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

Bundobust Leeds

West Yorkshire Indian subcontinent

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

Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Global

Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Escape to Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find...

Dishes at The Pen and Pencil, manchester

The Pen & Pencil

Northern Quarter Global

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

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

Frederiks

Merseyside American

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

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...

Ruyi vegetarian house chinese restaurant chorlton

Ruyi Vegetarian House

Manchester Chinese

At Ruyi's, you can expect traditional Chinese and Oriental cuisine and fusion food – the only difference is this traditional...

Bundobust Brewery

Greater Manchester Indian subcontinent

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

Indian Tiffin Room restaurant manchester

Indian Tiffin Room Manchester

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Known to its friends as ITR, the second of the three bright Indian Tiffin Room restaurants specialises in thalis (a...

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

Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Manchester City Centre American

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

A pint at Seven Bro7hers Salford

Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks

Salford American

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

exterior of on the hush manchester church street northern quarter

On the Hush

Northern Quarter Bar

The Northern Quarter has never been short of Instagrammable spots with its litany of graffitied walls and shop fronts but...

Belzan is known for cocktails and maverick small plates

Belzan

Merseyside European

Following punchy reviews in the local and national press, it has been hard to secure a table at Liverpool’s Belzan.

Madre at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Mexican

Tacos for the soul are on the menu at Madre, a spin-off of the popular Liverpool Albert Dock collaboration from the...

Voodoo Ray’s at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre American

NYC-style pizza via LDN. Voodoo Ray’s at Escape to Freight Island is the first opening outside the capital for these...

Tables set up outside the bright yellow Chippy on Burton Road - one of the classiest fish and chip shops in Greater Manchester

The Chippy on Burton Road

Greater Manchester British

The Chippy on Burton Road might be the classiest fish and chip shop in Greater Manchester. Alongside their sustainably sourced...

Dining at Scene Indian Kitchen Manchester

Scene

Spinningfields Indian subcontinent

Scene was one of the first of the new wave of Indian restaurants that left the flock wallpaper and the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chuleton steak as served at Sandinista - a punk-themed bar with Mexican food in Manchester city centre.

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre South American

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

Impossible

Manchester City Centre Bar

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

A table laden with dishes from Mughli - one of the first Indian restaurants in Manchester to embrace street food.

Mughli

Rusholme Indian subcontinent

Mughli is the contemporary, social media embracing, second generation Curry Mile restaurant that paved the way for the likes of...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Inside Bacaro, the Liverpool bar that serves Venetian-inspired small plates

Bacaro

Merseyside European

Like the backstreet Venetian tapas places which inspired this central Liverpool bar and restaurant, there is something about Salt House...

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...

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

The Refinery

Merseyside British

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

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...

One of the dishes served at Toast Altrincham, a Confidential Guides' recommended cafe

Toast Altrincham

Trafford Modern British

As Nigel Slater once said, 'No matter how bad things get, it's impossible not to love someone who made you...

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

Jandol

Manchester Middle Eastern

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

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...

Red chairs in the window of the stylish Jane Eyre bar and restaurant in Ancoats

The Jane Eyre

Manchester City Centre British

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

El Rincon de Rafa Tapas Manchester

El Rincon de Rafa

Manchester City Centre Spanish

This Manchester institution was a much-respected destination for Spanish food long before tapas became a common sight in the city...

Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

Manchester City Centre American

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

Northern Soul Manchester Toastie

Northern Soul Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter British

"Banging out killer eats and rare soul beats" seems to have done the trick as, where once there was one...

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...

Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Northern Quarter Global

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

Indoor seating at Bombay Brew Indian Restaurant Rochdale

Bombay Brew

Rochdale Indian subcontinent

Bombay Brew brings together beer and Indian street food. Bundobust may be the kings of this combo but unlike its...

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

Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

Stockport Indian subcontinent

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

Mary and Archie Chorlton Brunch

Mary & Archie Didsbury

Manchester Global

With colourful decor, eclectic knick-knacks, plenty of potted plants and a bit of a Seventies vibe, Mary & Archie does...

