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The Corn Exchange Manchester

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites

The historic Corn Exchange Manchester was built in 1837 and stands in what is known as the Medieval Quarter -...

Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global

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

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....

The Real Greek | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

One of two The Real Greek restaurants in Manchester (the other is at the Trafford Centre), The Corn Exchange venue...

The Black Friar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

Manchester River Cruises

Manchester City Centre Activities

Manchester boat tours from £9pp. Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour...

Escape Hunt | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

The ultimate rainy day activity (and Manchester certainly has its wealth of those), Escape Hunt at the Corn Exchange places...

Pizza Express | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

The first Pizza Express opened in London in 1965, and it has continued to bring consistent, family-friendly, quality pizza to...

Vapiano | Corn Exchange

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...

Pad Krapow Khai at Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Corn Exchange

Tampopo | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

Riva Blu | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

From the same people that brought Piccolino to Manchester, Riva Blu aims to bring a little bit of La Dolce...

Zizzi | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

In one of the prime locations on the storefront of Manchester’s Corn Exchange, Zizzi is pulling pizza bases and preening...

Hotel Brooklyn Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel

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

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Just a few minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, making it a great base for both business travellers and...

The grand interior of the Palace Theatre Manchester

Palace Theatre Manchester

Manchester City Centre Theatres

If you want to catch the big West End or Broadway productions on tour in the North of England, The...

La Chouquette

Didsbury Restaurant - French

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

A lady dressed as a warden holding a fire bucket at Stockport Air Raid Shelter

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Stockport Museums

Stockport Air Raid Shelters were the largest purpose built air-raid shelters in the country, originally designed to provide shelter to...

2022 09 22 Kickair child backflip

Kickair

Green Quarter Activities

Kickair, an “indoor freestyle park” behind Victoria Station, is the kind of place that fills kids (and big kids) with...

The Manchester Jewish Museum at night

Manchester Jewish Museum

Cheetham Hill Historic Buildings & Sites

Manchester Jewish Museum reopened in 2021 after a £6 million upgrade that restored its synagogue to its former glory, and...

The plush interior of cinema Everyman Manchester St John's

Everyman Manchester St John’s

Manchester City Centre Cinemas

With its red velvet seats, waiter service, and ultra stylish bar and cafe, Everyman Manchester St John’s is a far...

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square

Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

steak frites at Bistrot Pierre Altrincham

Bistrot Pierre

Altrincham Restaurant - French

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

One of the eight slides at Mayfield Park - a new park in Manchester city centre

Mayfield Park

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

It’s no secret that Manchester city centre is short on decent parks. The opening of Mayfield Park in September 2022 goes...

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...

A table laden with dishes from Mughli - one of the first Indian restaurants in Manchester to embrace street food.

Mughli

Rusholme Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Mughli is the contemporary, social media embracing, second generation Curry Mile restaurant that paved the way for the likes of...

Voodoo Ray’s | Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

NYC-style pizza via LDN. Voodoo Ray’s at Escape to Freight Island is the first opening outside the capital for these...

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum

Castlefield Museums

Much like the once mighty industrial power of the North, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has shrunk noticeably over the...

People watching planes take off and land at Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport

Runway Visitor Park

Altrincham Parks & Gardens

For spine-tinglingly close views of the huge planes landing and taking off at Manchester Airport, head to the Runway Visitor...

National Football Museum

Manchester City Centre Museums

Where else but footy-mad Manchester to house the National Museum of the UK’s favourite sport? Explore the history of the...

The Brunch & Cocktail Club

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Trafford Centre Manchester

Tampopo Trafford Centre

Stretford Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

Inside Manchester Opera House, one of Manchester's biggest theatres

Manchester Opera House

Manchester City Centre Theatres

You can indeed see an opera at Manchester Opera House but you’re much more likely to catch the latest West...

Heaton Park in Manchester, UK

Heaton Park

Prestwich Historic Buildings & Sites
The Whitworth is one of Manchester's leading art galleries

The Whitworth

Oxford Road Corridor Art Galleries

Any art lover’s trip to Manchester would not be complete without a morning or afternoon spent gazing at the walls...

Thai Kitchen No.6, Manchester, pork and rice

Thai Kitchen No.6

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Thai

Thai Kitchen No.6 is a real family restaurant. That means it’s a homespun affair without the sheen of some other...

Franco Manca Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Pioneers of sourdough Neapolitan pizza and natural Italian wine purveyors, Franco Manca started out as a small concern in Brixton...

Inside the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom with its views of the Lancashire moors

Eagle & Child

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

The Eagle & Child is famous for offering excellent Sunday lunches and award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester.

