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The cheese and meat sharing board at Haunt - a recommended wine bar and coffee shop in Manchester city centre.

Haunt

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

When Peter Street lost its Caffe Nero it gained Haunt, an independent coffee shop and wine bar. Stepping inside, you...

Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens

Sefton Park is larger than most parks, although it’s still not Liverpool’s biggest – that award goes to Croxteth Country...

Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant

Evuna Knutsford brings together playful Spanish tapas dishes and an excellent wine offering.

Pattersons

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

Fried chicken in a bar setting with a big emphasis on music, beer and cocktails - Liverpool independent Pattersons has...

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

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant

There's a story behind the American and British flags that fly over the entrance to The Bells of Peover, a...

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

With its large alfresco terrace, island bar, and handsome architecture, Riva Blu Liverpool has a chic, continental feel inside and...

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

With its large alfresco terrace, complete with a fully retractable roof, Piccolino Didsbury is perfectly located for an Aperol Spritz...

One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly is the chain’s first long-stay venture in the North of England. Situated less than...

Pattersons at Escape to Freight Island

Piccadilly Restaurant - American

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

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Housed in a Grade II Listed building with a neo-classical facade, Chester's Opera Grill is a grand, 400-seater restaurant from...

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Atlas Bar is known as one of the originals of Manchester’s modern cafe-bar scene. And for its extensive collection of...

Vegan food at Brewdog Doghouse Hotel

BrewDog Doghouse Manchester Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The BrewDog Doghouse is brought to you by international beer makers, BrewDog. Claiming to be Manchester’s first carbon-negative “beer hotel”,...

The Black Friar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation...

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room,...

Piccolino Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Knutsford fits in perfectly with the Italianate villas and chic shops of this quirky Cheshire town. Situated on the...

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

With its six foot chandelier and gold leaf ceiling Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool is one of the city’s most...

Bury Market

Bury Markets

Everything from fresh fruit and veg to wooden spoons, Bury Market has a dizzying range of stalls selling fresh produce,...

Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool

Frederiks

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - American

One of the buzziest spots in the Georgian Quarter, Frederiks models itself on the neighbourhood bars of Brooklyn. Think casual...

San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter

San Carlo Fiorentina

Hale Barns Restaurant - Italian

San Carlo Fiorentina (what the Italians call Florence) specialises in the meat dishes of Tuscany, grilled over charcoal, particularly steak,...

The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

There’s no shortage of reliably good restaurants in the Hale-Altrincham-Bowden triangle, and Piccolino Hale is up there with the best...

Two pints of craft beer at Seven Bro7hers Manchester, also known as the Ancoats Beerhouse.

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American

This bar on Cutting Room Square from the Seven Bro7hers Brewery clan is perfectly placed to cater for the craft...

Riva Blu Manchester | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

From the same team behind Piccolino, Riva Blu Manchester aims to bring a little bit of La Dolce Vita to...

Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as...

Piccolino Liverpool burrata salad

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Liverpool is located in a particularly grand building on Cook Street with a small but perfectly-formed terrace at the...

Riva Blu Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Italian

Riva Blu Leeds, an Italian restaurant on Park Row, used be part of the Gino d’ACampo chain before the north's...

Oysters from Climat, Manchester.

Climat

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

On the rooftop of Blackfriars House, Climat is a simply exceptional dining experience owned and operated by the team behind...

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Media City Restaurant - American

A stone's throw from their brewery and taproom, Salford alemeisters Seven Bro7hers have a beerhouse and kitchen with outside space...

The terrace at Seven Brothers Middlewood Locks

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Media City Restaurant - American

Seven Bro7hers in Salford at the Middlewood Locks development is the ideal place for some al fresco eating and drinking...

One of the best restaurants in the North West, San Carlo Alderley Edge. Cheshire.

San Carlo Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Italian

The latest addition to the San Carlo family is the impressive £3 million Alderley Edge restaurant, boasting a sunlit dining...

Cocktails served at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre

Fumo

Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian

With its terrace overlooking Oxford Road and its much-photographed spiral staircase, Fumo is a favourite spot in Manchester for dinner...

Seafood at The Assheton Arms, a country pub with rooms to stay overnight, near Pendle Hill and Clitheroe in Lancashire

Assheton Arms

Clitheroe Restaurant - British

The Assheton Arms is a classic country pub – perfect for a stop off after a walk in the Ribble...

Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global

So named because of Manchester University's 25 Nobel laureates, The Laureate Restaurant is a large and luxurious space located on one of...

The Beeswing

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

The Beeswing is named after a tartrate sheen which forms on the surface of port and some other wines that...

Waterfront Southport Hotel

Southport Hotel

Waterfront Southport Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel overlooking Marine Lake, the Ribble Estuary and the Irish Sea. Established in...

Cocktails at Motley, a bar on Deansgate, Manchester.

Motley

Manchester City Centre Bars

Motley is a bar and restaurant attached to Yotel on Deansgate. With its suntrap terrace, it’s definitely not just for...

