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Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers

Bundobust Leeds

West Yorkshire Indian subcontinent

Bundobust Leeds is a veggie Bollywood blockbuster, best known for its small plates and beer.

Wood-fired pizza served at Frederiks - a Brooklyn-inspired bar in Liverpool.

Frederiks

Merseyside American

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

Street View Exterior of BAB NQ Manchester Restaurant

BAB NQ

Northern Quarter Middle Eastern

If you feel it's time to spice up your life, look no further than this Northern Quarter indie, where the...

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...

Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Spice Thai

Merseyside Thai

The cosy Spice Thai restaurant is hidden away just above a motel bar near Hanover Street, with an interior intended...

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.

exterior of on the hush manchester church street northern quarter

On the Hush

Northern Quarter Bar

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

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

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Manchester City Centre American

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

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester British

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

A pint at Seven Bro7hers Salford

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Salford American

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

Bundobust Brewery

Greater Manchester Indian subcontinent

A real Northern success story, the second location for Bundobust in Manchester and the fourth in the family of northern-based...

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...

Red’s True Barbecue

Manchester City Centre American

"A twisted fairground of worship", apparently, and if it's meat you put on a pedestal, then you've come to the...

Chuleton steak as served at Sandinista - a punk-themed bar with Mexican food in Manchester city centre.

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre South American

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

The Deaf Institute Manchester

The Deaf Institute

Manchester City Centre Global

***Bar and kitchen currently closed***

Madre at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Mexican

Tacos for the soul are on the menu at Madre, a spin-off of the popular Liverpool Albert Dock collaboration from the...

Federal Northern Quarter, Brunch, French Toast, Eggs, Coffee

Federal Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Global

Keeping the Northern Quarter fed and watered since 2014, the first Federal is a daytime destination a stone's throw from...

The Green Lab Northern Quarter

The Green Lab

Northern Quarter Healthy

Founded in May 2019 by sisters Nikita and Kanika from Manchester, The Green Lab is described as a health and...

Pizza from Luisa's - a family run Italian restaurant in Radcliffe Market Hall, Greater Manchester.

Luisa’s

Radcliffe Italian

Run by brother and sister team Dom and Stef, Luisa’s pizzeria in Radcliffe Market is named after their Nana Luisa,...

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The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.

Parker’s Arms

Lancashire European

The Parker's Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

Burgerism at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre American

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

Station South

Manchester European

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

Aunty Ji’s

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Aunty Ji’s is fast becoming one of Levenshulme’s favourite cafes thanks to its friendly, all-comers vibe and a menu that...

The Beeswing

Manchester City Centre Mediterranean

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

One of the gourmet kebabs served at One Star Doner Bar in Manchester's Escape to Freight Island.

One Star Doner Bar at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre European

Doner kebabs from a Michelin star chef. Street food stall One Star Doner Bar from acclaimed Birmingham chef Brad Carter...

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Salford American

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

A table laden with dishes from Mughli - one of the first Indian restaurants in Manchester to embrace street food.

Mughli

Rusholme Indian subcontinent

Mughli is the contemporary, social media embracing, second generation Curry Mile restaurant that paved the way for the likes of...

Meat and Potatoes Honest Burger MCR

Honest Burgers Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

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

Voodoo Ray’s at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre American

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

The Vurger Co Manchester

Northern Quarter Vegan

Inspired by a trip to California, The Vurger Co started out as a market stall in 2016, its success seeing...

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

Greater Manchester British

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

Lucky Foot at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Global

“Free range birds, first class serves” goes the strapline of this too-cool-for-school chicken shop dreamt up by three mates who...

Bird Of Prey

Manchester City Centre American

If you "understand and appreciate the awesomeness of a properly fried bird", this is the place for you – and...

Homeboys Pizza

Salford Italian

No shortcuts are tolerated at indie pizzeria Homeboys, where everything is made from scratch using only the freshest, best ingredients...

PBJ marshmallow pie at Batard at Escape to Freight Island

Batard at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre American

Follow the smell of fresh pies near Piccadilly and you’ll land at this small-batch bakery also fondly known as The...

Stone-baked pizzas in the oven at Turncoat Bar at Albert Dock, Liverpool.

Turncoat Bar

Merseyside Italian

Turncoat Bar is a spacious, subterranean hideaway beneath Royal Albert Dock specialising in gin, craft beer and wood-fired pizza.

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

Nordie Bar

Manchester European

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

A feast of vegan fast food from Vegan Shack in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre.

Vegan Shack

Manchester City Centre Vegan

Local hit Vegan Shack started life in owner Dimeji Sadiq’s one bedroom Salford flat where he used to cook up...

Federal Manchester, Espresso Martini, Bar

Federal Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Global

Keeping the Northern Quarter fed and watered since 2014, five years on and Federal claimed another foothole, this time on...

Korean Grill Menu at Azuma Restaurant Manchester

Azuma

Manchester Chinese

Azuma Manchester is a Chinese restaurant known for its hot pots. The fragrant broth must entice diners all the way...

