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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.

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...

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...

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...

Noodle soup from Mi & Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant in Northenden, Greater Manchester.

Mi & Pho

Northenden Vietnamese

You don't have to fly halfway round the world to taste the authentic fresh flavours and healthy style of Vietnamese...

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...

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...

Spice Thai

Merseyside Thai

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Paratha Hut

Manchester Indian subcontinent

As legend (or at least the song) would have it, it's always cool at the carwash, and nothing's cooler than...

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...

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...

Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

Northern Quarter American

Now a few minutes walk from its original site on High Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter, Almost Famous Manchester NQ...

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...

The Deaf Institute Manchester

The Deaf Institute

Manchester City Centre Global

***Bar and kitchen currently closed***

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...

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...

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 Crafty Pig

Northern Quarter Global

Whatever it is you want to eat, you can be sure you'll find it, or some approximation of it, in...

Station South

Manchester European

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

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hide Away

Greater Manchester Italian

Authentic Italian food is what's on the "surprise" daily-changing four-course menu at Hide Away, cooked fresh from scratch by former...

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...

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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...

Lamb and chicken dishes at Remal Lebanese Restaurant, Manchester

Remal Restaurant

Prestwich Middle Eastern

Remal Restaurant is a family-run place with the warmth and the buzz of real Lebanese hospitality and very happy customers....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 &...

Rococo Coffee House

Merseyside Global

Rococo is an independent coffee house slap bang in the centre of town, occupying two upstairs floors of a historic...

Masis Armenian Restaurant Sale Lamb

Masis

Trafford Armenian

Masis is an old-fashioned restaurant in the parade of shops next to Brooklands tram stop, all frilly curtains and artfully...

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...

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...

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 –...

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...

Sutikku Bowl

Merseyside Japanese

Oodles of noodles are up for grabs at Japanese streetfood specialists Sutikku Bowl, but their yaki udon and gluten-free rice...

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...

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...

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...

Amalia

Merseyside Italian

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

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...

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:...

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...

Thaikhun Street Food Trafford Centre

Manchester Thai

Joining the Spinningfields OG in what is now a double figure chain of Thai streetfood venues founded by Sukhothai province-born...

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...

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...

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...

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...

katsouris sandwiches manchester deli

Katsouris

Manchester City Centre Global

Katsouris is an institution, having sat in its imposing Gothic-style building on the corner of Deansgate and John Dalton Street...

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...

Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant

West Yorkshire African

Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant has been dishing up its award-winning traditional Ethiopian recipes since 2014, showcasing the cuisine's abundance in...

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...

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 –...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

107 Dining Room Merseyside

107 Dining Room

Merseyside British

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

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...

Abyssinia Kitchen

Merseyside African

Cooked from scratch with quality fresh ingredients and no preservatives, the dishes at Abyssinia Kitchen showcase the exotic and aromatic...

The sign outside Sanskruti Indian Restaurant Withington

Sanskruti Withington

Withington Indian subcontinent

Sanskruti Withington is well-known in the area for its vegan and vegetarian cuisine which takes in Gujurati thalis, South Indian...

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....

Tortuga

Tameside Caribbean

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

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...

A chef cooking at Royal Nawaab - the three-storey restaurant in Levenshulme, Manchester.

Royal Nawaab

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Ask a local for directions in Levy and there’s a high chance they will use the Royal Nawaab as a...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bombay Blussi

Indian subcontinent

Fine Indian dining is what's promised at glitzy Bombay Blussi – all white booths and banquettes with twinkly lights –...

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...

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...

Off The Hook

Trafford British

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

Keiths Food & Wine Bar

Merseyside Global

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

Peaberry

Merseyside Global

Describing itself as a "coffee house and kitchen", independent family-run business Peabody's does a bit of everything since first opening...

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...

Cane & Grain Northern Quarter Bar

Cane & Grain

Northern Quarter American

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

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Levy Market

Manchester Global

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

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...

One of the colourful dishes at Manchester's Koreana, one of the first restaurants outside London to bring authentic Korean food to the UK.

