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

Frederiks

Merseyside American

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

One of the dishes served at gastropub The Black Friar in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The Black Friar

Manchester Modern British

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

Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Bundobust Brewery

Greater Manchester Indian subcontinent

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

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

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Manchester City Centre American

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

exterior of on the hush manchester church street northern quarter

On the Hush

Northern Quarter Bar

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

Another Hand

Manchester City Centre British

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

Lucky Foot at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Global

“Free range birds, first class serves” goes the strapline of this too-cool-for-school chicken shop dreamt up by three mates who...

steak frites at Bistrot Pierre Altrincham

Bistrot Pierre

Trafford French

Bistrot Pierre is one of the better mid-range chain restaurants. It’s good to support the indies but Bistrot Pierre has...

Crowded House Bury

Crowded House

Whitefield Global

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

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

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre South American

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

The Beeswing

Manchester City Centre Mediterranean

The Beeswing is named after a tartrate sheen which forms on the surface of port and some other wines that...

Pizza from Luisa's - a family run Italian restaurant in Radcliffe Market Hall, Greater Manchester.

Luisa’s

Radcliffe Italian

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

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

The Chippy on Burton Road

Greater Manchester British

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

Aunty Ji’s

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Aunty Ji’s is fast becoming one of Levenshulme’s favourite cafes thanks to its friendly, all-comers vibe and a menu that...

The Ugly Duckling

Trafford Modern British

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

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

Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen

Merseyside Global

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

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

San Carlo Cicchetti

Manchester City Centre Italian

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

A vegan cheesecake at vegan restaurant Veggie Republic in Liverpool city centre.

Veggie Republic

Merseyside Vegan

If you’ve ever doubted the versatility of vegan cooking, a trip to Veggie Republic on Cork Street should set you...

Neighbourhood Bistro and Bar

Merseyside Global

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

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

Justino’s

Merseyside Italian

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

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

Tokyo Noodle Bar

Merseyside Pan Asian

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

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

Pasta 51 Express

Merseyside Italian

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

The Easy Fish Co Heaton Moor

The Easy Fish Co. Heaton Moor

Stockport Modern British

A quality fish restaurant this far inland has always been a difficult ask but The Easy Fish Co. Heaton Moor...

Owens Restaurant and Bar Ramsbottom Manchester Roast Dinner

Owens Restaurant & Bar

Ramsbottom British

Owens Restaurant & Bar is a popular place in Ramsbottom, just opposite the train station and handy for a family...

slyce uppermill

Slyce

Oldham American

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

The unusual art installations at Motley Restaurant Manchester

Motley

Manchester City Centre Global

Located on the ground floor of YOTEL on Manchester’s bustling Deansgate, Motley’s antipodean-style menu ticks all the modern boxes with...

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

Trattoria 51 Southport

Merseyside Italian

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

A selection of mezze served at Othello's Greek Restaurant in Liverpool.

Othello’s

Merseyside Mediterranean

Othello’s Greek Restaurant is a local favourite thanks to its reliable Mediterranean food and quick-smart, smiley service. 

A seafood special served at Trattoria 51 - an Italian restaurant near Liverpool ONE.

Trattoria 51 Liverpool

Merseyside Italian

Offering good-value Italian classics, Trattoria 51 is an easy option if you want a family-friendly independent close to Liverpool ONE....

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

Society

Manchester City Centre Global

Does Manchester need another hipsterish food hall? Probably not. But do we want one? Judging from the peak-time busyness of...

Beech Road's Bar San Juan is a Chorlton favourite for Spanish food and sangria

Bar San Juan

Manchester Spanish

Beech Road's Bar San Juan is almost always bursting at the seams with customers. This unassuming little tapas bar is...

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

NYL Restaurant and Bar

Merseyside American

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

Alfresco brunch at Papillon - a cafe-bar and restaurant in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter

Papillon

Merseyside Global

With its striped pink awning and corner spot on Hope Street, Papillon is one of the prettiest eating places in...

