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

San Carlo Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

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...

Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Zouk specialises in 'apna' - home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent...

The exterior of The Hinchcliffe Arms - a country pub in Hebden Bridge led by chef Robert Owen Brown

The Hinchliffe Arms

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

The Hinchliffe Arms delivers full-on British food with flair and imagination. From the kitchen of St. John in London, Ruairidh...

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...

Grand Pacific Manchester

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour....

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...

23Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers

Bundobust Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to...

Banyan | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Banyan in Manchester’s Corn Exchange has something for everyone and one of the best outdoor drinking and dining spots in...

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...

The River Restaurant

Salford Restaurant - Modern British

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is Manchester's classic fine dining restaurant. Huge names that have run the kitchen...

Bundobust Brewery

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Doner Haus Manchester Kebab

Döner Haus | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers

Bundobust Leeds

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Bundobust Leeds is a veggie Bollywood blockbuster, best known for its small plates and beer.

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...

Dive Bar & Grill

Northern Quarter Bars

With live DJs every weekend, a menu full of small plates and specials, and HD screens to watch live sports...

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...

A pint at Seven Bro7hers Salford

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Media City Restaurant - American

Seven Bro7hers in Salford at the Middlewood Locks development is the ideal place for some al fresco eating and drinking...

BrewDog Doghouse Manchester Hotel

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The BrewDog Doghouse is brought to you by international beer makers, BrewDog. Claiming to be Manchester’s first carbon-negative “beer hotel”,...

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.

Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester

20 Stories

Spinningfields Restaurant - European

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

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....

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...

Impossible

Manchester City Centre Bars

First and foremost a bar and nightclub, Impossible’s Instagram account is filled with a bevvy of posing beauties enjoying cocktails...

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...

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...

Inside the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester city centre

Royal Exchange Theatre

Manchester City Centre Theatres

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre is an exciting clash of modernity and history and the same can be said of its...

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

Pattersons

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

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...

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,...

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...

A dish served at Yang Sing - the famed Cantonese fine-dining restaurant in Manchester's China Town.

Yang Sing (closed)

Chinatown Restaurant - Chinese

Yang Sing was one of the very first restaurants in the UK to offer Cantonese fine dining. Innovative chef Harry...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pizza and chicken at roxy ballroom manchester deansgate

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Activities

One of two Roxy Ball Room venues in Manchester, the Deansgate bar is an ideal "adult playground" perfect for parties....

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...

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...

A round of mezcal shots ready to be poured at NoHo, one of the most popular bars in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

NoHo

Northern Quarter Bars

NoHo is far from the only NYC-inspired bar in the NQ, or even on Stevenson Square, but it was one...

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 exterior of Sam's Chop House - a Victorian-style British pub and restaurant in Manchester city centre

Sam’s Chop House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The acclaimed and atmospheric Sam's Chop House serves British classics from a kitchen where flavour is king. Part of the...

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

Society

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch...

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...

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...

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

Parker’s Arms

Lancashire Restaurant - European

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

A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor

The White Hart at Lydgate

Lydgate Restaurant - Modern British

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

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....

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...

Wood & Company

Manchester City Centre Bars

With its disguised entrance and back street location, Wood & Co has the feel of a secret speakeasy only frequented...

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

Wood

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

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...

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...

The striking glass pyramid that houses the entrance to Australasia in Manchester city centre

Australasia

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Jonathan Schofield Manchester Tours

Oxford Road Corridor Tours
26One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire

The Cartford Inn

Lancashire Restaurant - British

This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef,...

The Rovers Return and famous cobbles at Coronation Street Tours, Manchester

Coronation Street Tours

Media City Tours

Coronation Street Tours gives you the chance to go behind the scenes of the long-running soap and walk those famous...

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...

Heaton Park in Manchester, UK

Heaton Park

Prestwich Historic Buildings & Sites
Chuleton steak as served at Sandinista - a punk-themed bar with Mexican food in Manchester city centre.

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

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

The ten pin bowling lanes with red and purple neon lighting at Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Activities

With its ten pin bowling, pool tables, beer pong, and shuffleboard, Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale will keep you entertained...

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

Frederiks

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

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...

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

Barbakan Deli

Chorlton Restaurant - European

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

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 dessert served at Riva restaurant and bar in Hale, Greater Manchester

Riva

Hale Restaurant - Modern British

Bringing new life to Hale village is relaxed restaurant and bar Riva, which cleverly scoops up trade from morning till...