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

Trattoria 51 Southport

Merseyside Italian

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

Levy Market

Manchester Global

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

Outdoor seating, Brewski, Chorlton

Brewski

Manchester American

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

House-baked bread from the famous Barbakan Deli in Chorlton, Manchester

Barbakan Deli

Manchester European

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

The Pasta Factory, Manchester

The Pasta Factory

Northern Quarter Italian

The group of friends behind The Pasta Factory's story originally hail from Turin in the northern region of Piedmont, so...

Little Furnace Baltic Market

Merseyside Italian

Back in early 2013, two pals Peter and Ryan had their first taste of Neapolitan pizza, while on holiday in...

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

Hooked on the Heath

Cheshire British

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

One of the dishes served at Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Tameside Indian subcontinent

Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine is an unassuming restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne that happens to serve some of the best South Indian...

Croma Prestwich pizza beer

Croma Prestwich

Prestwich Italian

As Manchester’s own, independent (and we would say, superior) version of Pizza Express, Croma was always going to feature strongly...

One of the home-made coeliac-friendly pies at Off the Wheaten Track - a deli in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Off the Wheaten Track

Trafford Global

Adding to Altrincham’s status as a food-shopping destination is Off the Wheaten Track, a coeliac-friendly deli which sells sweet and...

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

Trof

Northern Quarter Global

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

On the menu at Tre Amici, Bury

Tre Amici

Greater Manchester Italian

Tre Amici is Bury’s own Neapolitan-style pizzeria, complete with 48-hour rested dough for that fold-it-up and shove-it-in experience.

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...

Buyers Club

Merseyside Italian

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

12pcs Mixed Sushi at Kyotoya Manchester

Kyotoya

Withington Japanese

Forget gimmicks like conveyor belts and colour-coded plates, miniature plastic fish filled with soy sauce and California rolls – if...

BOX Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Inside NAM, the Vietnamese restaurant and bar on Cutting Room Square in Ancoats.

NAM

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

Another neighbourhood favourite in the now achingly hip Cutting Room Square. NAM’s light and airy space with its natural parquet...

A vegan cheesecake at vegan restaurant Veggie Republic in Liverpool city centre.

Veggie Republic

Merseyside Vegan

If you’ve ever doubted the versatility of vegan cooking, a trip to Veggie Republic on Cork Street should set you...

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 Indigo Greens, an award-winning vegan restaurant in Liverpool.

Indigo Greens

Merseyside Vegan

When Indigo Green owners Patti Bullock and Mark Aston announced their plan to open on Queens Drive, the reaction wasn’t...

Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Zouk specialises in 'apna' - home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent...

A cocktail and food at Dive Bar & Grill in Manchester city centre

Dive Bar & Grill

Northern Quarter Global

Dive Bar by name... but not by nature. For starters, Dive Bar & Grill is quite a sleek space, traced...

Pad Krapow Khai at Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Corn Exchange

Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

The second of their city centre venues, Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange has the same wok-fresh East Asian menu as its...

Blue cheese and walnuts with a glass of wine, padron peppers at Porta Salford

Porta Salford

Salford Spanish

Following successes in Chester and Altrincham, this Porta opened its doors in late 2018, bringing a taste of Spain to...

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

Wilson’s Social

Northern Quarter 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...

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

Society

Manchester City Centre Global

Does Manchester need another hipsterish food hall? Probably not. But do we want one? Judging from the peak-time busyness of...

Mezze restaurant Holmfirth Spanakopita

Mezze Bar & Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Mediterranean

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

Amalia

Merseyside Italian

This award-winning city centre Italian combines value with authenticity – founders Miguel and Antonio have been working together since 2007...

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 Gasworks on First Street, Manchester

The Gas Works Brewbar

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Ham sandwich, chips and soup as served at The Clarence - a Confidential Guides recommended pub in Bury

The Clarence

Greater Manchester British

The décor doesn’t stray far from the original in The Clarence - a large, comfortable pub dating back to 1905....

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

The Klondyke Club

Manchester 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 exterior the The Original Third Eye - a long-standing Indian and Nepalese restaurant in Didsbury

The Original Third Eye

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Long-standing Nepalese and Indian restaurant & takeaway serving up familiar favourites as well as some Nepalese specialities you might not...

Takk Oxford Road

Manchester City Centre European

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

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 Global

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

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

Levenshulme Bakery

Manchester Middle Eastern

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

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 Bar

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

El Capo Manchester Tacos

El Capo

Northern Quarter Mexican

El Capo is home to authentic Mexican food and around 200 varieties of tequila. It’s small, but perfectly formed with...

A prawn dish at Siam Smiles Thai Restaurant in Manchester

Siam Smiles

Manchester City Centre Thai

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

Tokyo Ramen, manchester

Tokyo Ramen

Northern Quarter Japanese

Spartan and stripped back is the only description for Tokyo Ramen – and that’s both the menu and the restaurant...

One of the dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.

Kambuja

Stockport Cambodian

Many of us are familiar with the vibrant cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand but Cambodian, or Khmer, food is still...

