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One of the dishes served at Oxa, a modern British restaurant on the Wirral, Merseyside.

OXA

Oxton Restaurant - Modern British

Oxa is the casual sister restaurant to the ground-breaking Restaurant 8 in Liverpool but it is by no means the...

A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2011. Over a...

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Housed in a Grade II Listed building with a neo-classical facade, Chester's Opera Grill is a grand, 400-seater restaurant from...

One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Spinningfields Restaurant - Japanese

The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be...

A bedroom at Dakota Manchester, a hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Dakota Manchester

Piccadilly Hotel

The Dakota Manchester describes itself as Manchester's best hotel. We're not getting into that debate but we will say it's...

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Head to any of the ristorantes in the award-winning, family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional...

Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

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

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...

San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter

San Carlo Fiorentina

Hale Barns Restaurant - Italian

San Carlo Fiorentina (what the Italians call Florence) specialises in the meat dishes of Tuscany, grilled over charcoal, particularly steak,...

Piccolino Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Knutsford fits in perfectly with the Italianate villas and chic shops of this quirky Cheshire town. Situated on the...

Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.

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....

Bedroom at Manchester Hall with roll-top bath - a romantic Manchester hotel for Valentine's day.

Manchester Hall

Deansgate Hotel

For years this beautiful building was off-limits unless you were a member of the secretive Masons society. Then in 2017...

Cocktails served at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre

Fumo

Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian

With its terrace overlooking Oxford Road and its much-photographed spiral staircase, Fumo is a favourite spot in Manchester for dinner...

One of the best restaurants in the North West, San Carlo Alderley Edge. Cheshire.

San Carlo Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Italian

The latest addition to the San Carlo family is the impressive £3 million Alderley Edge restaurant, boasting a sunlit dining...

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester

Bottega

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its floor-to-ceiling views over Exchange Square and chic Selfridges setting, Bottega is  a stylish spot for cocktails, lunch or...

The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

There’s no shortage of reliably good restaurants in the Hale-Altrincham-Bowden triangle, and Piccolino Hale is up there with the best...

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L’Enclume

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

L'Enclume is Simon Rogan's three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Lake District village of Cartmel, which is widely regarded as...

The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.

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...

Piccolino Liverpool burrata salad

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Liverpool is located in a particularly grand building on Cook Street with a small but perfectly-formed terrace at the...

Cocktail at Sexy Fish, a restaurant in Manchester

Sexy Fish

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

Sexy Fish is no mere minnow in the UK dining scene. It’s brought to you by Caprice Holdings, the group...

The light and airy dining room at Alderley Edge Hotel with its centrepiece: an indoor tree

Alderley Edge Hotel

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Modern British

This new incarnation of the restaurant at the Alderley Edge Hotel delivers good Modern British food in a light, airy...

One of the spacious rooms at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Vauxhall Hotel

Titanic Hotel Liverpool is located on Stanley Dock in a former Victorian warehouse. It’s a massive building – titanic, you...

The private dining room at London Carriage Works

The London Carriage Works

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Born in the early 2000s, The London Carriage Works is Liverpool's original Modern British restaurant. Driven by a passion for...

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...

Fischers Baslow Hall, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in a manor house in the Peak District

Fischers Baslow Hall

Derbyshire Restaurant - Modern British

Fischers Baslow Hall delivers fine Michelin-starred dining with local foraged aspects in homely, romantic surrounds. Using the fruits of the...

A dish from Six by Nico Deansgate, a fine-dining restaurant in Manchester.

Six by Nico Deansgate

Deansgate Restaurant - Global

Six by Nico Deansgate is the second Manchester opening for the hit fine-dining concept from Scottish-Italian chef and owner Nico...

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Hawksmoor

Spinningfields Restaurant - British

The first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London opened on Deansgate in 2015 and is a confident affair. Well sourced steak...

Menu selection at Teppenyaki Chinatown Manchester

Teppanyaki Chinatown

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Japanese

One of the longest-standing Japanese restaurants in Manchester, if not the North West, is Teppanyaki Chinatown. It’s been here since...

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

63 Degrees

Northern Quarter Restaurant - French

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

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...

Blue velvet cocktail chairs in a bedroom at Lock and Key Hotel - Duke Street in Liverpool

Lock and Key Hotel – Duke Street

Ropewalks Hotel

Lock and Key Hotel - Duke Street has scooped up various awards and accolades since it opened in 2017 thanks...

Meal at Fenix, a restaurant in Manchester

Fenix Restaurant and Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

Fenix is a simple, rustic Greek restaurant as re-imagined by World of Interiors. The palette of creams and neutral stones...

Bottomless brunch at Elnecot in Ancoats, Manchester.

