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One of the dishes served at gastropub The Black Friar in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The Black Friar

Manchester Modern British

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

Street View Exterior of BAB NQ Manchester Restaurant

BAB NQ

Northern Quarter Middle Eastern

If you feel it's time to spice up your life, look no further than this Northern Quarter indie, where the...

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

The Hinchliffe Arms

West Yorkshire British

The Hinchliffe Arms delivers full-on British food with flair and imagination. Putting the goodness of earth, river and sea on...

El Olivo (FKA The Embassy)

Trafford Spanish

El Olivio creates Mediterranean Spanish fusion food with a fine dining feel – they call it haute cuisine, but describe...

Another Hand

Manchester City Centre British

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

Madre

Merseyside Mexican

The world's greatest hand-held food is promised by Madre – tostadas, quesadillas and tacos tacos tacos. There's also all the...

The Three Fishes - Restaurant Exterior

The Three Fishes

Lancashire British

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

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

The Swine That Dines

West Yorkshire Modern British

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

Cibus

Manchester Italian

Ah, those awkward encounters when you bump into someone at a party and can't recall their name or where you...

Fazenda Manchester

Spinningfields South American

Fazenda loosely translates from Portuguese into "big farm", but think more luxe surroundings than your average barn: dark corners and...

Burgerism at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre American

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

The Ugly Duckling

Trafford Modern British

When Nick Theaker took over The Stamford pub in Altrincham’s “posh bit”, Bowdon, he had a big job on his...

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

Oldham Modern British

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

Meat and Potatoes Honest Burger MCR

Honest Burgers Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

The new wave of burgers came crashing over the food scene and then receded, leaving closures and acid reflux. So...

dishes at new hotel The Alan in Manchester

The Alan

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

Carnival at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre British

A real celebration of open fire cooking, Carnival happens around a Chef’s table where all diners have a view of...

Crowded House Bury

Crowded House

Whitefield Global

Crowded House in Bury town centre is for those occasions when you want NQ-style food and drinks but you can’t...

Red’s True Barbecue

Manchester City Centre American

"A twisted fairground of worship", apparently, and if it's meat you put on a pedestal, then you've come to the...

Mayfield County Smokehouse at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Global

Low ’n’ slow is the name of the game at Escape to Freight Island’s own Mayfield County Smokehouse. Beef brisket,...

Bird Of Prey

Manchester City Centre American

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

Lucky Foot at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Farm & Fish

Salford 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...

Wandering Palate

Salford British

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

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

One 88 Kitchen & Bar

Whitefield British

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

Seven Bro7hers Media City

Salford American

A stone's throw from their brewery and taproom, Salford alemeisters Seven Bro7hers have a beerhouse and kitchen with outside space...

Awesome HQ Chicken Halloumi Burger Almost Famous Manchester Northern Quarter

Almost Famous NQ

Northern Quarter American

Now a few minutes walk from its original site on High Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter, Almost Famous Manchester NQ...

One of the gourmet kebabs served at One Star Doner Bar in Manchester's Escape to Freight Island.

One Star Doner Bar at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre European

Doner kebabs from a Michelin star chef. Street food stall One Star Doner Bar from acclaimed Birmingham chef Brad Carter...

The Angel at Hetton

North Yorkshire British

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

The always-popular Viet Shack stall in the Arndale Market, Manchester.

Viet Shack Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

There’s almost always a small crowd gathered around Viet Shack’s counter in the Arndale Food Market. Their menu of flavour-packed,...

Anar Turkish BBQ Restaurant

Mediterranean

The clue is in the name, really, and Anar draws on the vast repertoire of the Mediterranean-meets-Middle Eastern cuisine of...

Fogo Brazil

Merseyside South American

All-you-can eat meat with Brazilian pizzazz, served in the traditional South American rodizio-style, that's Fogo. Fourteen different cuts of beef,...

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

Lake Road Kitchen

Cumbria European

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

Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant

West Yorkshire African

Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant has been dishing up its award-winning traditional Ethiopian recipes since 2014, showcasing the cuisine's abundance in...

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

The Kitchen

Greater Manchester Mediterranean

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

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

Northcote

Lancashire Modern British

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

The exterior of the Little Yang Sing, an acclaimed restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown.

