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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...

A selection of the small plates at Voyagers, one of Liverpool's most exciting new restaurants for 2024.

Voyagers

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Voyagers in The Halyard Liverpool is in the league of hotel restaurants that become a destination in their own right....

Motel One Royal Exchange

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Every Motel One hotel pays tribute to its home city and the Royal Exchange Motel One venue is no exception....

One of the rooms at Leven Hotel in Manchester city centre

Leven Hotel Manchester

Gay Village Hotel

Based conveniently near Manchester’s gay village in an early 20th-century warehouse, Leven opened in October 2021 as one of its...

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...

Freight Island in spring / summer

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...

One of the best restaurants in the North West, 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...

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...

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...

Bedroom at The Reach at Piccadilly, a hotel in Manchester

The Reach at Piccadilly

Piccadilly Hotel

The Reach at Piccadilly is owned by Marriott, but it's part of their Tribute Portfolio collection, so it looks more...

Tables in Chapter One, a bookshop and cafe in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Chapter One

Northern Quarter Cafes

Chapter One is an independent bookshop and café with a huge selection of fancy drinks, vegan-friendly cakes and a well-curated...

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...

Gooey Bakery & Café

Northern Quarter Cafes

If you’re a fan of brunch and baked goods but it just has to be Instagrammable, Gooey should be top...

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...

Breakfast at Juniper Hale

Juniper Hale

Hale Cafes

Juniper Hale is known for its excellent coffee which you can also buy online to enjoy at home. If you’re...

Procaffeinated

Salford Cafes

Clean lines, stripped wood, potted greenery, local art, yoga brunch... these are just some of the calming factors at newly...

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...

Inside Cafe Lucaya - a recommended coffee shop for working from in Liverpool.

Cafe Lucaya

Liverpool City Centre Cafes

Head to the Tower Building, on the corner of Water Street and The Strand to find the charming, plant-filled haven...

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...

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

Tea Hive

Chorlton Cafes

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

Hot chocolate at Alex's Bakery, a cafe in Manchester city centre.

Alex’s Bakery

Manchester City Centre Cafes

After beginning their cake-making journey at Manchester's Artisan Markets in 2014, Alex's Bakery ditched the stall for a store front...

Acai and The Tribe

Deansgate Restaurant - Healthy

Head to Deansgate Mews (the upper-level pedestrianised bit in between Great Northern Warehouse and Deansgate) to find health-food wonder Acai...

An alcohol-free drink from Mr Fitzpatrick's in Rawtenstall.

Mr Fitzpatrick’s

Rawtenstall Bars

Mr Fitzpatrick’s is a venerable institution: Britain’s last temperance bar. If that makes you think of puritanical Victorians, fear not....

Fluffy Fluffy

Manchester City Centre Cafes

Fuwa Fuwa, is North America's largest soufflé pancake and dessert café. It opened its doors in Manchester New Square in...

Duke Street Market

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

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

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...

Ginger's Comfort Emporium, one of our favourites places for ice cream in Manchester

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

Northern Quarter Cafes

Ginger's Comfort Emporium began life as an ice cream van for adults, often spotted at local foodie markets and private...

Coffee and pastel de nata at the Old Fire Station, Salford.

The Old Fire Station

Salford Cafes

The Old Fire Station is a café, bar, bakery and brewery tap with a real community feel. It’s a part...

The Picturedrome, Macclesfield's food hall

The Picturedrome

Macclesfield Restaurant - Global

The Picturedrome is the Macclesfield spin-off of the popular food hall group behind Altrincham Market Hall, Market House Alty and...

Egg on toast at Little Blanchflower

Little Blanchflower

Chorlton Restaurant - British

Little Blanchflower is an offshoot from the justly-popular big sister Blanchflower in Altrincham. Call in for coffee and a beautiful...

Wax and Beans is a great place for Bury's record collectors and coffee fans

Wax and Beans

Bury Record Shops

Wax and Beans is a vinyl and coffee combo where you can indulge all your passions at once. Affectionately known...

Cheesecake with chocolate at Haute Dolci

Haute Dolci Trafford

Trafford Cafes

Chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth will feel right at home at Haute Dolci, a dessert cafe situated in...

Cafe Cotton

Ancoats Cafes

Located in the modern extension of the lovingly restored Halle St Peters in the heart of Ancoats, this award-winning independent...

Sugar Junction, a cafe in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Sugar Junction

Northern Quarter Cafes

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

French toast at Hardware Coffee and Kitchen in Liverpool

Hardware Coffee and Kitchen

Ropewalks Cafes

The perfect brunch spot on Renshaw Street, Hardware is themed loosely around the Rapid Hardware shop it replaces.

