The petty diktat is supposed to be part of a healthy living drive to lower salt consumption which has been linked to high blood pressure.
But critics condemn council bosses for the decision and call for customers to be free to make up their own minds about their diet.
They say that at a time of cutbacks, local politicians should concentrate on saving money and not attempt to bully people by removing one of the simple pleasures of life.
Cash-strapped Lib Dem-run Stockport Council, facing cuts of £50million over four years, wants fish and chip shops, cafes and Indian restaurants to hide salt shakers behind the counters.
As part of its campaign, customers who notice no salt on the counter or table will have to ask for it.
Bill Bard says:
More fucking interference from the bastards who pretend to know best. I like salt on my Fish & Chips.