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Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Pad Krapow Khai at Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Corn Exchange

Tampopo | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

A pint at Seven Bro7hers Salford

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Media City Restaurant - American

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

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

Bundobust Leeds

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Bundobust Brewery

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

chakalaka, northern quarter, manchester

Chakalaka

Northern Quarter Restaurant - African

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

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

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

23Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers

Bundobust Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American

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

The Real Greek | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

One of two The Real Greek restaurants in Manchester (the other is at the Trafford Centre), The Corn Exchange venue...

Street View Exterior of BAB NQ Manchester Restaurant

BAB NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Mowgli | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Doner Haus Manchester Kebab

Döner Haus | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

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

Mi & Pho

Northenden Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

The Deaf Institute Manchester

The Deaf Institute

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

***Bar and kitchen currently closed***

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Trafford Centre Manchester

Tampopo Trafford Centre

Stretford Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square

Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

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

Albert’s Schloss

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

Paratha Hut

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

Pattersons

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

Station South

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

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

Lucky Foot | Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - 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 Restaurant - American

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

Meat and Potatoes Honest Burger MCR

Honest Burgers Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Media City Restaurant - American

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

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

Pho Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

Pizza and chicken at roxy ballroom manchester deansgate

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Activities

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

Common Northern Quarter

Common

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

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

Thai Kitchen No.6, Manchester, pork and rice

Thai Kitchen No.6

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Thai

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

Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

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

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

The Chippy on Burton Road

Didsbury Restaurant - British

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

Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Spinningfields Manchester

Thaikhun

Spinningfields Restaurant - Thai

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

The ten pin bowling lanes with red and purple neon lighting at Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Activities

With its ten pin bowling, pool tables, beer pong, and shuffleboard, Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale will keep you entertained...

Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre on a sunny day

Piccadilly Gardens

Piccadilly Monuments

Piccadilly Gardens are concrete rather than floral now but despite a slightly unsavoury reputation it still remains the gateway to...

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

Trof

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

The Crafty Pig

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

HOME Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

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

Mughli

Rusholme Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

The Green Lab Northern Quarter

The Green Lab

Northern Quarter Restaurant - 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 Restaurant - Italian

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

Yum Cha Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

"Dim sum, roast meats and big plates" promises purpose-built Kampus gaff Yum Cha's bespoke Insta-friendly neon sign – but there...

Spice Thai

Merseyside Restaurant - Thai

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

Voodoo Ray’s | Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

Burgerism at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

Aunty Ji’s

Levenshulme Restaurant - 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...

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

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

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

Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza Sale Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Sale

Sale Restaurant - Italian

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

Our Neighbourhood Bar

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

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

Amalia

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

My Thai Restaurant Northern Quarter Manchester

My Thai Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Thai

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

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

The Pen Factory

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

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

Bistro Noir

Restaurant - Global

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

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

Chapati Cafe

Chorlton Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

I Am Pho

Chinatown Restaurant - 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...

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

Another Heart To Feed Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

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

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

Vietnamese Potbellied

Chorlton Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

Maggie Fu Hanover Street

Merseyside Restaurant - Chinese

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

La Parrilla Waterloo

Merseyside Restaurant - Mexican

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

Roxy Ball Room Rainford Square

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

mumbai to london cafe

Mumbai to London Cafe

Tameside Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Vegan Pizza at Proove Pizza, Didsbury

Proove Pizza

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

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

Off The Hook

Sale Restaurant - British

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

cuckoo prestwich door

Cuckoo

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

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

Keiths Food & Wine Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Malmo

Merseyside Restaurant - Scandi

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

Potion at Afflecks

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

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

Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

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

Don Tacos Manchester

Don Tacos Manchester

Rusholme Restaurant - Mexican

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

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

Hooked on the Heath

Cheshire Restaurant - British

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

Outside The Font Manchester

The Font Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

Treehouse Cafe in Salford

Treehouse Café

Broughton Restaurant - British

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

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

Tharavadu

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Seoul Kimchi

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Korean

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

California Coffee and Wine Altrincham Tacos

California Coffee & Wine

Altrincham Restaurant - American

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

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

Pasta 51 Express

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Bakchich

Merseyside Restaurant - 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 Restaurant - Global

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

Korean Grill Menu at Azuma Restaurant Manchester

Azuma

Hulme Restaurant - Chinese

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

Northern Soul Manchester

Northern Soul Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

Tokyo Ramen, manchester

Tokyo Ramen

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Japanese

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

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

NAM

Ancoats Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

The Banyan Tree Restaurant Manchester

The Banyan Tree

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Mustard American Diner

Mustard

Sale Restaurant - 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...

