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

Manchester Central is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites
Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

Oxford Road Hotel
A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Oxford Road Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
One of the dishes served at Oxa, a modern British restaurant on the Wirral, Merseyside.

OXA

Oxton Restaurant - Modern British
Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British
Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant
The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel
One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese
One of the spacious bedrooms at Ropewalks Hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel

Freedom of expression: gorgeous places for journalling in Manchester

Malmaison Liverpool Bar & Grill

Princes Dock Restaurant - American

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
Breakfast in bed at Hope Street Hotel - one of the most romantic hotels in Liverpool

Hope Street Hotel

Georgian Quarter Hotel
The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel

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

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

Kambuja

Marple Restaurant - Cambodian
One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel
The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

BAB NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

The vinyl countdown: Greater Manchester’s best record shops

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Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British
Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Downstairs lobby at Clayton Hotel Manchester

Clayton Hotel Manchester

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

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant

An insider’s guide to eating and drinking in Didsbury

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

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish
Man demonstrating a lunge on a reformer pilates machine at Runway Pilates Manchester

Runway Pilates Manchester

Northern Quarter Gyms
Beef tataki at Sora Manchester, a rooftop bar and restaurant in Malmaison Deansgate

Sora Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant
The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

Headline act: Manchester’s best festivals

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish
The Bells of Peover, a country pub in Cheshire, just south of Knutsford

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant

Best in show: 18 dog-friendly hotels in Manchester

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

The hills are calling: 12 things to do in the Lake District

The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel
Infinity Apartments in Liverpool are great for large groups

Infinity Apartments

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Malmaison Liverpool

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

Manchester River Cruises

Spinningfields Activities

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Twin bedroom at Premier Suites Liverpool with city views

Premier Suites Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Things to do with kids in Manchester this Easter

Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens
A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill

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

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries

10 best spots for brunch in Cheshire

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Spa

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

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global
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

The best Indian restaurants in the North West

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Hotel Anfield

Anfield Hotel
The whimsical Flamingo Room - one of the party suites at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

5 Liverpool Irish bars for celebrating St Patrick’s Day

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

Hallé St Peter’s

Ancoats Music Venues
Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian
Christmas and New Year's Eve at Piccolino

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Inside Notjust barbers in the Northern Quarter, Manchester, one of Manchester's best barbers

Notjust

Ancoats Barbers

Gusto Italian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Christmas at Pattersons in Liverpool

Pattersons

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

7 cool aparthotels in Liverpool

Piccolino Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant - Italian

Bury Market

Bury Markets

Freedom of expression: gorgeous places for journalling in Manchester

Christmas at Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool City Centre Bars
Trophies and famous football shirts on display at the Liverpool FC stadium tour.

Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour

Anfield Tours

Cibus

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

The Jacksonheim Boutique

Ancoats Hotel

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

The sauna at King Street Townhouse Gym and Spa

King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

Manchester City Centre Spas
Vegan food at Brewdog Doghouse Hotel

BrewDog Doghouse Manchester Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Henrock

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global
The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

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

Manchester Hall

Deansgate Hotel
Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British
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L’Enclume

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Low Slow and Dough

Oxton Restaurant - American
The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries

The vinyl countdown: Greater Manchester’s best record shops

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

Motel One St Peter’s Square

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

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American
Oysters from Climat, Manchester.

Climat

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British
The front of Liverpool Cathedral, the biggest cathedral in the country.

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

An insider’s guide to eating and drinking in Didsbury

The Halyard at Ropewalks, a hotel in Liverpool

The Halyard

Ropewalks Hotel
Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres
A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

Withington Restaurant

Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria

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

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global
Study alcove in John Rylands Library in Manchester city centre

John Rylands Research Institute and Library

Spinningfields Historic Buildings & Sites
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