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The restaurant scene moves fast in these parts with exclusive launches, sudden rebrands and shock closures every other week it seems. Here we’re focusing on the positives with a round up of the best new restaurants and bars to open for business in Manchester and Liverpool. And it’s quite a collection.

Our reviewers and writers would happily recommend these places to friends and family based on their personal experience of eating there. If you want to try somewhere new, here’s a list of solid options for you.

  • Brunch at à bloc in Altrincham

    à bloc


    à bloc is a neighbourhood cafe near Stamford Park in Altrincham. It serves good coffee and brunch dishes but it’s the doughnuts that have mythical status here. Don’t leave without one.

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  • Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock
    Book Now Stockport Town Centre

    Alfredo’s Social


    Alfredo’s Social is a buzzy bar and restaurant in the parade of independents on Little Underbank in Stockport town centre. It’s a charming location and Alfredo’s Social is the most charming of them all, housed in the historic Grade II listed Winter’s building.

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  • Boxpark Liverpool
    Baltic Triangle

    Boxpark Liverpool


    It’s a transplant from that-there London but at least Boxpark Liverpool is full of local food names. This food hall meets events space is home to eight or so vendors including, at the time of writing, Rose Street Falafel (from the founders of Maray), Madre Burrito, Pukht and Yoki Social Table and Yumcha. There’s also Shake, Crazy Pedros, Simply Salt and Pepper and Stateside Grill. Choosing between them is not easy.  

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  • The opulent and moody atmosphere of Maya in Manchester
    Gay Village


    Restaurant - French

    Maya is the eagerly-awaited fine dining restaurant from Gabe Lea, a local Chef with an impressive CV including stints at The French and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Set over three floors, the fancy food is served in the basement, an opulent and moody refuge of golds and deep blues with an ornate gilded bar as the centrepiece whilst the street level ground floor hosts a bar and brasserie.

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  • Schnitzel and duck egg at Medlock Canteen in Manchester

    Medlock Canteen

    Restaurant - French

    Medlock Canteen is an informal all-day place but despite its casual name, it’s a quality food spot. The menu is simple. Bistro classics aren’t faffed about with, they’re just done brilliantly. Jay Rayner is a big fan.

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  • Book Now Piccadilly

    Pattersons at Escape to Freight Island

    Restaurant - American

    Pattersons at Escape to Freight Island means only one thing – the Liverpool legend has finally made it to Manchester.

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  • Hot oil gun gun noodles at PUBLIC in Stevenson Square
    Northern Quarter



    PUBLIC is from the team behind Evelyn’s and The Daisy so you can expect quality cocktails – and you’d be right to do so. There’s also a brief menu of umami-filled Asian and American street food that really hits the spot.

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  • Interior of The Rat & Pigeon, formerly Mother Macs

    The Rat & Pigeon


    The Rat & Pigeon may be Manchester’s newest pub, but it’s an oldie too. The team behind the much-loved Crown and Kettle have taken over Mother Macs.

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  • Tom Barnes of Skof, Manchester's new fine dining restaurant
    Book Now Manchester City Centre


    Restaurant - Modern British

    Skof is the first restaurant from chef Tom Barnes who, as head chef at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, helped it win its third Michelin star. 

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  • Beef tataki at Sora Manchester, a rooftop bar and restaurant in Malmaison Deansgate
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Sora Manchester


    Sora Manchester is a rooftop bar and restaurant serving up sushi, Pan Asian small plates and views across the city’s impressive Victorian neo-Gothic architecture.

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  • Vetch on Liverpool's Hops Street offers intimate and relaxed fine dining
    Georgian Quarter


    Restaurant - Global

    There’s a bonhomie and a sense of welcome at Vetch, marking it out as a friendly neighbourhood restaurant and simultaneously one of the best fine dining establishments in Liverpool.

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  • A selection of the small plates at Voyagers, one of Liverpool's most exciting new restaurants for 2024.
    Book Now Ropewalks


    Restaurant - Global

    Voyagers in The Halyard Liverpool is in the league of hotel restaurants that become a destination in their own right. A sophisticated and well-travelled menu of small plates combined with inviting modern design make it a standout addition to the Ropewalks. Expect an individual take on cool, casual dining.

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