La Parrilla Bold Street

Merseyside Mexican

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

Red chairs in the window of the stylish Jane Eyre bar and restaurant in Ancoats

The Jane Eyre

Manchester City Centre British

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

Pokusevski's, Heaton Moor, quiche

Pokusevski’s

Stockport European

Pokusevski’s has it all. Literally. From the Victorian stained glass windows, the art deco lamps and the Moroccan knick-knacks to...

One of the brunch options served at Thyme Out - a licensed cafe in Didsbury, Manchester

Thyme Out

Manchester European

A stalwart of the Didsbury cafe scene, Thyme Out has been going strong since 2006. Locals rave about the brunch...

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...

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

Volta

Manchester European

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

Take a seat outside CAMRA award-winning bar Fred's Ale House in Levenshulme

Fred’s Ale House

Manchester Italian

Launched in 2015, Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme is a CAMRA award-winning, beer lovers’ haven with numerous extra benefits. There...

The inviting interior of Vibe Cafe - a vegan cafe serving breakfast, brunch and lunches in Liverpool

Vibe Cafe

Merseyside Vegan

The Vibe serves cheery vegan food that will light up your Instagram feed and fill your belly. Known for its...

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

Electrik

Manchester Italian

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

La Cantina Tapas Dishes Stockport Heaton Moor

La Cantina

Stockport Spanish

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

Inside Amma's Canteen, the much-praised Indian restaurant on the edge of Chorlton

Amma’s Canteen

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Passionate Keralan-Indian-Brit fusion. A great place to eat can make the back end of nowhere worth visiting - and (largely)...

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

The Font Chorlton

Manchester European

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

VietNom

Merseyside Vietnamese

With a compact menu offering fresh, colourful and authentic Vietnamese street food, VietNom (see what they did there?) started out...

The striking black exterior of WowYauChow - a modern British Chinese restaurant in Altrincham

WowYauChow

Trafford Chinese

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

The Angel Pub Manchester

The Angel

Manchester City Centre British

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

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

Mort Subite

Greater Manchester European

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

Rudy’s Pizza Bold Street

Merseyside Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

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

Vietnamese Potbellied

Manchester Vietnamese

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

Northern Soul Manchester

Northern Soul Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester City Centre British

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

Inside The Drop Bar Cafe - a Caribbean restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester.

The Drop Bar Cafe

Manchester Caribbean

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

ChaBa ChaBa

Merseyside Thai

A stalwart of the Mossley Hill suburb, you can eat in or take out at ChaBa ChaBa – either way,...

Mowgli Oxford Road Manchester

Mowgli Manchester Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Purveyor of healthy and often vegan Indian street food and home cooking, former barrister Nisha Katona's Corn Exchange Mowgli was...

ice cream on the menu at Sweet Diner Denton Manchester

Sweet Diner

Tameside Global

With a moniker like Sweet Diner, you'd think it'd be all about the desserts, right? But take out the 15...

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

Bar San Juan

Manchester Spanish

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

La Casita Restaurant Manchester Tacos

La Casita

Manchester Mexican

After humble beginnings serving up traditional Mexican street food from a little stall at the markets, La Casita now has...

curries at this and that

This & That Cafe

Northern Quarter Indian subcontinent

Everyone's heard of NQ backstreet gaff This & That, even if they've not actually found it (it's up the ginnel...

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

The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Manchester City Centre British

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

Portuguese tapas restaurant Canto on Cutting Room Square in Manchester

Canto

Manchester City Centre Portuguese

Canto is a Modern Portuguese restaurant from Simon Shaw, the creative director behind the consistently brilliant El Gato Negro on...

Pasta and pizza from PLY restaurant and bar Manchester

PLY

Northern Quarter Italian

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

Outside The Font Manchester

The Font Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

Best known for the creativity and double-take cheapness of its cocktails, The Font Manchester is perhaps the closest you’ll get...

The Keystone

Merseyside Bar

Hope Street’s new pub The Keystone opened in 2021 in the spot last inhabited by restaurant Bread and Butter. The...

Indique Chilli Paneer

Indique

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Indique is formed from the words Unique and Indian. That’s a bit optimistic as many Indian restaurants have swapped their...

The Bistro at Blackburne House

Global

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

slyce uppermill

Slyce

Oldham American

Like its sister restaurant Muse next door, Slyce brings a taste of the city to the bucolic surroundings of Uppermill. 

Indoor seating at Bombay Brew Indian Restaurant Rochdale

Bombay Brew

Rochdale Indian subcontinent

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

Crazy Pedro's NQ

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter American

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

A bowl of pho topped with fresh herbs from Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats, a recommended Vietnamese restaurant

Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

Nelson Lam and Leo Tran's Viet Shack empire started with a humble takeaway stall in the Arndale Market which quickly...

Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.

Purezza

Northern Quarter Vegan

Sitting in the old Dough Kitchen spot in the Northern Quarter, Purezza is yet another pizza restaurant for Manchester -...

Neapolitan-style wood fired pizza at Double Zero in Chorlton

Double Zero

Manchester Italian

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

Inside I Am Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown.

