Heard the one about the person who complained to trading standards because you can’t get your clothes washed at The Washhouse?
In case you didn’t know, The Washhouse is a bar on Shudehill. It’s called The Washhouse and when you get there you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a washhouse. But appearances can be deceptive. It’s not a washhouse. It’s a bar.
The Washhouse is just one of a number places in Manchester which aren’t what their names suggest.
So for the benefit of visitors to Manchester who aren’t familiar with our fair city, here’s a quick guide to places whose names could be considered to be misleading. But please don’t go complaining to trading standards.
It’s not. It’s a secret bar in Shudehill disguised as a washhouse. And it’s recently had a visit from Trading Standards because people have turned up with bags of dirty washing…
It’s not. It’s a bar restaurant on First Street owned by the Washhouse people. They must have a thing about laundry.
It’s not. It’s a cocktail bar in Spinningfields.
A craft beer bar on First Street.
It’s not. It’s a rather swish nightclub, restaurant and bar at New Bailey.
It’s not. It’s a cafe, bar and indie music venue off Oxford Road.
It’s not. It’s a car-themed pop-up bar on Bridge Street.
It’s not. It’s a bar/restaurant on Oxford Road.
The Pasta Factory
It’s not. It’s a pasta restaurant. (But they do make their own pasta).
It’s not. It’s a restaurant and bar in Castlefield.
Yard and Coop
It’s not. It’s a Northern Quarter chicken restaurant.
It’s not – but it used to be. Lots of places to eat and drink.
And while we’re on the subject of misleading names…
He’s not. He’s a cockney.
PS If you’re looking for a launderette in Manchester city centre try The NQ Launderette on Hilton Street. But be warned. They don’t serve cocktails manchesterlaunderette.co.uk