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Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

Oxford Road Hotel

The Hyatt Regency hotel is one of the most highly rated hotels in Manchester, with incredible views of the city...

A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2011. Over a...

Steak at Pendergast's Steakhouse in Warrington.

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British

Pendergast’s Steakhouse offers a less butch take on the traditional macho steakhouse. There are standout cuts of beef but you’ll...

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Rigatoni’s is a neighbourhood pasta place serving homemade rigatoni with a variety of sauces. Their trio of venues (in Ancoats,...

Roast dinner and a pint at 11 Central in Mediacity Manchester.

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars

11 Central is another venture for Seven Bro7hers, only this time their Sis4ers are on board too so the bar...

One of the holes at Golf Fang Liverpool, a crazy golf bar in the city centre.

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

Golf Fang Liverpool takes genteel notions of mini golf and smashes them with an 8-Iron. Crazy golf is definitely the...

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...

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Atlas Bar is known as one of the originals of Manchester’s modern cafe-bar scene. And for its extensive collection of...

Boutique 56

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

Boutique 56 is ideal for group getaways and hen-dos. It has a mix of private rooms and full suites and...

Christmas at Freight Island, Manchester

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Puri grazing platter at Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Indian Tiffin Room Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Indian Tiffin Room, the successful North West independent, has brought its authentic street food flavours to Liverpool.

The Alan Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The Alan is surely one of the most creative and design-led venues in Manchester city centre. A stylish six-storey hotel...

Greens Vegetarian Sale

Sale Restaurant - Vegetarian

TV chef Simon Rimmer's famous non-meatery Greens has been going strong in Didsbury since 1990. In summer 2022, he branched...

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Head to any of the ristorantes in the award-winning, family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional...

The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

Located in a Grade II Listed building from 1626, The Bridge is full of charm, whether you’re going for a...

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...

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

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

One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be...

Manchester River Cruises Pirates and Mermaids - a recommended half-term day out in Manchester.

Manchester River Cruises

Spinningfields Activities

Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour from Manchester River Cruises, and...

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Housed in a Grade II Listed building with a neo-classical facade, Chester's Opera Grill is a grand, 400-seater restaurant from...

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Whatever level of hunger you’re anticipating, you’ll not have a rumbling tum for long next time you head on up...

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

With its large alfresco terrace, complete with a fully retractable roof, Piccolino Didsbury is perfectly located for an Aperol Spritz...

Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant

Alfredo’s Social is a buzzy bar and restaurant in the parade of independents on Little Underbank in Stockport town centre....

Almost Famous Brunch

Almost Famous Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

Located in Liverpool city centre's Ropewalks area, Almost Famous is a burger restaurant with bite. They serve up behemoth burgers,...

One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

With its large alfresco terrace, island bar, and handsome architecture, Riva Blu Liverpool has a chic, continental feel inside and...

The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena

King Street Townhouse

Manchester City Centre Hotel

King Street Townhouse is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It’s well known for its...

Masons

Spinningfields Restaurant - Modern British

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

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

A stone's throw from Selfridges and the designer stores around Exchange Square, Piccolo by Piccolino is a Southern Italian restaurant...

Piccolino Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Knutsford fits in perfectly with the Italianate villas and chic shops of this quirky Cheshire town. Situated on the...

San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester

Bottega

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its floor-to-ceiling views over Exchange Square and chic Selfridges setting, Bottega is  a stylish spot for cocktails, lunch or...

A burger at Almost Famous Withington

Almost Famous Withington

Withington Restaurant

Almost Famous is a legend in its own lunchtime. Manchester’s original purveyor of OTT stacked dirty burgers and in-your-face attitude...

Christmas and New Year's Eve at Piccolino

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Liverpool is located in a particularly grand building on Cook Street with a small but perfectly-formed terrace at the...

One of the rooms at Aloft Liverpool, a hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Aloft Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Hotel

Aloft Liverpool is a popular hotel with visitors and business travellers. Part of the Marriott Bonvoy group, it’s a mix...

Canteena Bar & Grill

Sale Restaurant - Modern British

Based in the unit of Stanley Square that was once home to Sale Food Hall, Canteena Bar & Grill is...

Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room,...

Riva Blu Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Italian

Riva Blu Leeds, an Italian restaurant on Park Row, used be part of the Gino d’ACampo chain before the north's...

Love Lane Brewery

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - American

Love Lane Brewery creates beers for a new generation of beer enthusiasts. The name Love Lane comes from the craft...

Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

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

The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.

The Black Friar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

Cibus

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

Once a stall at Levy Market, then a pop-up pizzeria above Fred’s Ale House, Cibus took baby steps to get...

San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter

San Carlo Fiorentina

Hale Barns Restaurant - Italian

San Carlo Fiorentina (what the Italians call Florence) specialises in the meat dishes of Tuscany, grilled over charcoal, particularly steak,...

The terrace at San Carlo Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

San Carlo Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Italian

The latest addition to the San Carlo family is the impressive £3 million Alderley Edge restaurant, boasting a sunlit dining...

Riva Blu Manchester | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

From the same team behind Piccolino, Riva Blu Manchester aims to bring a little bit of La Dolce Vita to...

Gusto Italian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Italian Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown, even if the menu is the same everywhere from...

Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous

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...

The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

There’s no shortage of reliably good restaurants in the Hale-Altrincham-Bowden triangle, and Piccolino Hale is up there with the best...

Oysters from Climat, Manchester.

Climat

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

On the rooftop of Blackfriars House, Climat is a simply exceptional dining experience owned and operated by the team behind...

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...

Runyon’s Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Runyon’s restaurant at Hotel Brooklyn claims to be somewhere you’ll be “overfed and overindulged” with a menu of British classics...

Christmas at Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Head to Liverpool Gin Distillery to drink gin, make gin, learn about gin and talk about gin.

A tableful of dishes at Belzan in Liverpool

Belzan

Mossley Hill Restaurant - European

Following punchy reviews in the local and national press, it has been hard to secure a table at Liverpool’s Belzan.

Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool

Frederiks

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - American

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

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Scottish Steakhouse at Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

As you might imagine, top-quality steak is the name of the game at Scottish Steakhouse. Just “simple ingredients, cooked to...

Christmas at City Wine Bar & Kitchen in Liverpool

City Wine Bar & Kitchen

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant

Get fresh, local and honest food at City Wine Bar and Kitchen in the grade II listed ‘City Buildings’ on...

