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Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

Oxford Road Hotel

The Hyatt Regency hotel is one of the most highly rated hotels in Manchester, with incredible views of the city...

A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel

The Dakota Manchester describes itself as Manchester's best hotel. We're not getting into that debate but we will say it's...

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly is an impressive boutique hotel in the perfect spot. It’s just minutes from Manchester Piccadilly train station,...

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...

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,...

A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2011. Over a...

Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

Clitheroe Hotel

Located in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a bountiful food, drink and entertainment venue as well as a...

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Australasia

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and...

Malmaison Liverpool

Princes Dock Hotel

Malmaison Liverpool is a dockside delight. This boutique hotel offers stunning views across the city, and cool, characterful rooms and...

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate is a cool new boutique hotel in the heart of the city. It has amazing views, two...

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

Voyagers

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Voyagers in The Halyard Liverpool is in the league of hotel restaurants that become a destination in their own right....

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...

Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour....

One of the holes at Golf Fang Liverpool, a crazy golf bar in the city centre.

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

Golf Fang Liverpool takes genteel notions of mini golf and smashes them with an 8-Iron. Crazy golf is definitely the...

The Ropewalks Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel in Liverpool.

Ropewalks Hotel

Ropewalks Hotel

Boutique stay The Ropewalks Hotel is perfectly located if you’re in Liverpool to explore its art, music, history and shopping....

One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel

Based conveniently near Manchester’s gay village in an early 20th-century warehouse, Leven opened in October 2021 as one of its...

Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Just a few minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, Manchester Piccadilly Hotel and Spa is in a great location...

Cibus

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

Once a stall at Levy Market, then a pop-up pizzeria above Fred’s Ale House, Cibus took baby steps to get...

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...

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...

Ramen at Suki Suki on Deansgate, Manchester

Suki Suki

Deansgate Restaurant - Pan Asian

Suki Suki is a Pan-Asian street food bar located on Deansgate under the arches of the Great Northern Warehouse.

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Boutique 56 is ideal for group getaways and hen-dos. It has a mix of private rooms and full suites and...

The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

It may be a while since The Beatles graced the stage of The Cavern Club but you’ll still find live...

Malmaison Manchester Spa

Piccadilly Spas

A favourite for girls' weekends and romantic breaks, the Malmaison Manchester Spa is a cosy hideaway that uses its compact...

The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

The Vicarage sits on the banks of the River Dane, in Cranage, a village on the edge of Holmes Chapel....

A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

With its tech-led rooms and buzzy location, Yotel Manchester Deansgate is a popular choice with young travellers and city break...

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...

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The Alan is surely one of the most creative and design-led venues in Manchester city centre. A stylish six-storey hotel...

Ground floor lounge and bar area at Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central

Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central is a bright modern hotel with a fantastic location near to the Bridgewater Hall and HOME...

The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

Located in a Grade II Listed building from 1626, The Bridge is full of charm, whether you’re going for a...

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...

The rooms at The Maldron Hotel, Manchester City Centre

Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre Hotel

As one of Manchester's newest hotels, the Maldron provides a stylish and modern place to rest your head after a...

Stunning views from the living room at Hyatt House aparthotel in Manchester

Hyatt House

Oxford Road Hotel

Hyatt House is a modern aparthotel in Manchester’s university area with a range of studios and one-bedroom suites. It has...

Exhibition

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Exhibition is one of Manchester’s cluster of exciting multi-kitchen concepts (read: food halls) that just seem to be multiplying. In...

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...

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Head to any of the ristorantes in the award-winning, family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional...

Red Dog Saloon

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

If you like getting your hands dirty, then Red Dog Saloon is probably right up your street. Part of a...

The Halyard at Ropewalks, a hotel in Liverpool

The Halyard

Ropewalks Hotel

The Halyard is a modern 133-room hotel in the buzzing, dynamic Ropewalks area of the city. Part of the Vignette...

Pattersons

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

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

Christmas at Down the Hatch in Liverpool

Down The Hatch

Ropewalks Restaurant - Vegan

Downstairs on Duke Street, DTH promises some hellishly good scran in its vegan and vegetarian-friendly brick-lined junk food bunker, where...

Runyon’s Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Runyon’s restaurant at Hotel Brooklyn claims to be somewhere you’ll be “overfed and overindulged” with a menu of British classics...

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...

Evuna

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish

The second city centre Evuna, open since 2013, bagsies a corner spot in the Northern Quarter that provides the outward-facing...

Beef tataki at Sora Manchester, a rooftop bar and restaurant in Malmaison Deansgate

Sora Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Sora Manchester is a rooftop bar and restaurant serving up sushi, Pan Asian small plates and views across the city’s...

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

October 2003 saw the first of the four Evunas open, grabbing a prime position on Deansgate and a reputation for...

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...

One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be...

Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

San Carlo is Manchester's most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it's said to...

Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British

Pendergast’s Steakhouse offers a less butch take on the traditional macho steakhouse. There are standout cuts of beef but you’ll...

Hotel Anfield

Anfield Hotel

Hotel Anfield is the perfect hotel for football fans. If you were any closer to the ground, you’d be in...

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill

Piccadilly Restaurant - American

Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill isn’t just for overnight guests, its reputation for cocktails, quality beef and a buzzing...

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...

Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this...

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...

Bar at Gusto Manchester

Gusto Italian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Italian Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown, even if the menu is the same everywhere from...

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...

San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester

Bottega

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its floor-to-ceiling views over Exchange Square and chic Selfridges setting, Bottega is  a stylish spot for cocktails, lunch or...

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.

Delta Hotel by Marriott Liverpool City Centre

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Delta Hotel is an easy, convenient option for a stay in Liverpool. It’s right by Liverpool Lime Street Station and...

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...

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...

A tableful of dishes at Belzan in Liverpool

Belzan

Mossley Hill Restaurant - European

Following punchy reviews in the local and national press, it has been hard to secure a table at Liverpool’s Belzan.

City Wine Bar & Kitchen

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant

Get fresh, local and honest food at City Wine Bar and Kitchen in the grade II listed ‘City Buildings’ on...

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...

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”,...

One of the rooms at Aloft Liverpool, a hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Aloft Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Hotel

Aloft Liverpool is a popular hotel with visitors and business travellers. Part of the Marriott Bonvoy group, it’s a mix...

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 whimsical Flamingo Room - one of the party suites at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

The Shankly Hotel, like its namesake, is one of a kind. Named after Bill Shankly, the charismatic former manager of...

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...

Scottish Steakhouse at Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

As you might imagine, top-quality steak is the name of the game at Scottish Steakhouse. Just “simple ingredients, cooked to...

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...

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,...

Cocktails served in King Street Tavern, the restaurant and bar at King Street Townhouse hotel

King Street Tavern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

Part of the King Street Townhouse hotel, with its luxe bedrooms and rooftop terrace boasting infinity pool and views of...

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...

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

The Pen and Pencil is the Northern Quarter's cool all-day hangout, modelled on the New York bar of the same...

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

A stone's throw from Selfridges and the designer stores around Exchange Square, Piccolo by Piccolino is a Southern Italian restaurant...

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central

Ropewalks Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Central is, as the name suggests, very central. This brand new IHG hotel is right in...

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...

Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres
Christmas at Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Head to Liverpool Gin Distillery to drink gin, make gin, learn about gin and talk about gin.

Room at Motel One

Motel One Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

Motel One Piccadilly is about as central as it gets. If you’re planning a mini-break in Manchester by train, this...

Bedroom at Manchester Hall with roll-top bath - a romantic Manchester hotel for Valentine's day.

Manchester Hall

Deansgate Hotel

For years this beautiful building was off-limits unless you were a member of the secretive Masons society. Then in 2017...

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...

Bedroom at The Reach at Piccadilly, a hotel in Manchester

The Reach at Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

The Reach at Piccadilly is owned by Marriott, but it's part of their Tribute Portfolio collection, so it looks more...

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...

Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester city centre

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester City Centre Art Galleries

Mosey down Mosley Street between Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square, and you can’t miss the Greek columns that flank...

Moxy Manchester

Spinningfields Hotel

The Moxy brand is the cool and funky little sister of the Marriott family. Tucked away just off Deansgate in...

The Fountain House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its...

Inside the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester city centre

Royal Exchange Theatre

Manchester City Centre Theatres

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre is an exciting clash of modernity and history and the same can be said of its...

The entrance to The Vincent Hotel in Southport

The Vincent Hotel

Southport Hotel

The Vincent Hotel is a unique lifestyle hotel and stunning wedding venue in sunny Southport, home to the famous Royal...

Food at BLVD in Manchester city centre

BLVD

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

BLVD is the place to go if you want cool cocktails and a party atmosphere with your meal. It’s a...

