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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...

Dishes at The Pen and Pencil, manchester

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Whatever level of hunger you’re anticipating, you’ll not have a rumbling tum for long next time you head on up...

Tempest on Tithebarn

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Tempest on Tithebarn is a social space filling your days from early-morning Neighbourhood Coffee and freshly baked pastries and cakes...

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...

Maray Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Middle Eastern

Maray Manchester is the fourth of its kind, but the first to sprout outside of Liverpool. Inspired by Le Marais...

The Crafty Pig

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Whatever it is you want to eat, you can be sure you'll find it, or some approximation of it, in...

Henrock

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Opened in 2019, Henrock is part of Simon Rogan’s family of fine dining restaurants - set within Linthwaite House Hotel...

The Golden Pheasant Plumley

Cheshire Restaurant - Global

Full of character and history, The Golden Pheasant is a cosy village inn with real fires, dog-friendly sections inside, and...

Corner & Bloom

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

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

Level 3 Lounge & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The on-site restaurant at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Level 3 offers everything from breakfast and afternoon tea, through to...

The Greyhound Ashley

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

This cosy country-style pub with ample outside space to enjoy a sunny pint or two is part of the JW...

Inside the Cosy Club restaurant in Manchester's Corn Exchange

Cosy Club Manchester

Restaurant - Global

If it's all-day eating you're after, all-day eating you'll get at Cosy Club Manchester, and as you study the menu...

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...

Wine and Wallop Prestwich

Prestwich Restaurant - Global

Coffee, cake, cocktail hour – whatever you're after, the Wine and Wallop bar and cafe stable can help, and with...

The Rope & Anchor

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

Rescued from the rural pub doldrums a few years back, Dunham Massey's The Rope & Anchor, close to Bowdon, Hale...

Canvas Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Facing the Oxford Road Corridor in the CircleSquare innovation district, Canvas (from ents specialists BeSixth, of London's Pickle Factory and...

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 -...

Eggs Benedict as served at Browns Manchester restaurant in the city centre.

Browns Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

All dark wood and polished brass, leather seating and stained glass, this former banking hall is cavernous yet intimate all...

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...

The Famous hanging kebabs at The Oast House, Manchester

The Oast House

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

From the same stable as The Botanists around town, The Oast House boasts those "famous" Hanging Kebabs and, with its...

Lucky Foot at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

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...

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

Society

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

The Alchemist Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Part of the chain, The Alchemist in Liverpool is settled into a Grade II-listed building in the heart of the...

Cork & Fork

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

There's always something going on at this bustling Allerton road wine bar, from steak night and Sunday roasts to live...

Cafe Tabac

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Within spitting distance of the bombed-out church, Cafe Tabac has been rolling with the changes at the top of Bold...

Globe Chorlton Manchester

Globe Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - Global

Globe Chorlton describes itself as a world kitchen with cocktails. Think some of your favourite foods from far-flung places served...

Smoke & Mirrors

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

Glitz and glamour is the name of the game at Smoke & Mirrors, where the order of service is shisha...

Dockleaf

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

​Describing itself as an urban local and claiming to have "the heart of a cocktail bar and the soul of...

exterior of sixes cricket restaurant and bar manchester

Sixes Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Following successful innings in London, and now also Birmingham, this Mac & Wild-owned venture is aimed squarely at the cricket...

Silk Rd Heswall

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

If it's one of those days when you can't put your finger on what you fancy – Thai curry or...

Portland Street 358

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

You can have whatever flavour you fancy, as long as it's street food flavour – that's the offer at Portland...

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...

St Luke’s Bombed Out Church Garden Cafe & Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Everybody knows the Bombed Out Church, but just in case: hit by an incendiary bomb during the Liverpool Blitz of...

The Botanist Media City, Salford

The Botanist Salford

Media City Restaurant - Global

Part of a UK-wide chain bringing the outdoors in with its signature English country garden style, The Botanist in Salford...

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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...

Hot chocolate at Cocoa Cabana in Ancoats, Manchester

Cocoa Cabana Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Global

This chic chocolatiers-cum-cocktail parlour follows in the footsteps of award-winning entrepreneur Sarah Gallacher's West Didsbury ventures, encouraging more sitting and...

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...

Bold Street Coffee

Restaurant - Global

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

Silk Rd Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

If it's one of those days when you can't put your finger on what you fancy – Thai curry or...

Cocktails at The Alchemist Spinningfields Manchester

The Alchemist Manchester Spinningfields

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist in Spinningfields was the original of three Manchester venues and has a good-sized outdoor terrace and plenty of...

Dakota Grill Leeds

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Global

Smart, sophisticated and chic, with a private terrace for cocktails and alfresco brunch, being part of a fancy hotel mini-chain...