Cocktails served in King Street Tavern, the restaurant and bar at King Street Townhouse hotel

King Street Tavern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

Part of the King Street Townhouse hotel, with its luxe bedrooms and rooftop terrace boasting infinity pool and views of...

Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

Cocktails served at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre

Fumo

Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian

With its terrace overlooking Oxford Road and its much-photographed spiral staircase, Fumo is a favourite spot in Manchester for dinner...

The Laureate restaurant at The Hyatt Regency - a family-friendly place to eat.

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global

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

Henrock

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

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

Cocktails at Motley, a bar on Deansgate, Manchester.

Motley

Manchester City Centre Bars

Motley is a bar and restaurant attached to Yotel on Deansgate. With its suntrap terrace, it’s definitely not just for...

Hotel Brooklyn Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Hotel Brooklyn opened on Manchester’s Portland Street on Valentines day in 2020 as one of the world’s first fully accessible...

Steak at Gaucho

Gaucho Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

For many people, Argentinian restaurant Gaucho Manchester is the destination in the city for very good steak paired with very...

Food at BLVD in Manchester city centre

BLVD

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

BLVD is the place to go if you want cool cocktails and a party atmosphere with your meal. It’s a...

Sunday lunch at Peaky Blinders bar in Manchester

Peaky Blinders

Manchester City Centre Bars

Peaky Blinders is a cocktail bar and pub with food which pays homage to the hit TV series starring Cillian...

The entrance to The Vincent Hotel in Southport

The Vincent Hotel

Southport Hotel

The Vincent Hotel is a unique lifestyle hotel and stunning wedding venue in sunny Southport, home to the famous Royal...

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Hawksmoor

Spinningfields Restaurant - British

The first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London opened on Deansgate in 2015 and is a confident affair. Well sourced steak...

Dance Dance Revolution at NQ64, Manchester

NQ64

Northern Quarter Activities

Return to your youth and relieve the stresses and strains of adult life by whacking baddies Double Dragon-style or jumping...

Outside Dusk Til Pawn cocktail bar on Stevenson Square, Manchester city centre

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Bars

Dusk Til Pawn isn't a pawn shop that trades around the clock as its name might suggest, but rather a...

Mamasan Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

South Asian cookery is on the cards here, or "a vibrant culinary offering", if you prefer. Three floors are accessed...

Cocktail at 81 Ltd, a bar in Liverpool

81 Ltd

Chinatown (Liverpool) Bars

Some bars claim to be secret speakeasies even when they've got a big sign outside advertising cocktails. Shhh... don't tell...

The private dining room at 20 Stories, Manchester.

20 Stories

Spinningfields Restaurant - European

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

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

Trof

Northern Quarter Bars

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

Girls getting ready to skate at Paradise Skate World, Manchester.

Paradise Skate World

Manchester City Centre Activities

Paradise Skate World is a cosmic-themed roller skating bar for grown-ups (and teenagers at certain times of the day). It’s...

A bartender at MOJO, a bar in Manchester

MOJO Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

MOJO Manchester is a red-blooded rock and roll bar with an atmosphere that comes from a guitar-led playlist. The music...

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

Ma Boyles

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Global

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

LEAF Bold St

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Housed in a former tea room over two floors of an art deco building, LEAF's name and USP was meant...

Cocktails at Berry and Rye in Liverpool

Berry and Rye

Chinatown (Liverpool) Restaurant

Follow the faint sound of live blues and jazz to find this ultra hip, hidden bar. With no sign and...

Bar at North Taproom: Circle Square in Manchester

North Taproom: Circle Square

Oxford Road Bars

North Taproom: Circle Square is the Manchester outpost of the beloved North Bar in Leeds. It specialises in craft beer...

The Whiskey Jar

Northern Quarter Bars

The Whiskey Jar, in the heart of Manchester’s cool Northern Quarter, is housed in a stunning Grade II listed building,...

The Bookbinder

Lark Lane Restaurant - British

As a "neighbourhood pub, wine bar and eatery" The Bookbinder manages to straddle three quite different roles. You'll find well-kept...

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...

The private dining room at The Blues Kitchen

The Blues Kitchen Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

Street food at Foodie Friday Stockport

Foodie Friday Stockport

Stockport Town Centre Festivals

Foodie Friday is Stockport's food and drink festival, taking place between 6-9pm on the final Friday of each month.

Seating area at Lost in Tokyo, a bar in Manchester

Lost in Tokyo

Northern Quarter Bars

Lost In Tokyo is a Japanese basement bar on Stevenson Square. This Far East drinking den serves some far out...

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

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

Yours

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

When a restaurant's menu features lobster dynamite, you pretty much know straightaway that it might not be everyone's cup of...

A cocktail at Hummingbird - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars

Hummingbird

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Art Deco-style cocktail bar Hummingbird is one of Liverpool's hippest spots for a chilled night out. 

Namii Kitchen and Cocktails is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Namii Kitchen & Cocktails

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Vietnamese

It's got neon, it's got pastels, it's got faux foliage, it's got innovative cocktails and it's got Pan Asian cuisine...

A table set for dinner at Instagrammer's paradise Tattu restaurant in Manchester, Spinningfields

Tattu Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - Chinese

Located in the heart of the Spinningfields business district, Tattu Manchester is an Instagrammer’s dream. Think penumbral lighting, body art-inspired...

Cocktail at L'Aperitivo, a bar in Liverpool

L’Aperitivo

Ropewalks Bars

Modern-day Bold Street in Liverpool and Via Veneto in 1960s Rome could be an example of time-travelling city twinning.

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

Society

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch...

Band on the Wall - an iconic gig venue in Manchester

Band on the Wall

Northern Quarter Music Venues

So called because the performers used to play on a stage situated halfway up the wall, Band on the Wall...

Victor's restaurant, Hale

Victor’s

Hale Restaurant - Global

Victor's is an upscale neighbourhood restaurant. Of course it is, it’s in Hale. Locals call in for everything from brunch...

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...

Cicchetti at Gino's Sky Bar in Liverpool

Gino D’Acampo 360 Sky Bar & Terrace

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Situated on the 18th floor of INNSiDE by Meliá on Old Hall Street, Gino D'Acampo 360 Sky Bar and Sky...

One of the private dining rooms at The Ivy

The Ivy Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - British

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

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

One Percent Forest

Woolton Village Restaurant - Coffee

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

Delhi House Cafe | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

This slick 2020 addition to the Corn Exchange is determined to do something different to other contemporary Indian restaurants. And...