Bottomless brunch at Brewdog Doghouse in Manchester

Brewdog DogHouse Bar & Rooftop

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

There are two ways to eat at the Doghouse, at the ground floor BrewDog Bar or upstairs on the rooftop....

The outdoor terrace at The Wharf in Castlefield

The Wharf

Castlefield Pubs

The Wharf has one of the largest outdoor areas in Manchester and is it’s in Castlefield, the canalside views aren’t...

The rooftop terrace at Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool

Oh Me Oh My

Waterfront Restaurant - Modern British

Whether you're treating a loved one to champagne afternoon tea, or you're looking for somewhere with great views to inspire...

Minna

Lark Lane Restaurant - Global

This women-run family business is inspired by Molly's great nan Minna, who turned a plot of land behind her council...

Pavement cafe dining outside Bistrot Verite in Birkdale, Southport

Bistrot Verite

Southport Restaurant - French

Bistrot Verite is a Brittany-influenced bistro with a penchant for fish. Brassy flavours meet seaside standards at this Gallic enclave...

Burgerism at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Starting life in a pick-up-only kitchen just off West Ashton St and Eccles New Road in Salford, Burgerism’s “lean, mean...

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

Big Hands

Oxford Road Bars

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

Rudy's Pizza Chorlton with outdoor seating

Rudy’s Pizza Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

Rudy’s Pizza Chorlton is a relaxed outpost of the popular homegrown Manchester mini-chain of independent Napoli pizza masters.

Interior of Pray Tell, a cocktail bar in Sale M33

Pray Tell

Sale Bars

Pray Tell is a neighbourhood bar in Stanley Square, Sale. It’s the sort of place that all towns and suburbs...

Watch The Euros on the big screen at the Lawn Club in Spinningfields, Manchester

The Lawn Club

Spinningfields Bars

The Lawn Club is a summery Spinningfields paradise with lots of outdoor space and fantastic cocktails. It’s also a winter...

Thomas Rigby’s

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Of humble beginnings, Alderman Thomas Rigby came to Liverpool in 1830 – a wine and spirits dealer, he made quite...

An artisan doughnut served at Factory Coffee - a recommended takeaway coffee hatch in Manchester city centre.

Factory Coffee

Spinningfields Cafes

While lockdown marked the end for some businesses, for others it was a chance to expand into surprising new territories....

Egg on toast at Little Blanchflower

Little Blanchflower

Chorlton Restaurant - British

Little Blanchflower is an offshoot from the justly-popular big sister Blanchflower in Altrincham. Call in for coffee and a beautiful...

The Brunch & Cocktail Club

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Brunch Club by name, brunch club by nature – and those in the know make sure they book a table;...

Cocktails in the beer garden tucked away at the back of Electrik in Chorlton

Electrik

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

Elektrik is an award-winning independent bar with great coffee and a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails. They offer...

Long Boi’s Bakehouse

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Located on a back street in Levenshulme, this women-owned and women-run neighbourhood bakery is well worth sniffing out for sweet...

Tast Restaurant Manchester

Tast

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

Catalan restaurant Tast brings the fiercely independent spirit of north-eastern Spain to your table courtesy head chef Paco Pérez –...

The private dining room at 20 Stories, Manchester.

20 Stories

Spinningfields Restaurant - European

Manchester’s highest – and possibly finest – restaurant, bar and terrace. D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant, 20 Stories was the...

Bouchon

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - French

"Bistro de luxe and bar" says the strapline of Bouchon, and the Parisian patio furniture and interiors resplendent in marble...

Flok Manchester, Northern Quarter, Bar, Tapas

Flok

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish

If it's a place in the sun you're after, look no further than the Northern Quarter's Flok, chilling out on...

The Watering Can

Aigburth Restaurant - Global

At the entrance to Greenbank Park, with its lake and leafy vistas, The Watering Can offers both inside and outside...

Ice cream on the terrace at Trattoria 51 - an Italian restaurant in Southport

Trattoria 51 Southport

Southport Restaurant - Italian

Much like the seaside town itself, Trattoria 51 Southport looks its best when the sun is shining. The terrace at...

Six Trees Kitchen & Bar

Stretford Restaurant - British

Pop in on your way back from the Trafford Centre – there's plenty to watch go by, and plenty of...

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

The Old Fire Station

Salford Cafes

The Old Fire Station is a café, bar, bakery and brewery tap with a real community feel. It’s a part...

Outside seating at Mort Subite - a Belgian beer bar in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Mort Subite

Greater Manchester Restaurant - European

Given the much-publicised dangers of drinking too much booze, it takes a dark sense of humour to name your bar...

Cocktail served at Cuckoo, a bar in Prestwich, Manchester

Cuckoo

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

Like the interloping bird that gives it its name, Cuckoo was an odd-one-out when it first opened in Prestwich back...

A bowl of soup at Jackalope, a cafe bar in Sale

Jackalope

Sale Cafes

The Jackalope may be a mythical beast but fortunately a top-notch brunch at Sale’s relaxed café bar is reassuringly real.

