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Belzan is known for cocktails and maverick small plates

Belzan

Merseyside European

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

Floral outdoor display at Sicilian NQ Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Italian

Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it's a taste...

Another Hand

Manchester City Centre British

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

Outdoor terrace seating at One 88 Kitchen & Bar in Whitefield, owned by chef-patron David Gale.

One 88 Kitchen & Bar

Whitefield British

Spot-on bistro food in the 'burbs by a steady hand is what you'll find at One 88 Kitchen & Bar....

steak frites at Bistrot Pierre Altrincham

Bistrot Pierre

Trafford French

Bistrot Pierre is one of the better mid-range chain restaurants. It’s good to support the indies but Bistrot Pierre has...

Evuna Deansgate Food and Drink

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Spanish

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

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Simon Rogan outside his neighbourhood restaurant Rogan & Co. in Cartmel, Cumbria

Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Modern British

Simon Rogan is the owner of award-laden L'Enclume, and Rogan & Co. is his more casual restaurant, just around the...

Broadley’s

West Yorkshire Global

It might be part of a mini shopping complex, but family-run Broadley's bistro has a sunny outdoor terrace for eating...

Salvi's Italian Restaurant Northern Quarter

Salvi’s Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Italian

Salvi’s NQ is the baby of what claims to be Manchester's first independent Neapolitan restaurant, and if traditional, authentic southern...

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

Oystercatcher

Manchester European

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

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

Wreckfish

Merseyside Modern British

Liverpool seems like an appropriate place for a restaurant funded by the people. Wreckfish was financed by 1,522 enthusiasts who...

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

Pippin’s Corner

Merseyside European

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

Chef's Table in Chester is the brainchild of local chef Liam McKay

Chef’s Table

Cheshire European

This independent, 30-cover restaurant in Chester is the brainchild of local chef Liam McKay. Sourcing is a priority at Chef's...

Inside Elnecot, one of the new generation of restaurants in Ancoats, Manchester.

Elnecot

Manchester City Centre European

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

No 4 Dine and Wine Manchester

No4 Dine & Wine

Manchester British

No4 Dine & Wine is a place apart. It is in Manchester but somehow not in Manchester. It is in...

Inside Greens Vegetarian restaurant in West Didsbury, owned by chef Simon Rimmer

Greens Vegetarian

Manchester Vegetarian

A stalwart of the Didsbury scene, Greens Vegetarian was way ahead of the game when they opened back in 1990....

Keiths Food & Wine Bar

Merseyside Global

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

The Welsford Bistro

Merseyside British

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

The Italian Club

Merseyside Italian

Tracing their roots back to the mountain village of Picinisco, high in the Apennines below Rome, and Puglia in the...

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

Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen

Merseyside Global

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

The Perfect Match restaurant, Sale

The Perfect Match

Trafford European

New opening The Perfect Match on the traffic-heavy A56 in Sale isn’t the easiest place to get to but it’s...

Bouchon

Merseyside French

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

One of the meat dishes served at The Lime Tree in West Didsbury: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

The Lime Tree

Manchester British

The restaurant business is a fickle beast, so the fact that The Lime Tree has been going strong now for...

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

Hanover Street Social

Merseyside Global

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

The Corn Exchange Manchester, Salvi's restaurant

Salvi’s Manchester Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Italian

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

Evuna Altrincham Paella

Evuna Altrincham

Trafford Spanish

One of four restaurants in the Evuna sisterhood, the Altrincham venue gets added atmosphere from the lively open kitchen and...

Queens

Merseyside Modern British

With simple, regularly changing menus to showcase the best seasonal ingredients available at market, you can expect carefully prepared plates...

One of the dishes served at The Reliance in Leeds city centre: A Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

The Reliance

West Yorkshire Modern British

Head to The Reliance for Modern British dishes and homemade charcuterie in a relaxed dining room and pub, with craft...

Lobster thermidor as served at La Popote restaurant in Marton near Macclesfield

La Popote

Cheshire French

This small family-owned French bistro is tucked away in pretty Marton, near Macclesfield. Heavily influenced by classical French cooking, the...

Kala Bistro Cod Loin

Kala Bistro

Manchester City Centre Modern British

Kala describes itself as a humble bistro but humility is not usually a word associated with Gary Usher, the chef...

Champagne brunch at Cote Brasserie in Manchester city centre

Côte Brasserie Manchester

Manchester City Centre French

Add a little Parisian je ne sais quoi to your day with a trip to Côte, styled on a chic...

Bistro Noir

Global

Don’t let the French name mislead you - Lark Lane’s Bistro Noir doesn’t limit its food offering to just one...