La Parrilla Lark Lane

Lark Lane Restaurant - Mexican

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

Crazy Pedro’s Liverpool

Ropewalks 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...

Halloumi fries at Hafla Hafla, a restaurant on Lark Lane in Liverpool.

Hafla Hafla

Lark Lane Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Prestwich Social

Prestwich Restaurant - British

Prestwich Social is an all-day suburban cafe bar on Fairfax Road in Prestwich that proudly serves ethically and locally sourced...

Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23

Cloud 23

Manchester City Centre Bars

Cloud 23 is one of Manchester's highest dining and drinking experiences. Located 23 stories up in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate...

Madre Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Mexican

The world's greatest hand-held food is promised by Madre – tostadas, quesadillas and tacos tacos tacos. There's also all the...

Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.

Purezza

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Vegan

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

King Pins Trafford Palazzo, a great place for bowling and more

King Pins Trafford Palazzo

Trafford Park Activities

King Pins Trafford Palazzo markets itself as ‘the crown jewels of bowling’, but to be honest, they’re selling themselves short....

Christmas at Pattersons in Liverpool

Pattersons

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

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

One of the colourful dishes served at neighbourhood favourite Mary & Archie in Chorlton.

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - European

Mary & Archie Chorlton is a well-loved neighbourhood cafe bar, sourcing the best local ingredients for their famous 'all-day' brunch...

A bowl of ramen at New Wave Ramen in Manchester.

New Wave Ramen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

The Watering Can

Aigburth Restaurant - Global

At the entrance to Greenbank Park, with its lake and leafy vistas, The Watering Can offers both inside and outside...

Menagerie Manchester Brunch

Ménagerie

Salford Bars

Let's get this party started... but not without lining your stomach first, fun fans. With tapas-style dishes for sharing as...

Cocktail served at Sandinista in Manchester

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...

Project Halcyon - one of the Manchester cocktail bars that made the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.

Project Halcyon

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Halcyon Project Distillery is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and immersive cocktail experience in Manchester....

Pasta salad at Cibo, an Italian restaurant in Hale, Trafford, Greater Manchester

Cibo Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

Cibo takes a leaf out of San Carlo’s book with its version of upscale Italian dining. It may be out-of-town...

The rooftop terrace at Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool

Oh Me Oh My

Waterfront Restaurant - Modern British

Whether you're treating a loved one to champagne afternoon tea, or you're looking for somewhere with great views to inspire...

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...

A Clockwork Orange-themed drink from Blockbusters NQ, Manchester

Blockbusters NQ

Northern Quarter Bars

If you're over the age of 25, chances are you probably remember visiting a video rental store as a kid....

Salt Dog Slims Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Ropewalks gaff Salt Dog Slims, although tbh...

Neighbourhood Bistro and Bar

Childwall Restaurant - Global

Ticking all the boxes for brekkie and brunch in South Liverpool is Neighbourhood Bistro and Bar on Woolton Road.

Small plates at O'Neill's, Manchester Printworks

O’Neill’s Printworks

Manchester City Centre Bars

O'Neill's in the Printworks is a lively bar (some would say too lively) that's known as a decent place to...

Lamb rump with potato rosti and broad beans served at 10 Tib Lane, a French restaurant in Manchester city centre.

10 Tib Lane

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - French

10 Tib Lane is one of the brave new openings of summer 2021; a time when securing staff and supplies,...

A cocktail at Fitzgeralds, a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Fitzgerald

Northern Quarter Bars

The Fitzgerald, appropriately enough, channels those Great Gatsby vibes with its vintage stylings, and its 1920s glassware sets off the...

A bowl of soup at Jackalope, a cafe bar in Sale

Jackalope

Sale Restaurant

The Jackalope may be a mythical beast but fortunately a top-notch brunch at Sale’s relaxed café bar is reassuringly real.

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

Adam Reid at The French

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

Rustik

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Open since 2015, this independent café-bar on Burton Road in the heart of West Didsbury has a cheeky Irish slant...

Menu at The Alchemist New York Street Manchester

The Alchemist Manchester New York Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist on New York Street is the second of three Manchester venues and nicely turned out, with bags of...

Ramen at House of Fu Manchester, a Japanese restaurant with karaoke booths on Portland Street.

House of Fu Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

Beloved Leeds ramen hotspot House of Fu opened on Portland Street in October 2023. This Japanese restaurant and bar is...

Dessert at Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill

Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill is a confident operation with prime grass-fed British beef and popular classics. The menu veers...

Gusto Cheadle Hulme Pizza

Gusto Italian Cheadle Hulme

Cheadle Hulme Restaurant - Italian

Gusto serves fresh Italian food in Cheadle Hulme and many other places. It’s part of a seemingly ever-expanding chain but...

Grand bar area at The Municipal Hotel - MGallery

The Municipal Hotel – MGallery

Liverpool City Centre Hotel

The Municipal Hotel – MGallery is one of Liverpool’s few 5* hotels and as such, it exudes luxury in every...

Sunset at Australasia in Manchester city centre

Australasia

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

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

Henry C

Chorlton Restaurant - American

Serving up city centre-standard cocktails in the suburbs, Henry C is a cosy neighbourhood bar in Chorlton with a heavy...

Chamber 36 Liverpool

Chinatown (Liverpool) Restaurant - Pan Asian

Within spitting distance of the Chinese Arch of Europe's oldest China Town, the original Chamber 36 serves specialities from across...

Furusato Bar & Grill

Maghull Restaurant - Pan Asian

Dave Fitzsimmons (previously 60 Hope Street, Host) opened Furustao the Pan-Asian bar and restaurant after returning from working in some...

Low Slow and Dough

Oxton Restaurant - American

Nestled in Oxton Village in the Wirral, Low Slow and Dough is a Tex-Mex eatery with brunch specials, loaded nachos,...

Fresh pasta at Rigatoni's, an Italian restaurant in Manchester.

Rigatoni’s Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

Rigatoni’s is a neighbourhood pasta place serving homemade rigatoni with a variety of sauces. Their trio of venues (in Ancoats,...

A craft stall at Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester City Centre Markets

You don't have to walk far in Manchester city centre to find one of the many Christmas markets that pop-up...

Present Company

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Present Company is a cocktail bar and a pretty good one at that. Not only does it have the seal...

Sushi from Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, Manchester.