Al fresco eating at The Village restaurant in Blakemere Village.

Blakemere Village

Northwich Activities

Blakemere Village is the Cheshire one-stop for shopping, outdoor activities and family-friendly events.

A burger from Born Up North, otherwise known as BUN, in Heswall on the Wirral, Merseyside

Born Up North

Heswall Restaurant

Born Up North is known as bun. Makes sense. This Heswall eatery is a relaxed affair where it’s (almost) all...

Strawberry gateau at Bisous Bisous, a cafe on Beech Road in Chorlton

Bisous Bisous

Chorlton Cafes

Bisous Bisous is a renowned local but French patisserie and they have a café on Beech Road in Chorlton.

One of the roof gardens at The Deansgate pub in Manchester city centre

The Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Pubs

The Deansgate is a bit of a landmark pub in Manchester, having been in this spot for 200 years.

Delifonseca Dockside has everything - a restaurant, deli, food hall and butcher.

Delifonseca Dockside

Brunswick Restaurant - European

Liverpool's acclaimed deli and restaurant Delifonseca has a loyal following thanks to its irresistible victuals from the UK and beyond.

Exterior of Juice Box Didsbury, a bar and bottle shop

Juicebox Didsbury

Didsbury Bars

Juicebox is an independent wine bar and bottle shop in Didsbury (there’s another one in Manchester city centre). It’s a...

A copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South with tea cup on a table

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Ardwick Museums

Visitors to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House can explore the author’s home where she wrote most of her novels such as North...

Neapolitan-style wood fired pizza at Double Zero in Chorlton

Double Zero

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

An authentic Neapolitan-style pizzeria, Double Zero in Chorlton has been lauded as one of the best in the UK.

Cocktails at the Fox & Barrel

Fox & Barrel

Tarporley Restaurant - British

The Fox & Barrel is a traditional Cheshire country pub with seasonal food, a good wine list and some very...

Pizza at Pappa Pepinos - the pizza restaurant at the Selina Liverpool hotel

Pappa Pepinos

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant

Pappa Pepinos is part of the Selina Hotel. It’s a casual place serving Italian plates both small and large, and...

The Picturedrome, Macclesfield's food hall

The Picturedrome

Macclesfield Restaurant - Global

The Picturedrome is the Macclesfield spin-off of the popular food hall group behind Altrincham Market Hall, Market House Alty and...

One of the private dining rooms at The Ivy

The Ivy Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - British

The Ivy Manchester is an exuberant over-the-top place that’s perfect for glamming up and going out. The décor is wild...

Wray

Ambleside Historic Buildings & Sites

Wray is a great value day out near Ambleside. It’s a National Trust castle and parkland but entry is currently...

A dish at The Waterside restaurant, Monton

The Waterside

Eccles Restaurant - British

The Waterside restaurant moved to its current location in the beautiful village of Monton in 2007 and has become a...

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

Kargo MKT

Salford Quays Restaurant - Global

Kargo MKT is a huge food hall in Salford Quays where 20 different street food traders ply their trade. With...

Seafood Risotto at Alberts Restaurant Didsbury

Albert’s Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Albert’s Didsbury always has a buzz about it. OK, so you won’t get the best food in the world but...

The Swettenham Arms

The Swettenham Arms

Congleton Restaurant

The Swettenham Arms is in an idyllic location, right next to the Lovell Quinta Aboretum. The pub even has its...

Pot Kettle Black Barton Arcade

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Pot Kettle Black is born out of owners Mark Flanagan and Jon Wilkin's time travelling (and playing rugby professionally) down...

The Marble Arch pub in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Marble Arch

Manchester City Centre Pubs

George Orwell may have named his ideal (and imaginary) pub The Moon Under Water but Wetherspoons on Deansgate was not...

One of the colourful dishes served at neighbourhood favourite Mary & Archie in Chorlton.

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - European

Mary & Archie Chorlton is a well-loved neighbourhood cafe bar, sourcing the best local ingredients for their famous 'all-day' brunch...

Halloumi fries at Hafla Hafla, a restaurant on Lark Lane in Liverpool.

Hafla Hafla

Lark Lane Restaurant - Middle Eastern

Pop-up turned permanent Hafla Hafla brings Middle-Eastern inspired kebabs and small plates to the trendy bohemian drag of Lark Lane. 

An alcohol-free drink from Mr Fitzpatrick's in Rawtenstall.

Mr Fitzpatrick’s

Rawtenstall Bars

Mr Fitzpatrick’s is a venerable institution: Britain’s last temperance bar. If that makes you think of puritanical Victorians, fear not....

Rain Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Rain Bar is a pub from JW Lees in an old umbrella factory. It’s a beautiful building and looks even...

Three dishes served at The Font Chorlton: a Confidential Guides recommended bar and restaurant

The Font Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - European

While the city centre Font Bar is often typecast as 'that student place with the really cheap cocktails', The Font...

Provence

Spinningfields Bars

Provence Wines, located in the heart of Spinningfields brings a refreshing and innovative approach to the traditional wine-drinking experience.

