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New on Guides: Sexy Fish, ‘The Burbs, Old Fire Station Cafe and more

8 months ago

To say Confidential Guides is eclectic is an understatement; the only thing all our recommendations have in common is they’re all worth knowing about.

Here’s a handful of the places we’ve added recently. It’s a lucky dip of listings and jumps from Sexy Fish to Spooky World, from Big Hands to Buile Hill Park.

We’re all for random adventures (a cocktail bar in a phone box, anyone?) but if you’d like your recommendations a little more focused on what you’re actually looking for, use the search bar and filters.  You’ll soon have a list of great options you hadn’t thought of before.

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

    Pubs

    There’s a story behind the American and British flags that fly over the entrance to The Bells of Peover, a country dining pub in a village south of Knutsford.

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  • Inside Big Hands, a bar on Oxford Road, Manchester.
    Oxford Road

    Big Hands

    Bars

    The original Manchester dive bar, Big Hands is a rock n roll institution and the site of many messy nights out. 

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  • Spring flowers and the mansion at Buile Hill Park in Salford
    Salford

    Buile Hill Park

    Parks & Gardens

    L.S. Lowry used to be a regular visitor to Buile Hill Park, and Frances Hodgson Burnett is thought to have written The Secret Garden here. So it’s no wonder it’s included on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

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  • Grilled prawns with chilli, lime & coconut sauce at The Burbs restaurant in Heaton Moor
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    The ‘Burbs

    Restaurant

    The ‘Burbs is exactly the sort of informal neighbourhood spot you want round the corner from your house.

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  • Sale

    Canteena Bar & Grill

    Bars

    Based in the unit of Stanley Square that was once home to Sale Food Hall, Canteena Bar & Grill is serving up hearty Modern British meals in a food hall-style setting.

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  • Chaos Karts interior, an activity in Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Chaos Karts

    Activities

    Chaos Karts puts you in the driving seat of an immersive augmented reality experience, bringing real-life karting and gaming together.

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  • Tables in Chapter One, a bookshop and cafe in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Northern Quarter

    Chapter One

    Bookshops

    Chapter One is an independent bookshop and café with a huge selection of fancy drinks, vegan-friendly cakes and a well-curated selection of literature.

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  • A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.
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    Dakota Manchester

    Bars

    The Dakota Manchester describes itself as Manchester’s best hotel. We’re not getting into that debate but we will say it’s the city’s most glam.

    Designed by Amanda Rosa and owned by Ken McCullough, it’s low-lit and brooding, in a stylish, noirish way.

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  • Exterior of Ex Directory, a bar in Liverpool
    Liverpool City Centre

    Ex Directory

    Bars

    Defunct red phone boxes are always being re-purposed as mini libraries, homes for defibrillators, or, in this case, an entrance to a cocktail bar.

    From the traditional British landmark, you’ll be led to a modern drinking den with fluorescent brights and glitterballs.

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  • A cocktail at Fitzgeralds, a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Northern Quarter

    The Fitzgerald

    Bars

    The Fitzgerald, appropriately enough, channels those Great Gatsby vibes with its vintage stylings, and its 1920s glassware sets off the cocktails beautifully.

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  • Christmas at Gulliver's World, Warrington, Cheshire.
    Warrington

    Gulliver’s World

    Activities

    Gulliver’s World is a theme park that’s perfect for smallsters. It has rollercoasters and upside-downy things for tweens but these stomach-churners are vastly outnumbered by gentle planes, water rides, teacups and rollercoasters of the introductory variety.

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  • Wigan

    Haigh Woodland Park

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Haigh Woodland Park is a good mix of cultivated prettiness and ancient woodland with plenty of things to do.

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  • Taps at Heaton Hops, a bar and bottle shop in Stockport
    Heaton Moor

    Heaton Hops

    Bottle Shop

    Heaton Hops is a bar and bottle shop in Heaton Moor. The fridges are packed with bottles and cans from breweries across the North and further afield. Despite its relatively small size, you’ll also find eight keg lines and two traditional cask pumps.

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  • Ramen at House of Fu Manchester, a Japanese restaurant with karaoke booths on Portland Street.
    Manchester City Centre

    House of Fu Manchester

    Activities

    Beloved Leeds ramen hotspot House of Fu opened on Portland Street in October 2023. This Japanese restaurant and bar is renowned for its nourishing bowls of ramen, its small plates – and its karaoke booths.

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  • Exterior of Juice Box Didsbury, a bar and bottle shop
    Didsbury

    Juicebox Didsbury

    Bottle Shop

    Juicebox is an independent wine bar and bottle shop in Didsbury (there’s another one in Manchester city centre). It’s a great place to unwind with some gourmet snacks and a bottle of wine.