Sunday lunch at Peaky Blinders bar in Manchester

Peaky Blinders

Manchester City Centre Bars

Peaky Blinders is a cocktail bar and pub with food which pays homage to the hit TV series starring Cillian...

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....

Tipples of Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

Tipples of Manchester is a gin specialist store, with 100 bottles and counting – but, as they say themselves, "you...

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...

Hot dogs and fries at Bierkeller Manchester in the Printworks

Bierkeller

Manchester City Centre Bars

If dancing on tables with two-pint steins is what you're after, head to Bierkeller in The Printworks. This Bavarian-themed bar...

Cocktail served at Three Little Words

Three Little Words

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Three Little Words is housed under the arches at the lesser-visited end of Watson Street, near Beetham Tower. Inside you’ll...

The entrance to Prashad restaurant in Bradford, which is known for its vegetarian Indian food

Prashad

Bradford Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Prashad is a Gordon Ramsay-rated thrill for anyone craving Gujarati vegetarian food. Since starring on Ramsay's Best Restaurant show, the...

A dessert served at Trof, one of the best Northern Quarter bars.

Trof

Northern Quarter Bars

Longstanding Thomas Street bar Trof has got ‘top Manchester night out’ written all over its labyrinth three stories. But it's...

Seafood at Puccini, an Italian restaurant in Swinton, Salford

Puccini

Swinton Restaurant - Italian

Puccini has been serving up authentic Italian food to the people of Swinton since 1982, with signor Pucci at the...

Menagerie Manchester Brunch

Ménagerie

Salford Bars

Let's get this party started... but not without lining your stomach first, fun fans. With tapas-style dishes for sharing as...

Schofield’s Bar

Spinningfields Bars

Various prestigious best bar gongs have been awarded to Schofield's Bar since it opened in Quay Street's iconic Art Deco...

A cocktail served at Wilson's Social, a cafe bar in the NQ, Manchester.

Wilson’s Social

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Glass-fronted bar and restaurant Wilson's Social is part of the Selina NQ1 hostel, formerly Hatter’s. It’s a brunch, lunch and...

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...

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...

Dukes 92 Beer Garden

Dukes 92

Castlefield Bars

You'll find Dukes 92 in the dynamic district of Castlefield, just a short stumble from Deansgate and its bustling bar...

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...

Chill Factore

Trafford Park Activities

With 180m of downhill skiing and snowboarding, Chill Factore is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. And though you can’t...

A pint of London Pride at The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

Georgian Quarter Bars

This impressively ornate pub was built over 120 years ago and stands proudly on the corner of Hope Street. The...

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...

Vegan ramen from Japanese restaurant Shogun Ramen and Bar in Chorlton, Manchester

Shogun Ramen and Bar

Chorlton Restaurant - Japanese

Shogun Ramen and Bar in Chorlton says it does Manchester’s cheapest ramen (from £7.99 a bowl) and we’ve no evidence...

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...

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...

Cocktails at GRUB in the Green Quarter, Manchester

GRUB

Cheetham Hill Restaurant

Housed in a disused building at The Red Bank Project, GRUB is two floors of street food, bars and event...

Record shop Rough Trade Liverpool opened in May 2024.

Rough Trade Liverpool

Ropewalks Record Shops

Any self-respecting indie kid will know the Rough Trade name; a trip to the Covent Garden shop used to be...

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 Whiskey Jar

Northern Quarter Bars

Surely one of Manchester's most inviting-looking bars, The Whiskey Jar gives you that warm, all-is-well feeling even before you've taken...

Outside The Cholmondeley Arms

The Cholmondeley Arms

Malpas Restaurant - British

The Cholmondeley Arms, or 'The Chum' as it’s known, is a country estate pub that’s as welcoming for four-legged furry...

Ad Hoc is a wine bar and bottle shop in the Northern Quarter with a big outdoor terrace.

Ad Hoc

Northern Quarter Bottle Shop

Ad Hoc is a wine shop and bar that’s about as unpretentious as it gets but still knows its albariño...

Lucky Ramen & Sushi

Ancoats Restaurant - Japanese

Lucky Ramen & Sushi restaurant is known for its late-night dining offering of fresh bowls of stewed ramen that are...

Eggs Benedict as served at Browns Manchester restaurant in the city centre.

Browns Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

All dark wood and polished brass, leather seating and stained glass, this former banking hall is cavernous yet intimate all...

Sig for The Peer Har, a bar and gig venue in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Peer Hat

Northern Quarter Bars

The Peer Hat is an odd combination. This Northern Quarter bar and gig venue mixes a cutting edge assortment of...

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...

King Pins Manchester Arndale has ten=pin bowling, shuffle board, pool and more.

King Pins Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Activities

King Pins Manchester Arndale is ten-pin bowling royalty, and not just for the good customer service, clean, fresh decor and...

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...

Embankment Kitchen

Salford Restaurant - European

Head to the ground floor of the Citysuites aparthotel and non-residents are welcome at EK, to its friends, where plates...

The Alan Breakfast

The Alan

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

With its neutral hues and natural foliage, stripped-back bricks and leather booths, The Alan is a tranquil space in which...

Cork & Fork

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

There's always something going on at this bustling Allerton road wine bar, from steak night and Sunday roasts to live...

The Green Man

Lark Lane Bars

The Green Man pub opened on Lark Lane in December 2022, just in time for Christmas (and the World Cup)....

GPO Food Hall and Bar in Liverpool city centre

The GPO Food Market & Bar

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant
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...

Ramen at House of Fu Manchester, a Japanese restaurant with karaoke booths on Portland Street.

House of Fu Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

Beloved Leeds ramen hotspot House of Fu opened on Portland Street in October 2023. This Japanese restaurant and bar is...

Grape to Grain in Prestwich, a bar and bottle shop with barrels to enjoy an al fresco tipple

Grape to Grain

Prestwich Bottle Shop

Grape to Grain is a bar and bottle shop in Prestwich specialising in – as the name suggests – wine...

Inside Cassidys, an Irish bar in Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester

Cassidy’s

Heaton Moor Bars

Established in 2004, Cássidy's is styled as a traditional Irish bar, and is a popular meet-up spot in Heaton Moor.

The Angel at Hetton

Skipton Restaurant - British

One of the stars of TV’s The Trip with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan - and awarded a Michelin star...

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...

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...

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...

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 record store at The Jacaranda - an iconic music venue and bar in Liverpool city centre.

The Jacaranda

Ropewalks Bars

Serious Beatles fans will know all about The Jacaranda. This bar and gig venue was opened by their first manager...

The opulent and moody atmosphere of Maya in Manchester

Maya

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...

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...

Masons

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.

The Goose, a pub in the Gay Village, Manchester.

The Goose

Gay Village Bars

Hidden away behind the main Canal Street drag on Bloom Street, The Goose is like a local village pub with...

Salt Dog Slims Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Ropewalks gaff Salt Dog Slims, although tbh...

Window seating at Wolf At The Door - a bar serving taco and bao buns in Manchester's NQ

Wolf At The Door

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

The team behind Wolf At The Door know a thing or two about adaptation. They launched as a highly stylised...

Crispy Duck and Pancakes, Pacifica Cantonese Restaurant

Pacifica Cantonese

Eccles Restaurant - Chinese

Pacifica Cantonese in Eccles is an old-school Chinese restaurant with lurid neon signage. It’s not trying to be slavishly authentic...

Namii Kitchen and Cocktails is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Namii Kitchen & Cocktails

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Vietnamese

It's got neon, it's got pastels, it's got faux foliage, it's got innovative cocktails and it's got Pan Asian cuisine...

One of the dishes served at Hanover Street Social - a popular restaurant and bar in Liverpool city centre.

Hanover Street Social

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Hanover Street Social is a big, buzzy bistro and bar from Paddy Smith’s Red and Blue Group, which also runs Salt...

The Quarter House in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Quarter House

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

Quarter House is the place to go for some good old American BBQ flavours. Yes, so it’s a trend that...

The Crafty Pig

Northern Quarter Bars

The Crafty Pig is a sociable bar on the edge of Manchester's Northern Quarter with a busy beer garden 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...

The Chinatown fried chicken burger served at American restaurant Free State Kitchen in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter.

Free State Kitchen

Georgian Quarter

While some venues are happy to describe a frost-ravaged yucca and a scattering of paving stone weeds as a ‘beer...

Furusato Bar & Grill

Maghull Restaurant - Pan Asian

Dave Fitzsimmons (previously 60 Hope Street, Host) opened Furustao the Pan-Asian bar and restaurant after returning from working in some...

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...

Cocktails at Berry and Rye in Liverpool

Berry and Rye

Chinatown (Liverpool) Restaurant

Follow the faint sound of live blues and jazz to find this ultra hip, hidden bar. With no sign and...

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...

