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10 Manx Specialities you must try

Chess Bradley

31 May 2022

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The Isle of Man might be known among bikers for the TT, but it’s also a paradise for foodies. With such a lush natural environment, Manx produce is world-class. Not only does the produce taste fantastic (as the many ‘Good Taste Awards’ will attest to), but with such low food miles, the Manx food scene is good for the environment!

While you can find many of these specialities in the shops, many Manx restaurants are proud to serve the delicious Manx produce!

Kippers

If you’re wanting to try a food steeped in heritage, there is nothing better than Manx Kippers. They’ve definitely got a distinct flavour that might not be for everyone, but if you love them, you’ll keep coming back for more. The best way to enjoy them is to head down to Peel, where kippers have been cured with the same traditional methods since 1884 at Moore’s Kipper Factory. We thoroughly recommend grabbing the humble kipper bap while enjoying the island’s stunning west coast.

Smoked Salmon

Kippers aren’t the only smoked fish available on the island! Paddy’s smoked salmon, which is served in many of the island’s eateries, has received a Great Taste Award- and it’s very well deserved. The smoked salmon will undeniably add a touch of luxury to any breakfast you have on-island!

Chips, Cheese and Gravy

Often considered the island’s ‘unofficial national dish’, chips, cheese and gravy is loved by many on the island- so much so, there’s even a day dedicated to it! It’s not sophisticated and it’s definitely not pretty, but it combines three of the best ingredients known to man. Head to any of the island’s chippies to enjoy this cheesy, carby and hearty treat!

Fynoderee Gin 

The Fynoderee Distillery is best known on island for their incredible gins that feature foraged ingredients, including their seasonally inspired gins. For those who aren’t fans of mother’s ruin, Fynoderee also distils vodka and rum. While many of the island’s pubs and restaurants serve Fynoderee spirits, the best place to try the drinks is Fynoderee’s bar in Ramsey- who serve the gins in fabulous cocktails, alongside their Manx mezze boards.

Tip: If you’re looking for a nice holiday present, the Fynoderee bottles are beautifully designed with Manx-inspired illustrations. A perfect memento!

Manx Cheddar

If you think cheddar doesn’t belong on a cheese board, you’ve never had Manx cheddar. The Isle of Man Creamery cheddar cheeses are award-winning- and you’ll know why as soon as you taste them. The cracked peppercorn, and garlic and chive mature cheddars are particular highlights- we wouldn’t blame you if you make extra room in your luggage to take some back home.

Close Leece Farm Charcuterie 

With 14 Great Taste Award Stars, local farm Close Leece produces world class charcuterie- which you can find in eateries across the island, including the cafe on the farm. If you’re a fan of spice, try the Manx Thermonuclear Chorizo, which is definitely not for the faint hearted!

Ale 

This one needs no introduction. After a day watching the bikes, nothing tastes better than some Manx ale. On island, you’ll find Okell’s Manx Pale Ale or biker’s favourite ‘Bushy’s’. 

Queenies

One of the most famous Manx delicacies are ‘queenies’: beautifully sweet scallops, found off the coast of the island. There’s loads of ways you can enjoy queenies: whether it is at one of the island’s brilliant seafood restaurants, freshly cooked from the food vans in Peel, or battered from the chip shop. 

Foraging Vintners Rhubarb Fizz

Looking for a real, luxurious treat? Try Foraging Vintner’s Rhubarb Fizz. The local-wine makers are passionate about foraging ingredients where possible, and using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. The Rhubarb Fizz is a particular highlight- think prosecco with a fruity twist!

Locally Baked Goods

Whether you’re looking for a humble slice of toast or sweet treat, you won’t find anything fresher than the baked goods produced by the local artisan bakeries. Noa’s Bakehouse and Ross Bakery supply their signature loaves and bagels to the eateries across the island. Noa’s is well known for their doughnuts, while Ross Bakery is known for their pastel de natas, which, for those who don’t know, are gorgeous Portuguese custard tarts. 

Don’t just take our word for it, why not try one of these many delicacies during your trip to the TT and experience the island’s amazing produce yourself. Remember to use #TTwithduke when sharing your pcitures and videos on social media.