On the menu at Tre Amici, Bury

Tre Amici

Bury Restaurant - 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.

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

Yara Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Shiraz BBQ

Merseyside Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Neapolitan-style wood fired pizza at Double Zero in Chorlton

Double Zero

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

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

katsouris sandwiches manchester deli

Katsouris

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

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

Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

Cheadle Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

curries at this and that

This & That Cafe

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Herbivorous

Withington Restaurant - Vegan

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

Playfoots

Eccles Restaurant - Global

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

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

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Cheshire Restaurant - British

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

Orecchiette ’Nduja and Taleggio at Casa Italia, Didsbury

Casa Italia

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Turncoat Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

A typical dish at Nepalese restaurant Da Gurkha in Liverpool

Da Gurkha

Merseyside Restaurant - 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...

Lamb and chicken dishes at Remal Lebanese Restaurant, Manchester

Remal Restaurant

Prestwich Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Joro Vegan Eatery

Merseyside Restaurant - Vegan

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

yard and coop chicken shop NQ

Yard & Coop Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

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

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

Amma’s Canteen

Chorlton Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Ate Days A Week

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

Mei Dim Chinese Restaurant China Town Manchester

Mei Dim

Chinatown Restaurant - Chinese

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

On the menu at Toast, Withington

Toast Withington

Withington Restaurant - British

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

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

Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

Yard & Coop Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

La Parrilla Lark Lane

Merseyside Restaurant - Mexican

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

Black Spot Pizza Restaurant Stockport

Black Spot Pizza

Stockport Restaurant - Italian

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

Cafe Tabac

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Sutikku Bowl

Merseyside Restaurant - Japanese

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

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

Barbakan Deli

Chorlton Restaurant - European

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

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

Gladstone Barber & Bistro

Tameside Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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

Tokyo Noodle Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

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

Maray Bold St

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

La Parrilla Bold Street

Merseyside Restaurant - Mexican

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

Thomas Rigby’s

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Indique Chilli Paneer

Indique

Didsbury Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

The sign outside Sanskruti Indian Restaurant Withington

Sanskruti Withington

Withington Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Levenshulme Bakery

Levenshulme Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Mural and seating at Bhaji Pala Restaurant Gatley Manchester

Bhaji Pala

Gatley Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Vegan Shack

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Vegan

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

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

Wolf At The Door

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

Almost Famous Manchester Burgers with cheese and bacon

Almost Famous Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

Northern Soul Manchester Toastie

Northern Soul Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Restaurant - British

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

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

Pieminister Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Restaurant - British

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

Tiger Rock Smithdown Road

Merseyside Restaurant - Thai

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

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

Inspire Cafe

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

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

Kambuja

Marple Restaurant - Cambodian

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

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

Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Ashton-under-Lyne Restaurant - 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...

Thaikhun Street Food Trafford Centre

Manchester Restaurant - Thai

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

ChaBa ChaBa

Merseyside Restaurant - Thai

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

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 Restaurant - Bar

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

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

The Thirsty Korean

The Thirsty Korean

Chorlton Restaurant - Korean

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

Hide Away

Bury Restaurant - Italian

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

Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

Peaberry

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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

Tommy’s Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

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

Shiraz Palace

Merseyside Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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

Trattoria 51 Southport

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Rococo Coffee House

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Bold Street Coffee

Restaurant - Global

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

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

Ca Phe Viet

Ancoats Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

Outdoor seating, Brewski, Chorlton

Brewski

Chorlton Restaurant - American

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

Cane & Grain Northern Quarter Bar

Cane & Grain

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

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

12pcs Mixed Sushi at Kyotoya Manchester

Kyotoya

Withington Restaurant - Japanese

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

Bombay Blussi

Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Crispy chicken ramen at Shoryu Manchester

Shoryu Ramen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

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

Masis Armenian Restaurant Sale Lamb

Masis

Sale Restaurant - Armenian

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

Globe Chorlton Manchester

Globe Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - Global

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

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

The Little Yeti

Chorlton Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Porta Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - European

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

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

Tre Ciccio Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

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

MerseyMade Gordon Smith Cafe

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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

The Klondyke Club

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

No round-up of Levenshulme’s social spaces could exclude The Klondyke Club AKA The Levenshulme Bowling and Social Club. This century-old...