Elnecot

Ancoats Restaurant - European

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

16A seafood dish from Mana, Manchester.

Mana

Ancoats Restaurant - Modern British

Michelin-starred restaurant Mana is the brainchild of chef patron Simon Martin who mastered his trade at the renowned Noma in...

Crab, mussel and caviar fishcakes at TNQ.

TNQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

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

9Pumpkin pie at Where The Light Gets In

Where the Light Gets In

Stockport Restaurant - Modern British

With no menu and esoteric wines, Where the Light Gets In doesn’t adhere to the typical fine-dining formula. But it’s...

One of the dishes at Allium, a Michelin Star restaurant in the Lake Distirct

Allium at Askham Hall

Cumbria Restaurant - British

Allium at Askham Hall has a dedication to seasonality that is rare, for all the term is bandied about these...

The Barn at Moor Hall michelin star

The Barn

Lancashire Restaurant - British

The Barn is the sister restaurant of Mark Birchall’s Michelin starred Moor Hall at Aughton. It's the lesser known of...

28Inside the Art School, a recommended date night restaurant in Liverpool.

The Art School

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

The Art School delivers upmarket, regionally-inspired cooking from local legend, Paul Askew. Opening in late 2014, this fancy contemporary British...

Sunset at 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...

One of the mains served at Old Stamp House - the Michelin star restaurant in Ambleside, the Lake District.

Old Stamp House

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Head to Ambleside's Old Stamp House for regional cooking in a heritage space by one of Cumbria's most promising chefs.

The private dining room at 20 Stories, 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...

Crispy prawns from Red Chilli Chinese restaurant, Manchester

Red Chilli Manchester Portland St

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

Originally a Sichuan restaurant when it first opened at the turn of the century, Red Chilli on Manchester’s Portland Street...

The Palm Court Bar at Seaforth, the restaurant in the Municipal Hotel Liverpool

Seaforth

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

The Seaforth restaurant sits in the grand central atrium of the Municipal Hotel on Dale Street. Once the headquarters for...

A dish from The Cottage In The Wood

The Cottage In The Wood

Cumbria Restaurant - British

The Lake District has its fair share of places to make a food pilgrimage and The Cottage In The Wood...

Sushi from Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, Manchester.

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

Manchester City Centre Restaurant

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay is the first restaurant that the famed TV chef has decided to open in the...

One of the private dining rooms at The Ivy

The Ivy Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - British

The Ivy Manchester is an exuberant over-the-top place that’s perfect for glamming up and going out. The décor is wild...

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...

21Exterior of Northcote - the Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the Ribble Valley.

Northcote

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

Northcote is where chef-patron Nigel Haworth earned his stripes as an instigator of contemporary British fine dining. Today, Michelin star chef...

Exterior of Ex Directory, a bar in Liverpool

Ex Directory

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Defunct red phone boxes are always being re-purposed as mini libraries, homes for defibrillators, or, in this case, an entrance...

6Modern British fine dining at Adam Reid at The French, the restaurant in the Midland Hotel, Manchester

Adam Reid at The French

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Culinary rock and roll from Simon Rogan's protege, Adam Reid. Enjoy fine-dining in Grade II Listed Victorian surrounds - with...

The restaurant at the Hard Days Night Hotel, a Beatles themed hotel in Liverpool.

Hard Days Night Hotel

Cavern Quarter Hotel

The concept might seem a bit naff but to be honest there are no hard days or nights at this...

30 James Street

Waterfront Hotel

Some people will absolutely love this place, posting pics all over Facebook. Some people just won’t. Either way, 30 James...

The Angel at Hetton

Skipton Restaurant - British

One of the stars of TV’s The Trip with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan - and awarded a Michelin star...

Venison steak at Wood Manchester.

Wood

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

Yours

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

When a restaurant's menu features lobster dynamite, you pretty much know straightaway that it might not be everyone's cup of...

The glass-fronted dining room at The Samling has views of Lake Windermere

The Samling

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Samling is a delightful lodge and fine-dining restaurant oozing exclusivity. A favourite of Hollywood celebs (like Tom Cruise), it’s...

Masons

Spinningfields Restaurant - Modern British

Nestled in the Grade II Listed former Freemasons Hall, Masons Restaurant and Bar serves retro fine-dining fare in princely surrounds.

Mamucium Fine Dining Manchester

Mamucium

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

Mamucium is headed up by Chef Andrew Green, formerly of The Lowry Hotel. It may be a hotel restaurant but...

Riverside views at The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel

Salford Hotel

The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s premier 5-star hotel. While technically in Salford, it is ideally located next to Spinningfields, Manchester’s...

