Moreish cooking at Gary Usher’s Manchester bistro. Hispi is, quite simply, a great bistro. Third in a small 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 basics like crème brulee, quaffable wine served in beakers, and excellent quality produce. Little has changed over several successful crowdfunding campaigns. The menu could now include beer-battered salt pickles with parsley and tarragon mayo, roasted butternut squash and goats curd linguine with ‘sticky walnuts’, featherblade beef with truffle and parmesan chips, homemade Eccles cake with whipped cream or perfectly pulled off custard tart (one of The Confidential’s dishes of the year 2017). Expect chunky British food, with fresh ingredients and tasty results. Space-wise, spartan yet comfortable seating place the focus firmly on food. And drink. Choose from four bespoke brews created by Manchester’s Blackjack brewery, fashionable orange wines, Turkish varietals and more. Premier Cru Vallet Frères Beaune is a favourite at the top end.