The outside of The Jane Eyre Chorlton is full of character, making it the perfect neighbourhood bar and restaurant

The Jane Eyre Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - Modern British

The Jane Eyre Chorlton is a neighbourhood restaurant and cocktail bar on Beech Road, Chorlton’s most charming street. This offshoot...

A cocktail served at Speak in Code - one of the best cocktail bars in Manchester

Speak In Code

Manchester City Centre Bars

Finding itself resting in the top 20 of the top 50 cocktail bars in the whole of the UK, Speak...

King Pins Trafford Palazzo, a great place for bowling and more

King Pins Trafford Palazzo

Trafford Park Activities

King Pins Trafford Palazzo markets itself as ‘the crown jewels of bowling’, but to be honest, they’re selling themselves short....

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...

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...

A Banh Mi from Banh Vi in New Century, Manchester

Bahn Vi | New Century

Green Quarter Restaurant - Vegan

Owners, Harry and Jessica created Banh Vi after travelling across South East Asia and being inspired by the cuisine offered...

Bottomless brunch at Elnecot in Ancoats, Manchester.

Elnecot

Ancoats Restaurant - European

Named after the first recorded name for Ancoats, Elnecot (meaning ‘lonely cottages’) takes its influence from historical cooking methods with...

30 James Street

Waterfront Hotel

Some people will absolutely love this place, posting pics all over Facebook. Some people just won’t. Either way, 30 James...

The tomato vine margarita at Stray, a recommended bar in the Northern Quarter.

Stray

Northern Quarter Bars

This elegant, paired-back cocktail bar opened in the corner space of Mackie Mayor in November 2023, and fast became a...

Statues of legendary Manchester United players outside their Old Trafford stadium

Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

Old Trafford Sports Venues

Even if it's not a match day, there's plenty happening at the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The best way to...

Girls getting ready to skate at Paradise Skate World, Manchester.

Paradise Skate World

Manchester City Centre Activities

Paradise Skate World is a cosmic-themed roller skating bar for grown-ups (and teenagers at certain times of the day). It’s...

A cocktail from speakeasy bar, Science & Industry, above Cane & Grain in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Science & Industry

Northern Quarter Bars

If antique glassware and taxidermy squirrels are your thing, this is your kind of drinking den. Hidden above New York-style...

Inside Junior Jackson's bar, Manchester, Northern Quarter.

Junior Jackson’s

Northern Quarter Bars

Nestled away underneath the Northern Quarter's infamous Oldham Street, this is a tiny bar with a huge personality.

Afternoon tea at The Library Champagne Bar at The Edwardian, Manchester.

The Library Champagne Bar at The Edwardian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

If sipping on champagne whilst surrounded by books sounds like your thing, then The Library Champagne Bar at The Edwardian...

Outside Dusk Til Pawn cocktail bar on Stevenson Square, Manchester city centre

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Bars

Dusk Til Pawn isn't a pawn shop that trades around the clock as its name might suggest, but rather a...

Outside the Lass O'Gowrie.

Lass O’Gowrie

Oxford Road Pubs

Manchester classic the Lass O'Gowrie won Best Pub in Britain in 2012 but suffered a loss in income (and a...

Steps at The Temple of Convenience, a bar in a former toilet in Manchester

Temple of Convenience

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Temple of Convenience is part of Manchester’s drinking culture. It has a reputation much bigger than the bar itself...

Riverside views at The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel

Salford Hotel

The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s premier 5-star hotel. While technically in Salford, it is ideally located next to Spinningfields, Manchester’s...

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...

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...

Manchester City Football Club's Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Stadium Tour

Beswick Sports Venues

Even if you’re not a Blue you can’t help but be impressed with the scale of the Etihad Stadium in...

Flok Manchester, Northern Quarter, Bar, Tapas

Flok

Northern Quarter Bars

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

Drinking in the sun at The Peveril of the Peak

Peveril of the Peak

Oxford Road Pubs

The Grade II Listed Peveril of the Peak dates back to the 1820s. It's had quite the history, and is...

The Fried Chicken Sunday Dinner at Kong's NQ

Kong’s NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

Kong’s NQ is the chicken shop done good. From a pop-up to a permanent home on Oldham Street, this place...

Inside one of the rooms at Velvet Hotel, Manchester

Velvet Hotel

Gay Village Hotel

Velvet Hotel sits right in the heart of Manchester's Gay Village and incorporates elements of the former Victorian warehouse that...

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria is a high-octane experience that'll turn even the mildest contestant into a speed demon.

The Cube Live at Urban Playground Manchester

Urban Playground Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Urban Playground Manchester is the place to go for an adrenaline-fuelled, ultra-competitive night out. Located in Manchester Arndale, it brings...

Present Company

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Present Company is a cocktail bar and a pretty good one at that. Not only does it have the seal...

Roast dinner at Groobarbs Wild Farm & Field Kitchen in Knutsford, Cheshire

Groobarb’s Wild Farm & Field Kitchen

Knutsford Restaurant - Modern British

Groobarbs Wild Farm & Field Kitchen comes from the brains behind Groobox; a Cheshire-based fruit and veg delivery box service....

Blinker - one of the Manchester cocktail bars that made the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.

Blinker Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

The name for Blinker Bar comes from a forgotten classic three-ingredient cocktail made from rye, grapefruit and raspberry. It’s this...

The exterior of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

Everyman Theatre

Liverpool City Centre Theatres

The Everyman is an impressive modern theatre on Hope Street and a cornerstone of Liverpool's cultural scene.

Band on the Wall - an iconic gig venue in Manchester

Band on the Wall

Northern Quarter Music Venues

So called because the performers used to play on a stage situated halfway up the wall, Band on the Wall...

Backyard burger, Bunny Jackson's, Manchester

Bunny Jackson’s

Manchester City Centre Bars

Bunny Jackson's touts itself as a dive bar and, while there is indeed 'cold beer, frozen margaritas and a lot...

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...

The ten pin bowling lanes with red and purple neon lighting at Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Activities

With its ten pin bowling, pool tables, beer pong, and shuffleboard, Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale will keep you entertained...

The Pen Factory

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - European

The Pen Factory specialises in bistro food with a mix of main dishes and small plates for sharing. Everything is...

Food at Smuggler's Cove, a restaurant on Albert Dock in Liverpool

The Smugglers Cove

Albert Dock Restaurant

The Smugglers Cove is a themed bar and restaurant on Liverpool’s Albert Dock. There are maps, wooden apothecary cabinets and...

Lost Cat

Northern Quarter Bars

Don't be distracted by the flowers – walk through the florists out front and follow the neon sign ("cheap food...

Mamucium Fine Dining Manchester

Mamucium

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

Mamucium is headed up by Chef Andrew Green, formerly of The Lowry Hotel. It may be a hotel restaurant but...

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.

The Whitworth is one of Manchester's leading art galleries

The Whitworth

Oxford Road Art Galleries

Any art lover’s trip to Manchester would not be complete without a morning or afternoon spent gazing at the walls...

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...

Coffee and cocktails come together in Switch CoffeeBar's espresso martini

Switch CoffeeBar

Ropewalks Bars

Switch by name and switch by nature, Liverpool’s Switch CoffeeBar transforms from a daytime coffee shop to a neon pink...

Gaming at leveltap Liverpool

leveltap

Ropewalks Activities

leveltap is one of the latest gaming bars to arrive at Liverpool's bustling Ropewalks. Immerse yourself in enthralling modern and...

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...

A bowl of nachos from The Produce Hall in Stockport.

The Produce Hall

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant - Global

This 19th-century market building became a buzzy food hall and bar in 2019 as part of Stockport's transformation from 'crap...

11Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker

The White Swan at Fence

Burnley Restaurant - British

Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can...

Nightcap has a late night cool - perfect for Northern Quarter drinking sessions

Nightcap

Northern Quarter Bars

Nightcap is a Northern Quarter speakeasy bar. That’s code for it’s underground and it’s quite dark. It sits in the...

The light and airy dining room at Alderley Edge Hotel with its centrepiece: an indoor tree

Alderley Edge Hotel

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Modern British

This new incarnation of the restaurant at the Alderley Edge Hotel delivers good Modern British food in a light, airy...

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...

The Lowry is an art gallery and theatres at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

The Lowry

Salford Quays Theatres

Flagship arts venue The Lowry was at the heart of 1990s' plans to breathe new life back into Salford Quays....

The outside of Mulligan's of Manchester

Mulligan’s

Manchester City Centre Bars

If you're a fan of cosy pubs with good beer and great craic, Mulligan's in Manchester will be right up...

exterior of on the hush manchester church street northern quarter

On the Hush

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Bar

The Northern Quarter has never been short of Instagrammable spots with its litany of graffitied walls and shop fronts but...

Cocktail at L'Aperitivo, a bar in Liverpool

L’Aperitivo

Ropewalks Bars

Modern-day Bold Street in Liverpool and Via Veneto in 1960s Rome could be an example of time-travelling city twinning.