92 Degrees Middlewood Locks

Salford Cafes

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

Minna

Lark Lane Restaurant - Global

This women-run family business is inspired by Molly's great nan Minna, who turned a plot of land behind her council...

A muffin from Gail's Bakery, King Street, Manchester

GAIL’s Bakery King Street

Manchester City Centre Bakeries

GAIL's Bakery on King Street is the latest Manchester addition to this London-born chain, following the success of their Altrincham...

Ornella’s Kitchen

Denton Restaurant - Italian

Ornella's Kitchen is owned and operated by Ornella Cancila, who was born in Castel Di Tusa on Sicily's north coast...

The terrace at Ramona Manchester

Ramona

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Predominantly a pizzeria, Ramona incorporates a bakery, margarita bar, coffee counter, stage and Firehouse restaurant, and is found in the...

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...

Coffee and cocktails come together in Switch CoffeeBar's espresso martini

Switch CoffeeBar

Ropewalks Bars

Switch by name and switch by nature, Liverpool’s Switch CoffeeBar transforms from a daytime coffee shop to a neon pink...

Steak from Tender Cow at Mackie Mayor, a food hall in Manchester.

Mackie Mayor

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Mackie Mayor is a cosmopolitan food hall located in an 1858 Grade II listed market building on the edge of...

The Art of Tea, a cafe-bar and secondhand bookshop in Didsbury, Manchester.

The Art of Tea

Didsbury Cafes

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

Pot Kettle Black Angel Gardens

Green Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

Dish from Another Hand, Manchester

Another Hand

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

From the team that brought you 3 Hands Deli, Another Hand opened in February 2022 in the unit just next...

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...

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. On...

Wellnergy Manchester

Wythenshawe Festivals

The first ever Wellnergy Manchester takes place on 6 July 2024 in Wythenshawe Park, after a successful debut in London...

A harvest of apples at Platt Fields Market Garden in Fallowfield

Platt Fields Market Garden

Fallowfield Farm Shop

Platt Fields Market Garden is a muddy bit of the good life in urban Manchester. It’s a fantastic community growing...

Statue of a woman reading at Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library

Manchester City Centre Libraries

Officially, The Lowry is the most visited attraction in Greater Manchester, but only because the official list for some reason...

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...

Bubble tea and shiba waffles at Ohayo Tea in Chinatown, Manchester

Ohayo Tea

Chinatown (Manchester) Cafes

Ohayo Tea is one of the more unique bubble tea cafes in Manchester. That's because it's themed around the Shiba...

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...

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...

Takk Oxford Road

Oxford Road Cafes

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

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...

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...

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...

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

Vibe Cafe

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Vegan

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

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

Isca

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

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

Thoughtfully Cafe

Ropewalks Cafes

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

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...

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.

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

Inspire Cafe

Levenshulme Cafes

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

Hot chocolate with giant marshmallows at The Green, Bollington

The Green

Bollington Cafes

The Green is a cute and cosy little cafe in Bollington. This may be Cheshire not Scandinavia, but it exudes...

Things to do with kids this Easter in Manchester: the giant egg hunt at RHS Bridgewater

RHS Garden Bridgewater

Worsley Parks & Gardens

The 2021 opening of this new 154-acre garden was greeted with much excitement and long queues, and rightly so. Once a...

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...

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,...

Coffee from ManCoCo, Manchester

ManCoCo

Manchester City Centre Cafes

ManCoCo sits in the railway arches on Hewitt Street between HOME Arts Centre and the Castlefield Gallery. It's not the...

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

Ezra & Gil Hilton Street

Northern Quarter Cafes

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

Bold Street Coffee

Ropewalks Cafes

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

Hot chocolate by Slattery at Grandpa Greene's near Oldham.

Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream

Diggle Cafes

Perched by the canal in the picturesque village of Diggle, near Oldham, Grandpa Greene's is best known for its award-winning...

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

Gladstone Barber & Bistro

Stalybridge Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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...

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...

Schnitzel and duck egg at Medlock Canteen in Manchester

Medlock Canteen

Deansgate Restaurant - French

Medlock Canteen is an informal all-day place but despite its casual name, it’s a quality food spot. The menu is...

Haigh Woodland Park

Wigan Parks & Gardens

Haigh Woodland Park is a good mix of cultivated prettiness and ancient woodland with plenty of things to do.