Sashimi served on ice at Cottonopolis in the NQ

Cottonopolis

Northern Quarter Japanese

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

Pizza and wine at Rudy's Neapolitan, Peter Street, Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Peter Street

Manchester City Centre Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

Franco Manca

Manchester City Centre Italian

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

La Casita Restaurant Manchester Tacos

La Casita

Manchester Mexican

After humble beginnings serving up traditional Mexican street food from a little stall at the markets, La Casita now has...

HOME

Manchester City Centre Global

One of Manchester’s flagship buildings, HOME is many things including cinema, theatre, art gallery and, of most interest to Confidential...

Outdoor seating, Brewski, Chorlton

Brewski

Manchester American

The clue is in the name – Brewski is as much about the beers as it is the food. It’s...

Armenian Taverna & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Middle Eastern

Armenian is a Manchester institution and – recent cosmetic makeover aside – little has changed since it opened over half...

burger fries and prosecco at Banyan manchester Corm Exchange

Banyan Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza Sale Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Sale

Trafford Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

Rudy’s Pizza Bold Street

Merseyside Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

Menu at The Alchemist New York Street Manchester

The Alchemist Manchester New York Street

Manchester City Centre Global

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

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...

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...

PINS Social Club

Merseyside Global

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

The Botanist Media City, Salford

The Botanist Salford

Salford Global

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

Guests enjoying a sunny evening in Levenshulme at The Klondyke Club social club

The Klondyke Club

Manchester British

No round-up of Levenshulme’s social spaces could exclude The Klondyke Club AKA The Levenshulme Bowling and Social Club. This century-old...

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...

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

Riva

Trafford Modern British

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

Crazy Pedro’s Liverpool

Merseyside American

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

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

Station Hop

Manchester British

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

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...

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...

The sign outside Sanskruti Indian Restaurant Withington

Sanskruti Withington

Withington Indian subcontinent

Sanskruti Withington is well-known in the area for its vegan and vegetarian cuisine which takes in Gujurati thalis, South Indian...

Cocktails at The Alchemist Spinningfields Manchester

The Alchemist Manchester Spinningfields

Spinningfields Global

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

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...

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...

Paloma bar and kitchen in Prestwich, Bury, Greater Manchester

Paloma Bar & Kitchen

Prestwich Spanish

Paloma Bar & Kitchen is a love song to all things Spanish. It’s a beautiful place inside and it has...

Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi

Manahatta Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

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

Tacos on the menu at Southside Tequila Joint Withington

Southside Tequila Joint

Withington Mexican

You know those fancy places where there's a flight of drinks matched to each food course? Well, here at Southside,...

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. 

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

Chef’s Table

Cheshire European

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

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

The Original Third Eye

Manchester Indian subcontinent

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

Crispy chicken ramen at Shoryu Manchester

Shoryu Ramen

Manchester City Centre Japanese

Shoryu Ramen is the first branch of the mini London chain to leave the capital. It’s located in Piccadilly Gardens...

Cafe Tabac

Merseyside Global

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

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...

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

Overdraught MCR

Manchester American

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

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...

The Alchemist Liverpool

Merseyside Global

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

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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...

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

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Bar

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

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

Society

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Mustard American Diner

Mustard

Trafford American

Americana comes to Sale courtesy husband-and-wife team Gavin and Jane Gosnell's neighbourhood diner and bar Mustard with its all-day NYC-inspired...

The Cajun salmon jambalaya at The Tavern Co - a Tex Mex bar and restaurant on Smithdown Road, Liverpool

The Tavern Co

Merseyside American

A stalwart of Smithdown Road, The Tavern Co is a casual dining place with a reputation for student and family-friendly...

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...

Globe Chorlton Manchester

Globe Chorlton

Manchester Global

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

The Gasworks on First Street, Manchester

The Gas Works Brewbar

Manchester City Centre Global

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

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...