I Am Pho

Manchester Vietnamese

Named after Vietnam's most well-known export (pre-fabricated buildings aside), this family-run place in the heart of Chinatown looks more cafe...

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Sale

Trafford Italian

With a menu plugging a regional style of south Italian cooking, Sugo Pasta Kitchen Sale joins two sister outlets (Altrincham...

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

Pieminister Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter 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...

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square

Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

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

La Parrilla Waterloo

Merseyside Mexican

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

One of the vegan burgers at V-Rev vegan restaurant in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

V-Rev

Northern Quarter Vegan

This diner selling vegan fast food made dreams come true when it first opened in the Northern Quarter back in...

Thai Kitchen No.6, Manchester, pork and rice

Thai Kitchen No.6

Manchester City Centre Thai

Thai Kitchen No.6 is a real family restaurant. That means it’s a homespun affair without the sheen of some other...

Globe Chorlton Manchester

Globe Chorlton

Manchester Global

Globe Chorlton describes itself as a world kitchen with cocktails. Think some of your favourite foods from far-flung places served...

Northern Soul Manchester Toastie

Northern Soul Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter British

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

The exterior of Seoul Kimchi which is known as one of the best Korean restaurants in Manchester.

Seoul Kimchi

Manchester City Centre Korean

This well-regarded cafe and takeaway started life as a shop specialising in Korean ingredients, before owner/chef Byunghee Kwon added tables...

Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup served at The Blues Kitchen in Manchester city centre.

The Blues Kitchen Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

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

The BBQ vegan burger served at Jimmy's Liverpool: a rock and roll bar, gig venue and restaurant on Bold Street.

Jimmy’s Liverpool (kitchen closed)

Merseyside American

This glam rock and roll boozer on Bold Street is a bar, music venue, and upstairs, a restaurant. And while...

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

Isca

Manchester British

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

The Goods In

Prestwich

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

Rudy’s Pizza Liverpool

Merseyside Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

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

Thoughtfully Cafe

Merseyside Coffee

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

Rice with a range of chutneys at Tharavadu, the popular Indian restaurant in Leeds city centre.

Tharavadu

West Yorkshire Indian subcontinent

Tharavadu, an unassuming Keralan restaurant, has charmed everyone from celebrities (Andrew Lincoln, Sanju Samson) to the inspectors of the Michelin,...

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Trafford Centre Manchester

Tampopo Trafford Centre

Trafford Pan Asian

One of the better eating options in the sprawling domed food court hell that is The Orient is Tampopo Trafford...

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...

Fresh tomato and olives on a Neapolitan-style pizza at Tre Ciccio - an Italian restaurant in Altrincham

Tre Ciccio Altrincham

Trafford Italian

Translating as ‘three chubby friends’ (a self-effacing reference to owner Francesco Scafuri and a pair of his portly pals from...

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

The Refinery

Merseyside British

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

92 Degrees Middlewood Locks

Salford Coffee

Named after the perfect temperature to brew a cup of coffee, 92 Degrees originated in Liverpool where it has three...

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

The Counter House

Manchester City Centre American

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

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

Factory Coffee

Spinningfields Coffee

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

Common Northern Quarter

Common

Northern Quarter American

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

yard and coop chicken shop NQ

Yard & Coop Manchester

Northern Quarter American

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

Don Tacos table bolton

Don Tacos Bolton

Greater Manchester Mexican

Grab a booth, take away – whatever you decide, getting stuck in is definitely on the cards with Don Tacos...

Cantina

West Yorkshire Vegan

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

Big slices of carrot cake from Ancoats-based The Flat Baker are sold at 92 Degrees, a coffee shop on John Dalton Street, Manchester city centre.

92 Degrees John Dalton Street

Manchester City Centre Coffee

92 Degrees John Dalton Street is the first Manchester opening for this Liverpool-based success story. It’s entering a crowded market...

Bakchich

Merseyside Middle Eastern

It might be dry, but it's a city centre go-to and brightly decorated Bold Street oldie Bakchich dishes up authentic...

The terrace at Pattersons - a bar specialising in fried chicken in Liverpool city centre.

Pattersons

Merseyside American

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

The always-popular Viet Shack stall in the Arndale Market, Manchester.

Viet Shack Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

There’s almost always a small crowd gathered around Viet Shack’s counter in the Arndale Food Market. Their menu of flavour-packed,...

Pho Manchester

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

As you might expect from the name, Vietnam's national dish pho (pronounced “fuh") is at the heart of the menu...

Bill’s Liverpool

European

Bill’s began life as a quirky East Sussex market cafe before transmorphing into a crowd-pleasing chain and colonising city centres...

Treehouse Cafe in Salford

Treehouse Café

Salford British

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

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.

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...

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

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Cheshire British

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

Front of the shop at Another Heart to Feed Northern Quarter Manchester

Another Heart To Feed NQ

Northern Quarter Middle Eastern

Another Heart To Feed in Manchester's NQ is one of our top brunch spots. It's a coffee shop inspired by...