River North

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

River North describes itself as a neighbourhood pub, but, with its bottomless brunches and fancy steaks, branded crockery and comprehensive...

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...

Clockworks

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

On the corner of Ropewalks' Wolstenholme Square, Clockworks is housed in one of the city’s oldest surviving warehouses crammed with...

Vincent Cafe & Restaurant

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Part of the contemporary boutique hotel of the same name, the Vincent Café & Restaurant offers a bit of everything...

Barrio

Chorlton Restaurant - Mexican

Barrio bar and kitchen brings Mexican and a bit more to Chorlton's foodie "barrio" (quarter) Beech Road, using locally sourced...

The Workshop

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

There's not a speck of sawdust or metal swarf in sight at The Workshop, where the blood, sweat and tears...

Dovedale Towers

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Freddie Mercury lived here for a year, in what is now the events space, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney...

Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Tariff & Dale is a Northern Quarter institution – one of the first to colonize the Rochdale Canal frontier, bringing...

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...

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Arlo’s

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Arlo's Insta bio is quite upfront: "coffee deli wine." Three of the few words we have underlined in our well-thumbed...

Zara’s Hub

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Quaintly calling itself a "wine bar" on Instagram, Zara's Hub actually dabbles in a bit of everything, from a classic...

One of the dishes served at The Reliance in Leeds city centre: A Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

The Reliance

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

Head to The Reliance for Modern British dishes and homemade charcuterie in a relaxed dining room and pub, with craft...

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

Nibble NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

The 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 Restaurant - Global

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

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...

The Green Lab DSQ

Castlefield Restaurant - Global

Eat clean at The Green Lab, a “lifestyle destination store” and “health and well-being life concept”, which opened first in...

Lobster Roll - Muse Uppermill

Muse

Oldham Restaurant - Global

Local favourite Muse is an urban cocktails and small plates-style place up in the hills beyond Oldham, from the same...

The Gasworks on First Street, Manchester

The Gas Works Brewbar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

There’s no shortage of open kitchens on display in restaurants nowadays but few places can offer a working brewery as...

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Head to Liverpool Gin Distillery to drink gin, make gin, learn about gin and talk about gin. Food is something...

A plate of sashimi at Peter Street Kitchen - the Japanese and Mexican restaurant in the former Free Trade Hall in Manchester

Peter Street Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

Specialising in two distinct, contemporary cuisines, Mexican and Japanese, Peter Street Kitchen's punchy small plates ooze luxury. There are several...

Roxy Ball Room Rainford Square

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Roxy Ball Room is the home of booze and ball games, but there are pizzas and other street food faves...

Black Barrel

Restaurant - Global

Describing itself as an "unorthodox rum specialist and finger food bar", Black Barrel is a stripped floors, exposed brickwork, red...

Keiths Food & Wine Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Keiths Food & Wine Bar is something of an institution, having held court on trendy Lark Lane for well in...

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...

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...

Broadley’s

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Global

It might be part of a mini shopping complex, but family-run Broadley's bistro has a sunny outdoor terrace for eating...

The Botanist Didsbury

The Botanist Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Part of a UK-wide chain bringing the outdoors in with its signature English country garden style, The Botanist in Didsbury...

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...

Black Market

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Global

Black Market is all about serving small plates and creating contemporary takes on traditional cooking and international classics – sharing...

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...

Lovelocks Coffee Shop

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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...

The unusual art installations at Motley Restaurant Manchester

Motley

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Off The Press

Ancoats Restaurant - Global

Where once there were printing presses, now it's all coffee presses. This daytime, non-weekend creative cafe workspace in the black-and-silver...

Victor's restaurant, Hale

Victor’s

Hale Restaurant - Global

Victor's is an upscale neighbourhood restaurant. Of course it is, it’s in Hale. Locals call in for everything from brunch...

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,...

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

The Kitchen

Bolton Restaurant - Mediterranean

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

Blackhouse Grill On The Square

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Global

Carnivores, assemble. If you like a dinner you can really get your teeth into, then you could do worse than...

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...

Ten Streets Social

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

One of Liverpool’s hippest hideouts, occupying a former warehouse along the Dock Road, Ten Streets Social is worth hunting down...

Elite 60

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Sitting proud in one of Hope Street's iconic Georgian Quarter buildings, Elite 60 is set over three floors: as well...

The Watering Can

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

At the entrance to Greenbank Park, with its lake and leafy vistas, The Watering Can offers both inside and outside...

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,...

Peaberry

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Describing itself as a "coffee house and kitchen", independent family-run business Peabody's does a bit of everything since first opening...

The sunspot terrace at The Refinery - a bustling bar and restaurant on Liverpool's Hope Street.

