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The tiny Stockport takeaway that’s attracting stars from Manchester United and City – Manchester Evening News

A small Caribbean takeaway in Stockport is becoming a go-to takeaway for the rich and famous. The renowned Mama Flo’s on Buxton Road, just by Stepping Hill Hospital, frequently welcomes the likes of Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire. In fact, Walker popped in for a takeaway on Wednesday night this week, arriving to pick up two orders of Flo’s curry goat, with rice and peas, and a cornflake cake for pudding. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News Flo, better known as Florence Coke, said: “I asked him if he wanted a portion of steamed vegetables, but he said no. “So I said, ‘Kyle, you’re a footballer, you really should be eating vegetables’. He’s so lovely. So I plucked up the courage to ask him for a picture. (Image: Mama Flo’s) “He held one bag, and I held the other, and I said ‘I won’t come close because of covid times’, but he didn’t mind at all.” Florence, 67, had only been at City the previous day, taking her granddaughter who plays for the academy to training. “He was asking all about her, how old she is and how she was doing,” she went on. Two other mystery footballers – Flo forgets their names – also drove over from Wilmslow recently, calling beforehand to ask her to keep the shop open for them, as it was just about to close. “The shop was closed, because sometimes they don’t want people to harass them. So they arrived, and said ‘you boys are footballers!’ and they laughed and said yes. Honest to god, I don’t remember their names! But they were so lovely, and they all love Mama Flo’s.” Mama Flo’s in Stockport (Image: Mama Flo’s) Other famous regulars include Swansea and West Brom’s Kyle Bartley, local Stockport lad Will Mellor, Edwina Currie and Stone Roses icon Ian Brown. “Ian Brown comes in all the time, I have a photograph of us on my wall,” she says. Florence, who used to sell copies of the Manchester Evening News outside the newspaper’s former offices on Deansgate, gave up her job on the perfume counters at Selfridges in 2010 to open her first takeaway in Gorton. She moved to the current premises in Stockport in 2013. During the lockdowns, she came to the community’s aid, providing hundreds of free meals to hospitals, care homes, and schools, as well as NHS staff and keyworkers. Mama Flo provided free meals for NHS workers from her shop in Stockport (Image: Stockport Express) She would often wake at 4am to start cooking for her ‘Free Food Mondays’, when she would provide meals for nurses, police officers and ambulance crews. Asked what she thinks attracts people to her place, she says that she treats it like her home. “And I do my jerk chicken exactly like back home in Jamaica, in a drum can,” she says. “It’s authentic, real, natural. That’s what brings people in. They can smell it, the charcoal blowing in the air. It’s real. “And I’m a chatterbox, and people love that.”

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