Little Yang Sing

Manchester Chinese

Cantonese and contemporary, with a relaxed feel and lots of reds and golds tucked away downstairs in otherwise bustling Chinatown,...

One of the seafood dishes served at Justino's - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar in Aigburth, Liverpool.

Justino’s

Merseyside Italian

Taking the corner spot once occupied by Et Alia is Justino’s - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar headed up...

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Wooden beams and wooden tables inside Stockport fine-dining restaurant Where the Light Gets In

Where the Light Gets In

Stockport Modern British

The UK's most exciting ‘no menu’ restaurant. With no menu and esoteric wines, Where the Light Gets In doesn’t adhere...

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

Freemasons at Wiswell

Lancashire British

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

Crispy prawns from Red Chilli Chinese restaurant, Manchester

Red Chilli Manchester Portland St

Manchester City Centre Chinese

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

Almost Famous Manchester Burgers with cheese and bacon

Almost Famous Great Northern

Manchester City Centre American

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

Bouchon

Merseyside French

"Bistro de luxe and bar" says the strapline of Bouchon, and the Parisian patio furniture and interiors resplendent in marble...

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 French

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

CBRB Northern Quarter Bao

Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun

Northern Quarter Japanese

The name sums up this place’s offering succintly enough. Add the words ‘damn good’ at the start and it’ll be...

Pull Up

Northern Quarter Caribbean

Caribbean vibes and Caribbean flavours are big at Pull Up at the top end of the Northern Quarter, where atmosphere...

Mamucium Fine Dining Manchester

Mamucium

Greater Manchester British

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

Inside Elnecot, one of the new generation of restaurants in Ancoats, Manchester.

Elnecot

Manchester City Centre European

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

The Perfect Match restaurant, Sale

The Perfect Match

Trafford 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 Botanist Didsbury

The Botanist Didsbury

Manchester Global

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

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

Ox Club

West Yorkshire British

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

One of the home-made coeliac-friendly pies at Off the Wheaten Track - a deli in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Off the Wheaten Track

Trafford Global

Adding to Altrincham’s status as a food-shopping destination is Off the Wheaten Track, a coeliac-friendly deli which sells sweet and...

Don Tacos table bolton

Don Tacos Bolton

Greater Manchester Mexican

Grab a booth, take away – whatever you decide, getting stuck in is definitely on the cards with Don Tacos...

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

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms

North Yorkshire Modern British

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

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

Fischers Baslow Hall

Derbyshire Modern British

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

The Quarter House in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Quarter House

Northern Quarter American

Quarter House is the place to go for some good old American BBQ flavours. Yes, so it’s a trend that...

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

Old Stamp House

Cumbria 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 Fountain House

Manchester City Centre British

The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its...

Orecchiette ’Nduja and Taleggio at Casa Italia, Didsbury

Casa Italia

Manchester Italian

Casa Italia Didsbury is an Italian restaurant but there’s not a pizza in sight. The focus here is on quality...

Salt Dog Slims Liverpool

Merseyside American

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Ropewalks gaff Salt Dog Slims, although tbh...

Manchester Chinese Restaurant

Manchester Chinese Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Chinese

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

On the menu at Three Little Words, Manchester

Three Little Words

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Istanbul BBQ & Bistro Woolton

Merseyside Mediterranean

Of two branches of Istanbul, the restaurant in the heart of Woolton Village is the OG, founded in 2013 with...

italian restaurants manchester - don marco

Don Marco

Manchester Italian

"A little Italian gem in the heart of Manchester", Don Marco says it "recreates the atmosphere of neighbourhood brasseries found...

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One of the inventive dishes served at Michelin starred restaurant L'Enclume in Cartmel.

L’Enclume

Cumbria Modern British

One of the UK's best restaurants. Executive chef Simon Rogan's simple, imaginative L'Enclume typically exceeds its formidable reputation, serving florid...

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

The Clarence

Greater Manchester British

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

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

Wingstop

Manchester City Centre American

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

Slim’s

Merseyside American

Slim’s is an American-style diner in the heart of Liverpool's eating and drinking district (not to be confused with the...

