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parmoA night out in Middlesbrough wouldn't be complete without a take-out parmo! Middlesbrough is famous for the local take-away delicacy served up until the early hours of the morning.

A parmo is a variation on a Chicken Parmesan, invented in Middlesbrough! You can enjoy it in restaurants, as a take-away snack or at home with the recipe below!

Whereas Chicken Parmesan is a flattened slab of chicken, pan-fried while coated with breadcrumbs and then grilled with Parmesan cheese, a Parmo involves deep-frying the chicken in an egg and breadcrumb batter, then smothering it in Bechamel sauce, before finally grilling with cheese.


Teesside Parmesan Recipe (from BBC Tees)


- Pork or chicken fillet
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- Béchamel sauce
- Parmesan cheese


1. Take the piece of flattened pork or chicken fillet, beat the eggs.
2. Dip fillet into the egg and then the breadcrumbs to coat, then deep fry on both sides.
3. Add béchamel sauce and parmesan cheese and place under the grill.

How to Make a Bechamel Sauce

BBC Food - Bechamel Sauce recipe

The Telegraph: Middlesbrough Parmo recipe

The Telegraph - Middlesbrough Parmo recipe

For those with wheat allergy / sensitivity

Wheat-free Bechamel Sauce (not Gluten-free)

Use 2.5 tablespoons of cornflour and 1oz of rice flour to 2oz of butter to make your roux 
Can also use polenta (cornmeal) instead of breadcrumbs for a crunchy coating

(via @smogmonster

Gluten-free Bechamel Sauce

Gluten free Bechamel Sauce recipe

For vegetarians

Cafe Central Park, 337 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough, Tel. 01642 820586 serves a vegetarian version.

The Buck Inn, 1 West Terrace, Great Ayton, Tel. 01642 722242 serves a vegetarian version.

For those with celiac disease or on a gluten-free diet

The Half Moon Inn, High Street, Lazenby, Tel. 01642 452752 serves a gluten-free version.

Love Middlesbrough fans on facebook and twitter recommend

Chipchase Chippy - 9 Chipchase Road, Middlesbrough TS5 6DD - 01642 821657 ‎

Amigos Pizzeria - Palladium Shops 49 Eastbourne Rd, Middlesbrough TS5 6QN - 01642 824444

The Pizza Shop - 161 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS1 4AG - 01642 254343

Mike's Return - 149 Victoria Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3HS - 01642 211116 (closed)

Kelz Restaurant - 427 Linthorpe Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6HH - 01642 825644

Crofter's the Good Food Shop - 89 High Street, Yarm TS15 9BG - 01642 780 732

The Italian Job - 6 Garnet Street, Middlesbrough TS1 4DN - 01642 647 755

Central Park - 337 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough TS5 6AA - 01642 820 586

Torino - 57 Saltersgill Avenue, Saltersgill, Middlesbrough TS4 3JT

Pizza Pizza - 19 Parliament Road, Middlesbrough TS1 4JP - 01642 249 202

Marina Pizza - Highlight Retail Park, Harbour Walk, Hartlepool TS24 0YA - 01429 236 129

Pizza Pan - 267A Acklam Rd, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS5 7BP - 01642 822122

Chinos - 126 Trimdon Ave, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS5 8SB - 01642 815111

plus additional recommendations here.

Note: The recommendations above are from locals obtained on facebook.  Love Middlesbrough cannot take responsibility for your experience if you choose to eat a parmo in any of the locations. With the recipes above you can also try making your own!

Related links

Love Parmo on Twitter

Parmo Hunters on Twitter

Parmo page on facebook

Middlesbrough Parmo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! page on facebook

Parmo Hunters

Parmo on Wikipedia

Parmo game

Useful links to help you work off your parmos

Parmo calculator

Our friends at Stockton's Big Challenge have created a Parmo calculator - just input how far you have walked or cycled and it will let you know what portion of a parmo you have worked off!

Fitness clubs

Middlesbrough Sports Village

DW Fitness in Middlesbrough

The Escape Zone at Sporting Lodge Inn Middlesbrough


Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit


Prissick Plaza

Walks and runs

Albert Park parkrun

Stewart Park parkrun

Walk It - Middlesbrough