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  • Ethiopian food at Kargo MKT, a food hall at Salford Quays
    Salford Quays

    Kargo MKT

    Bars

    Kargo MKT is a huge food hall in Salford Quays where 20 different street food traders ply their trade. With a waterfront terrace and a party atmosphere, it’s one of the most popular places in the neighbourhood which, until recently, has never exactly been spoilt for choice with dining destinations.

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  • Barbers at work at King Street Grooming - a recommended barber shop in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    King Street Grooming

    Clinics

    Where does a guy go when he wants a full-on glow-up, the kind normally only reserved for the fairer sex? We suggest he start at King Street Grooming – a barbers and ‘bro-tox’ spa that takes advantage of all the recent advances in aesthetics treatments and tailors them for a mainly male clientele.

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  • Nerf AX interior, a games venue at Trafford Palazzo
    Trafford Park

    Nerf Action Xperience

    Activities

    If you love charging around waving a Nerf blaster with foam ammo popping all around you, then you’re going to be excited about this.

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  • The exterior of Night and Day Cafe in the NQ Manchester.
    Northern Quarter

    Night & Day Cafe

    Music Venues

    Without Night & Day Cafe, the Northern Quarter as we know it probably wouldn’t exist. It was places like this, jazz club Matt and Phreds, and Factory Records-owned Dry Bar that kickstarted the area’s reputation for art, music, and banging nights out – and the apartment boom that followed.

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  • Bar at North Taproom: Circle Square in Manchester
    Oxford Road

    North Taproom: Circle Square

    Bottle Shop

    North Taproom: Circle Square is the Manchester outpost of the beloved North Bar in Leeds. It specialises in craft beer with cold beers in fancy cans, perfectly conditioned cask and even Negroni on tap.

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  • Jillian Jacqueline playing O2 Manchester Ritz
    Oxford Road

    O2 Ritz Manchester

    Music Venues

    The O2 Manchester Ritz on Whitworth Street has seen better days but it still knocks most venues out of the water when it comes to hosting gig nights.

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  • Taps at Pelican, a craft beer bar in Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Pelican

    Bars

    Pelican is a bar from the team behind Squawk Brewing Company, they of the beautiful ornithological cans of craft ale. It’s situated in Grade II Listed building on Dale Street with tall handsome windows, but you’re here for the beer, right?

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  • Interior of Pray Tell, a cocktail bar in Sale M33
    Sale

    Pray Tell

    Bars

    Pray Tell is a neighbourhood bar in Stanley Square, Sale. It’s the sort of place that all towns and suburbs need – casual and relaxed yet good looking and with a drinks selection that doesn’t make you feel like you’re making do by not going out out.

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  • Bedroom at The Reach at Piccadilly, a hotel in Manchester
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    The Reach at Piccadilly

    Bars

    The Reach at Piccadilly is owned by Marriott, but it’s part of their Tribute Portfolio collection, so it looks more like a boutique hotel than a corporate chain. You get all the character of an independent plus the reliability of a big name.

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  • Cocktail at Sexy Fish, a restaurant in Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Sexy Fish

    Bars

    Sexy Fish is no mere minnow in the UK dining scene. It’s brought to you by Caprice Holdings, the group behind some of London’s most glam dining spots. Think of it as more of a humongous mermaid – beautiful and ever so slightly improbable.

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  • Character at Spooky World, a Halloween attraction at Apple Jacks, Warrington
    Warrington

    Spooky World

    Activities

    Spooky World comes in three strengths of spookiness. There’s Fun by Day which is all smiling pumpkins and friendly ghosts for small children. Then, there’s Spooky at Night for age ten and over which is basically a diluted version of the main event: Scary at Night.

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  • Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property close to Liverpool.
    Lancashire

    Rufford Old Hall

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Tudor house and garden Rufford Old Hall has all the classic features of a National Trust day out. Beautiful gardens, grand buildings, a tea room complete with homemade cakes… and as such it makes for a lovely day out in all weathers.

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  • Coffee and pastel de nata at the Old Fire Station, Salford.
    Salford

    The Old Fire Station

    Bakeries

    The Old Fire Station is a café, bar, bakery and brewery tap with a real community feel. It’s a part of the University of Salford but it’s open to everyone.

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  • Drink at Waku Waku, a 2D cafe in Manchester
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Waku Waku

    Cafes

    Waku Waku highlights a generational gap. You could say it’s just like going for lunch in that A-Ha video or you could say it’s a cool 2D café inspired by manga and anime. Whichever.

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