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One of the dishes served at Manchester's only Michelin star restaurant, Mana in Ancoats.

Mana

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

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

Adam Reid at The French

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

Pierogi dumpling from Platzki restaurant, Deansgate Manchester

Platzki

Manchester City Centre European

Modern Polish cuisine is what's on offer at Platzki, one of the first restaurants to open at Deansgate Mews back...

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

The Reliance

West Yorkshire Modern British

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

ice cream on the menu at Sweet Diner Denton Manchester

Sweet Diner

Tameside Global

With a moniker like Sweet Diner, you'd think it'd be all about the desserts, right? But take out the 15...

etci mehmet steak manchester

Etçi Mehmet

Manchester City Centre Mediterranean

Open since the end of 2018, Etçi Mehmet's carefully prepared, predominantly meat dishes are flame grilled or oven roasted for...

Ate Days A Week

Manchester City Centre British

If it's a pie you're after, and especially a pie with a punning name, then you've come to the right...

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Simon Rogan outside his neighbourhood restaurant Rogan & Co. in Cartmel, Cumbria

Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Modern British

Simon Rogan is the owner of award-laden L'Enclume, and Rogan & Co. is his more casual restaurant, just around the...

The bar area at Honest Burgers Liverpool on Bold Street.

Honest Burgers Liverpool

Merseyside American

The Honest Burgers chain chose well when it selected the top end of Bold Street for its Liverpool branch; a...

A dish from Zaytoon, a Lebanese restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester.

Zaytoon

Manchester Middle Eastern

You'll find this authentic family-run Lebanese restaurant tucked away on the parade opposite Chorlton bus station, complete with an outdoor...

Kassap Meat House

Merseyside Mediterranean

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

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Merseyside European

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

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

Nova

Merseyside Modern British

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

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

Market House Indoor Food Hall

Greater Manchester

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

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

Sticky Walnut

Cheshire European

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

Inside Albert's Schloss, the Bavarian-inspired cook haus and bier palace in Manchester city centre.

Albert’s Schloss

Manchester City Centre European

Albert's Schloss is a Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former...

Levenshulme Bakery is a local institution, known for its super fresh Turkish bread and Middle Eastern specialities.

Levenshulme Bakery

Manchester Middle Eastern

Levenshulme Bakery has been knocking up wallet-friendly and super fresh Turkish bread, kebabs and other light lunches for the local...

Bistro Franc

French

The food at Bistro Franc takes its inspiration from the bistros of Paris, adds a dollop of Mediterranean flair and...

One of the colourful dishes at Manchester's Koreana, one of the first restaurants outside London to bring authentic Korean food to the UK.

Koreana

Manchester City Centre Korean

Hidden in plain sight down towards Trinity Square, Koreana is well worth seeking out, not least because, when Alex Kim...

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

The Strawbury Duck

Greater Manchester British

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

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

Lunya

Merseyside Spanish

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

The exterior of Yara, a recommended Syrian and Lebanese restaurant in Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Yara Altrincham

Trafford Middle Eastern

Tiny and usually packed to the rafters of its converted terraced house, Yara is one of those hidden gems that...

The Barn at Moor Hall michelin star

The Barn

Lancashire British

The restaurant is described as “a rustic setting” but despite living in the shadow of its sister, this dining experience...

Chez Moi

Merseyside European

Family-run Chez Moi started life as a bistro specialising in "the finest French cuisine", but appears to have gone off...

Silk Rd Liverpool

Merseyside Global

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

Yum Cha

Merseyside Chinese

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

Cane & Grain Northern Quarter Bar

Cane & Grain

Northern Quarter American

Don't mind getting your hands dirty in the name of filling your belly? There's plenty to pick up and run...

El Nido

Merseyside Spanish

The contemporary tapas at El Nido is a little different and influenced by the traditional dishes served in the Basque...

Inside The Drop Bar Cafe - a Caribbean restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester.

The Drop Bar Cafe

Manchester Caribbean

"Authentic, original, unapologetic", that, according to its website, is the mission of The Drop Bar Cafe, a Caribbean set-up on...

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

63 Degrees

Northern Quarter French

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

Lu Ban

Merseyside Chinese

High-end, inventive Tianjin region-inspired cuisine is the name of the game at Lu Ban (named after a Chinese deity and...