Buyers Club

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Squished on the cusp of the Knowledge Quarter and the Georgian Quarter and resident in the old Flying Picket since...

Pasta salad at Cibo, an Italian restaurant in Hale, Trafford, Greater Manchester

Cibo Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

Cibo takes a leaf out of San Carlo’s book with its version of upscale Italian dining. It may be out-of-town...

St Luke’s Bombed Out Church Garden Cafe & Bar

Ropewalks Bars

Everybody knows the Bombed Out Church, but just in case: hit by an incendiary bomb during the Liverpool Blitz of...

La Parrilla Lark Lane

Lark Lane Restaurant - Mexican

La Parrilla Lark Lane is the third opening for a local mini-chain that has had the honour of being voted...

The Corn Exchange Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The historic Corn Exchange Manchester was built in 1837 and stands in what is known as the Medieval Quarter -...

Silk Rd Heswall

Heswall Restaurant - Global

If it's one of those days when you can't put your finger on what you fancy – Thai curry or...

Levenshulme Bakery is a local institution, known for its super fresh Turkish bread and Middle Eastern specialities.

Levenshulme Bakery

Levenshulme Bakeries

Levenshulme Bakery has been knocking up wallet-friendly and super fresh Turkish bread, kebabs and other light lunches for the local...

Lunch outside at Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden in the Lake District

Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden

Keswick Cafes

Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden is a great place to stop for lunch if you’re in the Lake District. The...

Dulcimer brings DJ nights and an eclectic line-up of live music to Chorlton

Dulcimer

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

"Music is in our blood" proclaim the team behind Dulcimer, the long-standing Chorlton bar named after a funkily shaped hammer-struck...

26One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire

The Cartford Inn

Preston Restaurant - British

This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef,...

Kids making pizza at Gusto

Gusto Italian Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Italian

With views of the water and a menu that should have something for pretty much everyone, Gusto Liverpool is a...

Sitting in the sun outside Pippin's Corner - a cafe on Lark Lane, Liverpool

Pippin’s Corner

Lark Lane Restaurant - European

Pippin’s Corner is a charming, family-friendly cafe-bistro that makes the most of its handsome corner spot on Lark Lane. Head...

Brunch at à bloc in Altrincham

à bloc

Altrincham Cafes

à bloc is a neighbourhood cafe near Stamford Park in Altrincham. It serves good coffee and brunch dishes but it’s...

A seafood special served at Trattoria 51 - an Italian restaurant near Liverpool ONE.

Trattoria 51 Liverpool

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Italian

Offering good-value Italian classics, Trattoria 51 is an easy option if you want a family-friendly independent close to Liverpool ONE....

The roof terrace at Honest Burgers Manchester

Honest Burgers Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - American

The new wave of burgers came crashing over the food scene and then receded, leaving closures and acid reflux. So...

The Old Stables

Allerton Restaurant - Global

The old stable block of the leafy Allerton Manor estate is now a family-friendly restaurant offering British classics, Sunday roasts...

Food at The Fishpool Inn

The Fishpool Inn

Northwich Restaurant - British

The Fishpool Inn is just on the edge of Delamere Forest. Walk up an appetite and then tuck in to...

The Botanist Media City, Salford

The Botanist Salford

Media City Restaurant - Global

Part of a UK-wide chain bringing the outdoors in with its signature English country garden style, The Botanist in Salford...

One of the burgers served at Ma Boyles - a pub and restaurant near Albert Dock in Liverpool city centre.

Ma Boyles

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Global

Ma Boyles, a self-described 'ale house and eatery', has been around in various guises since the mid 19th century. As...

Madre Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Mexican

The world's greatest hand-held food is promised by Madre – tostadas, quesadillas and tacos tacos tacos. There's also all the...

Cafe Cotton

Ancoats Cafes

Located in the modern extension of the lovingly restored Halle St Peters in the heart of Ancoats, this award-winning independent...

The outdoor bar and terrace at Alchemist Media City

The Alchemist Salford

Media City Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist at Salford Quays is the most recent of three Manchester venues and has an outdoor terrace overlooking the...

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

Rigatoni’s Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

Rigatoni’s is a neighbourhood pasta place serving homemade rigatoni with a variety of sauces. Their trio of venues (in Ancoats,...

The sunny roof terrace at Brickhouse Social, just off Oxford Road

Brickhouse Social

Oxford Road Bars

Brickhouse Social is a casual place that’s all about pizza, beer and good times. Situated just off Oxford Road, in...

Miss Dee's Evoden Bar & Kitchen, a Caribbean restaurant on Beech Road in Chorlton

Miss Dee’s Evoden Bar & Kitchen

Chorlton Restaurant - Caribbean

Miss Dee’s Evoden Bar & Kitchen is a relaxed Caribbean restaurant that offers excellent value considering its chi-chi Beech Road...

A prawn dish at Siam Smiles Thai Restaurant in Manchester

Siam Smiles

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Thai

Siam Smiles is famous amongst foodies in the city. Once a tiny café squeezed in next to some supermarket shelves...