A man indoor skydiving at iFLY Manchester

iFLY Manchester Indoor Skydiving

Trafford Park Activities

If you like the idea of skydiving but not so much the idea of jumping out of a plane, this...

The swimming pool at The Y Club - a health club and gym with classes in Castlefield, Manchester city centre.

The Y Club

Castlefield Gyms

If you want a gym with a pool in the city centre, The Y Club is one of just a...

Manchester City Football Club's Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Stadium Tour

Beswick Tours

Even if you’re not a Blue you can’t help but be impressed with the scale of the Etihad Stadium in...

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...

Players in orange jackets grabbing tokens at The Crystal Maze Manchester

The Crystal Maze Manchester

Castlefield Activities

It’s a dream come true for kids of the 90s: a chance to show off your skills on the legendary...

A copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South with tea cup on a table

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Ardwick Historic Buildings & Sites

Visitors to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House can explore the author’s home where she wrote most of her novels such as North...

TeamSport Go Karting Track with racers and red stop lights

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park

Trafford Park Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park has 450 metres of adrenaline-fuelled GP circuit and a new fleet of Biz Evo3 adult...

A trackside table at TeamSport Go-Karting Manchester Victoria

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria is a high-octane experience that'll turn even the mildest contestant into a speed demon.

RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley, Salford

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...

Members of the Contact Young Company performing at Contact Theatre in Manchester

Contact Theatre

Oxford Road Corridor Comedy Venues

We were shocked when Contact Theatre, or just Contact, as it prefers to be known, announced it was celebrating its...

A group taking part in an escape room game at Breakout Manchester High Street

Breakout Manchester High Street

Manchester City Centre Activities

Breakout Manchester is a live escape room centre on High Street in Manchester. You are locked in a room with...

Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester city centre

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester City Centre Art Galleries

Mosey down Mosley Street between Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square, and you can’t miss the Greek columns that flank...

Ordsall Hall Exterior

Ordsall Hall

Salford Historic Buildings & Sites

Ordsall Hall is a piece of Tudor history just a short walk from the contemporary comings and goings of Salford...

Concert night at the Manchester Arena, or AO Arena as it is currently known.

Manchester Arena

Manchester City Centre Comedy Venues

If you’re in Manchester to see a big name music act, chances are you’re seeing it at the Manchester Arena,...

Boy in harness at Treetop Trek Manchester

Treetop Trek Manchester

Prestwich Activities

If you're looking for a fun way to get outside and get active, try Treetop Trek Manchester at Heaton Park....

Bolton Museum in Bolton city centre

Bolton Museum

Bolton Museums

Bolton Museum is much more than just your standard local history-focused collection. Because of its links with the cotton trade, this...

Red deer with the house at Lyme Park in the background

Lyme Park

Stockport Historic Buildings & Sites

Lyme Park is a huge estate with a Medieval herd of red deer, stunning views and a handsome Regency house....

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...

Outdoor terrace seating at One 88 Kitchen & Bar in Whitefield, owned by chef-patron David Gale.

One 88 Kitchen & Bar

Whitefield Restaurant - British

Spot-on bistro food in the 'burbs by a steady hand is what you'll find at One 88 Kitchen & Bar....

Tube slides at Play Factore in Manchester

Play Factore

Trafford Park Activities

Play Factore is like a super-sized version of the traditional indoor play centre. It’s enormous; crawling through tunnels, clambering through...

Tour group from Jonathan Schofield Manchester Tours at the Peterloo Memorial Manchester

Jonathan Schofield Manchester Tours

Oxford Road Corridor Tours

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Northern Quarter Museums

Greater Manchester Police Museum is housed in an 1879 police station with original cells and charge office. Downstairs, you can...

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Salford Art Galleries

Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s first free public library when it opened in 1850. The building was...

Statues of legendary Manchester United players outside their Old Trafford stadium

Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

Old Trafford Tours

Even if it's not a match day, there's plenty happening at the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The best way to...

Gallery Oldham

Oldham Art Galleries

Gallery Oldham in the town’s Cultural Quarter features artworks and items from Oldham’s diverse collections alongside newly commissioned art, international...

Bird Of Prey

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

If you "understand and appreciate the awesomeness of a properly fried bird", this is the place for you – and...

A ski instructor watching a girl ski at Chill Factore, an indoor real snow ski slope in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester

Chill Factore

Trafford Park Activities

With 180m of downhill skiing and snowboarding, Chill Factore is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. And though you can’t...