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square

Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

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

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Trafford Centre Manchester

Tampopo Trafford Centre

Trafford Pan Asian

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

Campagna at The Creameries

Manchester Italian

Campagna's Southern European country kitchen stands in the belly of what was formerly just The Creameries until February 2022. Chef...

The bright blue exterior of The Ink in the Well, a pub and restaurant on Lark Lane in Aigburth, Liverpool

The Ink in the Well

Merseyside Global

You can't miss the bright blue facade of The Ink in the Well on the iconic Lark Lane. This 2021...

Pizza at Chroma

Croma Chorlton

Greater Manchester Italian

Croma is a Chorlton institution. It’s not a hipster pizza joint but it is solid, dependable and popular for a...

Cargo Seafood Restaurant

Merseyside Modern British

With some great views overlooking the Mersey from its unrivalled waterfront location on Princes Parade, this is the place to...

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

One Percent Forest

Merseyside Coffee

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

La Parrilla Lark Lane

Merseyside Mexican

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

Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester Bar Seating

Comptoir Libanais

Spinningfields Middle Eastern

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

cosy nook in 53two manchester cafe bar

53two

Manchester City Centre Bar

With a gentle gradient throughout and a lowered bar, 53two is one of Manchester's most inclusive and accessible venues. Half...

Our Neighbourhood Bar

Manchester Italian

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

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

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Cheshire British

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

Portuguese tapas restaurant Canto on Cutting Room Square in Manchester

Canto

Manchester City Centre Portuguese

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

La Cantina Tapas Dishes Stockport Heaton Moor

La Cantina

Stockport Spanish

Stockport is not Salamanca but that doesn’t stop the wooden barrel tables outside La Cantina on Heaton Moor’s busy Shaw...

Three dishes served at The Kitchen, a restaurant and bar in West Houghton, Bolton

The Kitchen

Greater Manchester Mediterranean

A family-run restaurant specialising in Greek street food, The Kitchen is a Westhaughton favourite thanks to the enthusiasm of the...

yard and coop chicken shop NQ

Yard & Coop Manchester

Northern Quarter American

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

Outside The Font Manchester

The Font Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

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

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

Ma Boyles

Merseyside Global

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

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 American

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

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

Electrik

Manchester Italian

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

HOME

Manchester City Centre Global

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

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 Global

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

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

63 Degrees

Northern Quarter French

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

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

Gusto Liverpool

Merseyside Italian

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

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

Haunt

Manchester City Centre European

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

Beautiful looking dishes available at Pier Eight Restaurant in the Lowry, Salford

Pier Eight Restaurant

Salford Modern British

With its watery views and sharp decor, Pier Eight – the restaurant and bar at The Lowry performing and visual...

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

Trof

Northern Quarter Global

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

cuckoo prestwich door

Cuckoo

Prestwich Italian

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

El Rincon de Rafa Tapas Manchester

El Rincon de Rafa

Manchester City Centre Spanish

This Manchester institution was a much-respected destination for Spanish food long before tapas became a common sight in the city...

Interior seating, Borrello restaurant, Sale

Borrello

Trafford Italian

Borrello is a slightly old-school Italian restaurant in Sale. You won’t unearth obscure regional delicacies or discover new ingredients but...

Croma Didsbury Manchester Small Plates

Croma Didsbury

Manchester Italian

The newest addition to the Croma family, the Didsbury restaurant has all the features that make its south Manchester sister...

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

Pattersons

Merseyside American

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

Croma Prestwich pizza beer

Croma Prestwich

Prestwich Italian

As Manchester’s own, independent (and we would say, superior) version of Pizza Express, Croma was always going to feature strongly...

Berrington’s

Merseyside Global

One of the good things to come out of lockdown was Berrington’s - a neighbourhood bistro for Penny Lane that...

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

Hanover Street Social

Merseyside Global

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

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

Mustard & Co

Merseyside Global

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

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

Pippin’s Corner

Merseyside European

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

Country house hotel Holbeck Ghyll has stunning views over Windermere in the Lake District.