19One of the dishes served at Wreckfish, a recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre

Wreck Bistro

Ropewalks Restaurant - Modern British

Liverpool seems like an appropriate place for a restaurant funded by the people. Wreck Bistro was financed by 1,522 enthusiasts...

A table set for dinner at Instagrammer's paradise Tattu restaurant in Manchester, Spinningfields

Tattu Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - Chinese

Located in the heart of the Spinningfields business district, Tattu Manchester is an Instagrammer’s dream. Think penumbral lighting, body art-inspired...

13The light and airy dining room at The Forest Side - a Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere, the Lake District

The Forest Side

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel The Forest Side, owned by Lakes hotelier Andrew Wildsmith, is built on the foundations of the...

The Cow Hollow Hotel, a boutique hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Cow Hollow Hotel

Northern Quarter Hotel

If you like to stay somewhere that reflects the character and history of the city you’re in, Cow Hollow Hotel...

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...

The Oracle

Ropewalks Bars

Even the entrance to The Oracle has an air of mystery: look for the anonymous grey door to the left...

2One of the stunning dishes served at Moor Hall, the restaurant with two Michelin stars in Aughton, Lancashire.

Moor Hall

Aughton Restaurant - Modern British

Mark Birchall, ex-head chef at L’Enclume, is chef-patron of Moor Hall, an outstanding, two Michelin star, five AA Rosette restaurant...

8An example of the Michelin star cooking found at The Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley, Yorkshire

The Box Tree

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

While there's been a restaurant on this site for more than 50 years, owner-proprietor team Simon and Rena Gueller keep...

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...

Bright yellow seating and red lamp shades inside La Bandera in Manchester city centre.

La Bandera

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

This upmarket Spanish restaurant, tucked away just off St Ann's Square, is the definition of a hidden gem.

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

Holbeck Ghyll

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Nova

Heswall Restaurant - Modern British

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

A cocktail at Panoramic 34 in Liverpool city centre.

Panoramic 34

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Modern British

Panoramic 34 was the UK's highest restaurant when it opened in 2008, and although others have since taken that title,...

14A dish served at Roski restaurant in Liverpool from MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski

Roski

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Roski is a wild child of a restaurant from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.

The Baltic Hotel

Baltic Triangle Hotel

The Baltic Hotel is definitely a party hotel. It may not be right in the centre of things but its...

Cocktail at 81 Ltd, a bar in Liverpool

81 Ltd

Chinatown (Liverpool) Bars

Some bars claim to be secret speakeasies even when they've got a big sign outside advertising cocktails. Shhh... don't tell...

Dear Sailor

Spinningfields Bars

Dear Sailor is a reclusive bar but once inside, it’s no shrinking violet. It’s the sort of place where you...

One of the fire pit tables on the terrace at Il Forno - an Italian restaurant and bar in Liverpool.

Il Forno

Ropewalks 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...

Inside Crafthouse, the roof-top restaurant from D&D group in Leeds

Crafthouse

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

The slick Crafthouse restaurant serves up seasonal British fare from a roof-top perch. It's a D&D group restaurant, and like...

Chaology in Manchester Ancoats offers traditional Japanese tea and sweets in a peaceful environment

Chaology

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Japanese

Specialising in Japanese tea and sweets, Chaology provides a unique experience in Manchester with a strict focus on quiet and...

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

Holdi Woolton

Woolton Village Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

24One of the dishes served at plush restaurant The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms near Skipton

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms

North Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms excels in delivering fine dining and extraordinary wine in the hills. This extremely plush...

Interior of The Galloping Major Cheadle

The Galloping Major

Cheadle Restaurant - British

Three-course dining in the middle of the local park - lucky are the residents of Cheadle that they have The...

One of the fine-dining dishes served at James Martin in Manchester city centre.

James Martin

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

A fine-dining restaurant inside a casino with a celeb chef name above the door? Alarm bells. Yes, James Martin has...

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...

22The gardens and outdoor dining area at Arras restaurant in York.

Arras

North Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

Husband and wife team, Adam and Lovaine Humphrey have moved their modern British (ish) restaurant Arras from Sydney, Australia to...

12Inspired British cooking as served at Home restaurant in Leeds city centre.

Home

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

Home in Leeds is the brainchild of MasterChef finalist Liz Cottam, and business partner Mark Owens, formerly head chef at...

Aburi served at Sushi Bar HanaMatsuri, a Confidential Guides recommended Japanese restaurant in Meanwood, Leeds

Sushi Bar HanaMatsuri

Leeds Restaurant - Japanese

Sushi Bar HanaMatsuri is a small Japanese restaurant serving authentic sushi, bento and other Japanese delicacies, to create a fine-dining...

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