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

Didsbury Restaurant - British

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

HATCH

Manchester City Centre Salons

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

Aunty Ji’s

Levenshulme Restaurant - 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 Lowry is an art gallery and theatres at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

The Lowry

Salford Quays Comedy Venues

Flagship arts venue The Lowry was at the heart of 1990s' plans to breathe new life back into Salford Quays....

HOME is a Manchester arts venue housing a cinema, theatre, art gallery and restaurant and bar

HOME

Manchester City Centre Arts Venues

With five cinemas, two theatres, a bookshop, and over 500 sqm of gallery space, HOME is one of Manchester’s biggest...

Canal boats outside Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne

Portland Basin Museum

Ashton-under-Lyne Historic Buildings & Sites

Step inside the restored nineteenth-century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne and you'll find the Portland Basin Museum. With exciting, accessible...

The Imperial War Museum North at Salford Quays

Imperial War Museum North

Salford Quays Museums

This quayside location in Trafford Park was bombed heavily during WW2 so it’s especially appropriate that it was chosen as...

Lego Batman and Lego Superman eating ice creams by Yulia Matvienko on Unsplash

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

Legoland Discovery Centre is Manchester’s ultimate Lego playground. If your children like building and creating with those brightly coloured blocks,...

East Lancashire Railway

Bury Historic Buildings & Sites

The East Lancashire Railway has a long and rich heritage, stretching all the way back to when the first trains...

Sixes Social Cricket | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

Sixes Social Cricket opened in the Corn Exchange in August 2021, bringing a different kind of sporting experience to Manchester...

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...

Sea Life Manchester

Trafford Park Museums

Sea Life Manchester is the city's only aquarium. It isn’t enormous – for something bigger you’d have to travel to...

The gardens at Fletcher Moss in the sunshine

Fletcher Moss Gardens

Didsbury Parks & Gardens

It's not just local residents who come to Fletcher Moss Gardens. Gifted to the city by Alderman Fletcher Moss in...

Japanese Garden at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Tatton Park

Cheshire Historic Buildings & Sites

Tatton Park is a historic estate on the edge of Knutsford, home to an opulent neo-classical mansion, landscaped gardens, a...

One of the entrance halls at Victoria Baths in Manchester

Victoria Baths

Victoria Park Historic Buildings & Sites

Only open on Wednesdays (and closed entirely during the winter months), Victoria Baths isn’t fully geared up as a visitor...

Actors on stage at Oldham Coliseum pantomime

Oldham Coliseum

Oldham Theatres

Oldham Coliseum is one of Britain’s oldest theatres, where actors have been treading the boards since 1885. It has a...

Bowl of noodles at the Rice Bowl Chinese Restaurant, Manchester

The Rice Bowl

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

This family-run Chinese restaurant has history. After first setting up in Liverpool in 1955, Wing Lau moved operations to Manchester...

Lady with orange pugil stick at Inflata Nation Manchester

Inflata Nation Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

This indoor inflatable playground is an excellent way to tire out hyperactive kids on a rainy day and for that...

Waterside Leisure Club

Didsbury Gyms

If you like your gym to be the kind of place where you can spend an entire day, hopping from...

The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester at night

The Bridgewater Hall

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

The Bridgewater Hall is where Manchester gets serious about music. The international concert venue was built in the 1990s and...

Dunham Massey - a National Trust property with parkland and gardens near Altrincham

Dunham Massey

Altrincham Historic Buildings & Sites

Dunham Massey is one of the National Trust’s top 10 most visited properties, bringing in 439,000 people in 2020/21. We...

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...

Macello Meat House West Derby

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Macello Meat House West Derby opened between lockdowns in September 2020, following the success of the original Macello Meat House...

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

Brasserie Blanc

Altrincham Restaurant - European

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

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

The Tavern Co

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

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

Hope & Smoke

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

The Old Bell Inn

Oldham Restaurant - Global

This striking 18th-century coaching house overlooking the moors offers traditional charm and 18 bedrooms, while the brasserie restaurant has daily...

The entrance to Prashad restaurant in Bradford, which is known for its vegetarian Indian food

Prashad

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Prashad is a Gordon Ramsey-rated thrill for anyone craving Gujarati vegetarian food. Since starring on Ramsey's Best Restaurant show, the...

Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.

Purezza

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Vegan

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

Croma Prestwich pizza beer

Croma Prestwich

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

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

Mano A Bocca

Sale Restaurant - Italian

"Roma è arrivata a Sale!" – Rome has arrived in Sale – proclaims the website, which is a slight exaggeration,...

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...

