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The exterior of San Carlo Manchester with its distinctive orange awning.

San Carlo Manchester

Manchester City Centre Italian

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

One of the dishes served at gastropub The Black Friar in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The Black Friar

Manchester Modern British

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

Grand Pacific Manchester

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

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

Riverside views at The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel

Salford

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

The River Restaurant

Salford Modern British

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

Bright yellow seating and red lamp shades inside La Bandera in Manchester city centre.

La Bandera

Manchester City Centre Spanish

This upmarket Spanish restaurant, tucked away just off St Ann's Square, is the definition of a hidden gem.

The striking glass pyramid that houses the entrance to Australasia in Manchester city centre

Australasia

Spinningfields Pan Asian

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

Asha's Indian Restaurant, Manchester

Asha’s

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Modern Indian restaurants come with their own USPs such as street food, home cooking and regionally-specific cuisine. Asha’s, near the...

One of the dishes served at Toast Altrincham, a Confidential Guides' recommended cafe

Toast Altrincham

Trafford Modern British

As Nigel Slater once said, 'No matter how bad things get, it's impossible not to love someone who made you...

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre European

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

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

Gusto Heswall

Merseyside Italian

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

Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester

20 Stories

Spinningfields European

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

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...

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...

Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Modern British

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

A dish served at Yang Sing - the famed Cantonese fine-dining restaurant in Manchester's China Town.

Yang Sing

Manchester City Centre Chinese

Yang Sing was one of the very first restaurants in the UK to offer Cantonese fine dining. Innovative chef Harry...

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

Adam Reid at The French

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

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

James Martin

Manchester City Centre British

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

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

El Gato Negro Manchester

Manchester City Centre Spanish

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

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...

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

Wine & Wallop Didsbury

Manchester European

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

Crispy Duck and Pancakes, Pacifica Cantonese Restaurant

Pacifica Cantonese

Salford Chinese

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

burger fries and prosecco at Banyan manchester Corm Exchange

Banyan Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Global

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

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

Hawksmoor

Manchester City Centre British

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

Velvet green booths and natural lighting at Masons Restaurant and Bar in Manchester city centre.

Masons

Manchester City Centre Modern British

Nestled in the Grade II Listed former Freemasons Hall, Masons Restaurant and Bar serves retro fine-dining fare in princely surrounds.

Interior Seating at Ancoats Coffee Piccadilly

Ancoats Coffee Co. Piccadilly

Manchester City Centre Coffee

Ancoats Coffee Company in Manchester Piccadilly is set in 111 Piccadilly, a light-filled handsome building near the train station. If...

party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester

Banyan Spinningfields

Spinningfields Global

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

Ducie Street Warehouse Manchester

Ducie Street Warehouse

Northern Quarter Modern British

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

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

Pollen Bakery

Greater Manchester European

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

Mamucium Fine Dining Manchester

Mamucium

Greater Manchester British

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

Brunch served at Grindsmith Media City - a popular coffee shop in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

Grindsmith Media City

Salford Coffee

Grindsmith Media City has been keeping the creatives and apartment-dwellers of Salford Quays fed and caffeinated since 2016. 

Take a seat inside the cafe at Ancoats Coffee Co in Royal Mills

Ancoats Coffee Co.

Manchester City Centre Coffee

If you’re serious about your coffee, Ancoats Coffee Co has to be your first port of call in this part...

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 British

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

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 Japanese

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

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

Recardo’s

Trafford 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...

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...

One of the dishes served at upmarket Cantonese restaurant Wing's in Manchester city centre

Wing’s

Manchester City Centre Chinese

Located in a brutalist city centre square, this elegant Chinese restaurant is owned by Wing Shing Chu – but it’s...

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

Crafthouse

West Yorkshire 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...

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...

The team responsible for the street food magic served at Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

Stockport Indian subcontinent

Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle was one of the first local places to step away from the typical menu of the...

The Rivals, Manchester City Centre

The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

The interior of Wood restaurant in Manchester showing tables set for dinner and the open plan kitchen

Wood

Manchester City Centre Modern British

The eponymous restaurant of Simon Wood, MasterChef winner and local lad from Oldham, is an accomplished affair. Food is cooked...

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

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Merseyside Global

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

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

Ma Boyles

Merseyside Global

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

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.

On the menu at The Ivy Spinningfields, Manchester

The Ivy Manchester

Spinningfields British

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

Chez Mal Restaurant Manchester Afternoon Tea

Chez Mal Brasserie

Manchester City Centre European

Chez Mal Brasserie Manchester sells exactly the sort of European classics you might expect from a well-thought of boutique hotel...

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