A bowl of ramen at New Wave Ramen in Manchester.

New Wave Ramen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

After building a name and fanbase for itself in Mackie Mayor, New Wave Ramen have now got their own standalone...

A cocktail at Panoramic 34 in Liverpool city centre.

Panoramic 34

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Modern British

Panoramic 34 was the UK's highest restaurant when it opened in 2008, and although others have since taken that title,...

Garten Bar | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Bars

Right in the centre of the Corn Exchange atrium, the German-themed Garten Bar is a light, airy setting for brunch,...

Project Halcyon - one of the Manchester cocktail bars that made the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.

Project Halcyon

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Halcyon Project Distillery is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and immersive cocktail experience in Manchester....

Wellnergy Manchester

Wythenshawe Festivals

The first ever Wellnergy Manchester takes place on 6 July 2024 in Wythenshawe Park, after a successful debut in London...

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...

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...

Nails by Jark at SHALLOWS studio in Manchester

SHALLOWS

Gay Village Salons

Shallows is a brand new beauty and tattoo studio on the corner of Princess Street, aiming to tear down the...

One of the dishes served at Savages Mussels Bar in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Savages Mussels Bar

Macclesfield Restaurant

Savages Mussels Bar opened in November 2023 on the cobbled Church Street a short walk from Macclesfield station. Prior to...

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.

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...

Terrace NQ

Northern Quarter Bars

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

Cosy Club | Corn Exchange

Restaurant - Global

If it's all-day eating you're after, all-day eating you'll get at Cosy Club Manchester, and as you study the menu...

Outside G-A-Y

G-A-Y

Gay Village Bars

Love it or hate it, G-A-Y is a big presence on Canal Street. At busy times there'll be queues to...

27El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester

El Gato Negro Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

El Gato Negro is an upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion restaurant that really, really works. Originally from Yorkshire, chef Simon Shaw has...

Menu at The Alchemist New York Street Manchester

The Alchemist Manchester New York Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist on New York Street is the second of three Manchester venues and nicely turned out, with bags of...

Level 3 Lounge & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The on-site restaurant at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Level 3 offers everything from breakfast and afternoon tea, through to...

Podium Restaurant at the Hilton

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Located on the lobby level, the Hilton Hotel's Podium Restaurant is chic and modern, as you might expect, and so...

Love Lane Brewery

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - Global

The name Love Lane Brewery comes from the craft beer, first brewed in a converted railway arch at Liverpool’s Love...

Cafe Tabac

Ropewalks Cafes

Within spitting distance of the bombed-out church, Cafe Tabac has been rolling with the changes at the top of Bold...

Cocktails at The Daisy - one of the best Northern Quarter bars.

The Daisy

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as 'late night escapism', The Daisy is a subterranean haven of a cocktail bar in the Northern Quarter. Find...

The Northern

Didsbury Gyms

One of the oldest tennis clubs in the world, The Northern is the original home of tennis in Manchester. It...

Outside HOME in Manchester city centre

HOME

Manchester City Centre Arts Venues

With five cinemas, two theatres, a bookshop, and over 500 sqm of gallery space, HOME is one of Manchester’s biggest...

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...

Pot Kettle Black Angel Gardens

Green Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

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...

Gorilla

Greater Manchester Bars

Gorilla is tucked under a railway arch, it has a slightly industrial vibe but it’s comfortable for all that. The...

Breakfast at Duke Street Market in Liverpool

Duke Street Market

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Following in the footsteps of other successful models in the region, with communal dining tables and a mezzanine served by...

The casual, arty interior of The Counter House - a health-led restaurant on Cutting Room Square, Ancoats

The Counter House

Ancoats Restaurant - American

Gut-cleansing spirulina juices, turmeric scented Buddha bowls and raw vegan cookies, The Counter House menu reads like a dream list...

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...

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...

The Spice Yard in New Century

The Spice Yard | New Century

Green Quarter Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

The Spice Yard has recently set up shop in New Century's food hall where they will trade their homemade and...

Seating area at Lost in Tokyo, a bar in Manchester

Lost in Tokyo

Northern Quarter Bars

Lost In Tokyo is a Japanese basement bar on Stevenson Square. This Far East drinking den serves some far out...

A roast dinner at O'Sheas Irish bar in Manchester city centre.

O’Sheas

Manchester City Centre Bars

O'Sheas on Princess Street has become one of Manchester's most popular Irish pubs since it opened in the nineties. And...

Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23

Cloud 23

Manchester City Centre Bars

Cloud 23 is one of Manchester's highest dining and drinking experiences. Located 23 stories up in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate...

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...

The terrace at Nell's York Pizza at Kampus in Manchester city centre

Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

This Brooklyn-style pizza joint was born out of a love of using the best ingredients with care and attention. Nell's...

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...

Cocktail at Sexy Fish, a restaurant in Manchester

Sexy Fish

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

Sexy Fish is no mere minnow in the UK dining scene. It’s brought to you by Caprice Holdings, the group...

Food coffee cocktails at carlisi liverpool

Carlisi

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

If it's an Aperol Spritz you're hankering after, or an authentic Sicilian blend coffee, then Carlisi, at the finance end...

Pizza from PLY. Credit: PLY

PLY

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Describing itself as a "hangout" and "creative space", PLY is in the beating heart of hipster Northern Quarter, benefitting from...

Low Slow and Dough

Oxton Restaurant - American

Nestled in Oxton Village in the Wirral, Low Slow and Dough is a Tex-Mex eatery with brunch specials, loaded nachos,...

Gin and tonics served at NYL Restaurant and Bar in Liverpool's Aloft hotel.

NYL Restaurant and Bar

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - American

Much of the appeal of NYL Restaurant and Bar is admittedly the setting. You'll find it in the Aloft hotel...

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...

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 -...

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...

Artist's impression of the rooftop pool at Soho House Manchester

Soho House Manchester

Manchester City Centre Clubs & Groups

Soho House Manchester will be the only Soho House private member’s club in the North of England when it opens...

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...

Bar Area at Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom in Manchester

Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom

Piccadilly Bars

Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom is right next to the brewery which, incidentally, takes up units seven and eight. Despite the...

E-karting at Gravity MAX Liverpool

Gravity MAX Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Home to two floors of immersive activities, Gravity MAX is Liverpool’s biggest multi-entertainment venue.

Mr Thomas's Chop House - a cosy pub in Manchester.

Mr Thomas’s Chop House

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

Thomas Studd and his wife Sarah established their Chop House in booming Cottonopolis in 1867, and it's still going strong,...

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...

Members of the Contact Young Company performing at Contact Theatre in Manchester

Contact Theatre

Oxford Road Theatres

We were shocked when Contact Theatre, or just Contact, as it prefers to be known, announced it was celebrating its...

Ten Streets Social

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - Global

One of Liverpool’s hippest hideouts, occupying a former warehouse along the Dock Road, Ten Streets Social is worth hunting down...

Nell's New York style pizza available at the Beagle, Chorlton

The Beagle

Chorlton Restaurant - American

The Beagle is a bustling, eclectic, neighbourhood boozer which has recently replaced its Tex-Mex trash food menu with NYC-style pizza...

Cocktail from 97, Chorlton

97

Chorlton Bars

Situated at 97 Beech Road, the aptly named 97 opened in March 2023 to serve visually pleasing drinks to the...

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...

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...

TeamSport Go Karting Track with racers and red stop lights

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park

Trafford Park Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park has 450 metres of adrenaline-fuelled GP circuit and a new fleet of Biz Evo3 adult...

The plush interior of cinema Everyman Manchester St John's

Everyman Manchester St John’s

Manchester City Centre Cinemas

With its red velvet seats, waiter service, and ultra stylish bar and cafe, Everyman Manchester St John’s is a far...

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

Albert’s Schloss

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

Albert's Schloss is a Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former...

Masood Boomgaard who is appearing at the Frog and Bucket comedy club in October 2023

Frog and Bucket

Northern Quarter Comedy Venues

The Frog and Bucket is one of Manchester's longest running comedy clubs and one of the first venues to open...

Beer pong at Pong & Puck

Pong & Puck | Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Activities

Get your game face on with an afternoon of pool, shuffleboard and table tennis at Pong & Puck in The...

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Hawksmoor

Spinningfields Restaurant - British

The first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London opened on Deansgate in 2015 and is a confident affair. Well sourced steak...

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...

The Alchemist Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

Part of the chain, The Alchemist in Liverpool is settled into a Grade II-listed building in the heart of the...

Skating at Graystone Action Sports in Salford

Graystone

Salford Activities

Graystone is Salford’s action-packed home of high-adrenaline sports. Skateboarding is the big deal here. Practise on all sorts of drops,...

Small plates at O'Neill's, Manchester Printworks

O’Neill’s Printworks

Manchester City Centre Bars

O'Neill's in the Printworks is a lively bar (some would say too lively) that's known as a decent place to...

