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The best private dining rooms in Manchester and Liverpool

8 months ago

The North West is home to an array of stunning private dining areas; from the bold and beautiful Geisha Room at The Ivy Manchester, to the bright and funky art deco-style Rosa Room at San Carlo Liverpool, to the sleek and sophisticated Vault at Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay.

Maybe you’re talking business and don’t want anyone earwigging? Or you’re planning a special birthday meal and want your own exclusive space to celebrate in? Or, you might just not want anyone in the background of your Instagram pics? Whatever the reason, some occasions just call for a private dining room – all of these gorgeous options will allow you and your guests to dine in style.

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  • The private dining room at 20 Stories, Manchester.
    Spinningfields

    20 Stories

    Bars

    Manchester’s highest – and possibly finest – restaurant, bar and terrace. D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant, 20 Stories was the opening of 2018. Floor to ceiling windows (and a huge, outdoor terrace, the same size as the entire restaurant floor), afford breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside, while the menu offers modern British, seasonal dishes. 

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  • Inside the Art School, a recommended date night restaurant in Liverpool.
    Georgian Quarter

    The Art School

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The Art School delivers upmarket, regionally-inspired cooking from local legend, Paul Askew. Opening in late 2014, this fancy contemporary British restaurant is a place for that special occasion.

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  • Book Now Northern Quarter

    BAB NQ

    Restaurant - Middle Eastern

    If you feel it’s time to spice up your life, look no further than this Northern Quarter indie, where the main offer is ‘kebabs worth sitting down for’. Yep, BAB by name, ‘babs by nature, but that’s not doing the menu full justice – there are also meze small plates to mix and match, skewers and shawarmas, and non-babs such as an epic surf & turf spread.

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  • party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Banyan | Corn Exchange

    Bars

    Banyan in Manchester’s Corn Exchange has something for everyone and one of the best outdoor drinking and dining spots in the city.

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  • The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Black Friar

    Pubs

    The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation project. Now a modern British restaurant and a traditional pub, it has two distinct settings with menus to match.

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  • The private dining room at The Blues Kitchen
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Blues Kitchen Manchester

    Bars

    The Blues Kitchen Manchester is the first opening outside the capital for Columbo Group, which also owns the Jazz Cafe chain. And while we always enjoy treating cut-and-paste transplants from London with a healthy dose of scepticism, this one serves Manchester’s food (and music) scene well.

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  • The private dining space at Churrasco
    Aigburth

    Churrasco Steakhouse

    Restaurant - South American

    At the point Lark Lane tips out onto busy Aigburth Road, you’ll find one of Liverpool’s best churrascaria, the cosy Churrasco Steakhouse, where top-notch British meat and homemade recipes are given the unique lava steak stone treatment, seeing you cook your own tea.

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  • Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Dakota Grill Manchester

    Bars

    Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as the successful boutique hotel chain. It’s an inviting place with flickering candlelight, very retro-sexy – sure to be the setting for many a first date.

    The focus at Dakota is on steaks which are very good – all grass-fed, 28 day-aged, hand-cut Aberdeenshire beef cooked over hot coals.

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  • The private dining room at Dash
    Book Now Cavern Quarter

    Dash Restaurant & Bar

    Bars

    You don’t just walk up the steps to this glam go-to in the city centre, all glitzy chandeliers and luxe booths, you sashay. Your entrance must be as impeccable as the fusion-style food – from sushi and sizzling steaks through to sensational sweets like Pornstar Martini Cheesecake.

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  • Steak at Gaucho
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gaucho Manchester

    Restaurant - South American

    For many people, Argentinian restaurant Gaucho Manchester is the destination in the city for very good steak paired with very good wine. Housed in a converted Methodist church on Deansgate, with an open kitchen, and the original church organ still in-situ, it’s also known as one of Manchester’s best-looking spaces for dining.

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  • Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Grand Pacific

    Bars

    Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour. Not in a big chandeliers, glass and chrome Spinningfields way, but with a decadent blend of colonial Raffles-style grandeur and some of the best of the city’s Victorian architecture.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gusto Italian Manchester

    Bars

    Gusto Italian Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown, even if the menu is the same everywhere from Heswall to Edinburgh. It’s a very polished affair with a definite Art Deco feel. This is a place that seems designed for good times and the service is slick.

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  • Cocktails at Hawksmoor in Liverpool
    Liverpool City Centre

    Hawksmoor Liverpool

    Restaurant - British

    Located in the beautiful Grade II-listed India Buildings, just a stone’s throw away from Castle Street Hawksmoor Liverpool opened to much excitement in late 2022.

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  • One of the private dining rooms at The Ivy
    Book Now Spinningfields

    The Ivy Manchester

    Bars

    The Ivy Manchester is an exuberant over-the-top place that’s perfect for glamming up and going out. The décor is wild yet smart and service is smooth and professional. The roof garden is a must.

    There’s an abundance about The Ivy with the costumed doorman, and the levels and levels of fun: The Ivy Asia; The Brasserie; The Ivy Roof Garden; the lurid floors; the lacquered screens; the mirrored central bar. It all adds up to a sense of occasion, a place where dining out is something special, something to dress up for.

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

    King Street Townhouse

    Hotel

    King Street Townhouse is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It’s well known for its spa facilities – including a very special infinity pool with views of the city from the top floor of the building.

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  • The private dining room at London Carriage Works
    Book Now Georgian Quarter

    The London Carriage Works

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Born in the early 2000s, The London Carriage Works is Liverpool’s original Modern British restaurant. Driven by a passion for Mersey produce and molecular gastronomy, founding head chef Paul Askew (now of the Art School) pushed an award-winning formula at London Carriage Works for years – and current head chef Mike Kenyon follows suit.

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  • Sushi from Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

    Bars

    Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay is the first restaurant that the famed TV chef has decided to open in the city of Manchester, despite already having opened Bread Street Kitchen & Bar in Liverpool last year. 

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  • One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester
    Book Now Spinningfields

    MUSU

    Bars

    The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be infinite they are certainly unique for Manchester at least. With a combination of Japanese and more locally-sourced ingredients, the guest is invited to choose the way they prefer to dine at MUSU.

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  • Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

    Bars

    With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room, an open kitchen, and an oyster bar, Piccolino Caffé Grande Manchester is a real destination restaurant. (And, notably, it’s one that doesn’t price people out of the experience.)

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  • A cocktail at Panoramic 34 in Liverpool city centre.
    Business District (Liverpool)

    Panoramic 34

    Bars

    Panoramic 34 was the UK’s highest restaurant when it opened in 2008, and although others have since taken that title, it still offers an impressive vantage point with a 360-degree view of Liverpool, the Mersey, and beyond to Wales. 

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  • Book Now Cavern Quarter

    San Carlo Liverpool

    Bars

    Head to any of the ristorantes in the award-winning, family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional ingredients, artfully prepared, served in super chic surroundings. At San Carlo Liverpool, you’ll also find opulent dining booths and a stylish bar for drinks before or after your meal.

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