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

Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

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

Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Events Venues
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
One of the dishes served at Oxa, a modern British restaurant on the Wirral, Merseyside.

OXA

Oxton Restaurant - Modern British
Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Oxford Road Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

Rays for days: the best beer gardens and roof terraces in Manchester

One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel

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
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Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Access all eras: the best Liverpool vintage shops

The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

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

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens
Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

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

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Grade A bantam action: The best fried chicken in Manchester

The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

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

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

The Alan Hotel

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

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Infinity Apartments in Liverpool are great for large groups

Infinity Apartments

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Where to go paddleboarding in Manchester, Liverpool and the North West

Downstairs lobby at Clayton Hotel Manchester

Clayton Hotel Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Malmaison Liverpool Bar & Grill

Princes Dock Restaurant - American

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Malmaison Manchester Spa

Piccadilly Spas
Beef tataki at Sora Manchester, a rooftop bar and restaurant in Malmaison Deansgate

Sora Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

BAB NQ

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

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant
One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Where to watch the Euros 2024 in Manchester

Malmaison Liverpool

Princes Dock Hotel
Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Urban luxury: the best aparthotels for a Manchester city break

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

San Carlo Liverpool

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

Hope Street Hotel

Georgian Quarter Hotel

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms

Suburban stars: 25 top neighbourhood restaurants near Manchester

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill

Piccadilly Restaurant - American

Pattersons

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

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

The ‘Burbs

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

Manchester River Cruises

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

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel
The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Summer in the city: Liverpool’s best festivals

Twin bedroom at Premier Suites Liverpool with city views

Premier Suites Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

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

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Freedom of expression: gorgeous places for journalling in Manchester

Riva Blu Liverpool

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

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish
Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel

Pattersons at Escape to Freight Island

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

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel
The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel

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

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

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill

Manchester City Centre Restaurant
Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

Lancashire Hotel

The vinyl countdown: Greater Manchester’s best record shops

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

Hallé St Peter’s

Ancoats Music Venues

Seven Bro7hers Media City

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

Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour

Anfield Tours

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central

Ropewalks Hotel

Scottish Steakhouse at Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British
The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian
A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

Withington Restaurant

An insider’s guide to eating and drinking in Didsbury

The Fountain House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British
The sauna at King Street Townhouse Gym and Spa

King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

Manchester City Centre Spas

Rays for days: the best beer gardens and roof terraces in Manchester

Cocktails served in King Street Tavern, the restaurant and bar at King Street Townhouse hotel

King Street Tavern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American
Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool

Frederiks

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - American

Access all eras: the best Liverpool vintage shops

Piccolino Liverpool burrata salad

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Henrock

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global
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 front of Liverpool Cathedral, the biggest cathedral in the country.

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites
Bedroom at Manchester Hall with roll-top bath - a romantic Manchester hotel for Valentine's day.

Manchester Hall

Deansgate Hotel

Cibus

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian
Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous

Almost Famous Great Northern

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

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres

Bury Market

Bury Markets

Grade A bantam action: The best fried chicken in Manchester

Room at Motel One

Motel One Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Piccolino Knutsford

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

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

Spice Thai

Ropewalks Restaurant - Thai

Where to go paddleboarding in Manchester, Liverpool and the North West

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

Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread

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

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries
Oysters from Climat, Manchester.

Climat

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
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L’Enclume

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British
The whimsical Flamingo Room - one of the party suites at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
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