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

Pattersons

Merseyside American

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

Al Dente

Merseyside Mediterranean

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

a dish on the menu at Salt house liverpool tapas

Salt House Tapas

Merseyside Spanish

Residing on the corner of Hanover Street sits Salt House Tapas, a modern yet ambient take on the popular Spanish...

Shiraz BBQ

Merseyside Middle Eastern

Taking its name from the Iranian city of arts and gardens (and not just the New World version of Syrah...

An example of the dishes at Pho Cue restaurant in Manchester China Town

Pho Cue

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

"The food speaks for itself," says Cue Tran, owner of the Pho Cue Vietnamese kitchen, whose aim is to take...

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 British

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

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

Wood

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

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

The Box Tree

West Yorkshire Modern British

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

Auberge Brasserie

Merseyside French

With its Parisian-style brasserie terrace chairs and Art Nouveau lettering, a little bit of je ne sais quoi comes to...

Petit Cafe du Coin

Merseyside French

Grab your beret and your polo neck, we're going incognito in a French-inspired cafe with jazz club aspirations. The little...

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

Gustum

Merseyside Mediterranean

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

Yard & Coop Liverpool

Merseyside American

If you weren't sure by clues such as the cheeky fox insignia and drinks like Flip The Bird, Yard &...

Einstein Bier Haus

Merseyside European

If it's dancing, drinking and Deutschland-inspired plates of schnitzel and wurst you're after, you've come to the right place. Described...

Indique Chilli Paneer

Indique

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Indique is formed from the words Unique and Indian. That’s a bit optimistic as many Indian restaurants have swapped their...

George’s Dining Room

Worsley Global

It might have a contemporary feel and Modern British menu, but George's is steeped in history, housed in a traditional...

Pinion

Merseyside Modern British

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

Chez Mal Restaurant Manchester Afternoon Tea

Chez Mal Brasserie

Manchester City Centre European

Chez Mal Brasserie Manchester sells exactly the sort of European classics you might expect from a well-thought of boutique hotel...

Defne Turkish BBQ Restaurant

Merseyside Mediterranean

Using the freshest veg and juiciest meats and fish, plenty of aromatic herbs and regional spices, the food of Turkey...

Manifest

Merseyside 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...

Triple B is a cafe and takeaway serving NYC-style bagels and burgers in Prestwich, Greater Manchester.

Triple B

Prestwich American

Triple B was born in the midst of the pandemic when the Eat New York crew left the NQ and...

TNQ Northern Quarter, Manchester

TNQ

Northern Quarter Modern British

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

Macello Meat House West Derby

Merseyside Global

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

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

Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

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

A colourful small plate served at Volta in Didsbury: a Confidential Guides' recommended restaurant

Volta

Manchester European

Volta is owned by Luke ‘Unabomber’ Cowdrey and Justin Crawford - the DJ-restauranteur duo behind Chorlton’s Electrik bar, the Electrik...

Pieminister Liverpool

Merseyside British

Pieminister was born in Bristol in 2003, the not-so-pie-in-the-sky idea of two mates, Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon, who decided...

A tavola new mills

A Tavola

Greater Manchester Italian

A Tavola has an offbeat charm. Don’t be put off by the exterior. Sicilian delights await within. Inside, it is...

Red Dog Saloon

Merseyside American

If you like getting your hands dirty, then Red Dog Saloon is probably right up your street. Part of a...

Cucina di Vincenzo

Merseyside Italian

Headed by Vincent, this award-winning restaurant is run by members of the same family – the Margiottas – originally from...

The Wild Goose

Trafford British

Prepare for a trip down memory lane – The Wild Goose (brought to you by the same team as Tre...

Outdoor terrace at Piccolino Italian Restaurant in Didsbury

Piccolino Didsbury

Manchester Italian

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

Main Course at The Fat Loaf

The Fat Loaf

Trafford Modern British

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

The Rivals, Manchester City Centre

The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Modern British

When The Rivals opened in 2017, it was the first time in a long time that The Royal Exchange Theatre...

Shiraz Palace

Merseyside Middle Eastern

Taking its name from the Iranian city of arts and gardens (and not just the New World version of Syrah...