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay is the first restaurant that the famed TV chef has decided to open in the...

Venison steak at Wood Manchester.

Wood

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

The Botanist Media City, Salford

The Botanist Salford

Media City Restaurant - Global

Part of a UK-wide chain bringing the outdoors in with its signature English country garden style, The Botanist in Salford...

Cocktail served at Three Little Words

Three Little Words

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Three Little Words is housed under the arches at the lesser-visited end of Watson Street, near Beetham Tower. Inside you’ll...

A girl holding a cocktail at Alcotraz, Manchester

Alcotraz Manchester: Cell Block Three-Four

Deansgate Bars

Probably one of the most unique cocktail bars in Manchester, Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four is a speakeasy 'prison' that requires you...

Inside Junior Jackson's bar, Manchester, Northern Quarter.

Junior Jackson’s

Northern Quarter Bars

Nestled away underneath the Northern Quarter's infamous Oldham Street, this is a tiny bar with a huge personality.

Riverside views at The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel

Salford Hotel

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

A cocktail at Puffin Rooms - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars.

Puffin Rooms

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Be transported back in time with a visit to Puffin Rooms; Liverpool's specialist whisky and cigar bar. With over 200 rare...

Sugar Junction, a cafe in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Sugar Junction

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

With a very vintage vibe, homemade cake and cocktails, and tempting hot and cold plates dished up all day every...

Cocktails at The Daisy

The Daisy

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as 'late night escapism', The Daisy is a subterranean haven of a cocktail bar in the Northern Quarter. Find...

The private dining room at Dash

Dash Restaurant & Bar

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Pan Asian

You don't just walk up the steps to this glam go-to in the city centre, all glitzy chandeliers and luxe...

Inside Madre Manchester, a contemporary Mexican restaurant near Piccadilly Station.

Madre Manchester

Gay Village Restaurant - Mexican

You'll find Manchester's Madre near KAMPUS on the Chorlton Street side of the complex. It's the kind of place you'd visit...

A burger from Born Up North, otherwise known as BUN, in Heswall on the Wirral, Merseyside

Born Up North

Heswall Restaurant

Born Up North is known as bun. Makes sense. This Heswall eatery is a relaxed affair where it’s (almost) all...

LEAF West Kirby

West Kirby Restaurant - Global

LEAF has headed over the water, and its West Kirby outpost continues the theme, with over 60 varieties of loose-leaf...

CULTO

Leeds Restaurant - Italian

Famous for both its top-drawer takeaways and unique black base Pizza Nera made using vegetable charcoal, CULTO is a cosy...

Exhibition

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Exhibition is one of Manchester’s cluster of exciting multi-kitchen concepts (read: food halls) that just seem to be multiplying. In...

The Brunch & Cocktail Club

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Brunch Club by name, brunch club by nature – and those in the know make sure they book a table;...

A dish at Four & Twenty in Penrith

Four & Twenty

Cumbria Restaurant

You won’t find blackbirds baked in a pie at this Penrith bistro, but you will find a small menu of...

Cocktails at Disorder bar, Manchester.

Disorder

Northern Quarter Bars

Even if you're a massive Joy Division fan, a themed bar sounds a bit naff. Fortunately, Disorder takes itself too...

Ramen at Suki Suki on Deansgate, Manchester

Suki Suki

Deansgate Restaurant - Pan Asian

Suki Suki is a Pan-Asian street food bar located on Deansgate under the arches of the Great Northern Warehouse.

Bartender at Little Hardware, a bar in Liverpool

Little Hardware

Ropewalks Bars

Little Hardware takes its name from the not-so-little Rapid Hardware store that used to take up a sizeable chunk of...

New Century

Green Quarter Restaurant - Global

Opened in the summer of 2022 after a hefty refurb which transformed the tired-looking New Century Hall of the mid-twentieth...

A dish from Maki & Ramen in Manchester.

Maki & Ramen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Born in Edinburgh and now in Glasgow and Manchester, Maki & Ramen is a high-quality, quick-eats-style place that easily holds...

A dish served at Owen's Kitchen and Bar in Urmston, Trafford.

Owen’s Kitchen and Bar

Urmston Restaurant - Global

2023 new opening Owen’s Kitchen and Bar has fast become part of the furniture in Urmston, almost like it was...

Christmas at Flight Club, Manchester.

Flight Club Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

Flight Club is a hit in London, Birmingham and Manchester, with its primary aim (sorry) to offer a contemporary take...

Christmas special at The Yan in Cumbria

The Yan

Cumbria Restaurant

The Lake District is almost as well-known for its fancy Michelin-star establishments as it is for its fells. The Yan...

Cocktail at Sexy Fish, a restaurant in Manchester

Sexy Fish

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

Sexy Fish is no mere minnow in the UK dining scene. It’s brought to you by Caprice Holdings, the group...

Food at Smuggler's Cove, a restaurant on Albert Dock in Liverpool

The Smugglers Cove

Albert Dock Restaurant

The Smugglers Cove is a themed bar and restaurant on Liverpool’s Albert Dock. There are maps, wooden apothecary cabinets and...

Exterior of Juice Box Didsbury, a bar and bottle shop

Juicebox Didsbury

Didsbury Bars

Juicebox is an independent wine bar and bottle shop in Didsbury (there’s another one in Manchester city centre). It’s a...

A cocktail at Manolo - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars

Manolo

Ropewalks Bars

Inspired by flavours from the Carribbean, Manolo offers a variety of exceptional cocktails that stem from the region. The bar...

A cocktail at Finders Keepers, a cocktail bar at Islington Marina in Ancoats

Finders Keepers

Ancoats Bars

Finders Keepers, a quayside bar at Islington Marina is the perfect sunny day spot. Its thoughtful seasonal cocktails are the...

The exterior of Night and Day Cafe in the NQ Manchester.

Night & Day Cafe

Northern Quarter Bars

Without Night & Day Cafe, the Northern Quarter as we know it probably wouldn't exist. It was places like this,...

Pizza Punks Pizzas on Bold Street in Liverpool

Pizza Punks Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant

Pizza Punks Liverpool brings sourdough anarchy to Bold Street. There’s a joyful glee to the operation but it’s no three-chord...

The Firehouse

Ancoats Restaurant - Global

Found in the former E & A Auto Services garage depot on Swan Street, Firehouse is the sister restaurant to...