La Parrilla Bold Street

Merseyside Mexican

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

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...

yard and coop chicken shop NQ

Yard & Coop Manchester

Northern Quarter American

We’d rather see a restaurant that does one thing well than one that does a wide variety of dishes to...

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

Nordie Bar

Manchester European

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

Food coffee cocktails at carlisi liverpool

Carlisi

Merseyside Italian

If it's an Aperol Spritz you're hankering after, or an authentic Sicilian blend coffee, then Carlisi, at the finance end...

Our Neighbourhood Bar

Manchester Italian

Our NeighBourhood Bar in Didsbury is perfectly placed for forays in to Manchester’s most popular suburb right next to the...

A chef cooking at Royal Nawaab - the three-storey restaurant in Levenshulme, Manchester.

Royal Nawaab

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Ask a local for directions in Levy and there’s a high chance they will use the Royal Nawaab as a...

La Parrilla Lark Lane

Merseyside Mexican

La Parrilla Lark Lane is the third opening for a local mini-chain that has had the honour of being voted...

chakalaka, northern quarter, manchester

Chakalaka

Northern Quarter African

Chakalaka is a South African bar and kitchen in Manchester’s NQ. The food is relaxed, offering everything from quick snacks...

holcombe tap ramsbottom

Holcombe Tap

Ramsbottom Global

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

The Anthologist Restaurant on St Peter's Square Manchester

The Anthologist

Manchester City Centre Global

The Anthologist fits well into the cosmopolitan city vibe of the regenerated St Peter’s Square. When you step off the...

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square

Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

Tampopo Albert Square is the original venue in this Manchester-born chain from restaurateur David Fox. It was here that they...

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

The Talleyrand

Manchester

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

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El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester

El Gato Negro Manchester

Manchester City Centre Spanish

El Gato Negro is an upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion restaurant that really, really works. Originally from Yorkshire, chef Simon Shaw has...

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

Thyme Out

Manchester European

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

Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester Bar Seating

Comptoir Libanais

Spinningfields Middle Eastern

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

Fuzion Noodle Bar Fallowfield Manchester

Fuzion Noodle Bar

Manchester Pan Asian

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

Honest Crust Pizza Altrincham

Honest Crust Sourdough Pizza Altrincham

Trafford Italian

"On a mission to make really great sourdough pizza" since 2013, when they had a pop-up in rainy Ramsbottom, Altrincham...

Berrington’s

Merseyside Global

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

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

Bundobust Manchester

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

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

The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester

Dishoom

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Dishoom is a legend in its own lunchtime and that’s exactly how it likes things. It’s not enough to serve...

The doorway to Libero in Altrincham - a bar that's big on football and craft ales

Libero

Greater Manchester European

Starting life as a fun little pop-up, Libero is a football-themed craft ale bar which encourages its customers to don...

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

Saison

Greater Manchester British

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

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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...

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

Yu Copster Green

Lancashire Chinese

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

Inside NAM, the Vietnamese restaurant and bar on Cutting Room Square in Ancoats.

NAM

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

Another neighbourhood favourite in the now achingly hip Cutting Room Square. NAM’s light and airy space with its natural parquet...

My Thai Restaurant John Dalton Street Manchester

My Thai Manchester John Dalton Street

Manchester City Centre Thai

The clue's in the name and My Thai serves up dishes inspired by the street food markets of Bangkok –...

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

Dulcimer

Greater Manchester Italian

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

Pie, mash, and mushy peas with a beer at Pieminister, Northern Quarter

Pieminister Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter 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...

Ciaooo Kitchen Manchester Pizza

Ciaooo

Northern Quarter Italian

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

Pizza and chicken at roxy ballroom manchester deansgate

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Bar

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

Battered squid rings from Hip Hop Chip Shop, the maverick fish and chip restaurant in Ancoats

The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Manchester City Centre British

A National Fish & Chip Award winner, the Manchester street food heroes opened up their first bricks 'n' mortar outlet...