Pastry at Rough Hand Made, a bakery at Albert Dock, Liverpool

Rough Hand Made

Albert Dock Bakeries

Rough Hand Made is a gorgeous artisan bakery on Albert Dock. Eat in or take away but get there early...

Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre on a sunny day

Piccadilly Gardens

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

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

Marvin Tomlinson coaching at Corner HQ, a boxing tech gym in Manchester.

Corner HQ

Ardwick Gyms

This boxing gym next to Mayfield Park doubles as the headquarters of boxing tech company Corner, hence the name Corner...

Long Boi’s Bakehouse

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Located on a back street in Levenshulme, this women-owned and women-run neighbourhood bakery is well worth sniffing out for sweet...

Pollen Bakery KAMPUS

Manchester City Centre Bakeries

Pollen Bakery began life in a Piccadilly archway before moving out to Ancoats Marina. This second Pollen, at garden neighbourhood...

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...

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...

Yes Lah

Didsbury Restaurant - Pan Asian

Yes Lah is a delightful restaurant in Didsbury that offers a fusion of Malaysian and Filipino cuisines. The founders, Zosima...

Cakes at The Whitworth Cafe in Manchester

The Whitworth Cafe

Oxford Road Cafes

The Whitworth Cafe has to be one of the most architecturally pleasing art gallery cafes anywhere in the world. It's...

Skating at Graystone Action Sports in Salford

Graystone

Salford Activities

Graystone is Salford’s action-packed home of high-adrenaline sports. Skateboarding is the big deal here. Practise on all sorts of drops,...

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...

Evening aerial view of Aviva Studios, Factory International, an arts venue in Manchester

Aviva Studios, Factory International

Manchester City Centre Arts Venues

Aviva Studios is the new home of Factory International, the producers of Manchester International Festival. The impressive building was conceived...

A Taylor Swift fan wearing friendship bracelets at her concert in Edinburgh, June 2024

Boxpark Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Restaurant

It’s a transplant from that-there London but at least Boxpark Liverpool is full of local food names. This food hall...

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

Foundation Coffee House Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Cafes

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

Abyssinia Kitchen

Heswall Restaurant - African

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

The Koffee Pot

Northern Quarter Cafes

The Koffee Pot is a true Mancunian institution, serving up hearty British classics to the people of Manchester. Established in...

Hake at The Lime Tree Bollington, a restaurant in Cheshire

The Lime Tree Bollington

Bollington Restaurant - Modern British

The Lime Tree Bollington is the sister restaurant of the acclaimed Lime Tree restaurant in Didsbury. It focuses on quality...

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...

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...

Bakery magic at Blanchflower Sale

Blanchflower Sale

Sale Restaurant - Coffee

Blanchflower Sale is the second café from the purveyors of coffee, brunch and baked goods. It’s a good looking place...

Black Milk - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Black Milk

Northern Quarter Cafes

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

Strawberry gateau at Bisous Bisous, a cafe on Beech Road in Chorlton

Bisous Bisous

Chorlton Cafes

Bisous Bisous is a renowned local but French patisserie and they have a café on Beech Road in Chorlton.

Smoak Coffee in Chorlton

Smoak Coffee

Chorlton Cafes

Smoak Coffee is a small coffee and bagel shop on Barlow Moor Road. The caffeine options are very good –...

Rococo Coffee House

Cavern Quarter Cafes

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

Dishes from The Florist, Liverpool.

The Florist

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Located just off the Georgian Quarter on Hardman Street, The Florist is a bright and airy bar and restaurant adorned...

Corner & Bloom

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Sunny spots with seats, scran and a bit of sauce are few and far between, but this popular independent family-run...

My Back Home Chai

Hyde Cafes

My Back Home Chai is a Bangladeshi café located on Market Street in Hyde, Greater Manchester. The café is owned...

Idle Hands

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Idle Hands have a super-tight following – who helped by setting up a crowd-funding campaign in their honour when the...

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...

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...

Interior Seating at Ancoats Coffee Piccadilly

Ancoats Coffee Co. Piccadilly

Manchester City Centre Cafes

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

Enjoy drinks in the sun at The Smithfield Social in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Smithfield Social

Northern Quarter Bars

The Smithfield Social fits in well to the Northern Quarter bar scene. It doesn’t offer anything radically different but what...

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

92 Degrees John Dalton Street

Manchester City Centre Cafes

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

The Italian Club Bakery

Ropewalks Bakeries

Tracing their roots back to the mountain village of Picinisco near Rome and the seaside city of Bisceglie in Puglia...

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. 

