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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...

Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington

Pendergast’s Steakhouse

Warrington Restaurant - British

Pendergast’s Steakhouse offers a less butch take on the traditional macho steakhouse. There are standout cuts of beef but you’ll...

The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

Located in a Grade II Listed building from 1626, The Bridge is full of charm, whether you’re going for a...

The Vicarage, a hotel and restaurant in Cheshire

The Vicarage

Holmes Chapel Hotel

The Vicarage sits on the banks of the River Dane, in Cranage, a village on the edge of Holmes Chapel....

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Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Situated in an atmospheric 14th-century building beside the pretty River Eea in Cartmel, Rogan & Co is the home of...

The Bells of Peover, a country pub in Cheshire, just south of Knutsford

The Bells of Peover

Knutsford Restaurant

There's a story behind the American and British flags that fly over the entrance to The Bells of Peover, a...

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...

Malmaison Liverpool

Princes Dock Hotel

Malmaison Liverpool is a dockside delight. This boutique hotel offers stunning views across the city, and cool, characterful rooms and...

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

This neon-lit, old-school tiled chippy on Cross Street is owned by local couple Trisha and Marcus and has plenty of...

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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...

Oysters from Climat, Manchester.

Climat

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

On the rooftop of Blackfriars House, Climat is a simply exceptional dining experience owned and operated by the team behind...

Cibus

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

Once a stall at Levy Market, then a pop-up pizzeria above Fred’s Ale House, Cibus took baby steps to get...

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...

Two pints of craft beer at Seven Bro7hers Manchester, also known as the Ancoats Beerhouse.

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - American

This bar on Cutting Room Square from the Seven Bro7hers Brewery clan is perfectly placed to cater for the craft...

Bury Market

Bury Markets

Everything from fresh fruit and veg to wooden spoons, Bury Market has a dizzying range of stalls selling fresh produce,...

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...

Hake at The Lime Tree Bollington, a restaurant in Cheshire

The Lime Tree Bollington

Bollington Restaurant - Modern British

The Lime Tree Bollington is the sister restaurant of the acclaimed Lime Tree restaurant in Didsbury. It focuses on quality...

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

Maray Bold St

Ropewalks Restaurant - European

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

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

Inspire Cafe

Levenshulme Cafes

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

The exterior of Isca in Levenshulme, which specialises in natural wines and organic food

Isca

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

Isca is a natural wine bar and shop on an unassuming street in Levenshulme, brought to you by Caroline Dubois (sommelier...

A cookie and ice cream stack from Radcliffe Market, Greater Manchester.

Radcliffe Market

Radcliffe Restaurant - Global

Every town would benefit from its own version of Radcliffe Market. Owned and managed by the local community, it's a...

The almond milk porridge served at Ezra & Gil Peter Street - a coffee shop and brunch place in Manchester city centre.

Ezra and Gil Peter Street

Manchester City Centre Cafes

The opening of Ezra & Gil Peter Street in 2021 was greeted with glee by brunch and coffee hunters this...

A crab at Chorlton fishmongers Out of the Blue.

Out of the Blue

Chorlton Fishmongers

Out of the Blue manages to making selling fish cool. It’s a lovely shop with sea-inspired abstract paintings, changing window...

Higher Ground

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Modern British

Exciting news for foodies in Manchester as Higher Ground, the permanent restaurant from the team behind Flawd, opened its doors...

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...

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.

Takk Oxford Road

Oxford Road Cafes

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

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...

A bowl of soup at Jackalope, a cafe bar in Sale

Jackalope

Sale Cafes

The Jackalope may be a mythical beast but fortunately a top-notch brunch at Sale’s relaxed café bar is reassuringly real.

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...

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

The Cartford Inn

Preston Restaurant - British

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

A sandwich from Arndale Market, Manchester city centre.

Arndale Market

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Arndale Market transformed itself into a food hall long before the trend took off. It's been there for yonks...

Greens Vegetarian Sale

Sale Restaurant - Vegetarian

TV chef Simon Rimmer's famous non-meatery Greens has been going strong in Didsbury since 1990. In summer 2022, he branched...

The Allotment Vegan Eatery

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Vegan

The seeds of Matthew Nutter's fine dining adventure were sown when he set out to "make veg taste better than...

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

Altrincham 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...

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...

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...

Wandering Palate

Eccles Restaurant - British

"Purveyors of fine wine and indulgencies" is how Emma and Will Evans describe their place and, as a neighbourhood deli,...

