Cocktails and carbs… sounds delicious, right? Even just the two words of The Laundrette’s slogan makes this restaurant appealing. And that’s only the beginning.
Located in the upcoming, quirky town of Chorlton on the outskirts of central Manchester is The Laundrette. It’s a restaurant and bar, offering what they describe as “cocktails and creative pizzas in a hip, bijou cafe/bar with exposed brickwork and a heated terrace.” But I find this description to be a little underwhelming for the array of tasty treats and mouthwatering meals they have to offer.
THE LAUNDRETTE’S LOCATION
As a fond traveller in my own city, I enjoy nothing more than going to places near where I live I’m not really familiar with, and Chorlton is one of those places I want to explore more. As this was my first proper visit, I wanted to try one of their more well known restaurants. I took to Google, and there first on the list was The Laundrette.
If you’re arriving by tram to Chorlton, it’s not the easiest place to find on first visit. As soon as you come out of the tram stop, there’s the hustle and bustle of a high street, but The Laundrette is a good ten minute walk from there. Put simply, walk well away from the main strip and into a housing estate and park, and you’ll surprisingly stumble across it.
CARBS AND COCKTAILS
When me and my boyfriend, Callum, arrived at The Laundrette the temperature was about 26-degrees. A very unusual temperature for the Easter bank holiday, and it seemed every one was making the most out of it because the place was packed. The restaurant itself isn’t very big, but thank goodness for outdoor seating.
The small inside bit was completely empty, as everyone wanted to sit on the many seats outside. We were taken to our table (also outside, of course) and sat on very, low and quite uncomfortable seating. However, this was a price I was willing to pay to stay in the glorious Mancunian sunshine.
Once greeted with the menu’s, I could see this place had much more of a choice that advertised on their Google page. And their drinks menu was just the start of it! All their cocktails/drinks and menu headers were all themed around The Laundrette. Pre Wash… Spin Load… Rinse Handwash… they even do a sharing cocktails which come in bath shaped containers. I didn’t get to try one but I did see someone else enjoying one… very cute.
For starters, we decided to share the pork ribs. They’re one of my favourite things to eat in this world, so you’ll probably know I order them a lot if you have read my other restaurant reviews.
Although they were different from what I was expecting they were very tasty. I am used to a lot of BBQ flavour (or rather, that’s what I am used to) but these, they were very tomatoey. At first the flavour was very overpowering, but as I cut through the meat I noticed the coleslaw at the bottom. When putting these two flavour together, it just made the ribs so. much.nicer! I loved the unique and powerful flavours, but I don’t know if they beat the classic BBQ style…
For mains, we both got burgers. Callum went for the beef burger, while I opted for buttermilk chicken. Oh, it was so delicious. The chicken was lovely and script, with a KFC style flavouring too it. The brioche bun it came within beautifully complimented the chicken, and the dripping cheese and bacon topping just added to all the salty goodness. The chips on the side were gorgeous too, and I really liked the ketchup which came in it’s own little glass pot.
EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT
As I took my last mouthful and started to regret eating so much, I was surprised with an extra special treat… and it made me love The Laundrette that little bit more. See, the day me and Callum went was our three year anniversary, and without telling me – Callum has put that on the special requirements section when he booked us a table online!
So when our plates had been cleared, out came the very kind waiter with a massive sparkler! It’s funny because at that moment I said to Callum, “aww I want a sparkler”, and there at our table it was! They gave us three scoops of ice cream for free to share and I just thought it was such a nice gesture. Especially as I have put special requests like that on so many restaurants/ hotel website and I’ve never once had that request met, and it just made me very happy, so thank you The Laundrette!
I’m sorry I know your mouth is probably watering after all this food talk, so maybe go and grab yourself a snack and leave a comment about whether you’ve been to The Laundrette before! And if you haven’t, but have been to Chorlton, let me know where else you recommend me going!