The bar at Piccolino Grande Wilmslow, an Italian restaurant in Cheshire

Piccolino Grande Wilmslow

Wilmslow Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Grande Wilmslow is an elegant and glamorous restaurant with an airy open-plan design, a Tuscan terrace and luxurious furnishings....

Garten Bar | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Bars

Right in the centre of the Corn Exchange atrium, the German-themed Garten Bar is a light, airy setting for brunch,...

Inside Vanilla, a lesbian bar and club in the Gay Village, Manchester.

Vanilla

Gay Village Bars

If you're looking for a lesbian bar and club in Manchester, chances are you'll find yourself at Vanilla. It's been...

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

Hanover Street Social

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

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

Al Dente

Lark Lane Restaurant - Mediterranean

Al Dente is a Mediterranean restaurant with an extensive, far-reaching menu that just about makes sense when you consider the...

SakkuSamba

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

SakkuSamba, in the bustling Spinningfields area of Manchester, is a fusion restaurant that celebrates the rich history and cultural importance...

Royal Institution Bar - one of the coolest cocktail bars in Liverpool

Royal Institution Bar

Ropewalks Bars

The Royal Institution Bar was created for 'those who enjoy the finer things in life' and serves up well thought-out...

The outside of The Jane Eyre Chorlton is full of character, making it the perfect neighbourhood bar and restaurant

The Jane Eyre Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - Modern British

The Jane Eyre Chorlton is a neighbourhood restaurant and cocktail bar on Beech Road, Chorlton’s most charming street. This offshoot...

Tease Me cocktail at Guilty by Association, a bar in Manchester

Guilty by Association

Northern Quarter Bars

Guilty by Association is a late-night basement bar on Stevenson Square with fun cocktails, DJs and dancing.

Gorilla

Greater Manchester Bars

Gorilla is tucked under a railway arch, it has a slightly industrial vibe but it’s comfortable for all that. The...

CBRB Northern Quarter Bao

Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun (Permanently closed)

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Japanese

The name sums up this place’s offering succintly enough. Add the words ‘damn good’ at the start and it’ll be...

Maray Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Middle Eastern

Maray Manchester is the fourth of its kind, but the first to sprout outside of Liverpool. Inspired by Le Marais...

Blinker - one of the Manchester cocktail bars that made the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.

Blinker Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

The name for Blinker Bar comes from a forgotten classic three-ingredient cocktail made from rye, grapefruit and raspberry. It’s this...

A sauna at Carden Park, an award-winning countryside spa hotel near Manchester and Liverpool.

Carden Park

Chester Spas

Carden Park is one of the North West’s ultimate spa destinations. This place has won award after award, and deservedly...

Dear Sailor

Spinningfields Bars

Dear Sailor is a reclusive bar but once inside, it’s no shrinking violet. It’s the sort of place where you...

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...

The terrace at The Alchemist Spinningfields

The Alchemist Manchester Spinningfields

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist in Spinningfields was the original of three Manchester venues and has a good-sized outdoor terrace and plenty of...

Outside The White Horse at Churton, which features in the Good Food Guide 2023

The White Horse in Churton

Churton Restaurant - European

Thought it's only been open a short while (since March 2023 to be exact), The White Horse in Churton is...

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...

Cocktail served at the Jane Eyre in Manchester

The Jane Eyre

Ancoats Restaurant - British

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

Pot Kettle Black Barton Arcade

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Pot Kettle Black is born out of owners Mark Flanagan and Jon Wilkin's time travelling (and playing rugby professionally) down...

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

Gusto Italian Heswall

Heswall Restaurant - Italian

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

27El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester

El Gato Negro Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

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

Schofield’s Bar

Spinningfields Bars

Various prestigious best bar gongs have been awarded to Schofield's Bar since it opened in Quay Street's iconic Art Deco...

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

Alderley Edge Hotel

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Modern British

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

Eggs Benedict as served at Browns Manchester restaurant in the city centre.

Browns Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

All dark wood and polished brass, leather seating and stained glass, this former banking hall is cavernous yet intimate all...

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...

Cocktail served at The Washhouse - a bar in Manchester city centre

The Washhouse

Manchester City Centre Bars

Tucked away on Shudehill is the blink-and-you'll-miss-it bar, The Washhouse. And, as it's name suggests, it's not what you'd typically...

Inside Big Hands, a bar on Oxford Road, Manchester.

Big Hands

Oxford Road Bars

The original Manchester dive bar, Big Hands is a rock n roll institution and the site of many messy nights...

LEAF Smithdown Rd

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

LEAF’s fairly new local, up Allerton way, continues the theme, with over 60 varieties of loose-leaf tea (the OG LEAF...

Pasta dish from Ortica Plant Based Italian in Urmston, Greater Manchester

Ortica Italian Plant Based

Urmston Restaurant - Italian

Ortica brings the south of Italy to the south of Manchester, minus the meat and dairy. Their 100% vegan menu is...

Love From - an alcohol-free bar in Manchester city centre.

Love From

Gay Village Bars

Karl Considine, host and founder of 'What Next' podcast, opened alcohol-free bar Love From as a two-week pop-up in October...

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

The sixth Bread Street (not counting Dubai, China and Singapore) has arrived in Liverpool, but it's not all sandwiches and...

A round of mezcal shots ready to be poured at NoHo, one of the most popular bars in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

NoHo

Northern Quarter Bars

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

Roast squash with labneh and zhoug at Evelyn's in the NQ

Evelyn’s

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Evelyn’s is a very clever restaurant. It’s from the chaps behind Mughli so expect a quality operation although it is...

The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester

Dishoom

Spinningfields Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Dishoom is a legend in its own lunchtime and that’s exactly how it likes things. It’s not enough to serve...

One of the dishes served at Savages Mussels Bar in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Savages Mussels Bar

Macclesfield Restaurant

Savages Mussels Bar opened in November 2023 on the cobbled Church Street a short walk from Macclesfield station. Prior to...

Salt Dog Slims Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Salt Dog Slims, new over from Liverpool,...

The Alchemist Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

Part of the chain, The Alchemist in Liverpool is settled into a Grade II-listed building in the heart of the...

A dish from the festive menu at Nord in Liverpool

Nord

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Nord is a real asset to Liverpool’s dining scene. Housed in a bit of an unlovely 1960s office block –...

Istanbul BBQ & Bistro Woolton

Woolton Village Restaurant - Mediterranean

Of two branches of Istanbul, the restaurant in the heart of Woolton Village is the OG, founded in 2013 with...