Cocktail served at Three Little Words

Three Little Words

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Three Little Words is housed under the arches at the lesser-visited end of Watson Street, near Beetham Tower. Inside you’ll...

The private dining space at Churrasco

Churrasco Steakhouse

Aigburth Restaurant - South American

At the point Lark Lane tips out onto busy Aigburth Road, you'll find one of Liverpool’s best churrascaria, the cosy...

The terrace at Flawd in Manchester

Flawd

Ancoats Restaurant - European

Flawd was the first permanent space for the team behind Higher Ground. Sat waterside at Islington Marina in New Islington,...

Bagel with smoked salmon from the Cheshire Smokehouse make a great brunch at Smoke in Wilmslow

Smoke

Wilmslow Restaurant - Modern British

Smoke is a modern restaurant that’s a mix of cool design, wine bar and relaxed cafe-style menu of small plates...

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...

Some of the home-prepped, local produce available at Mettrick's Butchers in Glossop - one of the best butchers in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Mettrick’s Butchers

Glossop Butchers

Back in the early 1900s, John Mettrick's great granddad's uncle left his job at a butchers in Manchester equipped with...

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...

Brunch at The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

Knutsford Farm Shop

Moseley Hall Farm is home to 250 cattle, over 2,500 sheep, and in the barn once used for newborn lambs...

One of the dishes served at Hanover Street Social - a popular restaurant and bar in Liverpool city centre.

Hanover Street Social

Ropewalks Restaurant - Global

Hanover Street Social is a big, buzzy bistro and bar from Paddy Smith’s Red and Blue Group, which also runs Salt...

Asparagus as served at The Swine That Dines - an inventive restaurant in Leeds city centre

The Swine That Dines

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

Adventurous cooking at one of Leeds' most respected restaurants. The Swine That Dines is driven by a passion for extremely...

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...

Steak from Lords of Middleton - one of the best butchers in Manchester and surrounding areas.

Lords of Middleton

Middleton Butchers

Lords of Middleton was established way back in 1893, and is one of a handful of shops in Greater Manchester...

Cakes at The Whitworth Cafe in Manchester

The Whitworth Cafe

Oxford Road Cafes

The Whitworth Cafe has to be one of the most architecturally pleasing art gallery cafes anywhere in the world. It's...

107 Dining Room Merseyside

107 Dining Room

Heswall Restaurant - British

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

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.

Maray Dockside

Albert Dock Restaurant - Global

Inspired by Paris's Le Marais quarter, Tom, Dom and James opened the doors to the first Maray, on bustling Bold...

Skaus

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Scandi

Set up in January 2017, Skaus's Dan Cameron and Josh Lundon have been about a bit, serving street food at...

Dish from Another Hand, Manchester

Another Hand

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

From the team that brought you 3 Hands Deli, Another Hand opened in February 2022 in the unit just next...

A dish at Four & Twenty in Penrith

Four & Twenty

Cumbria Restaurant

You won’t find blackbirds baked in a pie at this Penrith bistro, but you will find a small menu of...

Burgerism at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Starting life in a pick-up-only kitchen just off West Ashton St and Eccles New Road in Salford, Burgerism’s “lean, mean...

Restaurant Metamorphica

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

Metamorphica is a modern British restaurant based in Rossendale that focuses on quality. It is an independent project run by...

Pinion

Prescot Restaurant - Modern British

Gary Usher's north western chain of Elite Bistros these days totals six of the stripped-back but still homely restaurants, including...

Shrimps on toast at Barnacle in Liverpool.

Barnacle

Ropewalks Restaurant - Modern British

On the mezzanine at Duke Street Market clings "intimate Scouse brasserie" Barnacle, serving modern dishes and championing regional food.

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

Takk Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Cafes

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

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

Parker’s Arms

Clitheroe Restaurant - European

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

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,...

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...

Procaffeinated

Salford Cafes

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

Farm & Fish

Eccles Restaurant - Modern British

A collaboration between NQ-based artisan meat gaff The Butcher's Quarter and Monton's own "purveyors of fine wine and indulgencies" Wandering...

A craft stall at Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester City Centre Markets

You don't have to walk far in Manchester city centre to find one of the many Christmas markets that pop-up...

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...

Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Cafes

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

The Italian Club Fish

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Restauranteur Rosaria Crolla's family left the mountain village of Picinisco to the south of Rome for Glasgow, setting up fish...

The Pen Factory

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - European

The Pen Factory specialises in bistro food with a mix of main dishes and small plates for sharing. Everything is...