Crispy Duck and Pancakes, Pacifica Cantonese Restaurant

Pacifica Cantonese

Eccles Restaurant - Chinese

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

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

Tea Hive

Chorlton Restaurant - British

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

The Smugglers Cove

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Part of The New World Trading Company stable of eateries and drinkeries, and appropriately sited in the Albert Dock's foodie...

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...

The Anthologist Restaurant on St Peter's Square Manchester

The Anthologist

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Noi Quattro Pizza Northern Quarter Manchester

Noi Quattro

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

If it’s a taste of Italy you’re after, think NQ for proper pizza – Noi Quattro, to be precise. Meaning...

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Ancoats

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Manchester

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

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

The Italian Club

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

Tracing their roots back to the mountain village of Picinisco, high in the Apennines below Rome, and Puglia in the...

The Old Stables

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

The old stable block of the leafy Allerton Manor estate is now a family-friendly restaurant offering British classics, Sunday roasts...

CULTO

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Papillon

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Outdoor terrace at Piccolino Italian Restaurant in Didsbury

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

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

The exterior of Macello Meat House in Childwall - a popular steak restaurant in Liverpool

Macello Meat House Childwall

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Macello Meat House Childwall is known for steaks served with a side order of celebrity spotting. It’s turned this suburban...

The Crown & Conspirator

Bramhall Restaurant - Global

South Bramhall's Crown & Conspirator is a Cheshire Pub Co gaff, so you're promised a warm welcome, an honest pint,...

Dine in at Tre Ciccio, Ramsbottom

Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Italian

Tre Ciccio’s Ramsbottom restaurant does much the same thing as Tre Ciccio in Altrincham - and that’s no bad thing. 

Honest Crust Pizza Altrincham

Honest Crust Sourdough Pizza Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

"On a mission to make really great sourdough pizza" since 2013, when they had a pop-up in rainy Ramsbottom, Altrincham...

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...

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Sale

Sale Restaurant - Italian

With a menu plugging a regional style of south Italian cooking, Sugo Pasta Kitchen Sale joins two sister outlets (Altrincham...

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

The Font Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - European

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

Pizza at Chroma

Croma Chorlton

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Italian

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

Croma Didsbury Manchester Small Plates

Croma Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Trattoria 51 Southport

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

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. 

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...

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

Holdi Woolton

Merseyside Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Amalia

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

This award-winning city centre Italian combines value with authenticity – founders Miguel and Antonio have been working together since 2007...

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...

Pan Roasted Cod Loin at Alberts Restaurant Standish

Albert’s Standish

Standish Restaurant - European

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

One of the elegant dishes served at Nova, a Modern British restaurant in Heswall, Wirral.

Nova

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

Nova is a longstanding favourite for those looking for creative fine-dining on the Wirral. Ran by husband and wife team...

Grilla Hardman Street

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

Grilla fast became a hit when it opened back in 2015, thanks to its cool Scandinavian interior and contrasting menu...

Gusto Cheadle Hulme Pizza

Gusto Cheadle Hulme

Cheadle Hulme Restaurant - Italian

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

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....

Grilla Allerton Road

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

Scandinavian design meets Cyrpiot food at Grilla Allerton Road - the sister restaurant to the original Grilla on Hardman Street. 

The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester

Dishoom

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

The Marble Arch Pub Manchester

The Marble Arch

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The Marble Arch is a pub. George Orwell may have named his ideal (and imaginary) pub The Moon Under Water...

Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

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

Gusto Heswall

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Interior seating, Borrello restaurant, Sale

Borrello

Sale Restaurant - Italian

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

The Club House

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Part of The New World Trading Company stable of eateries and drinkeries, The Club House sits on the edge of...

Almost Famous Manchester Burgers with cheese and bacon

Almost Famous Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Almost Famous Manchester Great Northern is a local legend. It’s OTT in every way. It’s brash, bold and doesn’t seem...

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...

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...

La Cantina Tapas Dishes Stockport Heaton Moor

La Cantina

Heaton Moor Restaurant - Spanish

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

The OMG 99 from the Oh My Glaze restaurant in The Trafford Centre.

Oh My Glaze

Trafford Restaurant - American

Fans of The Spinn in Gatley will be glad to hear that besties Scott Graham and actor Adam Thomas have...

mumbai to london cafe

Mumbai to London Cafe

Tameside Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

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...

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

Inspire Cafe

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

Outdoor seating, Brewski, Chorlton

Brewski

Chorlton Restaurant - American

The clue is in the name – Brewski is as much about the beers as it is the food. It’s...

