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Welcome to Confidential Guides. Here you’ll find the best food, drink and things to do in the North.

Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British
One of the dishes served at Oxa, a modern British restaurant on the Wirral, Merseyside.


Oxton Restaurant - Modern British
Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester


Oxford Road Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

Oxford Road Hotel
Manchester Central is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Events Venues
A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti


Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel
The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel
Stunning views from the living room at Hyatt House aparthotel in Manchester

Hyatt House

Oxford Road Hotel
Twin bedroom at Premier Suites Liverpool with city views

Premier Suites Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Race day eats: Where to refuel after the Great Manchester Run

The Bells of Peover, a country pub in Cheshire, just south of Knutsford

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant
The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British
Beef tataki at Sora Manchester, a rooftop bar and restaurant in Malmaison Deansgate

Sora Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Rays for days: the best beer gardens and roof terraces in Manchester

Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill

Manchester City Centre Restaurant
Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel
One of the dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.


Marple Restaurant - Cambodian
The XOXO best-selling cocktail at Shady Duck

Shady Duck

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Access all eras: the best Liverpool vintage shops

Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
One of the spacious bedrooms at Ropewalks Hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel


Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian
Grilled prawns with chilli, lime & coconut sauce at The Burbs restaurant in Heaton Moor

The ‘Burbs

Heaton Moor Restaurant
Downstairs lobby at Clayton Hotel Manchester

Clayton Hotel Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Grade A bantam action: The best fried chicken in Manchester

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Man demonstrating a lunge on a reformer pilates machine at Runway Pilates Manchester

Runway Pilates Manchester

Northern Quarter Gyms
Roast dinner and a pint at 11 Central in Mediacity Manchester.

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars
A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel
Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

Where to go paddleboarding in Manchester, Liverpool and the North West

Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant
Ground floor lounge and bar area at Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central

Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Where to watch the Euros 2024 in Manchester

Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens
Breakfast in bed at Hope Street Hotel - one of the most romantic hotels in Liverpool

Hope Street Hotel

Georgian Quarter Hotel

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Urban luxury: the best aparthotels for a Manchester city break

One of the holes at Golf Fang Liverpool, a crazy golf bar in the city centre.

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities
One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel
Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill

Piccadilly Restaurant - American

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums
One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester


Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel
The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

Suburban stars: 25 top neighbourhood restaurants near Manchester

Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Summer in the city: Liverpool’s best festivals

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian
One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Malmaison Liverpool

Princes Dock Hotel

Malmaison Liverpool Bar & Grill

Princes Dock Restaurant - American

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Spa

Piccadilly Spas
Infinity Apartments in Liverpool are great for large groups

Infinity Apartments

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Freedom of expression: gorgeous places for journalling in Manchester

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel
Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms

Pattersons at Escape to Freight Island

Piccadilly Restaurant - American
The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel
A Boilerhouse beer at Founder's Hall, a JW Lees pub in Albert Square

Founder’s Hall

Manchester City Centre Pubs

Top 40 tasting menus: the finest of fine dining in the North West

Manchester River Cruises Pirates and Mermaids - a recommended half-term day out in Manchester.

Manchester River Cruises

Salford Quays Activities


Ropewalks Restaurant - American
The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres
Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

Lancashire Hotel

Piccolino Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant - Italian

Runyon’s Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

The vinyl countdown: Greater Manchester’s best record shops

Bedroom at Manchester Hall with roll-top bath - a romantic Manchester hotel for Valentine's day.

Manchester Hall

Deansgate Hotel

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Race day eats: Where to refuel after the Great Manchester Run

Motel One St Peter's Square and the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst outside

Motel One St Peter’s Square

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Christmas at Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Hotel Anfield

Anfield Hotel
A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.

Speke Hall

Speke Historic Buildings & Sites

Rays for days: the best beer gardens and roof terraces in Manchester

The Fountain House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British
Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous

Almost Famous Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American
Two pints of craft beer at Seven Bro7hers Manchester, also known as the Ancoats Beerhouse.

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American
The Laureate restaurant at Hyatt Regency Manchester does a kids eat free deal during the school holidays.

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global
The Halyard at Ropewalks, a hotel in Liverpool

The Halyard

Ropewalks Hotel
Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian
A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

Withington Restaurant
Study alcove in John Rylands Library in Manchester city centre

John Rylands Research Institute and Library

Spinningfields Historic Buildings & Sites
San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester


Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries

Access all eras: the best Liverpool vintage shops

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
The Townhaus serviced apartment from Jackson Boutique in Manchester

The Jacksonheim Boutique

Ancoats Hotel

Riva Blu Manchester | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Halle St Peter's on Cutting Room Square - a rehearsal space and concert venue in Ancoats, Manchester

Hallé St Peter’s

Ancoats Music Venues

Grade A bantam action: The best fried chicken in Manchester

The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.

The Black Friar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British
Seafood at The Assheton Arms, a country pub with rooms to stay overnight, near Pendle Hill and Clitheroe in Lancashire

Assheton Arms

Clitheroe Restaurant - British
The whimsical Flamingo Room - one of the party suites at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Media City Restaurant - American
The front of Liverpool Cathedral, the biggest cathedral in the country.

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Spice Thai

Ropewalks Restaurant - Thai
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