Grilla Hardman Street

Merseyside Mediterranean

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

What's Cluckin' neon sign at Peck & Yard, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester

Peck & Yard Manchester

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

Ok, so Peck & Yard in Ancoats is more of a takeaway than a bona fide restaurant but there are...

Herd NQ Manchester Restaurant

Herd NQ

Northern Quarter Modern British

With friendly staff and bags of atmosphere, team Herd NQ, headed up by Joe and Christiee, bring to the table...

Colleen’s

Ramsbottom Modern British

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

Mamasan Liverpool

Merseyside Pan Asian

South Asian cookery is on the cards here, or "a vibrant culinary offering", if you prefer. Three floors are accessed...

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

Hanover Street Social

Merseyside Global

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

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Inside Fraiche, the tiny Michelin-starred restaurant in Oxton on The Wirral.

Fraiche

Merseyside Modern British

Merseyside's fine-dining star, the tiny Fraiche restaurant is home to an artist behind the pass. Having been rated as a...

Cowshed

Merseyside British

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

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

Wreckfish

Merseyside Modern British

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

Mr Thomas's Chop House

Mr Thomas’s Chop House

Greater Manchester British

Thomas Studd and his wife Sarah established their Chop House in booming Cottonopolis in 1867, and it's still going strong,...

Peck and Yard pan asian food and outdoor seating in Chorlton

Peck & Yard Chorlton

Manchester Pan Asian

Forget the Colonel, Dixy and their paltry poultry offerings, Peck & Yard serve real fried chicken - Pan-Asian style. The...

Doner Haus Manchester Kebab

Döner Haus

Manchester City Centre European

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

The Botanist Manchester Deansgate

The Botanist Manchester

Manchester City Centre Global

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

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

Hope & Smoke

Merseyside Global

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

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

Bird At Birtle

Rochdale British

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

Tortuga

Tameside Caribbean

Good vibes and great food are promised by Tortuga, dishing up the authentic taste and welcoming nature of the Caribbean...

Yuet Ben Liverpool

Merseyside Chinese

Translating as "welcome honoured guest", the Yuet Ben is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Liverpool, setting up shop in 1968...

One of the dishes served at Aiden Byrne's gastropub The Church Green in Lymm, Cheshire

The Church Green

Cheshire British

The Church Green is Aiden Byrne's countryside pub where excellent meat comes as standard. Fifty ounce tomahawk, for example, and...

Man Bites Frog Manchester Mackerel

Man Bites Frog

Manchester French

Man Bites Frog is the sort of relaxed neighbourhood bar every neighbourhood needs. It’s friendly, a bit kooky (or should...

Dishes served at Darbar, an Iranian restaurant in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

Darbar

Manchester Middle Eastern

From pomegranate and pistachio to saffron and barberries, the authentic flavours of Persian cuisine are promised at this family-run restaurant,...

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

Crafthouse

West Yorkshire 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...

Fazenda Liverpool

Merseyside South American

Fazenda loosely translates from Portuguese into "big farm", but think a little more luxe than your average barn: dark nooks...

The imposing exterior of The London Carriage Works - Liverpool's original Modern British restaurant

The London Carriage Works

Merseyside Modern British

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

Bistro Pierre Liverpool

French

You'll find a little bit of France in an old warehouse building in Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter, where indie Bistro Pierre...

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

The Forest Side

Cumbria Modern British

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

Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

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

Hong Kong Choi

Salford Chinese

This cha chaan teng-style “tea restaurant” is the Hong Kong equivalent of a greasy spoon and serves the region's typical...

A ceviche sampler served at Peru Perdu, a Peruvian-inspired restaurant and bar in Manchester city centre.

Peru Perdu

Manchester City Centre South American

Peru Perdu was originally a six-month residency restaurant at The Cotton Factory near the Village. Whether Covid or its popularity...

Champagne brunch at Cote Brasserie in Manchester city centre

Côte Brasserie Manchester

Manchester City Centre French

Add a little Parisian je ne sais quoi to your day with a trip to Côte, styled on a chic...

