Why you’re here…
We’re guessing you’re here because you’re looking for somewhere to eat, somewhere in the North West (or just beyond… we’ll get to that)? Good, because this is the Top 100 Restaurants in the North and that’s exactly what we’re here to do.
You might have visited our parent site (confidentials.com) before. You might not. But what you need to know is that for the best part of 15 years we’ve been employing the finest food writers in the region to go out, eat and drink, and then write about it, so that our readers know where to find a good meal and where to spend their money – and where not to. And we like to think we’ve done a decent job, at least, 6.5 million visits to our site last year suggest we’re doing ok.
We’ve published hundreds and hundreds, actually thousands of restaurant reviews over the years, and have been looking for a way to collect all that hard-earned (and fully paid for) knowledge together to create something new and, most importantly, something useful. So we decided to launch a new restaurant guide for the North West (and a bit beyond.. yep we’ll get to that), which we’re aiming to expand to cover the whole of the North, eventually.
“…We know some of the restaurants fall outside of the ‘North West’, but like we say, we’re planning to expand the guide to cover the whole of the North – so you could call it good preparation. And the more the merrier eh?”
Here we’re starting with the Top 100 – as voted for by our panel of judges, taking into account our own reviews scores, other guidebook scores, rosettes, stars, plates, forks, whatever, plus our general experiences and opinions – and will continue to build the guide as we go, from the white linen tables to the greasy formica ones, thus creating the absolute definitive guide to eating out in the region.
Why, you might ask? Over the last few years we’ve grown tired of being underrepresented in nearly all major restaurant guides. Northern restaurants are, it seems, an afterthought, a bit of a chore, an accessory to the usual London love-in. And that just won’t do. This region has some of the best produce, talent and passion not only in the UK, but in Europe… sod it, the whole bloody world. So if they’re not going to do it, we will. And do it better… that’s the plan anyway.
So please take a look around, have a click around and let us know what you think. We’ve put a few handy widgets in there to help guide you around, find something new to try, perhaps somewhere you’ve never heard of.
Oh and about that ‘North West’ thing, we’ve kept our boundaries pretty loose, so as to include the very best from and within a reasonable drive from the confidential.com catchment areas (namely Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds). So you’ll find restaurants from Cumbria through Lancashire, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and even a little bit of Derbyshire. We know some of those fall well outside of the ‘North West’, but like we say, we’re planning to expand the guide to cover the whole of the North – so you could call it good preparation. And the more the merrier eh?
The Top 100 team.