Mule

Ancoats Restaurant - Coffee

Mule, set just on the sidelines of trendy Cutting Room Square in Ancoats is a charming brunch restaurant that is...

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...

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...

Lovelocks Coffee Shop

Liverpool City Centre Cafes

Nestled in the Cultural Quarter, a stone's throw from St George's Hall and Walker Art Gallery, Lovelocks recently relocated up...

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...

Fig and almond tart at La Chouquette in Didsbury, Manchester

La Chouquette

Didsbury Bakeries

Since opening at the far reaches of Didsbury Village in 2020, French boulangerie and pâtisserie La Chouquette has picked up...

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...

Siop Shop

Northern Quarter Restaurant - British

Head to this Welsh-inspired daytime cafe for "gwasanaethau coffi a thoes", or coffee and pastry services – listed on Facebook...

Federal Manchester, Espresso Martini, Bar

Federal Manchester Deansgate

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

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

Asparagus dish at Juniper in Bramhall

Juniper Bramhall

Bramhall Cafes

Juniper Bramhall has a well-deserved reputation for excellent coffee: a blend of sweet Brazilian arabicas, soft and fruity Latin American...

Brunch at à bloc in Altrincham

à bloc

Altrincham Cafes

à bloc is a neighbourhood cafe near Stamford Park in Altrincham. It serves good coffee and brunch dishes but it’s...

Al fresco eating at The Village restaurant in Blakemere Village.

Blakemere Village

Northwich Activities

Blakemere Village is the Cheshire one-stop for shopping, outdoor activities and family-friendly events.

Spice Thai at Baltic Market with crispy pork belly, chargrilled duck and homemade barbecue pork char sui

Baltic Market

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - Global

Liverpool’s Baltic Market is the city’s first food hall, built on the redeveloped Cains Brewery site. It’s the sort of...

Winter at Worthington Park in Sale

Worthington Park

Sale Parks & Gardens

Worthington Park is looked after by a green-fingered bunch of volunteers who raise money, return lost property, improve facilities and...

Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Marble Street

Manchester City Centre Cafes

Trove Marble Street joins the Trove family; a selection of cafes with great bread and coffee that are dotted around Manchester.

Press Bros Coffee on Lark Lane, Liverpool

Press Bros Coffee

Lark Lane Cafes

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

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...

Bread from MOST Bakery in Altrincham

MOST Bakery

Altrincham Bakeries

Selling beautiful artisanal breads, sandwiches, pastries and other sweet treats, family bakery MOST has become a popular spot since it...

Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Cafes

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

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...

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...

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...

Lunch outside at Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden in the Lake District

Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden

Keswick Cafes

Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden is a great place to stop for lunch if you’re in the Lake District. The...

Oats And Honey

Eccles Restaurant - British

Whatever it is you're after, "social sustainable store" Oats And Honey is likely to have it – from Aloë earrings...

Barbakan Deli

Chorlton Deli

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

Treehouse Cafe in Salford

Treehouse Café

Broughton Cafes

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

Little Leaf at One Fine Day

Liverpool City Centre Cafes

Located inside the Cotton Exchange building alongside One Fine Day, Little Leaf is a bright and airy yet cosy and...

Federal Circle Square

Oxford Road Restaurant - Global

Federal Cafe Bar in Circle Square on Oxford Road, Manchester is a must-visit for brunch lovers. With a focus on...

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...

The record store at The Jacaranda - an iconic music venue and bar in Liverpool city centre.

The Jacaranda

Ropewalks Bars

Serious Beatles fans will know all about The Jacaranda. This bar and gig venue was opened by their first manager...

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

Factory Coffee

Spinningfields Cafes

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

Hot chocolate and the Chocolate Challenge at Slattery in Manchester.

Slattery

Whitefield Restaurant - British

Much like Betty’s in Harrogate, a trip to Slattery in Whitefield can be a day out in its own right....

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

Takk Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Cafes

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

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...

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...

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

Ezra and Gil Peter Street

Manchester City Centre Cafes

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

The Ugly Duckling

Bowdon Restaurant - Modern British

When Nick Theaker took over The Stamford pub in Altrincham’s “posh bit”, Bowdon, he had a big job on his...

Ice creams from Lazy Sundae - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Lazy Sundae

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Eat in or take out at Northern Quarter ice cream parlour Lazy Sundae, where everything’s peachy, from the shop frontage...

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,...

Nuffield Health Manchester Printworks

Manchester City Centre Gyms

This gym on top of The Printworks is probably best known for its pool with views over Corporation Street. There's...