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 dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.

Kambuja

Stockport Cambodian

Many of us are familiar with the vibrant cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand but Cambodian, or Khmer, food is still...

La Vina Restaurant Spanish Manchester

La Viña

Manchester City Centre Spanish

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

Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar

Manchester City Centre American

This Brooklyn-style pizza joint was born out of a love of using the best ingredients with care and attention. Nell's...

Yukti Indian Street Fusion

Merseyside Indian subcontinent

The second of two Yuktis, the city centre restaurant followed the Old Swan Art Kitchen version, opening on Renshaw Street...

Levy Market

Manchester Global

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

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...

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...

Menagerie Manchester Brunch

Ménagerie

Salford Global

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

The unusual art installations at Motley Restaurant Manchester

Motley

Manchester City Centre Global

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

Cocktails in the beer garden tucked away at the back of Electrik in Chorlton

Electrik

Manchester Italian

Elektrik is an award-winning independent bar with great coffee and a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails. They offer...

Vegan Pizza at Proove Pizza, Didsbury

Proove Pizza

Manchester Italian

Proove Pizza has proven itself to be a success which is fortunate because there’s no shortage of eateries slinging out...

Dimitri's Manchester Tapas

Dimitri’s

Manchester City Centre Mediterranean

Dimitri’s has been serving up mezze for over 30 years now. It’s a stalwart of the city’s food and drink...

Chapters Of Us

Merseyside Global

Hang out with your pooch or your pals inside or take advantage of the terrace at this self-styled neighbourhood coffee...

Pad Krapow Khai at Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Corn Exchange

Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

The second of their city centre venues, Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange has the same wok-fresh East Asian menu as its...

The Alchemist Salford Quays

The Alchemist Salford

Salford Global

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

Beech Road's Bar San Juan is a Chorlton favourite for Spanish food and sangria

Bar San Juan

Manchester Spanish

Beech Road's Bar San Juan is almost always bursting at the seams with customers. This unassuming little tapas bar is...

Cocktails for four at Riddles Bar in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Riddles Bar

Greater Manchester

Vintage cocktail bar and self-proclaimed makers of Altrincham's best Old Fashioned, Riddles Bar focuses on high-quality ingredients blended by expert...

People dining at The Pen Factory in Liverpool: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

The Pen Factory

Merseyside Mediterranean

The Pen Factory specialises in the kind of Middle East-meets-Spanish creations you’ll find at Volta or The Refuge in Manchester,...

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...

Pool tables at Black Dog Ballroom

Black Dog Ballroom

Northern Quarter American

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

Crazy Pedro's NQ

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter American

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

The Firehouse

Manchester Global

Found in the former E & A Auto Services garage depot on Swan Street, Firehouse is the sister restaurant to...

El Capo Manchester Tacos

El Capo

Northern Quarter Mexican

El Capo is home to authentic Mexican food and around 200 varieties of tequila. It’s small, but perfectly formed with...

The striking black exterior of WowYauChow - a modern British Chinese restaurant in Altrincham

WowYauChow

Trafford Chinese

WowYauChow is a 'British Chinese' from accountant turned restaurateur Henry Yau which has become a firm favourite in Alty. The...

The casual, arty interior of The Counter House - a health-led restaurant on Cutting Room Square, Ancoats

The Counter House

Manchester City Centre American

Gut-cleansing spirulina juices, turmeric scented Buddha bowls and raw vegan cookies, The Counter House menu reads like a dream list...

Barrio

Manchester Mexican

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

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...

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.

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...

party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester

Banyan Spinningfields

Spinningfields Global

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

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

Recardo’s

Trafford Bar

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

A colourful selection of dishes at The Great Kathmandu - a long-established Nepalese restaurant in West Didsbury

The Great Kathmandu

Manchester Indian subcontinent

Founded in 1986 The Great Kathmandu is another Didsbury institution that the locals rave about. Not only the locals though,...