The Refinery

Merseyside Restaurant - British

With Moroccan tiling, concrete flooring and filament lighting, The Refinery is certainly on-trend with its decor. This chilled-out bar and...

The Alchemist Salford Quays

The Alchemist Salford

Media City Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist at Salford Quays is the most recent of three Manchester venues and has an outdoor terrace overlooking the...

The Botanist Manchester Deansgate

The Botanist Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Part of a UK-wide chain bringing the outdoors in with its signature English country garden style, The Botanist on Deansgate...

The Monro

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Following a mammoth spruce-up a few years back, The Monro touted itself as a gastropub, but it's gone back to...

OSMA Kitchen Prestwich Manchester

OSMA

Prestwich Restaurant - Scandi

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

East River

Merseyside Restaurant - American

New York's lower east side is the inspo here – "where gritty high rise buildings mix with upscale apartments and...

Window seating at Wolf At The Door - a bar serving taco and bao buns in Manchester's NQ

Wolf At The Door

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

The team behind Wolf At The Door know a thing or two about adaptation. They launched as a highly stylised...

Bistro Noir

Restaurant - Global

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

A cocktail served at Wilson's Social, a cafe bar in the NQ, Manchester.

Wilson’s Social

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Glass-fronted bar and restaurant Wilson's Social is part of the Selina NQ1 hostel, formerly Hatter’s. It’s a brunch, lunch and...

MerseyMade Gordon Smith Cafe

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

This unique cafe – housed in the Grade II-listed 19th-century former Gordon Smith Institute for Seamen (providing support and assistance...

Levy Market

Levenshulme Restaurant - Global

Levy Market is a bustling community market running every Saturday from March to December. It was established in 2013 with...

Joro Vegan Eatery

Merseyside Restaurant - Vegan

Tucked away on Birkenhead's Hamilton Square , just a couple of minutes walk from Woodside Ferry Terminal, is Joro’s Vegan...

LEAF Bold St

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Housed in a former tea room over two floors of an art deco building, LEAF's name and USP was meant...

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

The sixth Bread Street (not counting Dubai, China and Singapore) has arrived in Liverpool, but it's not all sandwiches and...

Elixir Oxton

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Promising "interesting and inspired cooking", from Wednesday through Saturday, the food at Elixir Oxton is all about good-looking small plates...

The Caledonia

Merseyside Restaurant - Vegan

If it's a knees-up you're after, and eating is an aside, then The Caledonia has you fixed, offering live music...

LEAF West Kirby

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

LEAF has headed over the water, and its West Kirby outpost continues the theme, with over 60 varieties of loose-leaf...

Minna

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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Holcombe Tap

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Global

Holcombe Tap Bar & Kitchen, as it sometimes goes by the name of, is all about small plates. It's also...

LEAF Smithdown Rd

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

LEAF’s fairly new local, up Allerton way, continues the theme, with over 60 varieties of loose-leaf tea (the OG LEAF...

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

Maray Bold St

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

La Finca Eivissa

Restaurant - Spanish

Grab your glowsticks, we're going to Ibiza – La Finca Eivissa reckons to bring an authentic taste of the White...

Duke Street Market

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Tasting Bar & Kitchen

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

If you really fancy taking your tastebuds on a round-the-world trip, then this is the place for you, with three...

Rococo Coffee House

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

The Banyan Tree Restaurant Manchester

The Banyan Tree

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Castle Street Townhouse

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

There's dining all day every day at chic Castle Street Townhouse, with breakfast and bottomless brunch choices, lunchtime and evening...

Rustik

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Open since 2015, this independent café-bar on Burton Road in the heart of West Didsbury has a cheeky Irish slant...

14 Bar & Grill

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Sometimes, the clue is in the name and in the case of 14 Bar & Grill, the number refers to...

Bold Street Coffee Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

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Katsouris

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

BOX Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

BOX is all about big-screen sports, booze (including two-for-one cocktails) and blokes singing – "bandeoke" is a thing and it...

Potion at Afflecks

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Calling itself "earth friendly", it's all about local sourcing and also kitchen sorcery at Affleck's Potion, run as it is...

PINS Social Club

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

As the name suggests, PINS Social Club is more than just a bar – and it's more than just a...

Menu at The Alchemist New York Street Manchester

The Alchemist Manchester New York Street

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Alchemist on New York Street is the second of three Manchester venues and nicely turned out, with bags of...

Thomas Rigby’s

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Of humble beginnings, Alderman Thomas Rigby came to Liverpool in 1830 – a wine and spirits dealer, he made quite...

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...

The Bistro at Blackburne House

Restaurant - Global

Nestled in the basement of a beautiful Grade II-listed building in the Georgian Quarter, The Bistro at Blackburne House is...

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