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The exterior of San Carlo Manchester with its distinctive orange awning.

San Carlo Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

Floral outdoor display at Sicilian NQ Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it's a taste...

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

Frederiks

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

Podium Restaurant at the Hilton

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Located on the lobby level, the Hilton Hotel's Podium Restaurant is chic and modern, as you might expect, and so...

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...

PBJ marshmallow pie at Batard at Escape to Freight Island

Batard at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

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...

15The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.

Parker’s Arms

Lancashire Restaurant - European

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

The striking glass pyramid that houses the entrance to 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 pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor

The White Hart at Lydgate

Lydgate Restaurant - Modern British

The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet...

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

The Church Green

Cheshire Restaurant - British

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

Vapiano

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Everything at Vapiano is ordered via a QR code once you’re at your table, which may be rather au fait...

The interior of Wood restaurant in Manchester showing tables set for dinner and the open plan kitchen

Wood

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

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.

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...

No 4 Dine and Wine Manchester

No4 Dine & Wine

Didsbury Restaurant - British

No4 Dine & Wine is a place apart. It is in Manchester but somehow not in Manchester. It is in...

14A dish served at Roski restaurant in Liverpool from MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski

Roski

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

Roski is a wild child of a restaurant from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.

ice cream on the menu at Sweet Diner Denton Manchester

Sweet Diner

Denton Restaurant - Global

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

Barnacle

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

On the mezzanine at Duke Street Market clings "intimate Scouse brasserie" Barnacle, serving modern dishes and championing regional food; the...

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...

Herd NQ Manchester Restaurant

Herd NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

With friendly staff and bags of atmosphere, team Herd NQ, headed up by Joe and Christiee, bring to the table...

Cucina di Vincenzo

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

Headed by Vincent, this award-winning restaurant is run by members of the same family – the Margiottas – originally from...

24One of the dishes served at plush restaurant The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms near Skipton

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms

North Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms excels in delivering fine dining and extraordinary wine in the hills. This extremely plush...

21Exterior of Northcote - the Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the Ribble Valley.

Northcote

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

Northcote is where chef-patron Nigel Haworth earned his stripes as an instigator of contemporary British fine dining. Today, Michelin star chef...

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

The Beagle

Chorlton Restaurant - American

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

Honey-glazed duck served at Gusto Liverpool - a popular mid-range Italian restaurant at Albert Dock.

Gusto Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Delhi House Cafe Manchester Paneer

Delhi House Cafe

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...

A pizza served at La Casa, an Italian restaurant and bar in Astley, Greater Manchester

La Casa

Wigan Restaurant - Italian

A new addition to Astley’s dining options is classy Italian restaurant and bar La Casa.

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...

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...

Inside Habas, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Manchester city centre.

Habas

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Middle Eastern

At Habas you’ll find modern Middle Eastern fare from Simon Shaw - the multi award-winning chef behind El Gato Negro...

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

Mustard & Co

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Cake at Cocoa Cabana in Didsbury, Manchester

Cocoa Cabana West Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - British

Having made a name – and a following – for itself, Burton Road's chic chocolatiers has expanded into larger premises...

The Perfect Match restaurant, Sale

The Perfect Match

Sale Restaurant - European

New opening The Perfect Match on the traffic-heavy A56 in Sale isn’t the easiest place to get to but it’s...

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

Pattersons

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

chocolate slattery 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....

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.

A cranachan dessert served at Proost restaurant in Urmston, Greater Manchester

Proost

Urmston Restaurant - European

Husband and wife team John and Carolyn Phillips held occasional supper clubs and appeared on Channel Four’s Too Many Chefs...

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

Hanover Street Social

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

The Quarter

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

You can't get much more picture perfect than the cobbledy Falkner Street in the cool boho Georgian Quarter and, with...

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

Alderley Edge Hotel

Cheshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

A tavola new mills

A Tavola

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Italian

A Tavola has an offbeat charm. Don’t be put off by the exterior. Sicilian delights await within. Inside, it is...

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...

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

Jimmy’s Liverpool (kitchen closed)

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

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

Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

Cheadle Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Il Capitano’s

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Char siu bao spring rolls crispy duck 8 Manchester Whitefield Menu

8 Manchester

Whitefield Restaurant - Chinese

8 Manchester is a glitzy temple to Chinese cooking, all soft carpet, plush velvet and moody black. It might have...

italian restaurants manchester - don marco

Don Marco

Castlefield Restaurant - Italian

"A little Italian gem in the heart of Manchester", Don Marco says it "recreates the atmosphere of neighbourhood brasseries found...

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...

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...

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 ceviche sampler served at Peru Perdu, a Peruvian-inspired restaurant and bar in Manchester city centre.

Peru Perdu

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

Peru Perdu was originally a six-month residency restaurant at The Cotton Factory near the Village. Whether Covid or its popularity...

28One of the dishes served at The Art School: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre

The Art School

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

The Art School delivers upmarket, regionally-inspired cooking from local legend, Paul Askew. Opening in late 2014, this fancy contemporary British...

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

Royal Nawaab

Levenshulme Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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

Off the Wheaten Track

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

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

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...

2One of the stunning dishes served at Moor Hall, the restaurant with two Michelin stars in Aughton, Lancashire.

Moor Hall

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

Moor Hall delivers Michelin magic in a historic country house setting.

Villa Romana

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

Recently given a spruce-up in keeping with its Wood Street location, this authentic, family-run Italian has been in the Ropewalks...

Mani

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

The focus of Italian-inspired bar and kitchen Mani is small plates, cheese and meat platters, and classic pasta dishes. There's...

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...

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

Justino’s

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

Il Forno

Merseyside 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...

Interior seating, Borage restaurant, Trafford

Borage

Bowdon Restaurant - European

Borage is a very well-mannered restaurant in a well-heeled suburb. Exactly the sort of place you’d expect to find in...

13The light and airy dining room at The Forest Side - a Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere, the Lake District

The Forest Side

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel The Forest Side, owned by Lakes hotelier Andrew Wildsmith, is built on the foundations of the...

Casa Italia

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

Still in the spot where Mario Campolucci-Bordi opened its doors in 1976, the Casa Italia pizzeria and pastificcio is something...

The buzzy restaurant floor at San Carlo Cicchetti in Manchester city centre

San Carlo Cicchetti

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2010. Over a...

Colleen’s

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Modern British

With its plush velvet chairs and cushions and pink and green hues du jour, Colleen's cuts a smart jib on...

A chef puts the finishing touches to a dish at French restaurant 63 Degrees in Manchester's NQ.

63 Degrees

Northern Quarter Restaurant - French

Ran by husband and wife team Eric and Florence Moreau, 63 Degrees is a classic chef-proprieteur French restaurant with roots...

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

Trove Manchester

Ancoats Restaurant - European

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

Down The Hatch

Merseyside Restaurant - Vegan

Downstairs on Duke Street, DTH promises some hellishly good scran in its vegan and vegetarian-friendly brick-lined junk food bunker, where...

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

Jandol

Levenshulme Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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