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Belzan is known for cocktails and maverick small plates

Belzan

Merseyside European

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

El Olivo (FKA The Embassy)

Trafford Spanish

El Olivio creates Mediterranean Spanish fusion food with a fine dining feel – they call it haute cuisine, but describe...

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...

Procaffeinated

Salford European

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

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...

La Chouquette

Manchester French

Since opening at the far reaches of Didsbury Village, round the corner from the chippy, French boulangerie and pâtisserie La...

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

Parker’s Arms

Lancashire European

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

One of the gourmet kebabs served at One Star Doner Bar in Manchester's Escape to Freight Island.

One Star Doner Bar at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre European

Doner kebabs from a Michelin star chef. Street food stall One Star Doner Bar from acclaimed Birmingham chef Brad Carter...

Embankment Kitchen

Salford European

Head to the ground floor of the Citysuites aparthotel and non-residents are welcome at EK, to its friends, where plates...

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...

Yellowhammer

Stockport European

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

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

Station Hop

Manchester British

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

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...

Inside Hearth of the Ram, one of Confidential Guides' recommended places to eat in Ramsbottom.

Hearth of the Ram

Ramsbottom British

Hearth of the Ram offers extraordinary pub food that reinvents classic local flavours. Head here for confident cooking in a...

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...

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...

Buttermilk Chicken Burger and Rosemary Fries at Bill's Restaurant Spinningfields Manchester

Bill’s Spinningfields

Spinningfields European

Bill’s has come a long way since it was a market café. The family business is now a sizeable chain...

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre European

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

Outside seating at Mort Subite - a Belgian beer bar in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Mort Subite

Greater Manchester European

Given the much-publicised dangers of drinking too much booze, it takes a dark sense of humour to name your bar...

Bill's Intu Trafford Centre

Bill’s Trafford Centre

Trafford European

When it comes to The Orient at the Trafford Centre, it's more like the Gobi Desert as far as a...

Bistro Pierre Liverpool

French

You'll find a little bit of France in an old warehouse building in Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter, where indie Bistro Pierre...

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...

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

Takk Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter European

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

Bill’s Liverpool

European

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

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...

Pan Roasted Cod Loin at Alberts Restaurant Standish

Albert’s Standish

Wigan European

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

Jackfruit fritters, green papaya salad, Brasserie Blanc, Hale Barns

Brasserie Blanc

Trafford European

Brasserie Blanc at Manchester Airport’s Marriott Hotel is more than just a place to get a quick meal before your...

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...

Chez Mal Restaurant Manchester Afternoon Tea

Chez Mal Brasserie

Manchester City Centre European

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

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

Folk Didsbury

Manchester European

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

Harvey Nichols Second Floor Deli Bar

Manchester City Centre European

Hutch up near one of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the new Second Floor Deli Bar and take in the views...

The interior of Gimbals restaurant in Sowerby Bridge soars beyond quirky.

Gimbals

West Yorkshire European

For years, Gimbals was a mesmerising neighbourhood bistro with a good reputation. Run by talented husband-and-wife team Simon and Janet...

Evuna Deansgate Food and Drink

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Spanish

October 2003 saw the first of the four Evunas open, grabbing a prime position on Deansgate and a reputation for...

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...

Afternoon tea served at The Art of Tea: a Confidential Guides recommended cafe-bar in Didsbury

The Art of Tea

Manchester

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

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Merseyside European

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

One of the dishes served at Sticky Walnut in Hoole near Chester

Sticky Walnut

Cheshire European

Located in Hoole, just outside Chester, this contemporary bistro falls under the Elite Bistros empire of chef-turned-restaurateur, Gary Usher. Having...

Takk Oxford Road

Manchester City Centre European

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

Flok Manchester, Northern Quarter, Bar, Tapas

Flok

Northern Quarter Spanish

If it's a place in the sun you're after, look no further than the Northern Quarter's Flok, chilling out on...

OSMA Kitchen Prestwich Manchester

OSMA

Prestwich Scandi

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

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...

Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester

20 Stories

Spinningfields European

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

Pollen Bakery KAMPUS

Manchester City Centre European

Having branched out from its Piccadilly archway roots with a move to Ancoats marina two years in, popular purveyor of...

Malmo

Merseyside Scandi

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

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...

Pokusevski's, Heaton Moor, quiche

Pokusevski’s

Stockport European

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

Lunyalita

Merseyside Spanish

Smaller and more intimate than the Liverpool One Lunya, Lunyalita overlooks the Albert Dock and is set over two storeys...