Junkyard Golf - an alternative Christmas night out in Manchester.

Junkyard Golf Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Junkyard Golf is Manchester’s original crazy crazy golf. There are imitators and imposters but this was the city’s first day-glo,...

Lost Cat

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Don't be distracted by the flowers – walk through the florists out front and follow the neon sign ("cheap food...

The River Restaurant

Salford Restaurant - Modern British

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

exterior of on the hush manchester church street northern quarter

On the Hush

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Bar

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

Fogo Brazil

Ropewalks Restaurant - South American

All-you-can eat meat with Brazilian pizzazz, served in the traditional South American rodizio-style, that's Fogo. Fourteen different cuts of beef,...

A bowl of nachos from The Produce Hall in Stockport.

The Produce Hall

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant - Global

This 19th-century market building became a buzzy food hall and bar in 2019 as part of Stockport's transformation from 'crap...

Sterling

Manchester City Centre Bars

Sterling is probably one of the most luxurious bars to hit Manchester in recent years, located on the subterranean level...

Inside Behind Closed Doors, a quirky bar in Manchester, the NQ.

Behind Closed Doors

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as a 'debauched cocktail bar' in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Behind Closed Doors aims to bring 'sex,...

The Rembrandt

Gay Village Bars

One of the originals of The Village, The Rembrandt, or Rem Bar, has been welcoming in Manchester's gay community since...

The Palm Court Bar at Seaforth, the restaurant in the Municipal Hotel Liverpool

Seaforth

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

The Seaforth restaurant sits in the grand central atrium of the Municipal Hotel on Dale Street. Once the headquarters for...

The sun shines into the interior of bar and bistro Polidor 68 on Lark Lane, Liverpool.

Polidor 68

Lark Lane Restaurant - Global

Named after the famous Parisian restaurant frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce, Polidor 68 aspires to...

Interior of Pray Tell, a cocktail bar in Sale M33

Pray Tell

Sale Bars

Pray Tell is a neighbourhood bar in Stanley Square, Sale. It’s the sort of place that all towns and suburbs...

A selection of street food dishes from Indian Affair, a restaurant in Chorlton

Indian Affair

Chorlton Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Indian Affair is a light, bright modern restaurant in the parade of little independents opposite Chorlton Bus Station.

Coffee at Burnt Milk Hotel, a natural wine bar and cafe in Liverpool.

Burnt Milk Hotel

Albert Dock Bars

Burnt Milk Hotel is the new face of wine drinking. Relaxed, unpretentious and with a great selection of natural wines...

A sunny spot outside Iconic Bar in the Village, Manchester

Iconic

Gay Village Bars

Iconic Bar is a hidden gem of the Gay Village. It's a dinky little place, tucked away from the hustle...

A cocktail from speakeasy bar, Science & Industry, above Cane & Grain in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Science & Industry

Northern Quarter Bars

If antique glassware and taxidermy squirrels are your thing, this is your kind of drinking den. Hidden above New York-style...

party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester

Banyan | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

A cocktail at Panoramic 34 in Liverpool city centre.

Panoramic 34

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Modern British

Panoramic 34 was the UK's highest restaurant when it opened in 2008, and although others have since taken that title,...

Istanbul BBQ & Bistro Allerton

Allerton Restaurant - Mediterranean

Following in the footsteps of the Woolton Village branch of Istanbul, the restaurant on the vibrant Allerton Road has 70...

Backyard burger, Bunny Jackson's, Manchester

Bunny Jackson’s

Manchester City Centre Bars

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

Press Bros Coffee on Lark Lane, Liverpool

Press Bros Coffee

Lark Lane Restaurant - Coffee

Press Bros Coffee opened in this corner spot on Lark Lane after winning everyone over with its sausage patty melts...

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

Maray Bold St

Ropewalks Restaurant - European

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

Food at the Molly House in the Gay Village, Manchester.

The Molly House

Gay Village Bars

With its pretty Tiffany lights and Victoriana decor, The Molly House pub is one of The Gay Village's best-looking venues....

Elderflower Negroni at Atomeca

Atomeca

Castlefield Bars

Atomeca at Deansgate Square is an all-day European drinkery. It’s a small, comfortable space with tables breaking out into the...

Beef tataki at Sora Manchester, a rooftop bar and restaurant in Malmaison Deansgate

Sora Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Sora Manchester is a rooftop bar and restaurant serving up sushi, Pan Asian small plates and views across the city’s...

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...

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

Pho Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Vietnamese

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

The cheese and meat sharing board at Haunt - a recommended wine bar and coffee shop in Manchester city centre.

Haunt

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

When Peter Street lost its Caffe Nero it gained Haunt, an independent coffee shop and wine bar. Stepping inside, you...

Afternoon tea at Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester

Richmond Tea Rooms

Gay Village Restaurant - British

If this isn't an excuse to pop on your best frock (or bib'n'tucker), we don't know what is. An award-winning...

Elixir Oxton

Oxton Restaurant - Global

Promising "interesting and inspired cooking", from Wednesday through Saturday, the food at Elixir Oxton is all about good-looking small plates...

Seafood Risotto at Alberts Restaurant Didsbury

Albert’s Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Albert’s Didsbury always has a buzz about it. OK, so you won’t get the best food in the world but...

Silk Rd Heswall

Heswall Restaurant - Global

If it's one of those days when you can't put your finger on what you fancy – Thai curry or...

A cocktail served at Speak in Code - one of the best cocktail bars in Manchester

Speak In Code

Manchester City Centre Bars

Finding itself resting in the top 20 of the top 50 cocktail bars in the whole of the UK, Speak...

The Green Man

Lark Lane Bars

The Green Man pub opened on Lark Lane in December 2022, just in time for Christmas (and the World Cup)....

Kids making pizza at Gusto

Gusto Italian Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Italian

With views of the water and a menu that should have something for pretty much everyone, Gusto Liverpool is a...

Black Milk - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Black Milk

Northern Quarter Restaurant

Black Milk is a hip, Insta-friendly dessert cafe in the Northern Quarter known for its towering ice creams, gelato, sweet...

A drag queen dressed in pink at Bar Pop

Bar Pop

Gay Village Bars

Open until 3am throughout the week (an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays), Bar Pop is the place to add...

The One O’Clock Gun

Albert Dock Bars

The One O'Clock Gun is a New York-style pub on the waterfront at Albert Docks. The name refers to a...