Sixes Social Cricket | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

Sixes Social Cricket opened in the Corn Exchange in August 2021, bringing a different kind of sporting experience to Manchester...

The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester

The Bay Horse

Northern Quarter Restaurant - British

The Bay Horse Tavern, to give it its full moniker, describes itself as "a modern take on a Victorian Pub"...

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

Yu Copster Green

Copster Green Restaurant - Chinese

Yu Copster Green (formerly known as Yu and You) is an established, upscale Chinese restaurant serving British favourites and house...

The Baltic Hotel

Baltic Triangle Hotel

The Baltic Hotel is definitely a party hotel. It may not be right in the centre of things but its...

Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre

Society

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch...

Inside Overdraught MCR, a craft ale bar in Levenshulme, Manchester housed in a former bank.

Overdraught MCR

Levenshulme Restaurant - American

Overdraught MCR opened its doors in October 2019 with a name that's a cheeky nod to the previous incarnation of...

The Palm Court Bar at Seaforth, the restaurant in the Municipal Hotel Liverpool

Seaforth

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

The Seaforth restaurant sits in the grand central atrium of the Municipal Hotel on Dale Street. Once the headquarters for...

California Coffee and Wine Altrincham Tacos

California Coffee & Wine

Altrincham Restaurant - American

California Coffee & Wine is a ray of SoCal sunshine. The Cal-Mex flavours served up are fresher and sharper than...

The exterior of Night and Day Cafe in the NQ Manchester.

Night & Day Cafe

Northern Quarter Bars

Without Night & Day Cafe, the Northern Quarter as we know it probably wouldn't exist. It was places like this,...

Rustik

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Open since 2015, this independent café-bar on Burton Road in the heart of West Didsbury has a cheeky Irish slant...

Native offers serviced apartments in Manchester's Ducie Street Warehouse

Native

Piccadilly Hotel

Native offers the service and style of a boutique hotel but the freedom and space of an apartment. This cool...

A drag queen dressed in pink at Bar Pop

Bar Pop

Gay Village Bars

Open until 3am throughout the week (an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays), Bar Pop is the place to add...

The Scandic-Inspired interior of One Percent Forest - a cafe bar in Woolton Village, Liverpool.

One Percent Forest

Woolton Village Restaurant - Coffee

Sandwiched between an estate agent and a solicitor’s office, cafe-bar One Percent Forest could easily go unnoticed, were it not...

A dessert served at Riva restaurant and bar in Hale, Greater Manchester

Riva

Hale Restaurant - Modern British

Bringing new life to Hale village is relaxed restaurant and bar Riva, which cleverly scoops up trade from morning till...

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...

Huge prawns at TAPA in Bollington

TAPA

Bollington Restaurant - Global

TAPA is a small plates restaurant and bar. Don’t be confused by the name; the menu may be inspired by...

Steak from Tender Cow at Mackie Mayor, a food hall in Manchester.

Mackie Mayor

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Mackie Mayor is a cosmopolitan food hall located in an 1858 Grade II listed market building on the edge of...

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...

The private dining room at The Blues Kitchen

The Blues Kitchen Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Blues Kitchen Manchester is the first opening outside the capital for Columbo Group, which also owns the Jazz Cafe...

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...

Street View Outdoor Seating at All The Shapes Prestwich

All The Shapes

Prestwich Restaurant - Bar

All The Shapes has that relaxed café-bar, all-day-eatery thing nailed. It’s the sort of place where you feel equally comfortable...

A steak and egg dish from Tallow at New Century in Manchester

Tallow | New Century

Green Quarter

Tallow at New Century is the brainchild of Tom Lowe, a classically trained chef from East London who decided to...

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...

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...

Common Ground in Altrincham is an artisan cafe serving specialty coffee, brunch and lunch

Common Ground

Altrincham Restaurant - European

An artisan tea and coffee house for people who know the difference between Aeropress, Batch Brew and V60, and no,...

Pizza and chicken at roxy ballroom manchester deansgate

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

One of two Roxy Ball Room venues in Manchester, the Deansgate bar is an ideal "adult playground" perfect for parties....

Dishes from The Florist, Liverpool.

The Florist

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Located just off the Georgian Quarter on Hardman Street, The Florist is a bright and airy bar and restaurant adorned...

Interior at The Oriel Bar in Liverpool

The Oriel Bar

Liverpool City Centre Bars

The Oriel Bar might be the only place in Liverpool where you can get a beard trim and a round...

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,...

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester's iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back...

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.

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...

Evening aerial view of Aviva Studios, Factory International, an arts venue in Manchester

Aviva Studios, Factory International

Manchester City Centre Arts Venues

Aviva Studios is the new home of Factory International, the producers of Manchester International Festival. The impressive building was conceived...

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 dish served at Owen's Kitchen and Bar in Urmston, Trafford.

Owen’s Kitchen and Bar

Urmston Restaurant - Global

2023 new opening Owen’s Kitchen and Bar has fast become part of the furniture in Urmston, almost like it was...

The lounge area at CitySuites II aparthotel

CitySuites II

Blackfriars Hotel

Topped by the super-luxe Supersuites penthouse, CitySuites II has a number of options for high-end city centre stays. It offers...

Cumbrian Herdwick with merguez, asparagus and morel at The Pentonbridge Inn.

Pentonbridge Inn

Cumbria Restaurant - British

Pentonbridge Inn is a former coaching inn in the rolling countryside of North Cumbria, near the Scottish Borders. If that...

One of the dishes served at Vice & Virtue: A Confidential Guides recommended restaurant in Leeds city centre

Vice & Virtue

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

At Vice & Virtue, cocktails are a savvy delight, the tasting menus are a sprightly revelation - and it would...

Outside dining at Porta Altrincham - a tapas restaurant recommended by Confidential Guides

Porta Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - European

Spanish small plates and a menu that really delivers. Porta Altrincham might be another tapas place - but this one...

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 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...

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...

Afternoon tea at Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester

Richmond Tea Rooms

Gay Village Restaurant - British

If this isn't an excuse to pop on your best frock (or bib'n'tucker), we don't know what is. An award-winning...

The Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant

The Didsbury pub is a hidden gem in the heart of South Manchester. With its picturesque location on the former...

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...

Freshly baked doughnuts made in-house at Blanchflower in Altrincham

Blanchflower

Altrincham Restaurant - British

'Create, don't curate' is Blanchflower's motto and to that end, much of their produce is made in-house.

Country house hotel Holbeck Ghyll has stunning views over Windermere in the Lake District.

Holbeck Ghyll

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Situated in the hills above Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll could easily claim a place in a list of the most romantic...

A sunny spot outside Iconic Bar in the Village, Manchester

Iconic

Gay Village Bars

Iconic Bar is a hidden gem of the Gay Village. It's a dinky little place, tucked away from the hustle...

The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Mobberley Restaurant - British

Multi-award-winning pub in the Cheshire countryside. Winner of countless ‘best pub’ awards, and established in 1708, the latest incarnation of...

Tempest on Tithebarn

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Global

Tempest on Tithebarn is a social space filling your days from early-morning Neighbourhood Coffee and freshly baked pastries and cakes...

The swimming pool at Pace Health Club and Nu Spa in the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Manchester city centre.

Pace Health Club & Nu Spa

Green Quarter Spas

The Pace Health Club & Nu Spa sits inside the Park Inn by Radisson hotel, on the edge of the city...

Exterior of Ex Directory, a bar in Liverpool

Ex Directory

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Defunct red phone boxes are always being re-purposed as mini libraries, homes for defibrillators, or, in this case, an entrance...

Fab Cafe Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Is it really a drunken night out in Manchester if you don't (at least consider) heading to Fab Cafe? Or...

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

The sixth Bread Street (not counting Dubai, China and Singapore) has arrived in Liverpool, but it's not all sandwiches and...

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...

A table set for dinner at Instagrammer's paradise Tattu restaurant in Manchester, Spinningfields

Tattu Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - Chinese

Located in the heart of the Spinningfields business district, Tattu Manchester is an Instagrammer’s dream. Think penumbral lighting, body art-inspired...

Dovedale Towers

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

Freddie Mercury lived here for a year, in what is now the events space, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney...

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...

Inside Behind Closed Doors, a quirky bar in Manchester, the NQ.

Behind Closed Doors

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as a 'debauched cocktail bar' in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Behind Closed Doors aims to bring 'sex,...

Cocktail served at the Jane Eyre in Manchester

The Jane Eyre

Ancoats Restaurant - British

The Jane Eyre is a self-styled ‘neighbourhood bar’ offering seasonal food, classic cocktails and local beers. Presided over by Eyre siblings...

