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Where chefs and restaurateurs eat in the North

4 years ago

In an age of online reviews, comments and blogs from everyone and their grandma’s dog, there are a lot of opinions to wade through when making the agonising decision of where to go for your tea. For the more discerning diner, there are always the trusted food writers and restaurant critics (eh hem).

But even keen restaurant goers like us are willing to concede that the people with the real inside knowledge, the ones who know good food better than anyone, are the top chefs themselves. That’s why we like to ask them where they go to eat whenever they get the opportunity.

In a guide which we intend to keep updating, we have put together a list of places that our favourite chefs have recommended to us. Some names, such as Moor Hall in Ormskirk, Wreckfish in Liverpool and The Moorcock in Sowerby Bridge come up time and time again. Others may be less well known but all of them come with a solid gold top chef’s tip of the hat. Recommendations don’t come much higher than that.


 

Simon Shaw of El Gato Negro: The French, Albert’s Schloss, Pasta Factory, Mackie Mayor and Noi Quattro.

Stosie Madie of The Parker’s Arms: Hawksmoor, Siam Smiles, Glamorous Chinese, Altrincham Market, Mughli, Al Amar bakery, Syria Sweets in Rusholme, Rudy’s, The Bay Horse and L’Enclume

Tom Parker of The White Swan at Fence: La Locanda, Gisburn and Wood in Manchester.

Adam Reid of The French at The Midland: Moor Hall (and The Barn), Freemasons at Wiswell, The White Swan at Fence, Moorcock Inn, Forest Side. All Gary Usher’s places (e.g. Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi and Wreckfish), Pollen Bakery and The Parker’s Arms.

Sam Buckley of WTLGI: The Moorcock, Umezushi and Bundobust

Steven Smith of Freemasons: Yu and You, Copster Green and Moor Hall

Marko Husak of Bundobust: The Reliance and Ox Club in Leeds. Maray and Wreckfish in Liverpool. Hawksmoor, El Gato Negro, Rudy’s, The Refuge & Umezushi in Manchester.

Simon Wood of Wood: Northcote, The White Swan at Fence and Moor Hall

Will Beckett of Hawksmoor: Hispi, WTLGI, Sugo Pasta, Mackie Mayor, Wreckfish and Tast.

Here’s the list:

  • One of the stunning dishes served at Moor Hall, the restaurant with two Michelin stars in Aughton, Lancashire.
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    Moor Hall

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Moor Hall delivers Michelin magic in a historic country house setting.

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  • One of the dishes served at Wreckfish, a recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre
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    Wreckfish

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Liverpool seems like an appropriate place for a restaurant funded by the people. Wreckfish was financed by 1,522 enthusiasts who raised the record-breaking £200,000 required, via a crowdfunding campaign from Elite Bistros’ Gary Usher. Accordingly, it has the feel of a place for the many, not the few.

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  • Book Now West Yorkshire

    The Moorcock Inn

    Restaurant - Modern British

    An astonishing arrival on the Northern culinary scene, The Moorcock Inn serves foraged and regional ingredients in thrilling configurations, catching the eye of national food critics and diners alike.

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  • Neapolitan-style pizzas being prepared at Rudy's Pizza in Ancoats, Manchester
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    Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Ancoats

    Restaurant - Italian

    Listed amongst the world’s best pizzerias in international pizza guide, Where To Eat Pizza, Rudy’s Pizza has grown from a pop-up project into a full blown word-of-mouth phenomenon.

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  • A dish of pasta with a glass of red wine at Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham, a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant
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    Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham

    Restaurant - Italian

    Another Altrincham success story, the Puglian-inspired Sugo Pasta Kitchen opened on Shaw Road – right by the transformative Market House – in 2015. Their simple and uncompromisingly authentic Southern Italian dishes soon won them fans, as good ole word-of-mouth momentum brought diners piling in from across the region. Accolades and glowing reviews soon followed, as did further restaurants.

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  • The exterior of Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate - the first Hawksmoor to open outside of London
    Manchester City Centre

    Hawksmoor

    Restaurant - British

    The best steakhouse in the North. Opening on Deansgate in 2015, the first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London is a confident affair. Well sourced steak and attention to detail have created a place like no other.

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  • Modern British fine dining at Adam Reid at The French, the restaurant in the Midland Hotel, Manchester
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    Adam Reid at The French

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Culinary rock and roll from Simon Rogan’s protege, Adam Reid. Enjoy fine-dining in Grade II Listed Victorian surrounds – with a side order of Mancunian attitude.

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  • Inside Albert's Schloss, the Bavarian-inspired cook haus and bier palace in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Albert’s Schloss

    Restaurant - European

    Albert’s Schloss is a Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former Manchester and Salford Wesleyan Mission building (est in 1910) you’ll discover a vast bar, real fires, perfectly preserved original plaster, and a wall stuffed generously with flowers by floral artists’ Frog. You’ll also find a stage, DJ booth and network of beer pipes and tanks serving unpasturised Pilsner Urquell to hordes of adoring punters.