Cocktails at Hawksmoor in Liverpool

Hawksmoor Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - British

Hawksmoor Liverpool opened in the beautiful Grade II-listed India Buildings, to much excitement in late 2022.

The Cow Hollow Hotel, a boutique hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Cow Hollow Hotel

Northern Quarter Hotel

If you like to stay somewhere that reflects the character and history of the city you’re in, Cow Hollow Hotel...

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...

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...

Crowded House Bury

Crowded House

Whitefield Restaurant - Global

Crowded House in Bury town centre is for those occasions when you want NQ-style food and drinks but you can’t...

Mamucium Fine Dining Manchester

Mamucium

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

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

Dining at Scene Indian Kitchen Manchester

Scene

Spinningfields Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Scene was one of the first of the new wave of Indian restaurants that left the flock wallpaper and the...

Zara’s Hub

Childwall Restaurant - Global

Quaintly calling itself a "wine bar" on Instagram, Zara's Hub actually dabbles in a bit of everything, from a classic...

Try Thai in Manchester's Chinatown at night

Try Thai

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Thai

Up some steps and through a doorway flanked by two statuettes making the wai, and you're welcomed into Try Thai,...

Cocktail from 97, Chorlton

97

Chorlton Bars

Situated at 97 Beech Road, the aptly named 97 opened in March 2023 to serve visually pleasing drinks to the...

Rudy's Pizza Chorlton with outdoor seating

Rudy’s Pizza Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

Rudy’s Pizza Chorlton is a relaxed outpost of the popular homegrown Manchester mini-chain of independent Napoli pizza masters.

Exterior of Ex Directory, a bar in Liverpool

Ex Directory

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Defunct red phone boxes are always being re-purposed as mini libraries, homes for defibrillators, or, in this case, an entrance...

The Pen Factory

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - European

The Pen Factory specialises in bistro food with a mix of main dishes and small plates for sharing. Everything is...

The exterior of Hope & Smoke with seats set out in the sun. This grill restaurant and bar is situated in Allerton, Liverpool.

Hope & Smoke

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

Hope & Smoke, an independent ‘smokehouse, bar and grill’ on Allerton Road is a local go-to for barbecue food, burgers,...

A burger topped with cheese and pulled pork at Three Piggies - a casual dining place on Allerton Road, Liverpool

Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

The Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen looks like a transplant from a Cornish surfer town with its flaking driftwood walls,...

Dukes 92 Beer Garden

Dukes 92

Castlefield Bars

You'll find Dukes 92 in the dynamic district of Castlefield, just a short stumble from Deansgate and its bustling bar...

Portland Street 358

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Global

You can have whatever flavour you fancy, as long as it's street food flavour – that's the offer at Portland...

Blue velvet cocktail chairs in a bedroom at Lock and Key Hotel - Duke Street in Liverpool

Lock and Key Hotel – Duke Street

Ropewalks Hotel

Lock and Key Hotel - Duke Street has scooped up various awards and accolades since it opened in 2017 thanks...

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

Wilson’s Social

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Glass-fronted bar and restaurant Wilson's Social is part of the Selina NQ1 hostel, formerly Hatter’s. It’s a brunch, lunch and...

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...

Cocktail served at Cuckoo, a bar in Prestwich, Manchester

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...

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...

The outdoor bar and terrace at Alchemist Media City

The Alchemist Salford

Media City Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist at Salford Quays is the most recent of three Manchester venues and has an outdoor terrace overlooking the...

Bottomless brunch at Elnecot in Ancoats, Manchester.

Elnecot

Ancoats Restaurant - European

Named after the first recorded name for Ancoats, Elnecot (meaning ‘lonely cottages’) takes its influence from historical cooking methods with...

HATCH

Oxford Road Restaurant - Global

Nestled snugly under the Mancunian Way on Oxford Road, Hatch opened in 2017 as a space for creative and independent...

The bar at Lane 7, Deansgate

Lane 7 Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Activities

Lane 7 Deansgate has bowling lanes as well as more than seven other things to do while you’re there and...

Papillon

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Global

Papillon is a quaint-looking bistro-style restaurant, complete with baby pink paintwork and pinstripe canopy to match. In fact, it looks...

Wood & Company

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

With its disguised entrance and back street location, Wood & Co has the feel of a secret speakeasy only frequented...

Lucky Ramen & Sushi

Ancoats Restaurant - Japanese

Lucky Ramen & Sushi restaurant is known for its late-night dining offering of fresh bowls of stewed ramen that are...

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...

Chamber 36 Smithdown Road

Chinatown (Liverpool) Restaurant - Pan Asian

Following in the footsteps of the China Town Chamber 36 OG, this second opening also serves specialities from across East...

The Merchant, a bar in Liverpool city centre.

The Merchant

Ropewalks Bars

The Merchant is a lively hangout with great pizza. At the front, spilling onto the street, the outdoor tables under...

A dessert served at Riva restaurant and bar in Hale, Greater Manchester

Riva

Hale Restaurant - Modern British

Bringing new life to Hale village is relaxed restaurant and bar Riva, which cleverly scoops up trade from morning till...

Impossible

Manchester City Centre Bars

First and foremost a bar and nightclub, Impossible’s Instagram account is filled with a bevvy of posing beauties enjoying cocktails...

Christmas at Tiger Rock in Liverpool

Tiger Rock Renshaw Street

Ropewalks Restaurant - Pan Asian

Tiger Rock Renshaw Street is the newest and biggest of the Liverpool Pan-Asian street hawker venues. As well as a...

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

Bacaro

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - European

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

Gin and tonics served at NYL Restaurant and Bar in Liverpool's Aloft hotel.

NYL Restaurant and Bar

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - American

Much of the appeal of NYL Restaurant and Bar is admittedly the setting. You'll find it in the Aloft hotel...

The Oracle

Ropewalks Bars

Even the entrance to The Oracle has an air of mystery: look for the anonymous grey door to the left...

Ethiopian food at Kargo MKT, a food hall at Salford Quays

Kargo MKT

Salford Quays Restaurant - Global

Kargo MKT is a huge food hall in Salford Quays where 20 different street food traders ply their trade. With...

Cocktails at Red Light, Manchester

Red Light

Gay Village Bars

Tucked away on Little David Street, surrounded by the trendy setting of new city living neighbourhood KAMPUS, is Red Light;...