A cocktail at Fitzgeralds, a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Fitzgerald

Northern Quarter Bars

The Fitzgerald, appropriately enough, channels those Great Gatsby vibes with its vintage stylings, and its 1920s glassware sets off the...

The Cow Hollow Hotel, a boutique hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Cow Hollow Hotel

Northern Quarter Hotel

If you like to stay somewhere that reflects the character and history of the city you’re in, Cow Hollow Hotel...

A studio room at Wilde, an aparthotel in St Peter's Square, Manchester

Wilde Aparthotels Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Our tip when booking a stay at Wilde Aparthotels Manchester is to opt for a room with a view -...

Crazy Pedro’s Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

Describing itself as a full-time party bar and part-time pizza parlour, Crazy Pedro’s is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen...

The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester at night

The Bridgewater Hall

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

The Bridgewater Hall is where Manchester gets serious about music. The international concert venue was built in the 1990s and...

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...

Battered squid rings from Hip Hop Chip Shop, the maverick fish and chip restaurant in Ancoats

The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Ancoats Restaurant - British

A National Fish & Chip Award winner, the Manchester street food heroes opened up their first bricks 'n' mortar outlet...

A girl holding a cocktail at Alcotraz, Manchester

Alcotraz Manchester: Cell Block Three-Four

Deansgate Bars

Probably one of the most unique cocktail bars in Manchester, Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four is a speakeasy 'prison' that requires you...

Taps at Pelican, a craft beer bar in Manchester

Pelican

Northern Quarter Bars

Pelican is a bar from the team behind Squawk Brewing Company, they of the beautiful ornithological cans of craft ale....

The bar at Lane 7, Deansgate

Lane 7 Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Activities

Lane 7 Deansgate has bowling lanes as well as more than seven other things to do while you’re there and...

The Caledonia

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Vegan

If it's a knees-up you're after, and eating is an aside, then The Caledonia has you fixed, offering live music...

Axe throwing at Boom Battle Bar

Boom Battle Bar Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Just a stone's throw away from Liverpool Lime Street station, Boom Battle Bar takes group gaming to the next level....

Salt Dog Slims Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Salt Dog Slims, new over from Liverpool,...

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....

Girl swimming at The Edwardian Manchester, a Radisson Collection Hotel

The Spa & Gym at The Edwardian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Spas

If you're looking for high-end luxury from your spa day or gym membership, The Spa & Gym at The Edwardian...

Man gaming at Point Blank Shooting

Point Blank Shooting Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Activities

Point Blank Shooting is a virtual shooting range and bar. Designed to see if you're a sharpshooter, the many levels...

A classic negroni at cocktail bar Henry C in Chorlton, Manchester.

Henry C

Chorlton Restaurant - American

Serving up city centre-standard cocktails in the suburbs, Henry C is a cosy neighbourhood bar in Chorlton with a heavy...

Bartender at Little Hardware, a bar in Liverpool

Little Hardware

Ropewalks Bars

Little Hardware takes its name from the not-so-little Rapid Hardware store that used to take up a sizeable chunk of...

The Oracle

Ropewalks Bars

Even the entrance to The Oracle has an air of mystery: look for the anonymous grey door to the left...

The Firehouse

Ancoats Restaurant - Global

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

BOX Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Bars

BOX is all about big-screen sports, booze (including two-for-one cocktails) and blokes singing – "bandeoke" is a thing and it...

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...

Take a look at the premium city view apartments at CitySuites I Iooking across to Manchester Cathedral

CitySuites I

Blackfriars Hotel

CitySuites I is a sleek modern aparthotel that gives you the facilities of a high-end hotel combined with your own...

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

Lunya

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

World-class Catalan deli and restaurant Lunya is a wonderful place to hang out, with tapas and full-bodied meals on offer....

Bar at North Taproom: Circle Square in Manchester

North Taproom: Circle Square

Oxford Road Bars

North Taproom: Circle Square is the Manchester outpost of the beloved North Bar in Leeds. It specialises in craft beer...

Wood & Company

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

With its disguised entrance and back street location, Wood & Co has the feel of a secret speakeasy only frequented...

Fazenda Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - South American

Fazenda loosely translates from Portuguese into "big farm", but think more luxe surroundings than your average barn: dark corners and...

Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Northern Quarter Bars

Tariff & Dale is a Northern Quarter institution – one of the first to colonize the Rochdale Canal frontier, bringing...

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...

The private dining room at Dash

Dash Restaurant & Bar

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Pan Asian

You don't just walk up the steps to this glam go-to in the city centre, all glitzy chandeliers and luxe...

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

Maray Bold St

Ropewalks Restaurant - European

Serving irresistible Middle Eastern fusion small plates, Maray is a slow-burning smash hit. Inspired by (and named after) the Middle-Eastern...

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....

The bar at Piccolino Grande Wilmslow, an Italian restaurant in Cheshire

Piccolino Grande Wilmslow

Wilmslow Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Grande Wilmslow is an elegant and glamorous restaurant with an airy open-plan design, a Tuscan terrace and luxurious furnishings....

Two bottles of red wine on display at Wine & Wallop, a wine bar in West Didsbury, Manchester

Wine & Wallop Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Conveniently located opposite West Didsbury Metrolink station, Wine & Wallop Didsbury is a cosy retreat where you can sample an...

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...

Jillian Jacqueline playing O2 Manchester Ritz

O2 Ritz Manchester

Oxford Road Music Venues

The O2 Manchester Ritz on Whitworth Street has seen better days but it still knocks most venues out of the...

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...

Common Northern Quarter

Common

Northern Quarter Bars

One of the Northern Quarter's original hipster hangouts, Common – bar, eatery, coffee spot – has been at its Edge...

16A seafood dish from Mana, Manchester.

Mana

Ancoats Restaurant - Modern British

Michelin-starred restaurant Mana is the brainchild of chef patron Simon Martin who mastered his trade at the renowned Noma in...

The Art of Tea, a cafe-bar and secondhand bookshop in Didsbury, Manchester.

The Art of Tea

Didsbury Cafes

Independent coffee shop and bar The Art of Tea offers more than just good quality loose leaf tea. It's situated...

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...

10Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire

Freemasons at Wiswell

Clitheroe Restaurant - British

Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire's Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and...

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...

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. 

Meal at Fenix, a restaurant in Manchester

Fenix Restaurant and Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

Fenix is a simple, rustic Greek restaurant as re-imagined by World of Interiors. The palette of creams and neutral stones...

Christmas beers at Carringtons, a bottle shop in Chorlton

Carringtons

Chorlton Bottle Shop

According to Decanter, ‘Manchester is lucky to have Carringtons’ and in the world of wine that counts for a lot....

Lamb rump with potato rosti and broad beans served at 10 Tib Lane, a French restaurant in Manchester city centre.

10 Tib Lane

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - French

10 Tib Lane is one of the brave new openings of summer 2021; a time when securing staff and supplies,...

A cookie and ice cream stack from Radcliffe Market, Greater Manchester.

Radcliffe Market

Radcliffe Restaurant - Global

Every town would benefit from its own version of Radcliffe Market. Owned and managed by the local community, it's a...

A pint of Guinness at Kennedy's.

Kennedy’s

Altrincham Bars

Kennedy's is a characterful Irish bar located in the heart of Altrincham, just opposite the market. 

A tableful of dishes at Indian Tiffin Room Leeds

Indian Tiffin Room Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Indian Tiffin Room Leeds is part of a small but well-respected Northern chain that transforms the dated curry house experience...

Mount Street Dining Room & Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Set inside Manchester's iconic Midland Hotel, Mount Street Dining Room & Bar is a chic space with an all day menu...

Air hockey at ArCains Liverpool

ArCains

Baltic Triangle Activities

Part of the Cains Brewery Complex, ArCains is a gamers paradise. Whether it's date night, a stag or hen do,...

The bar at Einstein Bier Haus in Liverpool

Einstein Bier Haus

Ropewalks Bars

If it's dancing, drinking and Deutschland-inspired plates of schnitzel and wurst you're after, you've come to the right place. Described...

Dance Dance Revolution at NQ64, Manchester

NQ64

Northern Quarter Activities

Return to your youth and relieve the stresses and strains of adult life by whacking baddies Double Dragon-style or jumping...

Sushi from Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, Manchester.

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay is the first restaurant that the famed TV chef has decided to open in the...

Grand bar area at The Municipal Hotel - MGallery

The Municipal Hotel – MGallery

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

The Municipal Hotel – MGallery is one of Liverpool’s few 5* hotels and as such, it exudes luxury in every...

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...

Albert Hall, an iconic gig venue in Manchester.

Albert Hall

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

The upper floor of this Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel lay empty for 40 years before Mission Mars bought the...

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...

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...

Christmas at Flight Club, Manchester.

Flight Club Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

Flight Club is a hit in London, Birmingham and Manchester, with its primary aim (sorry) to offer a contemporary take...