The leafy interior at Street Urchin Restaurant, Manchester

Street Urchin

Manchester City Centre Modern British

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

A selection of dishes available at Piccolino Italian restaurant, Bramhall

Piccolino Bramhall

Stockport Italian

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

Churrasco Steakhouse

Merseyside 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 bright blue exterior of The Ink in the Well, a pub and restaurant on Lark Lane in Aigburth, Liverpool

The Ink in the Well

Merseyside Global

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

The distinctive deep red sumac spice is used a lot on the menu at Middle Eastern restaurant Baity in Didsbury

Baity

Manchester Middle Eastern

Baity, meaning 'home' in Arabic, brings the deep pleasures of Palestinian food to Didsbury.

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 American

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

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

Holdi Woolton

Merseyside Indian subcontinent

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

Edinburgh Castle Manchester Table

Edinburgh Castle

Manchester City Centre British

The Edinburgh Castle is a fortification for fortifying yourself, full of hearty British fare. This defence against hunger has two...

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

Hawksmoor

Manchester City Centre British

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

Kala Bistro Cod Loin

Kala Bistro

Manchester City Centre Modern British

Kala describes itself as a humble bistro but humility is not usually a word associated with Gary Usher, the chef...

Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup served at The Blues Kitchen in Manchester city centre.

The Blues Kitchen Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

The Blues Kitchen Manchester is the first opening outside the capital for Columbo Group, which also owns the Jazz Cafe...

Salt Dog Slims Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Salt Dog Slims, new over from Liverpool,...

No 4 Dine and Wine Manchester

No4 Dine & Wine

Manchester British

No4 Dine & Wine is a place apart. It is in Manchester but somehow not in Manchester. It is in...

Barnacle

Merseyside Modern British

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

Jardim

Trafford South American

"Flames and flora" are promised by South Manchester's South American-inspired grilled meat joint Jardim – Portuguese for "garden – and...

Neon Jamon

Merseyside Spanish

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

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

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Merseyside Global

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

Portuguese tapas restaurant Canto on Cutting Room Square in Manchester

Canto

Manchester City Centre Portuguese

Canto is a Modern Portuguese restaurant from Simon Shaw, the creative director behind the consistently brilliant El Gato Negro on...

Inside Hearth of the Ram, one of Confidential Guides' recommended places to eat in Ramsbottom.

Hearth of the Ram

Ramsbottom British

Hearth of the Ram offers extraordinary pub food that reinvents classic local flavours. Head here for confident cooking in a...

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

Piccolino Manchester

Manchester City Centre Italian

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

Belgica

Merseyside European

We might have left the European Union, but the beat goes on in the form of Belgica, where Brussels comes...

Levy Market

Manchester Global

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

Villa Romana

Merseyside Italian

Recently given a spruce-up in keeping with its Wood Street location, this authentic, family-run Italian has been in the Ropewalks...

The Anatolian Grill is a Mediterranean restaurant in Prestwich, Greater Manchester.

Anatolian Grill

Prestwich Mediterranean

This modern Turkish restaurant and wine bar promises "a rich tapestry of tastes", and the selection of hot and cold...

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One of the dishes served at The Art School: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre

The Art School

Merseyside Modern British

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

A cranachan dessert served at Proost restaurant in Urmston, Greater Manchester

Proost

Urmston European

Husband and wife team John and Carolyn Phillips held occasional supper clubs and appeared on Channel Four’s Too Many Chefs...

The Baum Rochdale

The Baum

Rochdale British

Situated in Rochdale’s Toad Lane conservation area, The Baum is a traditional pub that has one foot firmly in the...

A cocktail and a bouquet of roses at Rosa, an Italian restaurant in Westhoughton, Bolton

Rosa

Greater Manchester Italian

Cicchetti, bar, grill. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Rosa's food is inspired by Italy, and the menus are updated regularly to reflect...

L’Olivetto

Merseyside Italian

This independent family-run restaurant, owned by head chef Kevin De La Cruz and his wife Shoonagh, front of house, serves...

Hipping Hall, the restaurant with rooms in Kirkby Lonsdale, has stacked up the awards and mentions over the years.

Hipping Hall

Lancashire Modern British

Since opening in 2005, Hipping Hall has become one of the most luxurious places to eat in the North (and...