Hot chocolate at Cocoa Cabana in Ancoats, Manchester

Cocoa Cabana Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Global

This chic chocolatiers-cum-cocktail parlour follows in the footsteps of award-winning entrepreneur Sarah Gallacher's West Didsbury ventures, encouraging more sitting and...

The interior of Kampai Sushi, a Japanese restaurant in Hale, Greater Manchester.

Kampai Sushi Bar

Hale Restaurant - Japanese

Kampai Sushi Bar brings an off-centre approach to Japanese cooking to Hale’s dining scene. They describe their food as ‘authentic...

Lobster Roll - Muse Uppermill

Muse

Oldham Restaurant - Global

Local favourite Muse is an urban cocktails and small plates-style place up in the hills beyond Oldham, from the same...

Alley Cats

Leeds Restaurant - American

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

La Finca Eivissa

Restaurant - Spanish

Grab your glowsticks, we're going to Ibiza – La Finca Eivissa reckons to bring an authentic taste of the White...

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...

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...

Asha's Indian Restaurant, Manchester

Asha’s

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Tea Hive

Chorlton Restaurant - British

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

La Parrilla Waterloo

Waterloo Restaurant - Mexican

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

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Set in a Grade II-listed Charles Heathcote-designed Edwardian Baroque building, all that marble provides the perfect backdrop to a family-owned...

Pappardelle al ragu’ bianco di agnello e crema ai funghi

Vero Moderno

Salford Restaurant - Italian

Another fab addition to the clutch of good, independent Italian restaurants in the city is Vero Moderno. Situated on the...

Smoke & Mirrors

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

Glitz and glamour is the name of the game at Smoke & Mirrors, where the order of service is shisha...

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

Vice & Virtue

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

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...

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...

A plate of sashimi at Peter Street Kitchen - the Japanese and Mexican restaurant in the former Free Trade Hall in Manchester

Peter Street Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

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

The Botanist Manchester Deansgate

The Botanist Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Part of a UK-wide chain bringing the outdoors in with its signature English country garden style, The Botanist on Deansgate...

Pan Roasted Cod Loin at Alberts Restaurant Standish

Albert’s Standish

Standish Restaurant - European

Albert’s Standish is a reliable option. You won’t get the best food in the world but you’ll get a menu...

A dish served at Yu Copster Green - an acclaimed Chinese restaurant in the Ribble Valley

Yu Copster Green

Lancashire Restaurant - Chinese

Yu Copster Green (formerly known as Yu and You) is an established, upscale Chinese restaurant serving British favourites and house...

Chez Mal Restaurant Manchester Afternoon Tea

Chez Mal Brasserie

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

Luck Lust Liquor and Burn Manchester Tacos

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Mexican

"Tacos, dreamos and burrito supremos", that's what the Northern Quarter's Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn is peddling in its dive...

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

Crafthouse

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

The slick Crafthouse restaurant serves up seasonal British fare from a roof-top perch. It's a D&D group restaurant, and like...

slyce uppermill

Slyce

Oldham Restaurant - American

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

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.

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...

La Parrilla Bold Street

Ropewalks Restaurant - Mexican

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

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.

Black Barrel

Restaurant - Global

Describing itself as an "unorthodox rum specialist and finger food bar", Black Barrel is a stripped floors, exposed brickwork, red...

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

Thyme Out

Didsbury Restaurant - European

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

GupShup

Hale Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

GupShup serves food from across India in a setting of laid-back luxury; this is Hale, after all. The menu is...

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...

7 Steps

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

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

Silk Rd Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Global

If it's one of those days when you can't put your finger on what you fancy – Thai curry or...

The Goods In

Prestwich Restaurant

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

Terrace NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

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

party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester

Banyan Spinningfields

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

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

The charcuterie boards at The Mews - a cocktail and wine bar just off Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

The Mews

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

The Mews is one of a clutch of new places to set up shop on Deansgate Mews, or ‘deli alley’...

One of the fire pit tables on the terrace at Il Forno - an Italian restaurant and bar in Liverpool.

Il Forno

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Il Forno’s name refers to their oven; a huge, fire-breathing head which swallows up pizza before cooking it to perfection and...

One of the dishes served on the crowd-pleasing menu at Didsbury institution Folk Cafe Bar.

Folk Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Folk is a bit of an institution in Didsbury, having been on the scene for over a decade now. Even...

Spanish Caravan Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - Spanish

Following in its original Prescot footsteps, Spanish Caravan in Ropewalks is a Mediterranean bar that offers chilled days and wild...

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

Recardo’s

Hale Restaurant - Bar

Patisserie by day, bar and club by night, Recardo’s landed on Hale’s Ashley Road in summer 2021. It’s a boujee-style...

Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi

Manahatta Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Manahatta is a New York-inspired cocktail bar on Deansgate. It’s well known for its party atmosphere, great drinks and bottomless...

The exterior of Mustard & Co, a neighbourhood bistro in Crosby, Merseyside.

Mustard & Co

Crosby Restaurant - Global

Crosby’s Mustard & Co is a neighbourhood bistro which succeeds in being both a heartwarming huddle of community - and...

Cantina

Leeds Restaurant - Vegan

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

The Anthologist Restaurant on St Peter's Square Manchester

The Anthologist

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Anthologist fits well into the cosmopolitan city vibe of the regenerated St Peter’s Square. When you step off the...

Portuguese tapas restaurant Canto on Cutting Room Square in Manchester

Canto

Ancoats Restaurant - Portuguese

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

A table laden with dishes at Holdi Woolton - an award-winning Indian restaurant in Merseyside.

Holdi Woolton

Woolton Village Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Adding to the growing list of options for quality dining in the epicurean village of Woolton is award-bagging small local...

Gusto Restaurant Didsbury

Gusto Italian Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Didsbury may be a mid-market chain but it certainly is very appealing. The interior is light and airy, but...

Fress, Manchester, Northern Quarter, Brunch

Fress

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Established in 2017 in what was then the outer reaches of the Northern Quarter, Fress remains resplendent in chic black-and-white tiles...

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...

One of the seafood dishes served at Justino's - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar in Aigburth, Liverpool.

Justino’s

Aigburth Restaurant - Italian

Taking the corner spot once occupied by Et Alia is Justino’s - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar headed up...

One of the colourful dishes served at the Ox Club restaurant in Leeds city centre.

Ox Club

Leeds Restaurant - British

The Ox Club offers sumptuous, grill-based cooked from the Belgrave gang.

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