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Twelve perfect places in the North to take your mum

4 years ago

Our mums – as well as mother figures or other beloved women in our lives – do so much for us that it almost seems remiss that there’s only one day a year dedicated to them. Taking your mum out for a special Mother’s Day lunch or dinner is a lovely treat for you both and an easy way to share some quality time together while enjoying some great food and drinks into the bargain.

Of course, mums are all different. She might want to pay a visit to the newly made-over Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool where a lunch of outstanding tapas at Lunya can fuel an afternoon of meandering around museums and galleries. Maybe she’d like to head to the Lancashire hills for a breath of fresh air and a dose of full of luxury at Northcote – with rooms to stay over if you really want to splash out. Or for something a bit different, she might prefer the homely Amma’s Canteen in South Manchester for a feast of Indian dishes inspired by the owners’ mums’ own cookbooks.

Here are twelve places in the north that we love, and hopefully your mum will too.

  • The private dining room at 20 Stories, Manchester.

    20 Stories


    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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  • Inspired British cooking as served at Home restaurant in Leeds city centre.
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    Restaurant - Modern British

    Home in Leeds is the brainchild of MasterChef finalist Liz Cottam, and business partner Mark Owens, formerly head chef at Ilkley’s The Box Tree (also in our Top 100). 

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  • Tapas at Lunya, a Catalan restaurant and deli in Liverpool.
    Liverpool City Centre



    World-class Catalan deli and restaurant Lunya is a wonderful place to hang out, with tapas and full-bodied meals on offer. Just don’t expect predictable options in a venue known for signature dishes like Catalan Scouse (morcilla and chorizo stew), or croquetas with oxtail and horseradish mousse.

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  • Spinningfields


    Restaurant - Modern British

    Nestled in the Grade II Listed former Freemasons Hall, Masons Restaurant and Bar serves retro fine-dining fare in princely surrounds.

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  • Exterior of Northcote - the Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the Ribble Valley.


    Restaurant - Modern British

    Northcote is where chef-patron Nigel Haworth earned his stripes as an instigator of contemporary British fine dining. Today, Michelin star chef and one of BBC2’s Great British Menu winners, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, heads up the kitchen.

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  • Salford

    The River Restaurant


    The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s classic fine dining restaurant. Huge names that have run the kitchen include Marco Pierre White, while diners have included Jose Mourinho and Kylie.

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  • Fresh pasta at Rigatoni's, an Italian restaurant in Manchester.

    Rigatoni’s Altrincham

    Restaurant - Italian

    Rigatoni’s is a neighbourhood pasta place serving homemade rigatoni with a variety of sauces. Their trio of venues (in Ancoats, Altrincham and Exhibition in the city centre) are known for taking humble pasta dishes to another level of flavour. Expect beautiful combinations of fresh ingredients and budget-friendly prices. 

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