Street View Outdoor Seating at All The Shapes Prestwich

All The Shapes

Prestwich Restaurant - Bar

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

Vegetarian Sunday lunch at The Egg Vegetarian Cafe in Liverpool

The Egg Vegetarian Cafe

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Vegetarian

Situated in an airy loft space in a grade II listed Victorian building this warm and inviting vegetarian cafe offers...

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;...

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...

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...

Books from Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop in Manchester specialising in poetry, philosophy and history

Anywhere Out Of The World

Northern Quarter Bookshops

It’s no surprise that Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop named after a line from Baudelaire, doesn’t specialise in...

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...

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

Grindsmith Media City

Media City Cafes

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

Yellowhammer

Stockport Restaurant - European

Bread, buns and other bakes are the name of the food game at Where The Light Gets In spin-off Yellowhammer...

Bold Street Coffee Manchester

Manchester City Centre Cafes

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

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...

Fancy a caramel croissant for brunch at Ginger & Pickles Tarporley?

Ginger & Pickles Tarporley

Tarporley Restaurant - British

Ginger and Pickles has a slightly 1940s feel to it but there’s no rationing here; there are cakes in abundance....

Malmo

Ropewalks Restaurant - Scandi

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

Record shop Rough Trade Liverpool opened in May 2024.

Rough Trade Liverpool

Ropewalks Record Shops

Any self-respecting indie kid will know the Rough Trade name; a trip to the Covent Garden shop used to be...

Massage at Titanic Spa near Huddersfield

Titanic Spa

Huddersfield Spas

Titanic Spa is the UK’s first eco spa with numerous awards including Marie Claire’s Best Sustainable Spa, World Luxury Spa...

Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's home in the Lake District

Rydal Mount

Ambleside Historic Buildings & Sites

Rydal Mount is the family home of William Wordsworth and it is still owned and managed by his descendants today....

Alexandra Park, Manchester in autumn.

Alexandra Park

Moss Side Parks & Gardens

Alexandra Park, or Alex Park as it’s known, was once rather shabby but has now been restored to something approaching...

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

Wine & Wallop Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

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

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

Federal Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

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

Jackalope

Sale Cafes

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

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

Ancoats Coffee Co.

Ancoats Cafes

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

Sitting in the sun outside Pippin's Corner - a cafe on Lark Lane, Liverpool

Pippin’s Corner

Lark Lane Restaurant - European

Pippin’s Corner is a charming, family-friendly cafe-bistro that makes the most of its handsome corner spot on Lark Lane. Head...

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...

Bill’s Liverpool

Restaurant - European

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

Pokusevski's, Heaton Moor, quiche

Pokusevski’s

Heaton Moor Restaurant - European

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

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...

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

Pollen Bakery

Greater Manchester Restaurant - European

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

An example of the Moroccan Menu at So Marrakech Altrincham

So Marrakech

Altrincham Restaurant - African

As well as homewares and style items, concept store So Marrakech has a daytime café, offering a taste of Morocco...

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

Another Heart To Feed NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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...

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...

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...

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Brunswick Restaurant - European

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

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

Common Ground

Altrincham Restaurant - European

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

The Rivals, Manchester City Centre

The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Toast Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

Freshly baked doughnuts made in-house at Blanchflower in Altrincham

Blanchflower

Altrincham Restaurant - British

'Create, don't curate' is Blanchflower's motto and to that end, much of their produce is made in-house.

girl standing outside cafe with a tray of brownies - Nibble NQ Manchester cafe

Nibble NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Based in the bijou space next to Pop Boutique, this independent female owned and run café is small in size,...

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...

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.

Cafe Sanjuan

Stockport Restaurant - South American

Serving a unique Caribbean-Colombian combo, Cafe Sanjuan is the creation of Luis Felipe Sanjuan, who hails from Barranquilla, a bustling...

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...

92 Degrees Mustard Wharf

Leeds Restaurant - Coffee

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

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...

Ropes & Twines

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

With a nod to its Ropewalks neighbourhood, Ropes & Twines is a speciality coffee shop, wine bar and even art...

Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant

Leeds Restaurant - African

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

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. 

Produce from Lupo caffe Italiano

Lupo

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

Patiscerria and small-batch Italian hand-roasted coffee that's the name of the game at the award-winning Lupo Caffe Italiano.

A cup of coffee from Liverpool-born brand 92 Degrees

92 Degrees Claypit Lane

Leeds Restaurant - Coffee

A Liverpool success story that’s gradually extending its tendrils across the North, 92 Degrees has opened two venues in Leeds,...

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...

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