Koreana

Manchester City Centre Korean

Hidden in plain sight down towards Trinity Square, Koreana is well worth seeking out, not least because, when Alex Kim...

An example of the dishes at Pho Cue restaurant in Manchester China Town

Pho Cue

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

"The food speaks for itself," says Cue Tran, owner of the Pho Cue Vietnamese kitchen, whose aim is to take...

Herbivorous

Withington Vegan

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

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...

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...

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...

Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Northern Quarter Global

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

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...

Alley Cats

West Yorkshire American

Alley Cats is a must for music lovers and, to set the tone, the menu screams American diner, but with...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Evil Eye Beer and Burrito Shack

Merseyside Mexican

Cheap and cheerful Mexican-inspired grub in the form of – you guessed it – burritos is the flavour of the...

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...

Mural and seating at Bhaji Pala Restaurant Gatley Manchester

Bhaji Pala

Stockport Indian subcontinent

Bhaji Pala is a vegan restaurant, bringing customers the food of Western India. The Indian subcontinent has a long tradition...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Maray Bold St

Merseyside European

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

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 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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

Summer rolls served at Vnam - a Vietnamese restaurant in Ancoats, Manchester.

Vnam

Manchester Vietnamese

Ancoats is fast becoming the go-to place in Manchester to get your authentic Vietnamese food fix, with various purveyors of...

Tiger Rock Smithdown Road

Merseyside Thai

With "south east Asian hawker food" the tagline for Tiger Rock, you can expect cheap and cheerful small plates covering...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Spinningfields Manchester

Thaikhun

Spinningfields Thai

The original in what is now a chain of Thai streetfood venues founded by Sukhothai province-born Kim Kaewkraikhot (also behind...

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...

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...

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...

The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Cheshire British

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

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

ChaBa ChaBa

Merseyside Thai

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

A Thai noodle dish with fresh herbs at Jarern Street Food in Bolton

Jarern Street Food

Greater Manchester Thai

Jarern is a Thai word meaning prosper or grow, and this tiny place has one huge menu. The home of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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;...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

Vietnamese food from Viet Guy, a family-run Vietnamese restaurant in Northenden, Greater Manchester.

Viet Guy Northenden

Northenden Vietnamese

Fans of Vietnamese food are advised to travel to Northenden to check out local favourite Viet Guy. This family-run independent...

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...

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...

California Coffee and Wine Altrincham Tacos

California Coffee & Wine

Trafford American

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

on the menu at Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant Manchester

Tai Wu

Manchester City Centre Chinese

Tai Wu on Upper Brook Street has a slightly unprepossessing exterior – it sits above W.H. Lung’s cash and carry...

Maggie Fu Hanover Street

Merseyside Chinese

Its website proclaims "authentic Chinese food", but the menu at Maggie Fu's stretches way beyond the borders of the People's...

Maggie Fu Smithdown

Merseyside Chinese

Its website proclaims "authentic Chinese food", but the menu at Maggie Fu's stretches way beyond the borders of the People's...

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...

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...

VietNom

Merseyside Vietnamese

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

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. 

Shiraz Palace

Merseyside Middle Eastern

Taking its name from the Iranian city of arts and gardens (and not just the New World version of Syrah...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tiger Rock North John Street

Merseyside Thai

With "south east Asian hawker food" the tagline for Tiger Rock, you can expect cheap and cheerful small plates covering...

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...

Shiraz BBQ

Merseyside Middle Eastern

Taking its name from the Iranian city of arts and gardens (and not just the New World version of Syrah...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mei Dim Chinese Restaurant China Town Manchester

Mei Dim

Manchester City Centre Chinese

Mei Dim by name, dim sum by nature. If it's the Cantonese version of small plates you're after, look no...

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...

Malmo

Merseyside Scandi

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

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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 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...

Thomas Rigby’s

Merseyside Global

Of humble beginnings, Alderman Thomas Rigby came to Liverpool in 1830 – a wine and spirits dealer, he made quite...

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