Six By Nico Liverpool

Merseyside Modern British

The "six" of Six By Nico refers to the six-course tasting menu, which runs for stints of six weeks only...

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...

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...

katsouris sandwiches manchester deli

Katsouris

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Evuna Northern Quarter Charcuterie

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Spanish

The second city centre Evuna, open since 2013, bagsies a corner spot in the Northern Quarter that provides the outward-facing...

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Ancoats

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Manchester

Manchester City Centre Italian

With a menu plugging a passionately regional style of south Italian cooking, the second Sugo Pasta Kitchen sits happily in...

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

Volta

Manchester European

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

Chef's Table in Chester is the brainchild of local chef Liam McKay

Chef’s Table

Cheshire European

This independent, 30-cover restaurant in Chester is the brainchild of local chef Liam McKay. Sourcing is a priority at Chef's...

Atomeca

Manchester European

From coffee and fresh pastries first thing to curated wines and small plates come evening, this self-styled "all-day European drinkery"...

Berrington’s

Merseyside Global

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

TNQ Northern Quarter, Manchester

TNQ

Northern Quarter Modern British

This unassuming, independent restaurant overlooking the historic Smithfield Fish Market is a stalwart of the Northern Quarter's dining scene. Co-owner...

Interior seating, Borage restaurant, Trafford

Borage

Trafford European

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

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

Maray Bold St

Merseyside European

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

Freshly baked doughnuts made in-house at Blanchflower in Altrincham

Blanchflower

Trafford British

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

Doner Haus Manchester Kebab

Döner Haus

Manchester City Centre European

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

Inside Elnecot, one of the new generation of restaurants in Ancoats, Manchester.

Elnecot

Manchester City Centre European

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

Enjoy an alfresco drink on Saison bar's pavement terrace on Burton Road in West Didsbury

Saison

Greater Manchester British

Sister of Chorlton favourite Dulcimer, Saison is a cosy bar offering a wide range of craft beer and spirits. They...

Neapolitan-style wood fired pizza at Double Zero in Chorlton

Double Zero

Manchester Italian

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

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

Proost

Urmston European

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

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

The Pen Factory

Merseyside Mediterranean

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

The Quarter

Merseyside Italian

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

Bistro Noir

Global

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

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

Barbakan Deli

Manchester European

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

The Fountain House

Manchester City Centre British

The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its...

Outdoor seating at Albert's Restaurant Worsley

Albert’s Worsley

Worsley European

Albert’s Worsley is a reliable option, especially if you’re trying to please a big group. Even if you don’t get...

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

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Manchester European

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

Pierogi dumpling from Platzki restaurant, Deansgate Manchester

Platzki

Manchester City Centre European

Modern Polish cuisine is what's on offer at Platzki, one of the first restaurants to open at Deansgate Mews back...

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...

El Nido

Merseyside Spanish

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

A dish served at Campo Blanco, a tapas bar in Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester

Campo Blanco

Whitefield Spanish

Campo Blanco means "white field" in Spanish, so it comes as no surprise that this restaurant is the go-to place...

Flawd

Manchester European

Flawd is the first permanent space for the team behind the Higher Ground pop-ups including at The Bungalow in Manchester’s...

Blue cheese and walnuts with a glass of wine, padron peppers at Porta Salford

Porta Salford

Salford Spanish

Following successes in Chester and Altrincham, this Porta opened its doors in late 2018, bringing a taste of Spain to...

Einstein Bier Haus

Merseyside European

If it's dancing, drinking and Deutschland-inspired plates of schnitzel and wurst you're after, you've come to the right place. Described...

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

Trove Levenshulme

Manchester European

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

Evuna Altrincham Paella

Evuna Altrincham

Trafford Spanish

One of four restaurants in the Evuna sisterhood, the Altrincham venue gets added atmosphere from the lively open kitchen and...

Belgica

Merseyside European

We might have left the European Union, but the beat goes on in the form of Belgica, where Brussels comes...

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...

The Perfect Match restaurant, Sale

The Perfect Match

Trafford European

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

Dishes at The Sparrows, Manchester

The Sparrows

Manchester City Centre European

Green Quarter start-up and Good Food Guide entry, The Sparrows (sometimes with an umlaut) serves up a variety of continental...

Dimitri's Manchester Tapas

Dimitri’s

Manchester City Centre Mediterranean

Dimitri’s has been serving up mezze for over 30 years now. It’s a stalwart of the city’s food and drink...

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’...

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...

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