A cocktail from Dusk Til Pawn, a bar disguised as a pawn shop, on Stevenson Square, NQ, Manchester.

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Bar

With a window full of ancient TVs and H Samuel jewellery, you could mistake this place as a relic from...

Ravioli to go from Pasta 51 Express - a fast food pasta place in Liverpool city centre.

Pasta 51 Express

Merseyside Italian

It’s takeaway pasta but it’s unrecognisable from the refrigerated joyless stuff you get on a supermarket meal deal. Pasta Express...

Croissants at Takk - an Icelandic inspired coffee and brunch place on Tarif Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

Takk Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter European

Takk is one of the mainstays of the always-evolving coffee and brunch scene in the Northern Quarter. It’s been around...

Neapolitan-style pizzas being prepared at Rudy's Pizza in Ancoats, Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Ancoats

Manchester City Centre Italian

Listed amongst the world’s best pizzerias in international pizza guide, Where To Eat Pizza, Rudy’s Pizza has grown from a...

Yard & Coop Liverpool

Merseyside American

If you weren't sure by clues such as the cheeky fox insignia and drinks like Flip The Bird, Yard &...

OKitchen Bar & Restaurant, Didsbury, Food Hero

OKitchen Bar & Restaurant

Manchester Korean

OKitchen Bar & Restaurant is a Korean restaurant, make no mistake about it.  It may describe itself as a Japanese...

Six Trees Kitchen & Bar

Trafford Italian

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

Doner Haus Manchester Kebab

Döner Haus

Manchester City Centre European

Döner Haus brings Berlin Kebabs (or kebaps as they’re known) to the Corn Exchange. The menu is supplemented with platters,...

Levanter Restaurant Ramsbottom Figs Wine

Levanter

Ramsbottom Spanish

Owned and run by Basque food importers Joe and Fiona Botham, Levanter is ‘a true tapas bar’ serving authentic Spanish...

cosy nook in 53two manchester cafe bar

53two

Manchester City Centre Bar

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

cuckoo prestwich door

Cuckoo

Prestwich Italian

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

Ciaooo Kitchen Manchester Pizza

Ciaooo

Northern Quarter Italian

Cult pizzeria Ciaooo may not be as well-known as some of its beautifully blistered-based brethren, but that’s all to the...

The Baum Rochdale

The Baum

Rochdale British

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

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

Libero

Greater Manchester European

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

92 Degrees Mustard Wharf

West Yorkshire Coffee

The residents of Mustard Wharf no longer have to go very far in search of a good cup of coffee....

Dine in at Tre Ciccio, Ramsbottom

Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom Italian

Tre Ciccio’s Ramsbottom restaurant does much the same thing as Tre Ciccio in Altrincham - and that’s no bad thing. 

Dairy-free shakes served at Frost Burgers, a 100% vegan fast food restaurant in Liverpool city centre

Frost Burgers Liverpool

Merseyside Vegan

Plant-based burgers and dairy-free shakes from a tattoo-covered Instagram star: Frost Burgers was the most zeitgeisty place in Liverpool when...

Backyard burger, Bunny Jackson's, Manchester

Bunny Jackson’s

Manchester City Centre American

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

The Marble Arch Pub Manchester

The Marble Arch

Manchester City Centre British

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

Off The Press

Manchester Global

Where once there were printing presses, now it's all coffee presses. This daytime, non-weekend creative cafe workspace in the black-and-silver...

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

Overdraught MCR

Manchester American

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

Chandeliers, white plastic chairs and artificial flowers inside Jandol in Levensulme

Jandol

Manchester Middle Eastern

Jandol is a well-loved, kitsch and colourful Lebanese restaurant and baklava bakery in Levensulme.

Flok Manchester, Northern Quarter, Bar, Tapas

Flok

Northern Quarter Spanish

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

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...

Tortuga

Tameside Caribbean

Good vibes and great food are promised by Tortuga, dishing up the authentic taste and welcoming nature of the Caribbean...

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

Albert’s Schloss

Manchester City Centre European

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

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...

The Crown & Conspirator

Stockport Global

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

Three dishes served at The Kitchen, a restaurant and bar in West Houghton, Bolton

The Kitchen

Greater Manchester Mediterranean

A family-run restaurant specialising in Greek street food, The Kitchen is a Westhaughton favourite thanks to the enthusiasm of the...

The Old Hardware Shop

Merseyside Vegan

Where once you could stock up on chicken wire and clothes pegs, now you can fill up on greasy spoon-style...

The Quarter House in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Quarter House

Northern Quarter American

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

Chicken of Aragon pie, available at Pieminister

Pieminister Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre 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...

Potion at Afflecks

Northern Quarter Global

Calling itself "earth friendly", it's all about local sourcing and also kitchen sorcery at Affleck's Potion, run as it is...

Herbivorous

Withington Vegan

Fresh from the roaring success of its first venue down at Hatch on Oxford Road in Manchester, Herbivorous opened its...

Spanish wines displayed at Lunya restaurant and deli in Liverpool city centre.

Lunya

Merseyside Spanish

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

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...

