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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 Hinchcliffe Arms - a country pub in Hebden Bridge led by chef Robert Owen Brown

The Hinchliffe Arms

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

The Hinchliffe Arms delivers full-on British food with flair and imagination. From the kitchen of St. John in London, Ruairidh...

The Three Fishes - Restaurant Exterior

The Three Fishes

Lancashire Restaurant - British

The Three Fishes at Mitton is in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Expect an immaculate whitewashed...

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...

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...

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...

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

This neon-lit, old-school tiled chippy on Cross Street is owned by local couple Trisha and Marcus and has plenty of...

Henrock

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Opened in 2019, Henrock is part of Simon Rogan’s family of fine dining restaurants - set within Linthwaite House Hotel...

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global

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

The 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...

Tables set up outside the bright yellow Chippy on Burton Road - one of the classiest fish and chip shops in Greater Manchester

The Chippy on Burton Road

Didsbury Restaurant - British

The Chippy on Burton Road might be the classiest fish and chip shop in Greater Manchester. Alongside their sustainably sourced...

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...

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...

Mr Thomas's Chop House

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,...

The exterior of Trof, a restaurant and bar in the Northern Quarter.

Trof

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Trof was the OG Mission Mars bar in Manchester and it’s still got ‘top Manchester night out’ written all over...

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...

Carnival | Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

A real celebration of open fire cooking, Carnival happens around a Chef’s table where all diners have a view of...

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

One 88 Kitchen & Bar

Whitefield Restaurant - British

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

The Ugly Duckling

Bowdon Restaurant - Modern British

When Nick Theaker took over The Stamford pub in Altrincham’s “posh bit”, Bowdon, he had a big job on his...

Asparagus as served at The Swine That Dines - an inventive restaurant in Leeds city centre

The Swine That Dines

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

Adventurous cooking at one of Leeds' most respected restaurants. The Swine That Dines is driven by a passion for extremely...

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...

Wandering Palate

Eccles Restaurant - British

"Purveyors of fine wine and indulgencies" is how Emma and Will Evans describe their place and, as a neighbourhood deli,...

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...

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

The White Swan at Fence

Lancashire Restaurant - British

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

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

Freemasons at Wiswell

Lancashire Restaurant - British

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

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

The Cartford Inn

Lancashire Restaurant - British

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

The sunspot terrace at The Refinery - a bustling bar and restaurant on Liverpool's Hope Street.

The Refinery

Merseyside Restaurant - British

With Moroccan tiling, concrete flooring and filament lighting, The Refinery is certainly on-trend with its decor. This chilled-out bar and...

Indian food with a Scottish slant is served Roti restaurant in Sale, Greater Manchester.

Roti Sale

Sale Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Recently name-changed from The Mall, Stanley Square (home also to the likes of Ancoats General Store's Groceries & Beer, pop-up...

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...

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 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...

The Angel at Hetton

North Yorkshire Restaurant - British

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

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

Crafthouse

West Yorkshire 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...

The Smugglers Cove

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Part of The New World Trading Company stable of eateries and drinkeries, and appropriately sited in the Albert Dock's foodie...

Battered oyster served at Hooked on the Heath, a recommended fish and chip shop in Knutsford.

Hooked on the Heath

Cheshire Restaurant - British

Hooked on the Heath is an upmarket chippy in a former public toilet block in Knutsford. Co-owner Craig Buckley has...

Clockworks

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

On the corner of Ropewalks' Wolstenholme Square, Clockworks is housed in one of the city’s oldest surviving warehouses crammed with...

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...

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...

6Modern British fine dining at Adam Reid at The French, the restaurant in the Midland Hotel, Manchester

Adam Reid at The French

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Culinary rock and roll from Simon Rogan's protege, Adam Reid. Enjoy fine-dining in Grade II Listed Victorian surrounds - with...

Siop Shop

Northern Quarter Restaurant - British

Head to this Welsh-inspired daytime cafe for "gwasanaethau coffi a thoes", or coffee and pastry services – listed on Facebook...

The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Cheshire Restaurant - British

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

Levy Market

Levenshulme Restaurant - Global

Levy Market is a bustling community market running every Saturday from March to December. It was established in 2013 with...

People dining at The Pen Factory in Liverpool: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

The Pen Factory

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

The Pen Factory specialises in the kind of Middle East-meets-Spanish creations you’ll find at Volta or The Refuge in Manchester,...

Different styles of tea strainers at Tea Hive cafe in Manchester, Chorlton.

Tea Hive

Chorlton Restaurant - British

Tea Hive is a quaint little cafe celebrating the nation's favourite cuppa, and cake, lots of cake. As you'd expect,...

The Marble Arch Pub Manchester

The Marble Arch

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The Marble Arch is a pub. George Orwell may have named his ideal (and imaginary) pub The Moon Under Water...

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,...

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

Pippin’s Corner

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

The Blackburne Arms

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

7 Steps

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

Rustling up accomplished modern-meets-traditional dishes using good-quality locally sourced ingredients while also serving local ales (as well as the mixologists'...

The Baum Rochdale

The Baum

Rochdale Restaurant - British

Situated in Rochdale’s Toad Lane conservation area, The Baum is a traditional pub that has one foot firmly in the...

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 Barn at Moor Hall michelin star

The Barn

Lancashire Restaurant - British

The restaurant is described as “a rustic setting” but despite living in the shadow of its sister, this dining experience...

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.

Sea bass ceviche as served at Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool on Brunswick Street

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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"...

Fish, chips and mushy peas from Tommy's Fish & Chip Shop in Heywood, Greater Manchester

Tommy’s Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

With regular queues out the door and an army of locals who swear by it, Tommy’s in Heywood comes fiercely...

