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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
Steak at Pendergast's Steakhouse in Warrington.

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British
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 Historic Buildings & Sites
Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester


Oxford Road Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti


Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

San Carlo Liverpool

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

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

8 indie Manchester florists for Mother’s Day flowers

The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

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

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries
Man demonstrating a lunge on a reformer pilates machine at Runway Pilates Manchester

Runway Pilates Manchester

Northern Quarter Gyms

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

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Greens Vegetarian Sale

Sale Restaurant - Vegetarian

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms
One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester


Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese
Christmas at Freight Island, Manchester

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish
The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

The best halal restaurants in Manchester


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

The Bells of Peover

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

Manchester River Cruises

Spinningfields Activities

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

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

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel
One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel
Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Time at the bar: Old pubs in Liverpool

One of the spacious bedrooms at Ropewalks Hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

The best restaurants in Cheshire

Boutique 56

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
The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

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

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

40 things to do for Mother’s Day in Manchester

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


Marple Restaurant - Cambodian
Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

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

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens

The coolest nail salons in Manchester

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global
Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel
The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

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

Dakota Manchester

Northern Quarter Hotel

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

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

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Hotel Anfield

Anfield Hotel

Canteena Bar & Grill

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


Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian
Oysters from Climat, Manchester.


Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

15 family-friendly restaurants in Manchester city centre

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

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian
The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

Love Lane Brewery

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

The Halyard

Ropewalks Hotel

Riva Blu Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Italian
The sauna at King Street Townhouse Gym and Spa

King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

Manchester City Centre Spas

Kids eat free: 7 Manchester restaurants parents will like too

Runyon’s Bar & Restaurant

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

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites


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


Ancoats Barbers

The Fountain House

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

Piccolino Liverpool

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

The Jacksonheim Boutique

Northern Quarter Hotel
The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries

Manchester half-term things to do: February 2024

A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

Withington Restaurant
The Laureate restaurant at The Hyatt Regency - a family-friendly place to eat.

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global

8 indie Manchester florists for Mother’s Day flowers

Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

Lancashire Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central

Ropewalks Hotel
The terrace at San Carlo Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

San Carlo Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Italian
Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous

Almost Famous Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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Room at Motel One

Motel One Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester


Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

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

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
San Carlo Gran Cafe Manchester, Raspberry Tart

San Carlo Gran Cafe

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Trophies and famous football shirts on display at the Liverpool FC stadium tour.

Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour

Anfield Tours
Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American
Motel One St Peter's Square and the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst outside

Motel One St Peter’s Square

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The best halal restaurants in Manchester

Riva Blu Manchester | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

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

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres


Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

One of the treatment rooms at HR Physio and Wellness in Manchester city centre

HR Physio and Wellness Centre

Manchester City Centre Therapeutic Services
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
Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Marble Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European
A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.

Speke Hall

Speke Historic Buildings & Sites
Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool


Georgian Quarter Restaurant - American


Spinningfields Restaurant - Modern British
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