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...

The Blackburne Arms

Merseyside Global

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

Pierogi dumpling from Platzki restaurant, Deansgate Manchester

Platzki

Manchester City Centre European

Modern Polish cuisine is what's on offer at Platzki, one of the first restaurants to open at Deansgate Mews back...

A dish of pasta with a glass of red wine at Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham, a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham

Trafford Italian

Another Altrincham success story, the Puglian-inspired Sugo Pasta Kitchen opened on Shaw Road - right by the transformative Market House...

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. 

Orecchiette ’Nduja and Taleggio at Casa Italia, Didsbury

Casa Italia

Manchester Italian

Casa Italia Didsbury is an Italian restaurant but there’s not a pizza in sight. The focus here is on quality...

One of the dishes served at Aiden Byrne's gastropub The Church Green in Lymm, Cheshire

The Church Green

Cheshire British

The Church Green is Aiden Byrne's countryside pub where excellent meat comes as standard. Fifty ounce tomahawk, for example, and...

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

Saison

Greater Manchester British

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

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...

OSMA Kitchen Prestwich Manchester

OSMA

Prestwich Scandi

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

A colourful selection of dishes at The Great Kathmandu - a long-established Nepalese restaurant in West Didsbury

The Great Kathmandu

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Founded in 1986 The Great Kathmandu is another Didsbury institution that the locals rave about. Not only the locals though,...

Crispy chicken ramen at Shoryu Manchester

Shoryu Ramen

Manchester City Centre Japanese

Shoryu Ramen is the first branch of the mini London chain to leave the capital. It’s located in Piccadilly Gardens...

The pastel-hued interior of Trove Manchester - a bakery-cafe that fits in perfectly to the Ancoats food scene

Trove Manchester

Manchester City Centre European

Trove Manchester is the younger sister of the original Trove in Levenshulme which made its name through fantastic bread and...

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,...

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Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers

Bundobust Manchester

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to...

interior at the metropolitan restaurant didsbury manchester

The Metropolitan

Manchester Global

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

Bold Street Coffee

Global

Open since 2010, BSC is something of an institution and the place to go if you're in need of caffeine...

Bold Street Coffee Manchester

Manchester City Centre Global

Open in Liverpool since 2010, BSC is something of an institution over there and the place to go if you're...

HOME

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Fuzion Noodle Bar Fallowfield Manchester

Fuzion Noodle Bar

Manchester Pan Asian

Set up by Arthur and Carol Wong in 2003 and still going strong, Fuzion was one of the first independent...

The Thirsty Korean

The Thirsty Korean

Manchester Korean

The name is a reference to the fact that South Koreans are statistically one of the biggest consumers of spirits...

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Baratxuri in Ramsbottom pays homage to the pintxos bars of the Basque region

Baratxuri

Ramsbottom Spanish

Basque enclave Baratxuri is the second Ramsbottom-based bar and restaurant from Joe and Fiona Botham.

What's Cluckin' neon sign at Peck & Yard, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester

Peck & Yard Manchester

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

Ok, so Peck & Yard in Ancoats is more of a takeaway than a bona fide restaurant but there are...

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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...

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

Station Hop

Manchester British

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

A dish served at Yuzu, a Confidential Guides' recommended Japanese restaurant in Manchester's China Town

Yuzu

Manchester City Centre Japanese

Yuzu is a neighbourhood-style Japanese restaurant offering refreshingly uncomplicated dishes served in Zen-like surroundings. You won’t find a conveyor belt...

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

Porta Altrincham

Trafford European

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

My Thai Restaurant John Dalton Street Manchester

My Thai Manchester John Dalton Street

Manchester City Centre Thai

The clue's in the name and My Thai serves up dishes inspired by the street food markets of Bangkok –...

chakalaka, northern quarter, manchester

Chakalaka

Northern Quarter African

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

The almond milk porridge served at Ezra & Gil Peter Street - a coffee shop and brunch place in Manchester city centre.

Ezra and Gil Peter Street

Manchester City Centre Coffee

The opening of Ezra & Gil Peter Street in 2021 was greeted with glee by brunch and coffee hunters this...

The bar area at Honest Burgers Liverpool on Bold Street.

Honest Burgers Liverpool

Merseyside American

The Honest Burgers chain chose well when it selected the top end of Bold Street for its Liverpool branch; a...

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

Hearth of the Ram

Ramsbottom British

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

My Thai Restaurant Northern Quarter Manchester

My Thai Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Thai

The clue's in the name and My Thai serves up dishes inspired by the street food markets of Bangkok –...

Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

Manchester City Centre 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...

Black Spot Pizza Restaurant Stockport

Black Spot Pizza

Stockport Italian

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

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

Tommy’s Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester British

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

House felafel salad bowl at Hafla Hafla, a restaurant serving Middle Eastern-inspired food on Liverpool's Lark Lane.

Hafla Hafla

Merseyside Middle Eastern

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

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

The Pen Factory

Merseyside Mediterranean

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

One Plus Chinese HotPot Restaurant Manchester

One Plus

Manchester City Centre Chinese

One Plus is all about the plus; there’s nothing singular about a restaurant that serves hand-made noodles in the basement,...