Berrington’s

Merseyside Global

One of the good things to come out of lockdown was Berrington’s - a neighbourhood bistro for Penny Lane that...

La Vina Restaurant Spanish Manchester

La Viña

Manchester City Centre Spanish

So much more than the "Bar y Tapas" promised by its signage, La Viña also offers a bistro menu, complete...

The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Cheshire British

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

Pavement cafe dining outside Bistrot Verite in Birkdale, Southport

Bistrot Verite

Merseyside French

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

5 Fifty Bistro

Merseyside European

Formerly known as Paul’s Place, 5 Fifty Bistro is a small, independent restaurant on Aigburth Road. It’s run by the...

A dish served at Trove Levenshulme - a bakery and licensed cafe recommended by Confidential Guides

Trove Levenshulme

Manchester European

Trove Levenshulme has been going strong since 2011. The main draw is its fantastic bread, which forms the basis for...

Evuna Northern Quarter Charcuterie

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Spanish

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

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

Bacaro

Merseyside European

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

Freshly baked doughnuts made in-house at Blanchflower in Altrincham

Blanchflower

Trafford British

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

Chicken musakhan on homemade taboon as served at Gladstone Barber & Bistro - a recommended place to eat in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester.

Gladstone Barber & Bistro

Tameside Middle Eastern

Nobody goes to the barbers expecting a roast dinner, or for that matter, a feast of home-style Palestinian food. Unless...

Chez Moi

Merseyside European

Family-run Chez Moi started life as a bistro specialising in "the finest French cuisine", but appears to have gone off...

Alfresco brunch at Papillon - a cafe-bar and restaurant in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter

Papillon

Merseyside Global

With its striped pink awning and corner spot on Hope Street, Papillon is one of the prettiest eating places in...

Minna

Merseyside Global

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

Bistro Pierre Liverpool

French

You'll find a little bit of France in an old warehouse building in Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter, where indie Bistro Pierre...

The Quarter

Merseyside Italian

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

Castle Street Townhouse

Merseyside Modern British

There's dining all day every day at chic Castle Street Townhouse, with breakfast and bottomless brunch choices, lunchtime and evening...

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

Sticky Walnut

Cheshire European

Located in Hoole, just outside Chester, this contemporary bistro falls under the Elite Bistros empire of chef-turned-restaurateur, Gary Usher. Having...

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

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Manchester European

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

Auberge Brasserie

Merseyside French

With its Parisian-style brasserie terrace chairs and Art Nouveau lettering, a little bit of je ne sais quoi comes to...

Neighbourhood Bistro and Bar

Merseyside Global

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

TNQ Northern Quarter, Manchester

TNQ

Northern Quarter Modern British

This unassuming, independent restaurant overlooking the historic Smithfield Fish Market is a stalwart of the Northern Quarter's dining scene. Co-owner...

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

Folk Didsbury

Manchester European

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

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

Hispi

Manchester European

Hispi is, quite simply, a great bistro. Fifth in a growing chain of restaurants conceived by Gary Usher, the concept...

Man Bites Frog Manchester Mackerel

Man Bites Frog

Manchester French

Man Bites Frog is the sort of relaxed neighbourhood bar every neighbourhood needs. It’s friendly, a bit kooky (or should...

Bistro Franc

French

The food at Bistro Franc takes its inspiration from the bistros of Paris, adds a dollop of Mediterranean flair and...

Pinion

Merseyside Modern British

Gary Usher's north western chain of Elite Bistros these days totals six of the stripped-back but still homely restaurants, including...

The unpretentious interior of Spire restaurant near Liverpool's Penny Lane.

Spire

Merseyside European

Spire, a grown-up bistro near Liverpool’s Penny Lane, is the brainchild of chef-patron and award-winning regional ‘Food Hero’ Matt Locke.

The Fat Italian Crosby

Merseyside Italian

The OG of three Fat Italians (the others are in Burscough and Ormskirk), this family-run restaurant has been around since...

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

Riva

Trafford Modern British

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

Main Course at The Fat Loaf

The Fat Loaf

Trafford Modern British

The Fat Loaf is the sort of neighbourhood restaurant every neighbourhood needs. It’s unpretentious and friendly with cooking that you...

The exterior of Mustard & Co, a neighbourhood bistro in Crosby, Merseyside.

Mustard & Co

Merseyside Global

Crosby’s Mustard & Co is a neighbourhood bistro which succeeds in being both a heartwarming huddle of community - and...

Barnacle

Merseyside Modern British

On the mezzanine at Duke Street Market clings "intimate Scouse brasserie" Barnacle, serving modern dishes and championing regional food; the...

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