Evelyn's Manchester Dining

Evelyn’s

Northern Quarter Global

Evelyn’s is a very clever restaurant. It’s from the chaps behind Mughli so expect a quality operation although it is...

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.

Outside seating at Mort Subite - a Belgian beer bar in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Mort Subite

Greater Manchester European

Given the much-publicised dangers of drinking too much booze, it takes a dark sense of humour to name your bar...

La Finca Eivissa

Spanish

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

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

Wilson’s Social

Northern Quarter Global

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

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,...

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...

Cooper Hall in the NQ, Manchester is a big European style beer hall, great for a night out with a group.

Cooper Hall

Northern Quarter Bar

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

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...

Three dishes served at The Font Chorlton: a Confidential Guides recommended bar and restaurant

The Font Chorlton

Manchester European

While the city centre Font Bar is often typecast as 'that student place with the really cheap cocktails', The Font...

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

The Beagle

Manchester American

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

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...

The Keystone

Merseyside Bar

Hope Street’s new pub The Keystone opened in 2021 in the spot last inhabited by restaurant Bread and Butter. The...

Clockworks

Merseyside Global

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

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...

Gusto Restaurant Didsbury

Gusto Didsbury

Manchester Italian

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

Blue cheese and walnuts with a glass of wine, padron peppers at Porta Salford

Porta Salford

Salford Spanish

Following successes in Chester and Altrincham, this Porta opened its doors in late 2018, bringing a taste of Spain to...

Mural and seating at Bhaji Pala Restaurant Gatley Manchester

Bhaji Pala

Stockport Indian subcontinent

Bhaji Pala is a vegan restaurant, bringing customers the food of Western India. The Indian subcontinent has a long tradition...

Dockleaf

Merseyside Global

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

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...

Char siu bao spring rolls crispy duck 8 Manchester Whitefield Menu

8 Manchester

Whitefield Chinese

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

Street View Outdoor Seating at All The Shapes Prestwich

All The Shapes

Prestwich Mexican

All The Shapes has that relaxed café-bar, all-day-eatery thing nailed. It’s the sort of place where you feel equally comfortable...

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

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Manchester European

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

A classic negroni at cocktail bar Henry C in Chorlton, Manchester.

Henry C

Manchester American

Serving up Po Boys and great cocktails, Henry C is a cosy neighbourhood bar in Chorlton with a heavy New...

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

Wolf At The Door

Northern Quarter Global

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

exterior of sixes cricket restaurant and bar manchester

Sixes Manchester

Manchester City Centre Global

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

California Coffee and Wine Altrincham Tacos

California Coffee & Wine

Trafford American

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

Pasta and pizza from PLY restaurant and bar Manchester

PLY

Northern Quarter Italian

Describing itself as a "hangout" and "creative space", PLY is in the beating heart of hipster Northern Quarter, benefitting from...

A dish of pasta with a glass of red wine at Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham, a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham

Trafford Italian

Another Altrincham success story, the Puglian-inspired Sugo Pasta Kitchen opened on Shaw Road - right by the transformative Market House...

La Cantina Tapas Dishes Stockport Heaton Moor

La Cantina

Stockport Spanish

Stockport is not Salamanca but that doesn’t stop the wooden barrel tables outside La Cantina on Heaton Moor’s busy Shaw...

Chicken of Aragon pie, available at Pieminister

Pieminister Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre 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...

Roxy Ball Room Rainford Square

Merseyside Global

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

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...

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

Fred’s Ale House

Manchester Italian

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

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...

Outside The Font Manchester

The Font Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

Best known for the creativity and double-take cheapness of its cocktails, The Font Manchester is perhaps the closest you’ll get...

Dovedale Towers

Merseyside Global

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

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre European

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

Mowgli Oxford Road Manchester

Mowgli Manchester Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Purveyor of healthy and often vegan Indian street food and home cooking, former barrister Nisha Katona's Corn Exchange Mowgli was...

