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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
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
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
A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The best Halal restaurants in Manchester

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

Kambuja

Marple Restaurant - Cambodian
Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
One of the holes at Golf Fang Liverpool, a crazy golf bar in the city centre.

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities
Hot chocolate at Trove - a bakery and cafe in Ancoats, Levenshulme and Manchester city centre.

Trove Ancoats

Ancoats Bakeries
Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Motel One Royal Exchange

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

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

Time at the bar: Old pubs in Liverpool

Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel
The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites
Man demonstrating a lunge on a reformer pilates machine at Runway Pilates Manchester

Runway Pilates Manchester

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

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Greens Vegetarian Sale

Sale Restaurant - Vegetarian
The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

The best restaurants in Cheshire

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

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

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

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

The Bridge

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

Manchester River Cruises

Spinningfields Activities

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

40 things to do for Mother’s Day in Manchester

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

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms

The coolest nail salons in Manchester

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

Evuna Knutsford

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

Hope Street Hotel

Georgian Quarter Hotel
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

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

The ‘Burbs

Heaton Moor Restaurant

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

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian
Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
Christmas at Freight Island, Manchester

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Alan Hotel

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

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

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

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

15 family-friendly restaurants in Manchester city centre

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
Beer at 11 Central, a bar in Salford Quays

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars
Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

Kids eat free: 7 Manchester restaurants parents will like too

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Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

BAB NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

Love Lane Brewery

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - American

Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
San Carlo Gran Cafe Manchester, Raspberry Tart

San Carlo Gran Cafe

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Christmas at Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool City Centre Bars
Christmas and New Year's Eve at Piccolino

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Manchester half-term things to do: February 2024

The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

Canteena Bar & Grill

Sale Restaurant - Modern British
The Halyard at Ropewalks, a hotel in Liverpool

The Halyard

Ropewalks Hotel
Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous

Almost Famous Great Northern

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

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

2024’s Michelin Star restaurants within 2 hours of Manchester

Christmas at City Wine Bar & Kitchen in Liverpool

City Wine Bar & Kitchen

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant

The Fountain House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British
Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres
Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Scottish Steakhouse at Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Cocktails served at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre

Fumo

Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian
The whimsical Flamingo Room - one of the party suites at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

5 North West winners of the Good Food Guide Awards 2024

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

Aloft Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Hotel
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 best Halal restaurants in Manchester

Happy Days Apartments

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Henrock

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British
Vegan food at Brewdog Doghouse Hotel

BrewDog Doghouse Manchester Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Marble Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central

Ropewalks Hotel

Cibus

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian
A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

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

Manchester Hall

Deansgate Hotel
The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries
A tableful of dishes at Belzan in Liverpool

Belzan

Mossley Hill Restaurant - European
The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.

The Black Friar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British
Coconut, passion fruit & banana from Restaurant 8 in Liverpool

Restaurant 8

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Media City Restaurant - American

Masons

Spinningfields Restaurant - Modern British

Time at the bar: Old pubs in Liverpool

Piccolino Knutsford

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

Notjust

Ancoats Barbers
The Townhaus serviced apartment from Jackson Boutique in Manchester

The Jacksonheim Boutique

Ancoats Hotel
Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool

Frederiks

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - American

The best restaurants in Cheshire

The sauna at King Street Townhouse Gym and Spa

King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

Manchester City Centre Spas

ibis Budget Manchester Airport

Manchester Hotel
San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester

Bottega

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

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

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American

Hotel Anfield

Anfield Hotel
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