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

Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

Oxford Road Hotel
Grilled prawns with chilli, lime & coconut sauce at The Burbs restaurant in Heaton Moor

The ‘Burbs

Heaton Moor Restaurant

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

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

Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Events Venues
Fresh pasta at Rigatoni's, an Italian restaurant in Manchester.

Rigatoni’s Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Media City Restaurant - American
A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti


Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel

Malmaison Liverpool

Princes Dock Hotel
Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

Clitheroe Hotel

10 recommended hotels near the Warehouse Project



Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian
Roast dinner and a pint at 11 Central in Mediacity Manchester.

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
Discover authentic Nepalese dishes in the heart of West Didsbury at Namaste Nepal

Namaste Nepal

West Didsbury Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

The best Ribble Valley restaurants

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
Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester


Oxford Road Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
A selection of the small plates at Voyagers, one of Liverpool's most exciting new restaurants for 2024.


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

Manchester River Cruises

Salford Quays Activities

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel
One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

The best petting zoos and farms near Manchester

The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens
Premier Suites in Liverpool is dog-friendly for those staying for 29 nights or more.

Premier Suites Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Concert night at the Manchester Arena, or AO Arena as it is currently known.

AO Arena

Manchester City Centre Music Venues
One of the best restaurants in the North West, San Carlo Alderley Edge. Cheshire.

San Carlo Alderley Edge

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

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

Things to do with kids in Manchester this summer holidays

One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel
The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms
The Ropewalks Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel in Liverpool.

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel
Infinity Apartments in Liverpool are great for large groups

Infinity Apartments

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Ramen at Suki Suki on Deansgate, Manchester

Suki Suki

Deansgate Restaurant - Pan Asian
The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The best Northern Quarter bars

Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

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

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

5 of the best Liverpool food halls


Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Downstairs lobby at Clayton Hotel Manchester

Clayton Hotel Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Where to stay for Manchester Pride

Manchester Marriott Hotel Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries
A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Ground floor lounge and bar area at Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central

Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Hope Street Hotel is a dog friendly hotel in Liverpool.

Hope Street Hotel

Georgian Quarter Hotel

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel
Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Malmaison Manchester Spa

Piccadilly Spas
The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Where to go bowling in Manchester

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian


Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian
Stunning views from the living room at Hyatt House aparthotel in Manchester

Hyatt House

Oxford Road Hotel

The best places for breakfast in Liverpool

The cheese and meat sharing board at Haunt - a recommended wine bar and coffee shop in Manchester city centre.


Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European
Tom Barnes of Skof, Manchester's new fine dining restaurant


Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Black Friar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British
Beer pong at Pong & Puck

Pong & Puck | Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Activities

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Garlic bread from Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread - a recommended street food takeaway in Manchester city centre.

Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread

Northern Quarter Restaurant

15 of the best Manchester pubs

The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Hakkapo is a Japanese restaurant in Manchester's First Street district.


Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Malmaison Liverpool Bar & Grill

Princes Dock Restaurant - American
Quest Apartments are a dog-friendly place to stay in Liverpool.

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

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

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

Dog friendly hotels in Liverpool

San Carlo Gran Cafe Manchester, Raspberry Tart

San Carlo Gran Cafe

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global
Beef tataki at Sora Manchester, a rooftop bar and restaurant in Malmaison Deansgate

Sora Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Hotel Anfield

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

Hallé St Peter’s

Ancoats Music Venues

New restaurants and bars on Confidential Guides

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


Marple Restaurant - Cambodian

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

10 recommended hotels near the Warehouse Project

ibis Budget Manchester Airport

Manchester Hotel
The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

Pattersons at Escape to Freight Island

Piccadilly Restaurant - American
The Halyard at Ropewalks, a hotel in Liverpool

The Halyard

Ropewalks Hotel

The best Ribble Valley restaurants

Spice Thai

Ropewalks Restaurant - Thai

Bury Market

Bury Markets
Bar at Gusto Manchester

Gusto Italian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Happy Days Apartments

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Room at Motel One

Motel One Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
The terrace at Seven Brothers Middlewood Locks

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Media City Restaurant - American
The sauna at King Street Townhouse Gym and Spa

King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

Manchester City Centre Spas
One of the rooms at Aloft Liverpool, a hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Aloft Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Hotel
Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British

The best petting zoos and farms near Manchester

The front of Liverpool Cathedral, the biggest cathedral in the country.

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites
Cocktails served in King Street Tavern, the restaurant and bar at King Street Townhouse hotel

King Street Tavern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British


Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern


Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Things to do with kids in Manchester this summer holidays

Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous

Almost Famous Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Riva Blu Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant - Italian

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central

Ropewalks Hotel

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
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