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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.

OXA

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

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British
Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Oxford Road Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
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
Manchester Central is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Spa

Piccadilly Spas

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Freedom of expression: gorgeous places for journalling in Manchester

Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens

Evuna Manchester NQ

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

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities
One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

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

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian
Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries
Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill

Piccadilly Restaurant - American
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Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

BAB NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

The vinyl countdown: Greater Manchester’s best record shops

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel
A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms

An insider’s guide to eating and drinking in Didsbury

The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

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

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill

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

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel
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

Headline act: Manchester’s best festivals

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Best in show: 18 dog-friendly hotels in Manchester

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

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

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

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

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

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British
Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly

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

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel

Malmaison Liverpool Bar & Grill

Princes Dock Restaurant - American

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian
Downstairs lobby at Clayton Hotel Manchester

Clayton Hotel Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Grilled prawns with chilli, lime & coconut sauce at The Burbs restaurant in Heaton Moor

The ‘Burbs

Heaton Moor Restaurant

Things to do with kids in Manchester this Easter

Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent
The Bells of Peover, a country pub in Cheshire, just south of Knutsford

The Bells of Peover

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

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant
Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

10 best spots for brunch in Cheshire

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
Infinity Apartments in Liverpool are great for large groups

Infinity Apartments

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

Manchester River Cruises

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

Ropewalks Hotel

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

Kambuja

Marple Restaurant - Cambodian
Twin bedroom at Premier Suites Liverpool with city views

Premier Suites Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The best Indian restaurants in the North West

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

Sora Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant
The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Malmaison Liverpool

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

King Street Tavern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British
Christmas at Pattersons in Liverpool

Pattersons

Ropewalks Restaurant - American
Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

5 Liverpool Irish bars for celebrating St Patrick’s Day

San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester

Bottega

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Christmas at City Wine Bar & Kitchen in Liverpool

City Wine Bar & Kitchen

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant
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

Riva Blu Manchester | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Oysters from Climat, Manchester.

Climat

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British
The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

Spice Thai

Ropewalks Restaurant - Thai
A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

7 cool aparthotels in Liverpool

Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres
The terrace at Seven Brothers Middlewood Locks

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Media City Restaurant - American

Freedom of expression: gorgeous places for journalling in Manchester

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Media City Restaurant - American
Christmas at Down the Hatch in Liverpool

Down The Hatch

Ropewalks Restaurant - Vegan

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

Room at Motel One

Motel One Piccadilly

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

Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread

Northern Quarter Restaurant

ibis Budget Manchester Airport

Manchester Hotel

Low Slow and Dough

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

The Halyard

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

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites
Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

Lancashire Hotel

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global
Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

The vinyl countdown: Greater Manchester’s best record shops

Hotel Anfield

Anfield Hotel
Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central

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

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

An insider’s guide to eating and drinking in Didsbury

The Fountain House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British
Vegan food at Brewdog Doghouse Hotel

BrewDog Doghouse Manchester Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Holiday Inn Manchester Airport

Manchester Hotel
Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool

Frederiks

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - American
Christmas and New Year's Eve at Piccolino

Piccolino Liverpool

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

Manchester Hall

Deansgate Hotel
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