Modern Indian dining at KIRA by Sunitha, a restaurant in Cheshire

KIRA by Sunitha

Bollington Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

KIRA by Sunitha is a modern Indian bistro serving small plates and sharing platters which are bursting with colour and...

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...

The Black Keys perform at Co-op Live - the new indoor arena in Manchester.

Co-op Live

Beswick Music Venues

After a few false starts, Co-op Live, the UK's biggest indoor arena, opened on 14 May 2024. With a 23,500...

A Clockwork Orange-themed drink from Blockbusters NQ, Manchester

Blockbusters NQ

Northern Quarter Bars

If you're over the age of 25, chances are you probably remember visiting a video rental store as a kid....

Blue velvet cocktail chairs in a bedroom at Lock and Key Hotel - Duke Street in Liverpool

Lock and Key Hotel – Duke Street

Ropewalks Hotel

Lock and Key Hotel - Duke Street has scooped up various awards and accolades since it opened in 2017 thanks...

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...

The restaurant at the Hard Days Night Hotel, a Beatles themed hotel in Liverpool.

Hard Days Night Hotel

Cavern Quarter Hotel

The concept might seem a bit naff but to be honest there are no hard days or nights at this...

Pasta dish from Ortica Plant Based Italian in Urmston, Greater Manchester

Ortica Italian Plant Based

Urmston Restaurant - Italian

Ortica brings the south of Italy to the south of Manchester, minus the meat and dairy. Their 100% vegan menu is...

The Cajun salmon jambalaya at The Tavern Co - a Tex Mex bar and restaurant on Smithdown Road, Liverpool

The Tavern Co

Mossley Hill Restaurant - American

A stalwart of Smithdown Road, The Tavern Co is a casual dining place with a reputation for student and family-friendly...

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...

Sign for Wild by Ply at New Century shopfront

Wild by Ply | New Century

Green Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Located in Manchester food hall, New Century, Wild by Ply serves up a range of hand-stretched wildflour pizzas with a...

Cocktails at BoBo in Liverpool

BoBo

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Inspired by summer evenings in the Iberian Peninsula, BoBo brings Spanish and Portuguese drinking and dining culture to Liverpool's city...

Inside Bacaro, the Liverpool bar that serves Venetian-inspired small plates

Bacaro

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - European

Like the backstreet Venetian tapas places which inspired this central Liverpool bar and restaurant, there is something about Salt House...

Crazy Pedro's NQ

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Bars

This self-styled party bar is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen margaritas to ice cold beers. It's also hot on...

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...

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...

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...

Outside the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

Irish World Heritage Centre

Cheetham Hill Music Venues

The Irish World Heritage Centre (IWHC) in Cheetham Hill is a social and cultural hub for Manchester’s Irish community.

The exterior of Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

The Jenga-shaped Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly sits on the Northern Quarter - Ancoats - Piccadilly border, making it well located...

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...

Bottles and baubles at Salut Wines, a bar and bottle shop in Manchester city centre

Salut Wines

Manchester City Centre Bottle Shop

Salut Wines is a proper wine bar of the sort you don’t see very often in the UK. There are...

Cocktail served at The Washhouse - a bar in Manchester city centre

The Washhouse

Manchester City Centre Bars

Tucked away on Shudehill is the blink-and-you'll-miss-it bar, The Washhouse. And, as it's name suggests, it's not what you'd typically...

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...

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 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.

Covino

Chester Restaurant - Modern British

Covino Restaurant and Wine Bar is a small, owner-run establishment located in the heart of Chester.

The Deaf Institute, a gig venue and bar in Manchester

The Deaf Institute

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

***Bar and kitchen currently closed***

Canteena Bar & Grill

Sale Restaurant - Modern British

Based in the unit of Stanley Square that was once home to Sale Food Hall, Canteena Bar & Grill is...

The entrance to the New Union Hotel

New Union Hotel

Gay Village Hotel

New Union Hotel is a show bar and place to stay on the city's vibrant Canal Street. It's also got...

One of the crazy golf courses at Junkyard Golf in Manchester

Junkyard Golf Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Junkyard Golf is Manchester’s original crazy crazy golf. There are imitators and imposters but this was the city’s first day-glo,...

New Century

Green Quarter Restaurant - Global

Opened in the summer of 2022 after a hefty refurb which transformed the tired-looking New Century Hall of the mid-twentieth...

Dear Sailor

Spinningfields Bars

Dear Sailor is a reclusive bar but once inside, it’s no shrinking violet. It’s the sort of place where you...

The Old Bell Inn

Oldham Restaurant - Global

This striking 18th-century coaching house overlooking the moors offers traditional charm and 18 bedrooms, while the brasserie restaurant has daily...

Zara’s Hub

Childwall Restaurant - Global

Quaintly calling itself a "wine bar" on Instagram, Zara's Hub actually dabbles in a bit of everything, from a classic...

Tease Me cocktail at Guilty by Association, a bar in Manchester

Guilty by Association

Northern Quarter Bars

Guilty by Association is a late-night basement bar on Stevenson Square with fun cocktails, DJs and dancing.

Keiths Food & Wine Bar

Lark Lane Restaurant - Global

Keiths Food & Wine Bar is something of an institution, having held court on trendy Lark Lane for well in...

Golf clubs at On The Green

On The Green

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, On The Green is a laid-back virtual golfing experience accommodating both those...

Clowns at Farmageddon, a Halloween scare experience near Ormskirk

Farmageddon

Ormskirk Activities

Farmageddon is the big one. Every year it’s a sellout, welcoming thousands of willing lambs to the slaughter. There are...

Cocktail at 81 Ltd, a bar in Liverpool

81 Ltd

Chinatown (Liverpool) Bars

Some bars claim to be secret speakeasies even when they've got a big sign outside advertising cocktails. Shhh... don't tell...

Edinburgh Castle Manchester Table

Edinburgh Castle

Ancoats Restaurant - British

The Edinburgh Castle is a fortification for fortifying yourself, full of hearty British fare. This defence against hunger has two...

The exterior of Isca in Levenshulme, which specialises in natural wines and organic food

Isca

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

Isca is a natural wine bar and shop on an unassuming street in Levenshulme, brought to you by Caroline Dubois (sommelier...

Prestwich Social

Prestwich Restaurant - British

Prestwich Social is an all-day suburban cafe bar on Fairfax Road in Prestwich that proudly serves ethically and locally sourced...

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...

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,...

One of the dishes served on the crowd-pleasing menu at Didsbury institution Folk Cafe Bar.

Folk Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Folk is a bit of an institution in Didsbury, having been on the scene for over a decade now. On...

SOUP, a bar and gig venue in Manchester's Northern Quarter

SOUP

Northern Quarter Bars

SOUP is the place for leftfield live music in a lo-fi but friendly setting. It’s not fancy but SOUP (formerly...

A plate of sashimi at Peter Street Kitchen - the Japanese and Mexican restaurant in the former Free Trade Hall in Manchester

Peter Street Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

Specialising in two distinct, contemporary cuisines, Mexican and Japanese, Peter Street Kitchen's punchy small plates ooze luxury. There are several...

Massage at Titanic Spa near Huddersfield

Titanic Spa

Huddersfield Spas

Titanic Spa is the UK’s first eco spa with numerous awards including Marie Claire’s Best Sustainable Spa, World Luxury Spa...

Point Blank Shooting Manchester

Point Blank Shooting Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Point Blank Shooting is an interactive virtual shooting range designed to test yours and your teammates quick-draw skills.

Escape Hunt | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

The ultimate rainy day activity (and Manchester certainly has its wealth of those), Escape Hunt at the Corn Exchange places...

chakalaka, northern quarter, manchester

Chakalaka

Northern Quarter Restaurant - African

Chakalaka is a South African bar and kitchen in Manchester’s NQ. The food is relaxed, offering everything from quick snacks...

Cocktails at Disorder bar, Manchester.

Disorder

Northern Quarter Bars

Even if you're a massive Joy Division fan, a themed bar sounds a bit naff. Fortunately, Disorder takes itself too...

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...

Wine and Wallop Prestwich

Prestwich Restaurant - Global

Coffee, cake, cocktail hour – whatever you're after, the Wine and Wallop bar and cafe stable can help, and with...

The Yew Tree Inn Anglezarke

Chorley Restaurant - British

The Yew Tree Inn is a quaint pub at Anglezarke in the Lancashire countryside The menu focuses on seasonal and...

A scene from hit theatre show Six which showed at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2023.

Liverpool Playhouse

Liverpool City Centre Theatres

Together with its partner, the Everyman, The Playhouse provides a home for quality theatre in Liverpool. Expect to see work...

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...

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...

The Bookbinder

Lark Lane Restaurant - British

As a "neighbourhood pub, wine bar and eatery" The Bookbinder manages to straddle three quite different roles. You'll find well-kept...