Outdoor seating at Albert's Restaurant Worsley

Albert’s Worsley

Worsley Restaurant - European

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

A selection of dishes available at Piccolino Italian restaurant, Bramhall

Piccolino Bramhall

Bramhall Restaurant - Italian

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

Bombay to Mumbai, Bramhall, Chola Bhatura

Bombay to Mumbai

Bramhall Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

The philosophy behind Bombay to Mumbai is simple: they want you to feel like a friend. It’s there in the...

Exterior of the Strawbury Duck, a traditional country pub with rooms in Entwistle, Bolton

The Strawbury Duck

Bolton Restaurant - British

The Strawbury Duck is a traditional country pub near Entwistle reservoir with a solid reputation amongst Boltonians for its home-cooked...

The Pasta Factory, Manchester

The Pasta Factory

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

The group of friends behind The Pasta Factory's story originally hail from Turin in the northern region of Piedmont, so...

Bill's Intu Trafford Centre

Bill’s Trafford Centre

Stretford Restaurant - European

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

The outdoor dining space to Piccolino Restaurant overlook Albert Square in Manchester

Piccolino Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its large alfresco terrace facing Manchester Town Hall, Piccolino Caffe Grande is perfectly located for an Aperol Spritz in...

Owens Restaurant and Bar Ramsbottom Manchester Roast Dinner

Owens Restaurant & Bar

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

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

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

Othello’s

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

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

yard and coop chicken shop NQ

Yard & Coop Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

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

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...

Ham sandwich, chips and soup as served at The Clarence - a Confidential Guides recommended pub in Bury

The Clarence

Bury Restaurant - British

The décor doesn’t stray far from the original in The Clarence - a large, comfortable pub dating back to 1905....

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...

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...

La Casita Restaurant Manchester Tacos

La Casita

Chorlton Restaurant - Mexican

After humble beginnings serving up traditional Mexican street food from a little stall at the markets, La Casita now has...

The Fat Italian Crosby

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

The OG of three Fat Italians (the others are in Burscough and Ormskirk), this family-run restaurant has been around since...

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...

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

Gladstone Barber & Bistro

Tameside Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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

Pasta 51 Express

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Treehouse Cafe in Salford

Treehouse Café

Broughton Restaurant - British

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

The Waggon at Birtle

Birtle Restaurant - British

Lovingly restored from, by all accounts, a wreck of a pub, The Waggon at Birtle now finds itself listed in...

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

Campo Blanco

Whitefield Restaurant - Spanish

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

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...

The Elephant Woolton

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Subheading "pub and bakehouse", The Elephant is a Grade II-listed building (with sunny beer garden) in the leafy village of...

Battered squid rings from Hip Hop Chip Shop, the maverick fish and chip restaurant in Ancoats

The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Ancoats Restaurant - British

A National Fish & Chip Award winner, the Manchester street food heroes opened up their first bricks 'n' mortar outlet...

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:...

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

Bill’s Spinningfields

Spinningfields Restaurant - European

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

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

Vibe Cafe

Merseyside Restaurant - Vegan

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

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...

Street View Outdoor Seating at All The Shapes Prestwich

All The Shapes

Prestwich Restaurant - Mexican

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

107 Dining Room Merseyside

107 Dining Room

Merseyside Restaurant - British

As well as being located at 107 Telegraph Road, the number in 107 Dining Room's name may well refer to...

Neapolitan-style wood fired pizza at Double Zero in Chorlton

Double Zero

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Cheshire Restaurant - British

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

Vegan Pizza at Proove Pizza, Didsbury

Proove Pizza

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Proove Pizza has proven itself to be a success which is fortunate because there’s no shortage of eateries slinging out...

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...

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 Restaurant - Coffee

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

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

Gustum

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

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

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

Pippin’s Corner

Merseyside 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...

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

Trattoria 51 Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

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.

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 Bookbinder

Merseyside Restaurant - British

As a "neighbourhood pub, wine bar and eatery" The Bookbinder manages to straddle all three quite different roles: well-kept cask...

interior at the metropolitan restaurant didsbury manchester

The Metropolitan

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Cavernous yet cosy with its open fires, separate book-lined rooms and lots of leather sofas, wood panelling, stained glass, pot...

Honest Crust Sourdough Mackie Mayor Pizza

Honest Crust Sourdough Pizza Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

"On a mission to make really great sourdough pizza" since a pop-up in rainy Ramsbottom back in 2013, Honest Crust's...

Piccolino Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

As well as an open kitchen so you can watch all the fun, Piccolino Liverpool – on the aptly named...

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