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

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


Oxton Restaurant - Modern British
Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

Oxford Road Hotel
A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti


Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
Steak at Pendergast's Steakhouse in Warrington.

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British
Manchester Central is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites
Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester


Oxford Road Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Breakfast in bed at Hope Street Hotel - one of the most romantic hotels in Liverpool

Hope Street Hotel

Georgian Quarter Hotel

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British
Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

8 indie Manchester florists for Mother’s Day flowers

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

11 Central

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

Manchester River Cruises

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

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant
One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel

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

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian
One of the spacious bedrooms at Ropewalks Hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms
One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

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

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries

The best halal restaurants in Manchester

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global
Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel
The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Greens Vegetarian Sale

Sale Restaurant - Vegetarian

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel


Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Time at the bar: Old pubs in Liverpool

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

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant
The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

The best restaurants in Cheshire

One of the dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.


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

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British
One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester


Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

40 things to do for Mother’s Day in Manchester

Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Christmas at Freight Island, Manchester

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global
Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

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

Runway Pilates Manchester

Northern Quarter Gyms
The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

The coolest nail salons in Manchester

The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish
The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

The Manchester cocktail bars that made the UK’s Top 50

One of the dishes at The Burbs, a recommended restaurant in Heaton Chapel, Stockport.

The ‘Burbs

Heaton Moor Restaurant
Hot chocolate at Trove - a bakery and cafe in Ancoats, Levenshulme and Manchester city centre.

Trove Ancoats

Ancoats Bakeries

Runyon’s Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant
Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool


Georgian Quarter Restaurant - American
The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian
San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter

San Carlo Fiorentina

Hale Barns Restaurant - Italian
Christmas at Down the Hatch in Liverpool

Down The Hatch

Ropewalks Restaurant - Vegan

Delta Hotel by Marriott Liverpool City Centre

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

15 family-friendly restaurants in Manchester city centre

One of the rooms at Aloft Liverpool, a hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Aloft Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Hotel
Christmas and New Year's Eve at Piccolino

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
The front of Liverpool Cathedral, the biggest cathedral in the country.

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global


Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Fountain House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

Kids eat free: 7 Manchester restaurants parents will like too

A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

Withington Restaurant
The sauna at King Street Townhouse Gym and Spa

King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

Manchester City Centre Spas
The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries
Motel One St Peter's Square and the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst outside

Motel One St Peter’s Square

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Riva Blu Manchester | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central

Ropewalks Hotel
The terrace at Seven Brothers Middlewood Locks

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Media City Restaurant - American

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

Manchester half-term things to do: February 2024

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

Hallé St Peter’s

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

The Black Friar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

8 indie Manchester florists for Mother’s Day flowers

Hotel Anfield

Anfield Hotel

Riva Blu Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Italian
Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian
A tableful of dishes at Belzan in Liverpool


Mossley Hill Restaurant - European

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Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Media City Restaurant - American

Love Lane Brewery

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - American
Garlic bread from Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread - a recommended street food takeaway in Manchester city centre.

Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread

Northern Quarter Restaurant

Bury Market

Bury Markets
Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Restaurant - European
Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British
Christmas at Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool City Centre Bars
The whimsical Flamingo Room - one of the party suites at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Christmas at City Wine Bar & Kitchen in Liverpool

City Wine Bar & Kitchen

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant

The best halal restaurants in Manchester

Room at Motel One

Motel One Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American
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

Gusto Italian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres
A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.

Speke Hall

Speke Historic Buildings & Sites
A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Oysters from Climat, Manchester.


Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British
Cocktails served at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre


Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian
Two pints of craft beer at Seven Bro7hers Manchester, also known as the Ancoats Beerhouse.

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American
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