Pollen Bakery KAMPUS

Manchester City Centre Bakeries

Pollen Bakery began life in a Piccadilly archway before moving out to Ancoats Marina. This second Pollen, at garden neighbourhood...

One of the meat dishes served at The Lime Tree in West Didsbury: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

The Lime Tree

Didsbury Restaurant - British

The restaurant business is a fickle beast, so the fact that The Lime Tree has been going strong now for...

Derbyshire duck at The Merchant's Yard, a restaurant with rooms in Tideswell

The Merchant’s Yard

Tideswell Restaurant - British

The Merchant’s Yard is a restaurant with rooms in the picturesque Peak District village of Tideswell. It’s smart but unstuffy,...

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...

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...

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...

Dokes Pizzeria

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

None of your Neapolitan nonsense for Michael Clay – the Elnecot chef-patron so loves crispy New York- and Philadelphia-style pizza...

Cowshed

Ropewalks Restaurant - British

If you don't like being told what to do, then Cowshed is probably not for you. The self-described beefhouse (as...

Winter salad at Unicorn, an organic, vegan grocery in Chorlton, Manchester

Unicorn

Chorlton Groceries

Unicorn is a well-loved organic co-operative selling vegan produce. There’s an emphasis on Fairtrade and it does everything it can...

Erst

Ancoats Restaurant - British

"Yet more small plates in Ancoats?" we hear you cry. Well yes, but trust us, Erst is worth your attention....

Podium Restaurant at the Hilton

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Located on the lobby level, the Hilton Hotel's Podium Restaurant is chic and modern, as you might expect, and so...

Roast dinner at Groobarbs Wild Farm & Field Kitchen in Knutsford, Cheshire

Groobarb’s Wild Farm & Field Kitchen

Knutsford Restaurant - Modern British

Groobarbs Wild Farm & Field Kitchen comes from the brains behind Groobox; a Cheshire-based fruit and veg delivery box service....

11Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker

The White Swan at Fence

Burnley Restaurant - British

Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can...

Various cuts of meat from The Butcher's Quarter, Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Butcher’s Quarter

Northern Quarter Butchers

You'll find The Butcher's Quarter on Tib Street, nestled in the city's trendy Northern Quarter. They pride themselves on sourcing...

The Chinatown fried chicken burger served at American restaurant Free State Kitchen in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter.

Free State Kitchen

Georgian Quarter

While some venues are happy to describe a frost-ravaged yucca and a scattering of paving stone weeds as a ‘beer...

The Three Fishes - Restaurant Exterior

The Three Fishes

Lancashire Restaurant - British

The Three Fishes at Mitton is in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Expect an immaculate whitewashed...

Beautiful looking dishes available at Pier Eight Restaurant in the Lowry, Salford

Pier Eight Restaurant

Media City Restaurant - Modern British

With its watery views and sharp decor, Pier Eight – the restaurant and bar at The Lowry performing and visual...

The Workshop

Waterloo Restaurant - Modern British

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

Blinker - one of the Manchester cocktail bars that made the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.

Blinker Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

The name for Blinker Bar comes from a forgotten classic three-ingredient cocktail made from rye, grapefruit and raspberry. It’s this...

10Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire

Freemasons at Wiswell

Clitheroe Restaurant - British

Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire's Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and...

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...

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...

Lovelocks Coffee Shop

Liverpool City Centre Cafes

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

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...

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...

Greek souvlaki kebabs from Albion Farm Shop and Cafe in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester

Albion Farm Shop and Cafe

Saddleworth Farm Shop

Head to the hills above Oldham to find this food-lover's gem. Like many proper farm shops, Albion Farm Shop and...

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 -...

Queens

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

With simple, regularly changing menus to showcase the best seasonal ingredients available at market, you can expect carefully prepared plates...

Beef dish at Next Door, a restaurant in Frodsham

Next Door

Frodsham Restaurant - Modern British

Next Door is one of Cheshire’s most delightful restaurants. Housed in Frodsham’s timber-framed old butcher’s shop, it's full of charm...

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...

Covino

Chester Restaurant - Modern British

Covino Restaurant and Wine Bar is a small, owner-run establishment located in the heart of Chester.

A bowl of nachos from The Produce Hall in Stockport.

The Produce Hall

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant - Global

This 19th-century market building became a buzzy food hall and bar in 2019 as part of Stockport's transformation from 'crap...

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...

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

Chef’s Table

Chester Restaurant - European

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

Lymefield Farm Shop in Broadbottom, Hyde.

Lymefield Farm Shop

Hyde Farm Shop

Get on the Hadfield train from Piccadilly, disembark at the amusingly-named Broadbottom, and walk down the road to visit Lymefield...

