dust off the old cooking pots and do a little cooking for ourselves. When shops and other takeaways began to open their doors, I was extremely pleased to see that Michael’s Plaice or the Shorrock Lane Chippy as it is known to locals, was included in that number. However, as you can imagine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rules were a little different. You couldn’t walk into the shop and order any more, orders needed to be placed by calling 01254 676384. After that, you were given an allocated time to come and collect your food.
It sounds simple, but does it work?
My experience of shopping at Michael’s Place on Shorrock Lane.
Phone calls can be made as early as 11am lunchtime orders and after 4pm on week days. However, these timings may vary on busier days, so I recommend that you add the Michael’s Plaice Facebook Group to receive the most accurate updates. I phoned my order through at 5pm and they were very busy. However, the staff member apologised and asked if I was okay to pick up after half an hour. I was more than happy to wait. On subsequent visits, the waiting times have been far less as the lockdown chippy excitement eased slightly.
I ordered fish, chips and peas. My partner ordered Fish, chips, peas and gravy. As I approached the shop there was a very small queue of people who were all standing at an acceptable social distance. There are only two people allowed in the shop at one time with markers placed at the end of each room showing customers where to stand. There are clear plastic sheets hanging from the ceiling to minimise contact between staff and customers. Payment can be made using cash, card or contactless. As a customer, I felt very safe and as if my health was being respected. When I collected the meals, they had been seasoned with salt and vinegar as per my request. I estimate the outside waiting time to be no longer than a few minutes.
The food itself was packaged beautifully in clean white paper. The fish and chips were kept separately from the peas and gravy, so the fish remained crisp. The batter was light and golden whilst the fish was plentiful and fluffy. The chips were well cooked and were both crispy and fluffy. The gravy was thick and tasted like the proper chip shop gravy that us northerners know and love. The peas were nice and green and complimented the meal perfectly.
Other things to note about Michael’s Plaice on Shorrock Lane
Michael’s Plaice also offer gluten free fish and chips on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Please ensure that you request this when placing your order.
Would I visit Michael’s Plaice on Shorrock Lane again?
I have been back to Michael’s Plaice to order again and have yet to be disappointed. The service is efficient, the food is delicious, and the prices are perfect for a busy mum trying to juggle a family budget. The staff are friendly and chatty, the premises are clean and the whole experience was hassle free.