Brunch at The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

Knutsford Farm Shop

Moseley Hall Farm is home to 250 cattle, over 2,500 sheep, and in the barn once used for newborn lambs...

Truffled chicken kiev at The Dysart Arms

The Dysart Arms

Tarporley Restaurant - British

The Dysart Arms has roaring fires, antique prints, higgledy-piggledy bookshelves kind of look while being quite light and airy at...

Inside Via - a bar and club on Canal Street, Manchester

Via Manchester

Gay Village Bars

Formerly Via Fossa, generally know as just ‘Via’, this is probably the most long-standing go-to bar on the main strip...

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square

Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

Tampopo Albert Square is the original venue in this Manchester-born chain from restaurateur David Fox. It was here that they...

Gusto Cheadle Hulme Pizza

Gusto Italian Cheadle Hulme

Cheadle Hulme Restaurant - Italian

Gusto serves fresh Italian food in Cheadle Hulme and many other places. It’s part of a seemingly ever-expanding chain but...

party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester

Banyan | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Banyan in Manchester’s Corn Exchange has something for everyone and one of the best outdoor drinking and dining spots in...

Fancy a caramel croissant for brunch at Ginger & Pickles Tarporley?

Ginger & Pickles Tarporley

Tarporley Restaurant - British

Ginger and Pickles has a slightly 1940s feel to it but there’s no rationing here; there are cakes in abundance....

The exterior of Hope & Smoke with seats set out in the sun. This grill restaurant and bar is situated in Allerton, Liverpool.

Hope & Smoke

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

Hope & Smoke, an independent ‘smokehouse, bar and grill’ on Allerton Road is a local go-to for barbecue food, burgers,...

A colourful small plate served at Volta in Didsbury: a Confidential Guides' recommended restaurant

Volta

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Volta is owned by Luke ‘Unabomber’ Cowdrey and Justin Crawford - the DJ-restauranteur duo behind Chorlton’s Electrik bar, the Electrik...

Mano A Bocca

Sale Restaurant - Italian

"Roma è arrivata a Sale!" – Rome has arrived in Sale – proclaims the website, which is a slight exaggeration,...

The exterior of Thoughtfully Cafe - an independent coffee shop on Cleveland Square, Liverpool

Thoughtfully Cafe

Ropewalks Cafes

Independent coffee shop Thoughtfully Cafe is just a few minutes walk from Liverpool ONE but it feels like a world...

A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor

The White Hart at Lydgate

Lydgate Restaurant - Modern British

The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet...

Dining at Scene Indian Kitchen Manchester

Scene

Spinningfields Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Scene was one of the first of the new wave of Indian restaurants that left the flock wallpaper and the...

Mamasan Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

South Asian cookery is on the cards here, or "a vibrant culinary offering", if you prefer. Three floors are accessed...

Hot oil gun gun noodles at PUBLIC in Stevenson Square

PUBLIC

Northern Quarter Bars

PUBLIC is from the team behind Evelyn’s and The Daisy so you can expect quality cocktails - and you’d be...

Station South

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Housed in an old railway station building saved in 2018 and restored with Heritage Fund support, Station South is a...

A round of mezcal shots ready to be poured at NoHo, one of the most popular bars in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

NoHo

Northern Quarter Bars

NoHo is far from the only NYC-inspired bar in the NQ, or even on Stevenson Square, but it was one...

Al Dente

Lark Lane Restaurant - Mediterranean

Al Dente is a Mediterranean restaurant with an extensive, far-reaching menu that just about makes sense when you consider the...

The Greyhound Ashley

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

This cosy country-style pub with ample outside space to enjoy a sunny pint or two is part of the JW...

The glass-fronted dining room at The Samling has views of Lake Windermere

The Samling

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Samling is a delightful lodge and fine-dining restaurant oozing exclusivity. A favourite of Hollywood celebs (like Tom Cruise), it’s...

Dish from Another Hand, Manchester

Another Hand

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

From the team that brought you 3 Hands Deli, Another Hand opened in February 2022 in the unit just next...

A burger topped with cheese and pulled pork at Three Piggies - a casual dining place on Allerton Road, Liverpool

Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

The Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen looks like a transplant from a Cornish surfer town with its flaking driftwood walls,...

One of the spacious rooms at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Vauxhall Hotel

Titanic Hotel Liverpool is located on Stanley Dock in a former Victorian warehouse. It’s a massive building – titanic, you...

yard and coop fried chicken and chips NQ

Yard & Coop Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

We’d rather see a restaurant that does one thing well than one that does a wide variety of dishes to...

Inside the bustling Market House Indoor Food Hall in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Altrincham Market House Indoor Food Hall

Greater Manchester Restaurant

Setting a precedent for the likes of Mackie Mayor and Stockport Produce Hall, many have hailed the revamping of the...

Impossible

Manchester City Centre Bars

First and foremost a bar and nightclub, Impossible’s Instagram account is filled with a bevvy of posing beauties enjoying cocktails...

The River Restaurant

Salford Restaurant - Modern British

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is Manchester's classic fine dining restaurant. Huge names that have run the kitchen...