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  • A table laden with dishes from Mughli - one of the first Indian restaurants in Manchester to embrace street food.
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    Mughli

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Mughli is the contemporary, social media embracing, second generation Curry Mile restaurant that paved the way for the likes of Indian Tiffin Room, Amma’s Canteen and Dishoom.

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    L’Enclume

    Restaurant - Modern British

    L’Enclume is Simon Rogan’s three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Lake District village of Cartmel, which is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading dining destinations. The restaurant is situated in a former 13th-century blacksmith’s workshop.

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  • The interior of Wood restaurant in Manchester showing tables set for dinner and the open plan kitchen
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    Wood

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The eponymous restaurant of Simon Wood, MasterChef winner and local lad from Oldham, is an accomplished affair. Food is cooked by both Wood and head chef, Mike Jennings, formerly of Grenache in Worsley. The décor – muted natural tones in a glass-clad new build – places the focus of any meal on the fine, Italianesque (yet often locally sourced) food and wine on offer.

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  • Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker
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    The White Swan at Fence

    Restaurant - British

    Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can still order a pint of Timothy Taylor’s at its very pubby bar. But over recent years The Swan has established itself as a destination fine-dining spot thanks to young chef Tom Parker from up the road in Burnley.

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  • Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire
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    Freemasons at Wiswell

    Restaurant - British

    Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and pictures of fantastically proportioned livestock lend a cosy vibe to the renovated cottages which make up what’s been described as the original gastropub.

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  • The light and airy dining room at The Forest Side - a Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere, the Lake District
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    The Forest Side

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel The Forest Side, owned by Lakes hotelier Andrew Wildsmith, is built on the foundations of the cooking of former L’Enclume forager, Kevin Tickle.

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  • Croissants fresh from the oven at Pollen Bakery - an award-winning bakery and cafe in New Islington, Manchester
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    Pollen Bakery

    Restaurant - European

    After an initial stint tucked away in an archway near Piccadilly, this airy bakery and cafe moved to a spot overlooking New Islington’s marina. Since then Pollen Bakery has bagged Best Food and Drink Retailer at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards, and been listed in the Sunday Times top 20 UK bakeries.

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  • The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.
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    Parker’s Arms

    Restaurant - European

    The Parker’s Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

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  • One of the dishes served at Sticky Walnut in Hoole near Chester
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    Sticky Walnut

    Restaurant - European

    Located in Hoole, just outside Chester, this contemporary bistro falls under the Elite Bistros empire of chef-turned-restaurateur, Gary Usher. Having trained at The Chester Grosvenor, Chapter One and Chez Bruce, Usher is a chef with a passion for getting things just so.

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  • Inside Hispi bistro in Didsbury - one of Confidential Guides' recommended Manchester restaurants.
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    Hispi

    Restaurant - European

    Hispi is, quite simply, a great bistro. Fifth in a growing chain of restaurants conceived by Gary Usher, the concept started with Sticky Walnut in Chester (see also Top 100), a neighbourhood operation which made its name off the back of great, simple food, quaffable wine served in beakers, and excellent quality produce. Expect chunky British dishes – such as chicken liver pate and braised featherblade – made with fresh ingredients and great results.

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  • Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers
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    Bundobust Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to win Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, thanks to its stellar menu of Indian small plates.

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  • A dish served at Yu Copster Green - an acclaimed Chinese restaurant in the Ribble Valley
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    Yu Copster Green

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Yu Copster Green (formerly known as Yu and You) is an established, upscale Chinese restaurant serving British favourites and house inventions in the heart of the Ribble Valley.

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  • El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    El Gato Negro Manchester

    Restaurant - Spanish

    El Gato Negro is an upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion restaurant that really, really works. Originally from Yorkshire, chef Simon Shaw has created an indulgent, three-storey church to his passion for the best in Spanish food and wine.

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  • The sun shining on Maray restaurant on Bold Street, Liverpool city centre.
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    Maray Bold St

    Restaurant - European

    Serving irresistible Middle Eastern fusion small plates, Maray is a slow-burning smash hit. Inspired by (and named after) the Middle-Eastern flavours of Paris’ Marais district, it provides an informal, communal dining experience which revolves around excellent falafels, small plates, fine wines and cocktails.

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  • One of the colourful dishes served at the Ox Club restaurant in Leeds city centre.
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    Ox Club

    Restaurant - British

    The Ox Club offers sumptuous, grill-based cooked from the Belgrave gang.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Refuge

    Restaurant - European

    Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester’s iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back to 1858, this DJ-run restaurant and bar is large and sassy.

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

    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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  • Wooden beams and wooden tables inside Stockport fine-dining restaurant Where the Light Gets In
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    Where the Light Gets In

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The UK’s most exciting ‘no menu’ restaurant. With no menu and esoteric wines, Where the Light Gets In doesn’t adhere to the typical fine-dining formula. But it’s been a success for Stockport, thanks to chef-patron Sam Buckley’s belief in doing things his own way.

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