This pub was previously known as the Bird In Hand, but as the Ace of Diamonds it was brought to the national attention when it was heralded the Manchester HQ of the British National Party as the landlord ran for election for the BNP. Subsequently, their odious leader, Nick Griffin, held press conferences here and the Ace of Diamonds, which was a well-used Miles Platting local, gained unwanted notoriety in the local and national press. As a result of the BNP link, the pub was suddenly included in the Compulsory Purchase Orders in the area in 2009.
Ace of Diamonds fire, Oldham Road, 2010. (c) IlluminatiManchester at youtube.
Even more mysteriously, on the 2nd April 2010 the Ace of Diamonds burnt down in what some claim was politically-motived arson. A few yards up Oldham Road is the old Obsorne Theatre, also known as the New Osborne and Thunderdome, now sadly derelict but with a fine history of hosting Joy Division, New Order et al back in the day.