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...

cork of the north heaton moor restaurant

Cork of the North Heaton Moor

Heaton Moor Restaurant - Global

You can probably tell from the pun-tastic name that you don’t need to be a serious grape connoisseur to feel...

La Parrilla Bold Street

Ropewalks Restaurant - Mexican

With its mariachi bands, sombreros, and cantina-style atmosphere La Parrilla Bold Street is Mexico-by-numbers - but done with such cheerful...

Roxy Ball Room Rainford Square

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Roxy Ball Room is the home of booze and ball games, but there are pizzas and other street food faves...

The Waggon at Birtle

Birtle Restaurant - British

Lovingly restored from, by all accounts, a wreck of a pub, The Waggon at Birtle now finds itself listed in...

Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Describing itself as a full-time party bar and part-time pizza parlour, Crazy Pedro’s is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen...

The Anthologist Restaurant on St Peter's Square Manchester

The Anthologist

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Anthologist fits well into the cosmopolitan city vibe of the regenerated St Peter’s Square. When you step off the...

Petit Cafe du Coin

Ropewalks Restaurant - French

Grab your beret and your polo neck, we're going incognito in a French-inspired cafe with jazz club aspirations. The little...

The Saddleworth Hotel

Oldham Restaurant - Italian

Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships, vow renewal and baby naming, and with plenty of room for a proper...

The Blackburne Arms

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Global

Lovingly renovated by born-and-bred Scouser Stephen Sinclair – formerly of Marco Pierre White's parish – and his wife Lina, the...

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...

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 Goods In

Prestwich Restaurant

Just across the road from the Heaton Park tram stop is The Goods In, a newbie cafe-bar from the team...

Exterior of the Strawbury Duck, a traditional country pub with rooms in Entwistle, Bolton

The Strawbury Duck

Bolton Restaurant - British

The Strawbury Duck is a traditional country pub near Entwistle reservoir with a solid reputation amongst Boltonians for its home-cooked...

Cooper Hall in the NQ, Manchester is a big European style beer hall, great for a night out with a group.

Cooper Hall

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Bar

Cooper Hall is a European-style beer hall below Sevendale House in the Northern Quarter. The offering is simple: tank beer...

Mezze restaurant Holmfirth Spanakopita

Mezze Bar & Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

Inspired by the authentic mezze of Greece and Turkey and elsewhere within a sniff of the Mediterranean Sea, Mezze Bar...

Tables with a sun parasol set up for outside drinking at The Talleyrand bar in Levenshulme, Manchester

The Talleyrand

Levenshulme Restaurant

Open since summer 2018, The Talleyrand is an arty and eccentric little bar with a packed programme of live music,...

One of the seafood dishes served at Justino's - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar in Aigburth, Liverpool.

Justino’s

Aigburth Restaurant - Italian

Taking the corner spot once occupied by Et Alia is Justino’s - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar headed up...

Cane & Grain Northern Quarter Bar

Cane & Grain

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

Don't mind getting your hands dirty in the name of filling your belly? There's plenty to pick up and run...

Indoor seating at Bombay Brew Indian Restaurant Rochdale

Bombay Brew

Rochdale Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Bombay Brew brings together beer and Indian street food. Bundobust may be the kings of this combo but unlike its...

The Banyan Tree Restaurant Manchester

The Banyan Tree

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Situated on the Castlefield-Hulme border, The Banyan Tree is a neighbourhood eatery that’s much appreciated by the people living in...

Wine is served by the bottle and the glass at Kerb - a natural wine bar and shop in Ancoats, Manchester.

Kerb

Ancoats Restaurant - Bar

Ancoats gem Kerb is a natural wine shop and occasional bar from the founders of Takk Coffee and OL Bar...

Cakes on display on the counter at Nordie Bar in Levenshulme.

Nordie Bar

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Nordie Bar is a dog-friendly neighbourhood bar with a focus on coffee, craft beer and cocktails.

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...

One of the fine-dining dishes served at James Martin in Manchester city centre.

James Martin

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

A fine-dining restaurant inside a casino with a celeb chef name above the door? Alarm bells. Yes, James Martin has...

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...

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...

Black Barrel

Restaurant - Global

Describing itself as an "unorthodox rum specialist and finger food bar", Black Barrel is a stripped floors, exposed brickwork, red...

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’...

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...

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...

Mary and Archie Chorlton Brunch

Mary & Archie Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

With colourful decor, eclectic knick-knacks, plenty of potted plants and a bit of a Seventies vibe, Mary & Archie does...

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 Crown & Conspirator

Bramhall Restaurant - Global

South Bramhall's Crown & Conspirator is a Cheshire Pub Co gaff, so you're promised a warm welcome, an honest pint,...

Owens Restaurant and Bar Ramsbottom Manchester Roast Dinner

Owens Restaurant & Bar

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

Owens Restaurant & Bar is a popular place in Ramsbottom, just opposite the train station and handy for a family...

Tacos on the menu at Southside Tequila Joint Withington

Southside Tequila Joint

Withington Restaurant - Mexican

You know those fancy places where there's a flight of drinks matched to each food course? Well, here at Southside,...

Smoke & Mirrors

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

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

holcombe tap ramsbottom

Holcombe Tap

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Global

Holcombe Tap Bar & Kitchen, as it sometimes goes by the name of, is all about small plates. It's also...

La Parrilla Waterloo

Waterloo Restaurant - Mexican

The original venue from this Liverpudlian mini-chain, La Parrilla Waterloo Road surprised us all when it opened on South Road...

Spanish Caravan Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Spanish

Following in its original Prescot footsteps, Spanish Caravan in Ropewalks is a Mediterranean bar that offers chilled days and wild...

Cantina

Leeds Restaurant - Vegan

Part of The Old Red Bus Station, an artsy ents space and late-night bar run by creative collective Champion Up...

Luck Lust Liquor and Burn Manchester Tacos

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Mexican

"Tacos, dreamos and burrito supremos", that's what the Northern Quarter's Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn is peddling in its dive...

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....

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...

cosy nook in 53two manchester cafe bar

53two

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

With a gentle gradient throughout and a lowered bar, 53two is one of Manchester's most inclusive and accessible venues. Half...

interior at the metropolitan restaurant didsbury manchester

The Metropolitan

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Cavernous yet cosy with its open fires, separate book-lined rooms and lots of leather sofas, wood panelling, stained glass, pot...

Harvey Nichols Second Floor Deli Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

Hutch up near one of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the new Second Floor Deli Bar and take in the views...

Ropes & Twines

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

With a nod to its Ropewalks neighbourhood, Ropes & Twines is a speciality coffee shop, wine bar and even art...

The Rivals, Manchester City Centre

The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

When The Rivals opened in 2017, it was the first time in a long time that The Royal Exchange Theatre...

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...

Black Spot Pizza Restaurant Stockport

Black Spot Pizza

Stockport Restaurant - Italian

There is no shortage of floppy, fold-it-up Neapolitan pizza in Manchester these days. Like the bee symbol, it has descended...

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...

Pull Up

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Caribbean

Caribbean vibes and Caribbean flavours are big at Pull Up at the top end of the Northern Quarter, where atmosphere...

The colourful interior of Station Hop bar on Stockport Road in Levenshulme, Manchester

Station Hop

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

Another CAMRA award-winning boozer on Stockport Road to add to Levenshulme’s enviable drinking scene. Station Hop is a gorgeous, colourful...

Gusto Restaurant Didsbury

Gusto Italian Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Didsbury may be a mid-market chain but it certainly is very appealing. The interior is light and airy, but...

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...

Guests enjoying a sunny evening in Levenshulme at The Klondyke Club social club

The Klondyke Club

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

No round-up of Levenshulme’s social spaces could exclude The Klondyke Club AKA The Levenshulme Bowling and Social Club. This century-old...

One of the dishes served at Andrew Nutter's gastropub Bird At Birtle, on the edge of the Lancashire moors

Bird At Birtle

Birtle Restaurant - British

The big, first-floor window at the rear of Andrew Nutter's Bird At Birtle frames the moors – and this gastropub,...

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...

The Angel Pub Manchester

The Angel

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

We had an internal debate about whether to class The Angel on Rochdale Road as part of the city centre,...

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...

Fress, Manchester, Northern Quarter, Brunch

Fress

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Established in 2017 in what was then the outer reaches of the Northern Quarter, Fress remains resplendent in chic black-and-white tiles...

Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi

Manahatta Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Manahatta is a New York-inspired cocktail bar on Deansgate. It’s well known for its party atmosphere, great drinks and bottomless...

Afternoon tea served at Recardo's in Hale - a cafe by day and bar and club by night.

Recardo’s

Hale Restaurant - Bar

Patisserie by day, bar and club by night, Recardo’s landed on Hale’s Ashley Road in summer 2021. It’s a boujee-style...

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