The distinctive deep red sumac spice is used a lot on the menu at Middle Eastern restaurant Baity in Didsbury

Baity

Manchester Middle Eastern

Baity, meaning 'home' in Arabic, brings the deep pleasures of Palestinian food to Didsbury.

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...

Triple B is a cafe and takeaway serving NYC-style bagels and burgers in Prestwich, Greater Manchester.

Triple B

Prestwich American

Triple B was born in the midst of the pandemic when the Eat New York crew left the NQ and...

Vegan Pizza at Proove Pizza, Didsbury

Proove Pizza

Manchester Italian

Proove Pizza has proven itself to be a success which is fortunate because there’s no shortage of eateries slinging out...

Street View Outdoor Seating at All The Shapes Prestwich

All The Shapes

Prestwich Mexican

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

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.

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...

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

The Talleyrand

Manchester

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

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 Bar

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

One of the pizzas served at Il Capitano's: a well-regarded pizzeria and takeaway in Crosby.

Il Capitano’s

Merseyside Italian

Italian restaurant and takeaway Il Capitano always deserves a visit if you’re in the Waterloo area. Its offering is simple:...

Chapters Of Us

Merseyside Global

Hang out with your pooch or your pals inside or take advantage of the terrace at this self-styled neighbourhood coffee...

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

Eagle & Child

Ramsbottom British

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

A white chocolate and matcha cookie in the window of Ezra & Gil, a coffee shop in the NQ, Manchester.

Ezra & Gil Hilton Street

Northern Quarter Global

If you want to experience Northern Quarter cafe culture in its purest form, head to Ezra & Gil Hilton Street,...

Mustard American Diner

Mustard

Trafford American

Americana comes to Sale courtesy husband-and-wife team Gavin and Jane Gosnell's neighbourhood diner and bar Mustard with its all-day NYC-inspired...

mumbai to london cafe

Mumbai to London Cafe

Tameside Indian subcontinent

Mumbai to London Cafe doesn’t look like much from the outside (or the inside) but don’t let that fool you;...

Flawd

Manchester European

Flawd is the first permanent space for the team behind the Higher Ground pop-ups including at The Bungalow in Manchester’s...

On the menu at Toast, Withington

Toast Withington

Withington British

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

The exterior of Yara, a recommended Syrian and Lebanese restaurant in Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Yara Altrincham

Trafford Middle Eastern

Tiny and usually packed to the rafters of its converted terraced house, Yara is one of those hidden gems that...

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...

Pieminister Liverpool

Merseyside 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...

Afternoon tea served at The Art of Tea: a Confidential Guides recommended cafe-bar in Didsbury

The Art of Tea

Manchester

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

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

Trattoria 51 Liverpool

Merseyside Italian

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

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...

Belgica

Merseyside European

We might have left the European Union, but the beat goes on in the form of Belgica, where Brussels comes...

The Pasta Project

Manchester Italian

One of the things we love about Italian food is its ability to transform a few basic ingredients into something...

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

One Percent Forest

Merseyside Coffee

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

Pool tables at Black Dog Ballroom

Black Dog Ballroom

Northern Quarter American

Booze, food and pool is on the menu at Northern Quarter's Black Dog Ballroom, a New York-style speakeasy hidden downstairs...

Joro Vegan Eatery

Merseyside Vegan

Tucked away on Birkenhead's Hamilton Square , just a couple of minutes walk from Woodside Ferry Terminal, is Joro’s Vegan...

Little Furnace Smithdown Road

Merseyside Italian

Back in early 2013, two pals Peter and Ryan had their first taste of Neapolitan pizza, while on holiday in...

Ca Phe Viet in Ancoats, Manchester specialises in Vietnamese coffee and banh mi.

Ca Phe Viet

Manchester Vietnamese

Serving up Vietnamese coffee in the traditional and modern way, freshly filled banh mi baguettes plus bowls of aromatic and hearty...

Milk and Honey Cafe Manchester

Milk & Honey Cafe

Manchester City Centre Global

Milk & Honey Cafe does pretty much what it says on the tin – it's a bona fide cafe, only...

Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester Bar Seating

Comptoir Libanais

Spinningfields Middle Eastern

Comptoir Libanais serves up the bold flavours of Lebanon, its fresh and healthy plates providing much to tempt those following...

One of the colourful dishes from the brunch menu at Another Heart to Feed in Didsbury

Another Heart To Feed Didsbury

Manchester European

Another Heart To Feed in Didsbury is an ecologically-minded coffee shop inspired by coffee culture capital of the world, Melbourne.

Pizza at Chroma

Croma Chorlton

Greater Manchester Italian

Croma is a Chorlton institution. It’s not a hipster pizza joint but it is solid, dependable and popular for a...

Cafe Tabac

Merseyside Global

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

Brunch served at Foundation Coffee House Northern Quarter, a coffee shop in the restored Sevendale House on Lever Street, Manchester.