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

Ma Boyles

Merseyside Global

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

The exterior of Trof, a restaurant and bar in the Northern Quarter.

Trof

Northern Quarter Global

Trof was the OG Mission Mars bar in Manchester and it’s still got ‘top Manchester night out’ written all over...

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

The Samling

Cumbria Modern British

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

Figs take centre stage in this dish from Erst restaurant in Ancoats.

Erst

Manchester City Centre British

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

Don Tacos Manchester

Don Tacos Manchester

Rusholme Mexican

Grab a booth, take away – whatever you decide, getting stuck in is definitely on the cards with Don Tacos...

One of the dishes served at The White Rabbit - a fine-dining restaurant in Todmorden, West Yorkshire

The White Rabbit

West Yorkshire Modern British

There’s a playfulness about the food and decor at The White Rabbit, a tiny fine-dining bolthole in a Yorkshire border...

Victor's restaurant, Hale

Victor’s

Trafford Global

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

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

Macello Meat House Childwall

Merseyside Global

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

The Club House

Merseyside Global

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

Berrington’s

Merseyside Global

One of the good things to come out of lockdown was Berrington’s - a neighbourhood bistro for Penny Lane that...

Grilla Allerton Road

Merseyside Mediterranean

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

Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester

20 Stories

Spinningfields European

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

Luck Lust Liquor and Burn Manchester Tacos

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

Northern Quarter Mexican

"Tacos, dreamos and burrito supremos", that's what the Northern Quarter's Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn is peddling in its dive...

House felafel salad bowl at Hafla Hafla, a restaurant serving Middle Eastern-inspired food on Liverpool's Lark Lane.

Hafla Hafla

Merseyside Middle Eastern

Pop-up turned permanent Hafla Hafla brings Middle-Eastern inspired kebabs and small plates to the trendy bohemian drag of Lark Lane. 

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

The Lime Tree

Manchester British

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

Silk Rd Heswall

Merseyside Global

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

Istanbul BBQ & Bistro Allerton

Merseyside Mediterranean

Following in the footsteps of the Woolton Village branch of Istanbul, the restaurant on the vibrant Allerton Road has 70...

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

Moor Hall

Lancashire Modern British

Moor Hall delivers Michelin magic in a historic country house setting.

platter from Yara restaurant cheadle

Yara Cheadle

Stockport Middle Eastern

Lebanese and Syrian restaurant Yara is not alone with its Cheadle outpost – equally popular branches can be sniffed out...

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

Eagle & Child

Ramsbottom British

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

Michelin-starred fine dining at Hrishi, the flagship restaurant at Gilpin Hotel in Windermere.

Hrishi

Cumbria Modern British

Hrishi is the Michelin-starred British-Asian restaurant at the Gilpin Hotel in Windermere. An antidote to the chintz of other Lakes...

Salvi's Italian Restaurant Northern Quarter

Salvi’s Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Italian

Salvi’s NQ is the baby of what claims to be Manchester's first independent Neapolitan restaurant, and if traditional, authentic southern...

The exterior of Mustard & Co, a neighbourhood bistro in Crosby, Merseyside.

Mustard & Co

Merseyside Global

Crosby’s Mustard & Co is a neighbourhood bistro which succeeds in being both a heartwarming huddle of community - and...

Mezze restaurant Holmfirth Spanakopita

Mezze Bar & Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Mediterranean

Inspired by the authentic mezze of Greece and Turkey and elsewhere within a sniff of the Mediterranean Sea, Mezze Bar...

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

Red Chilli Manchester Oxford Rd

Manchester City Centre Chinese

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

Blackhouse Grill On The Square

West Yorkshire Global

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

The Marble Arch Pub Manchester

The Marble Arch

Manchester City Centre British

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

Zena Restaurant

Zena Restaurant

Manchester Middle Eastern

If you fancy a taste of one of the oldest and healthiest cuisines in the world, head to the family-owned...

on the menu at The Bull and Bear Manchester

The Bull & Bear

Manchester City Centre Modern British

Tom Kerridge has brought his Michelin-winning brand to Manchester's old Stock Exchange, and he's on the money with a menu...

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

James Martin

Manchester City Centre British

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

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

Alderley Edge Hotel

Cheshire Modern British

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

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