Sheldrakes

Heswall Restaurant - Mediterranean

Sat on the banks of the River Dee in rustic Lower Heswall, Sheldrakes was a sailing club until the river...

Beech Road's Bar San Juan is a Chorlton favourite for Spanish food and sangria

Bar San Juan

Chorlton Restaurant - Spanish

Beech Road's Bar San Juan is almost always bursting at the seams with customers. This unassuming little tapas bar is...

Hot chocolate by Slattery at Grandpa Greene's near Oldham.

Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream

Diggle Cafes

Perched by the canal in the picturesque village of Diggle, near Oldham, Grandpa Greene's is best known for its award-winning...

Alexandra Park, Manchester in autumn.

Alexandra Park

Moss Side Parks & Gardens

Alexandra Park, or Alex Park as it’s known, was once rather shabby but has now been restored to something approaching...

The terrace at Ramona Manchester

Ramona

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Predominantly a pizzeria, Ramona incorporates a bakery, margarita bar, coffee counter, stage and Firehouse restaurant, and is found in the...

OSMA Kitchen Prestwich Manchester

OSMA

Prestwich Restaurant - Scandi

OSMA is a clever contraction of Oslo and Manchester, the home cities of its two owners. However this portmanteau is...

The Quarter in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter

The Quarter

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Italian

You can't get much more picture perfect than the cobbledy Falkner Street in the cool boho Georgian Quarter and, with...

The terrace at Flawd in Manchester

Flawd

Ancoats Restaurant - European

Flawd was the first permanent space for the team behind Higher Ground. Sat waterside at Islington Marina in New Islington,...

a dish on the menu at Salt house liverpool tapas

Salt House Tapas

Ropewalks Restaurant - Spanish

Residing on the corner of Hanover Street sits Salt House Tapas, a modern yet ambient take on the popular Spanish...

Greens Vegetarian Sale

Sale Restaurant - Vegetarian

TV chef Simon Rimmer's famous non-meatery Greens has been going strong in Didsbury since 1990. In summer 2022, he branched...

The Golden Pheasant Plumley

Knutsford Restaurant - Global

Full of character and history, The Golden Pheasant is a cosy village inn with real fires, dog-friendly sections inside, and...

Inside the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom with its views of the Lancashire moors

Eagle & Child

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

The Eagle & Child is famous for offering excellent Sunday lunches and award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester.

The terrace at The Oast House in Manchester

The Oast House

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

From the same stable as The Botanists around town, The Oast House boasts those "famous" Hanging Kebabs and, with its...

Barbakan Deli

Chorlton Deli

The folks at Barbakan have been nose to the grindstone for over 50 years - they were here long before...

The exterior of Sam's Chop House - a Victorian-style British pub and restaurant in Manchester city centre

Sam’s Chop House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The acclaimed and atmospheric Sam's Chop House serves British classics from a kitchen where flavour is king. Part of the...

Cocktail served at Sandinista in Manchester

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

Named after the rowdy 1980 album by The Clash, bar with food Sandinista is one part wild Latin spirit and...

HOME Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

One of Manchester’s flagship buildings, HOME is many things including cinema, theatre, art gallery and, of most interest to Confidential...

Corner & Bloom

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Sunny spots with seats, scran and a bit of sauce are few and far between, but this popular independent family-run...

The terrace at The Gallery Cafe at Manchester Art Gallery

The Gallery Cafe

Manchester City Centre Cafes

Not just somewhere to take the weight off after peering at all the Lowrys and Valettes, The Gallery Cafe at...

The Rope & Anchor

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

Rescued from the rural pub doldrums a few years back, Dunham Massey's The Rope & Anchor, close to Bowdon, Hale...

Cicchetti at Gino's Sky Bar in Liverpool

Gino D’Acampo 360 Sky Bar & Terrace

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Situated on the 18th floor of INNSiDE by Meliá on Old Hall Street, Gino D'Acampo 360 Sky Bar and Sky...

PINS Social Club

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

As the name suggests, PINS Social Club is more than just a bar – and it's more than just a...

The Drop Bar Cafe

Chorlton Restaurant - Caribbean

"Authentic, original, unapologetic", that, according to its website, is the mission of The Drop Bar Cafe, a Caribbean set-up on...

Brunch at Wowyauchow in Altrincham

WowYauChow

Altrincham Restaurant - Chinese

WowYauChow is a 'British Chinese' from accountant turned restaurateur Henry Yau which has become a firm favourite in Alty. The...

Voodoo Ray’s | Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

NYC-style pizza via LDN. Voodoo Ray’s at Escape to Freight Island is the first opening outside the capital for these...

Hake at The Lime Tree Bollington, a restaurant in Cheshire

The Lime Tree Bollington

Bollington Restaurant - Modern British

The Lime Tree Bollington is the sister restaurant of the acclaimed Lime Tree restaurant in Didsbury. It focuses on quality...

Kitten

Castlefield Restaurant - Japanese

Handcrafted sushi and charcoal grills are on the food menu in this sleek Deansgate Square set-up, complete with its own...