Gusto Italian Manchester

Gusto Manchester

Manchester City Centre Italian

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

Neapolitan-style wood fired pizza at Double Zero in Chorlton

Double Zero

Manchester Italian

An authentic Neapolitan-style pizzeria, Double Zero in Chorlton has been lauded as one of the best in the UK.

Wood & Company

Manchester City Centre Bar

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

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...

Pho Manchester

Manchester City Centre Vietnamese

As you might expect from the name, Vietnam's national dish pho (pronounced “fuh") is at the heart of the menu...

Thai Kitchen No.6, Manchester, pork and rice

Thai Kitchen No.6

Manchester City Centre Thai

Thai Kitchen No.6 is a real family restaurant. That means it’s a homespun affair without the sheen of some other...

Evil Eye Beer and Burrito Shack

Merseyside Mexican

Cheap and cheerful Mexican-inspired grub in the form of – you guessed it – burritos is the flavour of the...

Alfresco brunch at Papillon - a cafe-bar and restaurant in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter

Papillon

Merseyside Global

With its striped pink awning and corner spot on Hope Street, Papillon is one of the prettiest eating places in...

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

Folk Didsbury

Manchester European

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

Korean Grill Menu at Azuma Restaurant Manchester

Azuma

Manchester Chinese

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

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...

Tempura prawns at Sapporo Teppenyaki Restaurant Manchester

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

Manchester City Centre Japanese

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

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...

Gorilla

Greater Manchester American

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

Gusto Cheadle Hulme Pizza

Gusto Cheadle Hulme

Stockport Italian

Gusto serves fresh Italian food in Cheadle Hulme and many other places. It’s part of a seemingly ever-expanding chain but...

The Angel Pub Manchester

The Angel

Manchester City Centre British

We had an internal debate about whether to class The Angel on Rochdale Road as part of the city centre,...

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

Yang Sing

Manchester City Centre Chinese

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

Common Northern Quarter

Common

Northern Quarter American

One of the Northern Quarter's original hipster hangouts, Common – bar, eatery, coffee spot – has been at its Edge...

Honest Crust Sourdough Mackie Mayor Pizza

Honest Crust Sourdough Pizza Manchester

Northern Quarter Italian

"On a mission to make really great sourdough pizza" since a pop-up in rainy Ramsbottom back in 2013, Honest Crust's...

Northern Soul Manchester

Northern Soul Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester City Centre British

"Banging out killer eats and rare soul beats" seems to have done the trick as, where once there was one...

Backyard burger, Bunny Jackson's, Manchester

Bunny Jackson’s

Manchester City Centre American

Bunny Jackson's touts itself as a dive bar and, while there is indeed 'cold beer, frozen margaritas and a lot...

Little Furnace Smithdown Road

Merseyside Italian

Back in early 2013, two pals Peter and Ryan had their first taste of Neapolitan pizza, while on holiday in...

My Thai Restaurant Northern Quarter Manchester

My Thai Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Thai

The clue's in the name and My Thai serves up dishes inspired by the street food markets of Bangkok –...

Flight Club Manchester, Party, Groups, Darts, Games

Flight Club Manchester

Manchester City Centre Global

Flight Club is a hit in London, Birmingham and Manchester, with its primary aim (sorry) to offer a contemporary take...

Seafood Risotto at Alberts Restaurant Didsbury

Albert’s Didsbury

Manchester European

Albert’s Didsbury always has a buzz about it. OK, so you won’t get the best food in the world but...

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

NoHo

Northern Quarter Bar

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

The Thirsty Korean

The Thirsty Korean

Manchester Korean

The name is a reference to the fact that South Koreans are statistically one of the biggest consumers of spirits...

Little Furnace Baltic Market

Merseyside Italian

Back in early 2013, two pals Peter and Ryan had their first taste of Neapolitan pizza, while on holiday in...

Interior seating and blossom tree at Annyeong Manchester

Annyeong

Manchester City Centre Korean

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

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