Holbeck Ghyll

Cumbria Modern British

Situated in the hills above Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll could easily claim a place in a list of the most romantic...

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

Wingstop

Manchester City Centre American

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

The Banyan Tree Restaurant Manchester

The Banyan Tree

Manchester City Centre Global

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

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

The Font Chorlton

Manchester European

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

Etsu

Merseyside Japanese

When David Abe's friend flew in from Tokyo and suggested they eat out, he was astonished to hear there was...

Bombay Blussi

Indian subcontinent

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

Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar

Manchester City Centre American

This Brooklyn-style pizza joint was born out of a love of using the best ingredients with care and attention. Nell's...

The Wild Goose

Trafford British

Prepare for a trip down memory lane – The Wild Goose (brought to you by the same team as Tre...

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

Turncoat Bar

Merseyside Italian

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

mumbai to london cafe

Mumbai to London Cafe

Tameside Indian subcontinent

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

The Rivals, Manchester City Centre

The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

La Parrilla Waterloo

Merseyside Mexican

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

One of the colourful, healthy dishes served at Kimji Korean Restaurant in Ramsbottom, Bury.

Kimji Korean Restaurant

Ramsbottom Korean

Husband and wife team Sam and Mandy Chen opened the first Kimji Korean Restaurant in Preston in 2018 to a...

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

Wood

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

Delhi House Cafe Manchester Paneer

Delhi House Cafe

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

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

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

The Mews

Manchester City Centre Bar

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

Kebabs lined up on the barbecue at Gustum, a Turkish restaurant in Liverpool.

Gustum

Merseyside Mediterranean

Back before American barbecue joints became all the rage over here, your best bet for charcoal-seared meat on a stick...

One of the colourful dishes served at Indigo Greens, an award-winning vegan restaurant in Liverpool.

Indigo Greens

Merseyside Vegan

When Indigo Green owners Patti Bullock and Mark Aston announced their plan to open on Queens Drive, the reaction wasn’t...

El Nido

Merseyside Spanish

The contemporary tapas at El Nido is a little different and influenced by the traditional dishes served in the Basque...

Sheldrakes

Merseyside Mediterranean

Sat on the banks of the River Dee in rustic Lower Heswall, Sheldrakes was a sailing club until the river...

Gorilla

Greater Manchester American

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

La Parrilla Bold Street

Merseyside Mexican

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

Pad Krapow Khai at Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Corn Exchange

Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

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

a dish on the menu at Salt house liverpool tapas

Salt House Tapas

Merseyside Spanish

Residing on the corner of Hanover Street sits Salt House Tapas, a modern yet ambient take on the popular Spanish...

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

Chapati Cafe

Manchester Indian subcontinent

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

5 Fifty Bistro

Merseyside European

Formerly known as Paul’s Place, 5 Fifty Bistro is a small, independent restaurant on Aigburth Road. It’s run by the...

Crispy Duck and Pancakes, Pacifica Cantonese Restaurant

Pacifica Cantonese

Salford Chinese

Pacifica Cantonese in Eccles is an old-school Chinese restaurant with lurid neon signage. It’s not trying to be slavishly authentic...

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

Albert’s Schloss

Manchester City Centre European

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

One of the dishes served at Andrew Nutter's gastropub Bird At Birtle, on the edge of the Lancashire moors

Bird At Birtle

Rochdale British

The big, first-floor window at the rear of Andrew Nutter's Bird At Birtle frames the moors – and this gastropub,...

Yuet Ben Liverpool

Merseyside Chinese

Translating as "welcome honoured guest", the Yuet Ben is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Liverpool, setting up shop in 1968...

The Cajun salmon jambalaya at The Tavern Co - a Tex Mex bar and restaurant on Smithdown Road, Liverpool

The Tavern Co

Merseyside American

A stalwart of Smithdown Road, The Tavern Co is a casual dining place with a reputation for student and family-friendly...

Cooper Hall in the NQ, Manchester is a big European style beer hall, great for a night out with a group.

Cooper Hall

Northern Quarter Bar

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

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