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

Heaton Hops

Heaton Moor Bars

Heaton Hops is a bar and bottle shop in Heaton Moor. The fridges are packed with bottles and cans from...

A dish served with a glass of wine at Oystercatcher - a seafood restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester.

Oystercatcher

Chorlton Restaurant - European

“Doing lots of little things right” is a definition of perfection. And Oystercatcher - a simple seafood restaurant in Chorlton...

Goats at Reddish Vale Farm - one of Confidential Guides' recommended things to do with kids in Manchester

Reddish Vale Farm

Reddish Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Ian Brown, take note. Reddish Vale Farm, on the Stockport side of Manchester, has everything you could want to keep...

A craft stall at Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester City Centre Markets

You don't have to walk far in Manchester city centre to find one of the many Christmas markets that pop-up...

Food at the Molly House in the Gay Village, Manchester.

The Molly House

Gay Village Bars

With its pretty Tiffany lights and Victoriana decor, The Molly House pub is one of The Gay Village's best-looking venues....

One of the pizzas served on the terrace at Gusto Heswall, a recommended Italian restaurant.

Gusto Italian Heswall

Heswall Restaurant - Italian

With its sunspot terrace and twinkly olive grove interior, Gusto’s Heswall branch lives up to the chain’s reputation for making...

Outside The Pheasant Inn in Cheshire

The Pheasant Inn

Tattenhall Restaurant - British

The Pheasant Inn is a cut above when it comes to country pubs. Enjoy a drink in the sunshine looking...

The Firehouse

Ancoats Restaurant - Global

Found in the former E & A Auto Services garage depot on Swan Street, Firehouse is the sister restaurant to...

Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre on a sunny day

Piccadilly Gardens

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

Piccadilly Gardens are concrete rather than floral now but despite a slightly unsavoury reputation it still remains the gateway to...

The Workshop

Waterloo Restaurant - Modern British

There's not a speck of sawdust or metal swarf in sight at The Workshop, where the blood, sweat and tears...

etci mehmet steak manchester

Etçi Mehmet

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

Open since the end of 2018, Etçi Mehmet's carefully prepared, predominantly meat dishes are flame grilled or oven roasted for...

Outside The White Horse at Churton, which features in the Good Food Guide 2023

The White Horse in Churton

Churton Restaurant - European

Thought it's only been open a short while (since March 2023 to be exact), The White Horse in Churton is...

Neighbourhood Bistro and Bar

Childwall Restaurant - Global

Ticking all the boxes for brekkie and brunch in South Liverpool is Neighbourhood Bistro and Bar on Woolton Road.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Ducie Street Warehouse is all sorts of things, but one of those things is a restaurant. It’s an all-day affair...

Takk Oxford Road

Oxford Road Cafes

The second permanent opening from Icelandic-inspired coffee house Takk brings a little bit of NQ hipsterism to the University of...

The terrace at The Alchemist Spinningfields

The Alchemist Manchester Spinningfields

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist in Spinningfields was the original of three Manchester venues and has a good-sized outdoor terrace and plenty of...

Enjoy drinks in the sun at The Smithfield Social in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Smithfield Social

Northern Quarter Bars

The Smithfield Social fits in well to the Northern Quarter bar scene. It doesn’t offer anything radically different but what...

Beer at Track Taproom, a bar in Manchester

Track Brewing Co

Piccadilly Bars

Track Brewing Co may be a bit off the beaten track but it’s worth the trek for craft beer aficionados....

Papillon

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Global

Papillon is a quaint-looking bistro-style restaurant, complete with baby pink paintwork and pinstripe canopy to match. In fact, it looks...

A carbonara from Salvi's

Salvi’s | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Salvi’s – or Salvi's Mozzarella Bar & Restaurant, to give it its full name – claims to be Manchester's first...

The One O’Clock Gun

Albert Dock Bars

The One O'Clock Gun is a New York-style pub on the waterfront at Albert Docks. The name refers to a...

The Brotherthood of Pursuits and Pastimes has private areas you can hire to watch the match with mates

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes has a more grown-up look than most-sports bars, all muted greens rather than shouty...

14 Bar & Grill

Bootle Restaurant - Global

Sometimes, the clue is in the name and in the case of 14 Bar & Grill, the number refers to...

Enjoy an alfresco drink on Saison bar's pavement terrace on Burton Road in West Didsbury

Saison

Didsbury Restaurant - British

Sister of Chorlton favourite Dulcimer, Saison is a cosy bar offering a wide range of craft beer and spirits. They...

Crowded House Bury

Crowded House

Whitefield Restaurant - Global

Crowded House in Bury town centre is for those occasions when you want NQ-style food and drinks but you can’t...

The Merchant, a bar in Liverpool city centre.

The Merchant

Ropewalks Bars

The Merchant is a lively hangout with great pizza. At the front, spilling onto the street, the outdoor tables under...

Salvi’s Deansgate Square

Castlefield Restaurant - Italian

Bright and airy, with white and pale sage tiles, dusky pink and gold rose barstools and booths, and even a...