Chicken of Aragon pie, available at Pieminister

Pieminister Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

El Capo Manchester Tacos

El Capo

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Mexican

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

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

The Original Third Eye

Didsbury Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Milk and Honey Cafe Manchester

Milk & Honey Cafe

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

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 Restaurant - Korean

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

Off The Press

Ancoats Restaurant - 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...

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

Royal Nawaab

Levenshulme Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

The Font Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - European

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

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

Yuzu

Chinatown Restaurant - Japanese

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

Rudy’s Pizza Bold Street

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Station Hop

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

Pieminister Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - British

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

Little Furnace Baltic Market

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

Indoor seating at Bombay Brew Indian Restaurant Rochdale

Bombay Brew

Rochdale Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Il Capitano’s

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester Bar Seating

Comptoir Libanais

Spinningfields Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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

Viet Shack Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

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

Electrik

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

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

Cantina

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Vegan

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

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

Wingstop

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

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

Overdraught MCR

Levenshulme Restaurant - American

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

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

Viet Guy Northenden

Northenden Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

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

Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Peter Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Jandol

Levenshulme Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

107 Dining Room Merseyside

107 Dining Room

Merseyside Restaurant - British

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

Abyssinia Kitchen

Merseyside Restaurant - African

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

My Thai Restaurant John Dalton Street Manchester

My Thai Manchester John Dalton Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Thai

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

Little Furnace Smithdown Road

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Bacaro

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

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

The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Ancoats Restaurant - British

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

A prawn dish at Siam Smiles Thai Restaurant in Manchester

Siam Smiles

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Thai

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

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

Volta

Didsbury Restaurant - European

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

Dine in at Tre Ciccio, Ramsbottom

Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Italian

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

Ciaooo Kitchen Manchester Pizza

Ciaooo

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

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

Tortuga

Tameside Restaurant - Caribbean

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

OKitchen Bar & Restaurant, Didsbury, Food Hero

OKitchen Bar & Restaurant

Didsbury Restaurant - Korean

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

Street View Outdoor Seating at All The Shapes Prestwich

All The Shapes

Prestwich Restaurant - 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...

Levy Market

Levenshulme Restaurant - Global

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

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

Fred’s Ale House

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Prashad

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Dulcimer

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Pho Cue

Chinatown Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

ice cream on the menu at Sweet Diner Denton Manchester

Sweet Diner

Denton Restaurant - Global

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

OSMA Kitchen Prestwich Manchester

OSMA

Prestwich Restaurant - Scandi

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

on the menu at Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant Manchester

Tai Wu

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

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

Tiger Rock North John Street

Merseyside Restaurant - Thai

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

Alley Cats

West Yorkshire Restaurant - American

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

Maggie Fu Smithdown

Merseyside Restaurant - Chinese

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

Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant

West Yorkshire Restaurant - African

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

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

Market House Indoor Food Hall

Greater Manchester Restaurant

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

One Plus Chinese HotPot Restaurant Manchester

One Plus

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

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

The Bistro at Blackburne House

Restaurant - Global

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

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

Jarern Street Food

Bolton Restaurant - Thai

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

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

Vibe Cafe

Merseyside Restaurant - Vegan

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

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

WowYauChow

Altrincham Restaurant - Chinese

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

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

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

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

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

Vnam

Ancoats Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

Crazy Pedro's NQ

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

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

Franco Manca

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Cheshire Restaurant - British

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

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

Triple B

Prestwich Restaurant - American

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

Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - 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...

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

Nordie Bar

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

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

Don Tacos table bolton

Don Tacos Bolton

Bolton Restaurant - Mexican

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

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