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

San Carlo Manchester

Manchester City Centre Italian

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

Tempest on Tithebarn

Merseyside Global

Tempest on Tithebarn is a social space filling your days from early-morning Neighbourhood Coffee and freshly baked pastries and cakes...

Grand Pacific Manchester

Grand Pacific

Manchester City Centre Pan Asian

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

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...

The River Restaurant

Salford Modern British

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

Embankment Kitchen

Salford European

Head to the ground floor of the Citysuites aparthotel and non-residents are welcome at EK, to its friends, where plates...

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...

East River

Merseyside American

New York's lower east side is the inspo here – "where gritty high rise buildings mix with upscale apartments and...

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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...

Outdoor seating at Albert's Restaurant Worsley

Albert’s Worsley

Worsley European

Albert’s Worsley is a reliable option, especially if you’re trying to please a big group. Even if you don’t get...

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...

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...

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...

Piccolino Liverpool

Merseyside Italian

As well as an open kitchen so you can watch all the fun, Piccolino Liverpool – on the aptly named...

Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump

Dakota Grill Manchester

Northern Quarter Modern British

Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as...

The Italian Club Fish

Merseyside Italian

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

Afternoon Tea at King Street Tavern manchester

King Street Tavern

Manchester City Centre British

Part of the King Street Townhouse hotel, with its luxe bedrooms and rooftop terrace boasting infinity pool and views of...

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...

Asha's Indian Restaurant, Manchester

Asha’s

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Modern Indian restaurants come with their own USPs such as street food, home cooking and regionally-specific cuisine. Asha’s, near the...

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...

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...

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

Habas

Manchester City Centre Middle Eastern

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

The Welsford Bistro

Merseyside British

Scoffing your brekkie in Britain's largest cathedral might leave you speechless, so it's just as well you don't have to...

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...

Gaucho Restaurant Manchester

Gaucho Manchester

Manchester City Centre South American

If you like steak and you like wine, then you'd best start saving – and start starving – for a...

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Umezushi Omakase

Manchester City Centre Japanese

Nose-to-tail sushi from acclaimed experts in a genuine, off the beaten track location. This open-minded sushi parlour with simple decor...

A vegan cheesecake at vegan restaurant Veggie Republic in Liverpool city centre.

Veggie Republic

Merseyside Vegan

If you’ve ever doubted the versatility of vegan cooking, a trip to Veggie Republic on Cork Street should set you...

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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 pizza served at La Casa, an Italian restaurant and bar in Astley, Greater Manchester

La Casa

Wigan Italian

A new addition to Astley’s dining options is classy Italian restaurant and bar La Casa.

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...

Matou

Merseyside Pan Asian

Innovative Pan Asian cuisine and an 'exotic adventure' are promised at Matou, on the second floor of the Ferry Terminal...

The interior of Gimbals restaurant in Sowerby Bridge soars beyond quirky.

Gimbals

West Yorkshire European

For years, Gimbals was a mesmerising neighbourhood bistro with a good reputation. Run by talented husband-and-wife team Simon and Janet...

Crispy Duck and Pancakes, Pacifica Cantonese Restaurant

Pacifica Cantonese

Salford Chinese

Pacifica Cantonese in Eccles is an old-school Chinese restaurant with lurid neon signage. It’s not trying to be slavishly authentic...

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...

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

Il Forno

Merseyside Italian

Il Forno’s name refers to their oven; a huge, fire-breathing head which swallows up pizza before cooking it to perfection and...

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...

On the menu at The Ivy Spinningfields, Manchester

The Ivy Manchester

Spinningfields British

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

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 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...

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...

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...

Salvi’s Deansgate Square

Manchester Italian

Bright and airy, with white and pale sage tiles, dusky pink and gold rose barstools and booths, and even a...

Pan Roasted Cod Loin at Alberts Restaurant Standish

Albert’s Standish

Wigan European

Albert’s Standish is a reliable option. You won’t get the best food in the world but you’ll get a menu...

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...

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...

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...

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

Three Piggies Alehouse & Canteen

Merseyside Global

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

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...

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