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...

Kebabs and skewers at Frasers Butchers in Bolton, Greater Manchester

Fraser’s Butchers

Bolton Butchers

Fraser's Butchers pride themselves on sourcing the best ingredients and meats from local farmers to fill their well-stocked fridges.

Two organic steaks at Axons of Didsbury, a butchers in Manchester

Axons of Didsbury

Didsbury Butchers

Axons of Didsbury is an independent family business, always happy to go the extra mile for their customers.

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...

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

Vibe Cafe

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Vegan

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

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...

Food and beer at The Church Inn, a country pub in Cheshire

The Church Inn

Mobberley Restaurant - British

The Church Inn is a gorgeous country pub with a big reputation. The food and drink lives up to its...

Hot chocolate and the Chocolate Challenge at Slattery in 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....

Christmas special at The Yan in Cumbria

The Yan

Cumbria Restaurant

The Lake District is almost as well-known for its fancy Michelin-star establishments as it is for its fells. The Yan...

Cocktail served at the Jane Eyre in Manchester

The Jane Eyre

Ancoats Restaurant - British

The Jane Eyre is a self-styled ‘neighbourhood bar’ offering seasonal food, classic cocktails and local beers. Presided over by Eyre siblings...

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 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...

Stretford Canteen

Stretford Restaurant - French

Stretford Canteen, on Chester Road at the front of Stretford Mall, is a beloved local restaurant known for its classic...

Fig and almond tart at La Chouquette in Didsbury, Manchester

La Chouquette

Didsbury Bakeries

Since opening at the far reaches of Didsbury Village in 2020, French boulangerie and pâtisserie La Chouquette has picked up...

One of the brunch options served at Thyme Out - a licensed cafe in Didsbury, Manchester

Thyme Out

Didsbury Restaurant - European

A stalwart of the Didsbury cafe scene, Thyme Out has been going strong since 2006. Locals rave about the brunch...

The unpretentious interior of Spire restaurant near Liverpool's Penny Lane.

Spire

Mossley Hill Restaurant - European

Spire, a grown-up bistro near Liverpool’s Penny Lane, is the brainchild of chef-patron and award-winning regional ‘Food Hero’ Matt Locke.

Dessert at Linden Stores, a modern British restaurant in Knutsford

Linden Stores

Knutsford Restaurant - Modern British

Linden Stores is a small plates restaurant in Knutsford. Dishes are seasonal and sustainable and sometimes even foraged. There’s a...

Lamb rump with potato rosti and broad beans served at 10 Tib Lane, a French restaurant in Manchester city centre.

10 Tib Lane

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - French

10 Tib Lane is one of the brave new openings of summer 2021; a time when securing staff and supplies,...

Ornella’s Kitchen

Denton Restaurant - Italian

Ornella's Kitchen is owned and operated by Ornella Cancila, who was born in Castel Di Tusa on Sicily's north coast...

The Hollies Farm Shop Lower Stretton

Warrington Farm Shop

With vegetables so fresh they could have been dug up from the field that morning, homemade pies and sausage rolls,...

Manifest

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - Modern British

The manifesto at industrial-chic restaurant and "dine-at-wine-bar" Manifest is "seasonal plates and famous Liverpool hospitality", with the Modern British menus...

The Italian Club Bakery

Ropewalks Bakeries

Tracing their roots back to the mountain village of Picinisco near Rome and the seaside city of Bisceglie in Puglia...

Yellowhammer

Stockport Restaurant - European

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

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...

California Coffee and Wine Altrincham Tacos

California Coffee & Wine

Altrincham Restaurant - American

California Coffee & Wine is a ray of SoCal sunshine. The Cal-Mex flavours served up are fresher and sharper than...

Neon Jamon

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Spanish

Bringing a taste of Spain to Smithdown Road, Neon Jamon imports ideas and ingredients from Catalonia, the Basque country and...

Fish dish at Street Urchin

Street Urchin

Ancoats Restaurant - Modern British

For Street Urchin, think less about raggedy kids hanging about Victorian mills (although it is on the edge of Ancoats)...

18One of the dishes served at Lake Road Kitchen, the acclaimed restaurant in Ambleside in The Lake District.

Lake Road Kitchen

Cumbria Restaurant - European

A wild-maned toddler of a restaurant, bound for great things, Lake Road Kitchen is an exciting place to eat. Now...

The Alan Breakfast

The Alan

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

With its neutral hues and natural foliage, stripped-back bricks and leather booths, The Alan is a tranquil space in which...