Foundation Coffee House Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Coffee

Foundation Coffee House Northern Quarter is the first of three locations in the city centre from this homegrown brand. This...

A typical dish at Nepalese restaurant Da Gurkha in Liverpool

Da Gurkha

Merseyside Indian subcontinent

Founded by experienced restaurateur Netra Khare, Da Gurkha is a slick operation in a simple, curry-house setting that's as off-the-beaten-track as...

Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza Sale Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Sale

Trafford Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

The OMG 99 from the Oh My Glaze restaurant in The Trafford Centre.

Oh My Glaze

Trafford American

Fans of The Spinn in Gatley will be glad to hear that besties Scott Graham and actor Adam Thomas have...

Roxy Ball Room Rainford Square

Merseyside Global

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

La Parrilla Lark Lane

Merseyside Mexican

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

Nepalese dumplings, momos, as served at The Little Yeti restaurant in Chorlton

The Little Yeti

Manchester Indian subcontinent

The Little Yeti is one of the newest dining spots on Barlow Moor Rd, but from the well-oiled team behind Didsbury...

Almost Famous Manchester Burgers with cheese and bacon

Almost Famous Great Northern

Manchester City Centre American

Almost Famous Manchester Great Northern is a local legend. It’s OTT in every way. It’s brash, bold and doesn’t seem...

Franco Manca

Manchester City Centre Italian

Pioneers of sourdough Neapolitan pizza and natural Italian wine purveyors, Franco Manca started out as a small concern in Brixton...

Peck and Yard pan asian food and outdoor seating in Chorlton

Peck & Yard Chorlton

Manchester Pan Asian

Forget the Colonel, Dixy and their paltry poultry offerings, Peck & Yard serve real fried chicken - Pan-Asian style. The...

A classic rice and three served in a metal tray at Chapati Cafe in Manchester, Chorlton

Chapati Cafe

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Chapati Cafe is a gem in the tradition of the good-old 'rice and three' that every true Mancunian holds dear.

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

Inspire Cafe

Manchester British

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

Croma Didsbury Manchester Small Plates

Croma Didsbury

Manchester Italian

The newest addition to the Croma family, the Didsbury restaurant has all the features that make its south Manchester sister...

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...

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

Market House Indoor Food Hall

Greater Manchester

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

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

Prashad

West Yorkshire Indian subcontinent

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

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

Henry C

Manchester American

Serving up Po Boys and great cocktails, Henry C is a cosy neighbourhood bar in Chorlton with a heavy New...

Ate Days A Week

Manchester City Centre British

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

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...

a dish on the menu at Salt house liverpool tapas

Salt House Tapas

Merseyside Spanish

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

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

Dulcimer

Greater Manchester Italian

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

Our Neighbourhood Bar

Manchester Italian

Our NeighBourhood Bar in Didsbury is perfectly placed for forays in to Manchester’s most popular suburb right next to the...

Ten Streets Social

Merseyside Global

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

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

The Tavern Co

Merseyside American

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

The Banyan Tree Restaurant Manchester

The Banyan Tree

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Ancoats

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Manchester

Manchester City Centre Italian

With a menu plugging a passionately regional style of south Italian cooking, the second Sugo Pasta Kitchen sits happily in...

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

Common Ground

Trafford European

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

Don Tacos Manchester

Don Tacos Manchester

Rusholme Mexican

Grab a booth, take away – whatever you decide, getting stuck in is definitely on the cards with Don Tacos...

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

Wolf At The Door

Northern Quarter Global

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

Some of the chicken-y delights served at Wingstop - a fast food chicken chain with origins in Texas.

Wingstop

Manchester City Centre American

Wingstop started life as a small chicken wing restaurant in Garland, Texas before spreading its wings across North America and...

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 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...

Pizza and chicken at roxy ballroom manchester deansgate

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Bar

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

The lunch special menu at Tokyo Noodle Bar in Liverpool's Chinatown

Tokyo Noodle Bar

Merseyside Pan Asian

Famed for its massive portions and diminutive prices, Tokyo Noodle Bar would be a hidden gem if it wasn’t already...

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

The Beagle

Manchester American

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

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...

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Merseyside European

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

MerseyMade Gordon Smith Cafe

Merseyside Global

This unique cafe – housed in the Grade II-listed 19th-century former Gordon Smith Institute for Seamen (providing support and assistance...

A healthy rice bowl available at Pho Liverpool: A Vietnamese restaurant on Bold Street

Pho Liverpool

Merseyside Vietnamese

There are many arguments you could make against Pho Liverpool. It’s a chain restaurant on a street known for its...

Playfoots

Salford Global

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

Terrace NQ

Northern Quarter Italian

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

Noi Quattro Pizza Northern Quarter Manchester

Noi Quattro

Northern Quarter Italian

If it’s a taste of Italy you’re after, think NQ for proper pizza – Noi Quattro, to be precise. Meaning...

Pizza and wine at Rudy's Neapolitan, Peter Street, Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Peter Street

Manchester City Centre Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

Duke Street Market

Merseyside Global

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

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