7The exterior of Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate - the first Hawksmoor to open outside of London

Hawksmoor

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The best steakhouse in the North. Opening on Deansgate in 2015, the first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London is a...

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

Vice & Virtue

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Ma Boyles

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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...

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

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...

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

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

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

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

Sticky Walnut

Cheshire Restaurant - European

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

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

Pollen Bakery

Greater Manchester Restaurant - European

After an initial stint tucked away in an archway near Piccadilly, this airy bakery and cafe moved to a spot...

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

Alderley Edge Hotel

Cheshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

Inside Elnecot, one of the new generation of restaurants 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...

Cake at Cocoa Cabana in Didsbury, Manchester

Cocoa Cabana West Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - British

Having made a name – and a following – for itself, Burton Road's chic chocolatiers has expanded into larger premises...

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...

The bright blue exterior of The Ink in the Well, a pub and restaurant on Lark Lane in Aigburth, Liverpool

The Ink in the Well

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

You can't miss the bright blue facade of The Ink in the Well on the iconic Lark Lane. This 2021...

On the menu at Toast, Withington

Toast Withington

Withington Restaurant - British

There’s no shortage of cafes along this stretch of Wilmslow Road, but by all accounts, family-run Toast of Withington is...

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...

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

The Lime Tree

Didsbury Restaurant - British

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

No 4 Dine and Wine Manchester

No4 Dine & Wine

Didsbury Restaurant - British

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

Northern Soul Manchester Toastie

Northern Soul Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Restaurant - British

"Banging out killer eats and rare soul beats" seems to have done the trick as, where once there was one...

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

The Reliance

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

Malmo

Merseyside Restaurant - Scandi

If it's a daytime pitstop you need, head to Malmo, where all your Scandi breakfast, brunch and lunch needs will...

Figs take centre stage in this dish from Erst restaurant in Ancoats.

Erst

Ancoats Restaurant - British

"Yet more small plates in Ancoats?" we hear you cry. Well yes, but trust us, Erst is worth your attention....

Bicycles outside Inspire Cafe which is part of Levenshulme Inspire, a busy community centre housed in a former church.

Inspire Cafe

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

Inspire Cafe is an inclusive, relaxed gem of a community cafe housed in a former church in Levenshulme. It serves...

Dovedale Towers

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

The Fisherman's Table, Marple, restaurant interior

The Fisherman’s Table

Marple Restaurant - Modern British

When a fish restaurant has the local fishmonger behind it, you can bet that those scallops were sitting in their...

The Bookbinder

Merseyside Restaurant - British

As a "neighbourhood pub, wine bar and eatery" The Bookbinder manages to straddle all three quite different roles: well-kept cask...

Classic fish and chips at Fosters in Alderley Edge - eat in their cafe or order to takeaway.

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Cheshire Restaurant - British

Fosters Fish & Chips is an award-winning chippy in Alderley Edge that also has a branch in Bramhall. Expect cod...

Inside Hearth of the Ram, one of Confidential Guides' recommended places to eat in Ramsbottom.

Hearth of the Ram

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

Hearth of the Ram offers extraordinary pub food that reinvents classic local flavours. Head here for confident cooking in a...

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,...

Gallery Cafe Manchester Cakes

The Gallery Cafe

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

Off The Hook

Sale Restaurant - British

Starting out as a pop-up, as so many of the region's best-loved brands did, Off The Hook is now a...

Pieminister Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - British

Pieminister was born in Bristol in 2003, the not-so-pie-in-the-sky idea of two mates, Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon, who decided...

Northern Soul Manchester

Northern Soul Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

"Banging out killer eats and rare soul beats" seems to have done the trick as, where once there was one...

Ate Days A Week

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

If it's a pie you're after, and especially a pie with a punning name, then you've come to the right...

One of the elegant dishes served at Nova, a Modern British restaurant in Heswall, Wirral.

Nova

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

Nova is a longstanding favourite for those looking for creative fine-dining on the Wirral. Ran by husband and wife team...

On the menu at The Ivy Spinningfields, Manchester

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...

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...

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.

Chicken of Aragon pie, available at Pieminister

Pieminister Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

Pieminister was born in Bristol in 2003, the not-so-pie-in-the-sky idea of two mates, Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon, who decided...

5 Fifty Bistro

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

Pie, mash, and mushy peas with a beer at Pieminister, Northern Quarter

Pieminister Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Restaurant - British

Pieminister was born in Bristol in 2003, the not-so-pie-in-the-sky idea of two mates, Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon, who decided...

Interior of The Galloping Major Cheadle

The Galloping Major

Cheadle Restaurant - British

Three-course dining in the middle of the local park - lucky are the residents of Cheadle that they have The...

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

Hanover Street Social

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

107 Dining Room Merseyside

107 Dining Room

Merseyside Restaurant - British

As well as being located at 107 Telegraph Road, the number in 107 Dining Room's name may well refer to...

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...

A cranachan dessert served at Proost restaurant in Urmston, Greater Manchester

Proost

Urmston Restaurant - European

Husband and wife team John and Carolyn Phillips held occasional supper clubs and appeared on Channel Four’s Too Many Chefs...

19One of the dishes served at Wreckfish, a recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre

Wreckfish

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

Treehouse Cafe in Salford

Treehouse Café

Broughton Restaurant - British

Salford independent the Treehouse Cafe is the sort of picture-perfect coffee house you frequently see on Instagram but rarely stumble...

chocolate slattery manchester

Slattery

Whitefield Restaurant - British

Much like Betty’s in Harrogate, a trip to Slattery in Whitefield can be a day out in its own right....

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