One of the dishes served at upmarket Cantonese restaurant Wing's in Manchester city centre

Wing’s

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

Located in a brutalist city centre square, this elegant Chinese restaurant is owned by Wing Shing Chu – but it’s...

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 colourful dishes served at the Ox Club restaurant in Leeds city centre.

Ox Club

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

The Ox Club offers sumptuous, grill-based cooked from the Belgrave gang.

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...

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

Folk Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

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

Yum Cha

Merseyside Restaurant - Chinese

"Dim sum, roast meats and big plates" promises Yum Cha's website and the restaurant awning fluttering on Lark Lane alike...

Take a seat outside CAMRA award-winning bar Fred's Ale House in Levenshulme

Fred’s Ale House

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

Launched in 2015, Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme is a CAMRA award-winning, beer lovers’ haven with numerous extra benefits. There...

A dish served at Yu Copster Green - an acclaimed Chinese restaurant in the Ribble Valley

Yu Copster Green

Lancashire Restaurant - Chinese

Yu Copster Green (formerly known as Yu and You) is an established, upscale Chinese restaurant serving British favourites and house...

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

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - European

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

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

Ma Boyles

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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.

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...

party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester

Banyan Spinningfields

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

Banyan in Manchester’s Spinningfields is a sleek and chic take on all day drinking and dining. From bottomless brunches every...

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...

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 homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Cheshire Restaurant - British

Multi-award-winning pub in the Cheshire countryside. Winner of countless ‘best pub’ awards, and established in 1708, the latest incarnation of...

Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester Bar Seating

Comptoir Libanais

Spinningfields Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Neapolitan-style pizzas being prepared at Rudy's Pizza in Ancoats, Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Listed amongst the world’s best pizzerias in international pizza guide, Where To Eat Pizza, Rudy’s Pizza has grown from a...

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...

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

Jimmy’s Liverpool (kitchen closed)

Merseyside Restaurant - American

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

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...

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...

7The exterior of Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate - the first Hawksmoor to open outside of London

Hawksmoor

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The best steakhouse in the North. Opening on Deansgate in 2015, the first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London is a...

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...

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...

Gusto Restaurant Didsbury

Gusto Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Didsbury may be a mid-market chain but it certainly is very appealing. The interior is light and airy, but...

Ciaooo Kitchen Manchester Pizza

Ciaooo

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Cult pizzeria Ciaooo may not be as well-known as some of its beautifully blistered-based brethren, but that’s all to the...

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...

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...

A typical dish at Nepalese restaurant Da Gurkha in Liverpool

Da Gurkha

Merseyside Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Founded by experienced restaurateur Netra Khare, Da Gurkha is a slick operation in a simple, curry-house setting that's as off-the-beaten-track as...

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...

One of the dishes served at Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Ashton-under-Lyne Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine is an unassuming restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne that happens to serve some of the best South Indian...

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...

Spanish wines displayed at Lunya restaurant and deli in Liverpool city centre.

Lunya

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

World-class Catalan deli and restaurant Lunya is a wonderful place to hang out, with tapas and full-bodied meals on offer....

Inside Overdraught MCR, a craft ale bar in Levenshulme, Manchester housed in a former bank.

Overdraught MCR

Levenshulme Restaurant - American

Overdraught MCR opened its doors in October 2019 with a name that's a cheeky nod to the previous incarnation of...

The striking interior of Red Chilli Chinese restaurant on Oxford Road, Manchester

Red Chilli Manchester Oxford Rd

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

A stylish, upmarket Chinese restaurant well placed to scoop up the students and gig-goers flowing out of the Academy over...

La Parrilla Waterloo

Merseyside Restaurant - Mexican

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

Gusto Italian Manchester

Gusto Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown even if the food is the same everywhere from Heswall...

Crazy Pedro's NQ

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

This self-styled party bar is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen margaritas to ice cold beers. It's also hot on...

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

Char siu bao spring rolls crispy duck 8 Manchester Whitefield Menu

8 Manchester

Whitefield Restaurant - Chinese

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

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 cocktail from Dusk Til Pawn, a bar disguised as a pawn shop, on Stevenson Square, NQ, Manchester.

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Bar

With a window full of ancient TVs and H Samuel jewellery, you could mistake this place as a relic from...

Al Dente

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

Al Dente is a Mediterranean restaurant with an extensive, far-reaching menu that just about makes sense when you consider the...

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....