A pizza served at La Casa, an Italian restaurant and bar in Astley, Greater Manchester

La Casa

Wigan Restaurant - Italian

A new addition to Astley’s dining options is classy Italian restaurant and bar La Casa.

The charcuterie boards at The Mews - a cocktail and wine bar just off Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

The Mews

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

The Mews is one of a clutch of new places to set up shop on Deansgate Mews, or ‘deli alley’...

Outdoor seating, Brewski, Chorlton

Brewski

Chorlton Restaurant - American

The clue is in the name – Brewski is as much about the beers as it is the food. It’s...

Playfoots

Eccles Restaurant - Global

“Just rock up and have the time of your life,” says Playfoots over Instagram. The cafe-cum-bar in the small town...

party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester

Banyan Spinningfields

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

Banyan in Manchester’s Spinningfields is a sleek and chic take on all day drinking and dining. From bottomless brunches every...

Dakota Grill Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Global

Smart, sophisticated and chic, with a private terrace for cocktails and alfresco brunch, being part of a fancy hotel mini-chain...

The interior of Kampai Sushi, a Japanese restaurant in Hale, Greater Manchester.

Kampai Sushi Bar

Hale Restaurant - Japanese

Kampai Sushi Bar brings an off-centre approach to Japanese cooking to Hale’s dining scene. They describe their food as ‘authentic...

La Cantina Tapas Dishes Stockport Heaton Moor

La Cantina

Heaton Moor Restaurant - Spanish

Stockport is not Salamanca but that doesn’t stop the wooden barrel tables outside La Cantina on Heaton Moor’s busy Shaw...

George’s Dining Room

Worsley Restaurant - Global

It might have a contemporary feel and Modern British menu, but George's is steeped in history, housed in a traditional...

Jardim

Altrincham Restaurant - South American

"Flames and flora" are promised by South Manchester's South American-inspired grilled meat joint Jardim – Portuguese for "garden – and...

cork of the north wine bar sale restaurant

Cork of the North Sale

Sale Restaurant - Global

Cork of the North Sale smudges the line between wine merchant and wine bar even before you’ve had a glass....

Homemade coconut curry at Vietnamese Potbellied - a street food restaurant and bar in Chorlton, Manchester.

Vietnamese Potbellied

Chorlton Restaurant - Vietnamese

Vietnamese Potbellied is from the same family that ran Pho Bowl - the dinky restaurant that used to inhabit this...

Lunyalita

Albert Dock Restaurant - Spanish

Smaller and more intimate than the Liverpool One Lunya, Lunyalita overlooks the Albert Dock and is set over two storeys...

One of the fire pit tables on the terrace at Il Forno - an Italian restaurant and bar in Liverpool.

Il Forno

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Il Forno’s name refers to their oven; a huge, fire-breathing head which swallows up pizza before cooking it to perfection and...

The Pack Horse

Derbyshire Restaurant - Modern British

Humbly describing itself as a "community gastropub", The Pack Horse is raking in the glowing reviews, including by food critics...

Dockleaf

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - Global

​Describing itself as an urban local and claiming to have "the heart of a cocktail bar and the soul of...

Inside Crafthouse, the roof-top restaurant from D&D group in Leeds

Crafthouse

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

The slick Crafthouse restaurant serves up seasonal British fare from a roof-top perch. It's a D&D group restaurant, and like...

Outdoor seating at Albert's Restaurant Worsley

Albert’s Worsley

Worsley Restaurant - European

Albert’s Worsley is a reliable option, especially if you’re trying to please a big group. Even if you don’t get...

The Gasworks on First Street, Manchester

The Gas Works Brewbar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

There’s no shortage of open kitchens on display in restaurants nowadays but few places can offer a working brewery as...

The Welsford Bistro

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - British

Scoffing your brekkie in Britain's largest cathedral might leave you speechless, so it's just as well you don't have to...

Dimitri's Manchester Tapas

Dimitri’s

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

Dimitri’s has been serving up mezze for over 30 years now. It’s a stalwart of the city’s food and drink...

Pan Roasted Cod Loin at Alberts Restaurant Standish

Albert’s Standish

Standish Restaurant - European

Albert’s Standish is a reliable option. You won’t get the best food in the world but you’ll get a menu...

Silk Rd Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Global

If it's one of those days when you can't put your finger on what you fancy – Thai curry or...

The doorway to Libero in Altrincham - a bar that's big on football and craft ales

Libero

Greater Manchester Restaurant - European

Starting life as a fun little pop-up, Libero is a football-themed craft ale bar which encourages its customers to don...

Smoke & Mirrors

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

Glitz and glamour is the name of the game at Smoke & Mirrors, where the order of service is shisha...

Terrace NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Terrace NQ has really grown into its name over the years. Instead of just one terrace up on the roof,...

The Bistro at Blackburne House

Restaurant - Global

Nestled in the basement of a beautiful Grade II-listed building in the Georgian Quarter, The Bistro at Blackburne House is...

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