The reading room at The Portico Library in Manchester.

The Portico Library

Manchester City Centre Libraries

The Portico Library is as peaceful and relaxing as any library could be, despite being situated on Mosley Street in...

Lunch outside at Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden in the Lake District

Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden

Keswick Cafes

Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden is a great place to stop for lunch if you’re in the Lake District. The...

Barbakan Deli

Chorlton Deli

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

Mount Street Dining Room & Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Set inside Manchester's iconic Midland Hotel, Mount Street Dining Room & Bar is a chic space with an all day menu...

The Fisherman's Table, Marple, restaurant interior

The Fisherman’s Table

Marple Restaurant - Modern British

When a fish restaurant has the local fishmonger behind it, you can bet that those scallops were sitting in their...

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...

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....

Croissants fresh from the oven at Pollen Bakery - an award-winning bakery and cafe in New Islington, Manchester

Pollen Bakery

Greater Manchester Restaurant - European

After an initial stint tucked away in an archway near Piccadilly, this airy bakery and cafe moved to a spot...

Colleen’s

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Modern British

With its plush velvet chairs and cushions and pink and green hues du jour, Colleen's cuts a smart jib on...

The Italian Club

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Restaurant - British

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

One of the dishes served at Andrew Nutter's gastropub Bird At Birtle, on the edge of the Lancashire moors

Bird At Birtle

Birtle Restaurant - British

The big, first-floor window at the rear of Andrew Nutter's Bird At Birtle frames the moors – and this gastropub,...

Main Course at The Fat Loaf

The Fat Loaf

Ashton upon Mersey Restaurant - Modern British

The Fat Loaf is the sort of neighbourhood restaurant every neighbourhood needs. It’s unpretentious and friendly with cooking that you...

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...

Fuzion Noodle Bar Fallowfield Manchester

Fuzion Noodle Bar

Fallowfield Restaurant - Pan Asian

Set up by Arthur and Carol Wong in 2003 and still going strong, Fuzion was one of the first independent...

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 interior of Kampai Sushi, a Japanese restaurant in Hale, Greater Manchester.

Kampai Sushi Bar

Hale Restaurant - Japanese

Kampai Sushi Bar brings an off-centre approach to Japanese cooking to Hale’s dining scene. They describe their food as ‘authentic...

Cafe Sanjuan

Stockport Restaurant - South American

Serving a unique Caribbean-Colombian combo, Cafe Sanjuan is the creation of Luis Felipe Sanjuan, who hails from Barranquilla, a bustling...

Fish, chips and mushy peas from Tommy's Fish & Chip Shop in Heywood, Greater Manchester

Tommy’s Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

With regular queues out the door and an army of locals who swear by it, Tommy’s in Heywood comes fiercely...

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...

Kassap Meat House

Ropewalks Restaurant - Mediterranean

Kassap Meat House by name, Kassap Meat House by nature, and meat is most certainly on the menu here, with...

The Pack Horse

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Modern British

Humbly describing itself as a "community gastropub", The Pack Horse is raking in the glowing reviews, including by food critics...

cosy nook in 53two manchester cafe bar

53two

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

With a gentle gradient throughout and a lowered bar, 53two is one of Manchester's most inclusive and accessible venues. Half...

7 Steps

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

Rustling up accomplished modern-meets-traditional dishes using good-quality locally sourced ingredients while also serving local ales (as well as the mixologists'...

Cakes on display on the counter at Nordie Bar in Levenshulme.

Nordie Bar

Levenshulme Restaurant - European

Nordie Bar is a dog-friendly neighbourhood bar with a focus on coffee, craft beer and cocktails.

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Brunswick Restaurant - European

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

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...

Common Ground in Altrincham is an artisan cafe serving specialty coffee, brunch and lunch

Common Ground

Altrincham Restaurant - European

An artisan tea and coffee house for people who know the difference between Aeropress, Batch Brew and V60, and no,...

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...

Freshly baked doughnuts made in-house at Blanchflower in Altrincham

Blanchflower

Altrincham Restaurant - British

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

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...

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...

20Eel as served at Jöro - the Nordic-inspired, acclaimed restaurant in Sheffield.

Jöro

South Yorkshire Restaurant - Scandi

Offering Nordic-inspired fine dining inside a shipping container, Jöro has secured accolades galore, including a clutch of AA Rosettes and...

The Goods In

Prestwich Restaurant

Just across the road from the Heaton Park tram stop is The Goods In, a newbie cafe-bar from the team...

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...

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