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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
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
Steak at Pendergast's Steakhouse in Warrington.

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British
A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian
Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

Oxford Road Hotel

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars
The Bells of Peover, a country pub in Cheshire, just south of Knutsford

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian
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Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Time at the bar: Old pubs in Liverpool

Man demonstrating a lunge on a reformer pilates machine at Runway Pilates Manchester

Runway Pilates Manchester

Northern Quarter Gyms

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British
One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites
A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

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

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

BAB NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

The best restaurants in Cheshire

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Staycity Aparthotel Waterfront

Albert Dock Hotel
A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel
Beer at 11 Central, a bar in Salford Quays

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars

40 things to do for Mother’s Day in Manchester

San Carlo Manchester

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

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant

Evuna Manchester NQ

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

King Street Townhouse

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

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The coolest nail salons in Manchester

The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

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

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global
One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel
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 dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

15 family-friendly restaurants in Manchester city centre

The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

Greens Vegetarian Sale

Sale Restaurant - Vegetarian
Christmas at Freight Island, Manchester

Freight Island

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

Manchester River Cruises

Spinningfields Activities

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian
The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums
View from Quest Apartment Hotels Liverpool

Quest Apartment Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Kids eat free: 7 Manchester restaurants parents will like too

Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

Federation Gym

Northern Quarter Gyms
Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Manchester half-term things to do: February 2024

Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens
Room at Motel One

Motel One Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel
The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries
Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

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

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
Christmas at City Wine Bar & Kitchen in Liverpool

City Wine Bar & Kitchen

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant
A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.

Speke Hall

Speke Historic Buildings & Sites

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

2024’s Michelin Star restaurants within 2 hours of Manchester

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

The Laureate Restaurant

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

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian
Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria

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

Notjust

Ancoats Barbers
The terrace at Seven Brothers Middlewood Locks

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Media City Restaurant - American

5 North West winners of the Good Food Guide Awards 2024

Gusto Italian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Marble Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

Canteena Bar & Grill

Sale Restaurant - Modern British
A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

Withington Restaurant

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Cibus

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

The Fountain House

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

San Carlo Gran Cafe

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

The 10 best restaurants in Chinatown, Manchester

The sauna at King Street Townhouse Gym and Spa

King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

Manchester City Centre Spas
Study alcove in John Rylands Library in Manchester city centre

John Rylands Research Institute and Library

Spinningfields Historic Buildings & Sites

The best restaurants for Mother’s Day in Liverpool

Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British
Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

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

Hallé St Peter’s

Ancoats Music Venues
A tableful of dishes at Belzan in Liverpool

Belzan

Mossley Hill Restaurant - European

Time at the bar: Old pubs in Liverpool

Henrock

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

Fumo

Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian
The terrace at San Carlo Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

San Carlo Alderley Edge

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

Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread

Northern Quarter Restaurant

Happy Days Apartments

Liverpool City Centre Hotel
Bedroom at Manchester Hall with roll-top bath - a romantic Manchester hotel for Valentine's day.

Manchester Hall

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

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American
San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester

Bottega

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian
Cocktails served in King Street Tavern, the restaurant and bar at King Street Townhouse hotel

King Street Tavern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British
The Halyard at Ropewalks, a hotel in Liverpool

The Halyard

Ropewalks Hotel

The best restaurants in Cheshire

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

HR Physio and Wellness Centre

Manchester City Centre Therapeutic Services
Coconut, passion fruit & banana from Restaurant 8 in Liverpool

Restaurant 8

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Hotel Anfield

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

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres

40 things to do for Mother’s Day in Manchester

Love Lane Brewery

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - American
San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter

San Carlo Fiorentina

Hale Barns Restaurant - Italian

Holiday Inn Manchester Airport

Manchester Hotel

Spice Thai

Ropewalks Restaurant - Thai
Trophies and famous football shirts on display at the Liverpool FC stadium tour.

Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour

Anfield Tours
Christmas and New Year's Eve at Piccolino

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian
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