Manchester Chinese Restaurant

Manchester Chinese Restaurant

Chinatown Restaurant - Chinese

Manchester Chinese Restaurant has a name that states the obvious but other than that, doesn’t give much away. Perhaps it’s...

Inside the bustling Market House Indoor Food Hall in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Market House Indoor Food Hall

Greater Manchester Restaurant

Setting a precedent for the likes of Mackie Mayor and Stockport Produce Hall, many have hailed the revamping of the...

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...

Pool tables at Black Dog Ballroom

Black Dog Ballroom

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

Booze, food and pool is on the menu at Northern Quarter's Black Dog Ballroom, a New York-style speakeasy hidden downstairs...

Sashimi served on ice at Cottonopolis in the NQ

Cottonopolis

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Japanese

Coined from the 19th-century nickname for Manchester, Cottonopolis is a quintessential Northern Quarter joint, with its wooden floors, towering beams...

La Parrilla Bold Street

Merseyside Restaurant - Mexican

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

Tables with a sun parasol set up for outside drinking at The Talleyrand bar in Levenshulme, Manchester

The Talleyrand

Levenshulme Restaurant

Open since summer 2018, The Talleyrand is an arty and eccentric little bar with a packed programme of live music,...

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...

Korean Grill Menu at Azuma Restaurant Manchester

Azuma

Hulme Restaurant - Chinese

Azuma Manchester is a Chinese restaurant known for its hot pots. The fragrant broth must entice diners all the way...

Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Describing itself as a full-time party bar and part-time pizza parlour, Crazy Pedro’s is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen...

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

Jandol

Levenshulme Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

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...

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....

La Vina Restaurant Spanish Manchester

La Viña

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

So much more than the "Bar y Tapas" promised by its signage, La Viña also offers a bistro menu, complete...

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...

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

The Beagle

Chorlton Restaurant - American

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

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

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

Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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

Wingstop

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

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. 

Interior seating and blossom tree at Annyeong Manchester

Annyeong

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Korean

You know Annyeong is a proper Korean restaurant because the menu is full of dishes you’ve never heard of and...

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

Turncoat Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Habas

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi

Manahatta Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Manahatta is a New York-inspired cocktail bar on Deansgate. It’s well known for its party atmosphere, great drinks and bottomless...

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...

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...

Dulcimer brings DJ nights and an eclectic line-up of live music to Chorlton

Dulcimer

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Italian

"Music is in our blood" proclaim the team behind Dulcimer, the Chorlton bar named after a funkily shaped hammer-struck string...

Neighbourhood Bistro and Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Tempura prawns at Sapporo Teppenyaki Restaurant Manchester

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

Castlefield Restaurant - Japanese

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester is all about the theatre of dining. It offers sushi and noodle dishes but if you want...

Menagerie Manchester Brunch

Ménagerie

Salford Restaurant - Global

Let's get this party started... but not without lining your stomach first, fun fans. With tapas-style dishes for sharing as...

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...

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...

Sea bass ceviche as served at Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool on Brunswick Street

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

With its six foot chandelier and gold leaf ceiling Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool is one of the city’s most...

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

Saison

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

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

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

Sticky Walnut

Cheshire Restaurant - European

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

Franco Manca

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

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...

5 Fifty Bistro

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

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...

A bowl of pho topped with fresh herbs from Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats, a recommended Vietnamese restaurant

Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Vietnamese

Nelson Lam and Leo Tran's Viet Shack empire started with a humble takeaway stall in the Arndale Market which quickly...

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...

Afternoon tea served at Recardo's in Hale - a cafe by day and bar and club by night.

Recardo’s

Hale Restaurant - Bar

Patisserie by day, bar and club by night, Recardo’s landed on Hale’s Ashley Road in summer 2021. It’s a boujee-style...

Mei Dim Chinese Restaurant China Town Manchester

Mei Dim

Chinatown Restaurant - Chinese

Mei Dim by name, dim sum by nature. If it's the Cantonese version of small plates you're after, look no...

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...

The exterior the The Original Third Eye - a long-standing Indian and Nepalese restaurant in Didsbury

The Original Third Eye

Didsbury Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Long-standing Nepalese and Indian restaurant & takeaway serving up familiar favourites as well as some Nepalese specialities you might not...

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 Restaurant - Bar

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

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

Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

Cheadle Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Gorilla

Greater Manchester Restaurant - American

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

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

Station Hop

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

Outside dining at Porta Altrincham - a tapas restaurant recommended by Confidential Guides

Porta Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - European

Spanish small plates and a menu that really delivers. Porta Altrincham might be another tapas place - but this one...

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