The Anonymous Widower

Trafford Centre

In my view there is only one good reason to go to the Trafford Centre in Manchester and that is to go to Carluccio’s for some nice gluten-free pasta.  The place was designed straight out of the if it’s got crap statues on it, then it must be good school of architecture.

The Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre

Look at them all around the roof.

At least I had a chance to take a picture of the Lotus in the car park.

Lotus Elan at Trafford Centre

Lotus Elan at Trafford Centre

I’d been to the Trafford Centre before and then I’d tried to buy something in Selfridges.  So I’d asked where the Store Directory was and was told that they didn’t have one.  Either the girl was having me on or they have one of the most warped marketing philosophies I’ve ever heard of.  And then there was the shop where I wanted to buy some new shoes for real tennis.  I use indoor court shoes and he couldn’t show me anything at all, so I left.

No wonder retail is in meltdown with methods and training like that!

But still on this visit, I saw some wannabe footballers wives preening themselves outside the restaurant.  I didn’t like the pink stilettos.

July 6, 2009 - Posted by | Food, Transport | , , , ,


  1. Enjoyed reading your blog! Sorry to hear you had poor experiences at The Trafford Centre – but very glad you like Carluccio’s gluten-free stuff as much as me! And I love the Elan. Hope to see you again at the Centre, if only to spot some tasty sports cars. TTCx

    Comment by justinwebb | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. Part of that was “tongue in cheek”. But I mean it about the statues, Selfridges and the tennis shoes. Incidentally, I’m still wearing the old shoes, as I’ve been unable to find any replacements that fit. Anywhere! So the retail sports shoe trade is as bad everywhere.

    Seriously though, you ought to mention on your site that there are restaurants that do gluten-free. Carluccio’s do and I think Las Ignuanas might.

    I always pop in when I need lunch to the Trafford Centre, when I’m in the area and visit Carluccio’s. Just like I did in Cambridge tonight. Their GF pasta is the best.

    Comment by AnonW | March 10, 2010 | Reply

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