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Rosso

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

If it's a stylish lunch date destination you're after or some suitably chic eats for dinner à deux, Rosso might...

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

San Carlo Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

Spice Thai

Merseyside Restaurant - Thai

The cosy Spice Thai restaurant is hidden away just above a motel bar near Hanover Street, with an interior intended...

Namii Kitchen & Cocktails

Chinatown Restaurant - Vietnamese

It's got neon, it's got pastels, it's got faux foliage, it's got innovative cocktails and it's got Pan Asian cuisine...

Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

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

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

Didsbury Restaurant - British

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

The striking glass pyramid that houses the entrance to Australasia in Manchester city centre

Australasia

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and...

Kitten

Castlefield Restaurant - Japanese

Handcrafted sushi and charcoal grills are on the food menu in this sleek Deansgate Square set-up, complete with its own...

Farm & Fish

Eccles Restaurant - Modern British

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

El Olivo (FKA The Embassy)

Hale Restaurant - Spanish

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

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

La Bandera

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

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

A dish served with a glass of wine at Oystercatcher - a seafood restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester.

Oystercatcher

Chorlton Restaurant - European

“Doing lots of little things right” is a definition of perfection. And Oystercatcher - a simple seafood restaurant in Chorlton...

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

Tattu Manchester

Spinningfields Restaurant - Chinese

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

Crispy prawns from Red Chilli Chinese restaurant, Manchester

Red Chilli Manchester Portland St

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

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

The Easy Fish Co Heaton Moor

The Easy Fish Co. Heaton Moor

Heaton Moor Restaurant - Modern British

A quality fish restaurant this far inland has always been a difficult ask but The Easy Fish Co. Heaton Moor...

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

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Cheshire Restaurant - British

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

tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi in a bowl, served with wasabi and decorated with flowers

Zumu Sushi Bolton

Bolton Restaurant - Japanese

We heart sushi and mini-chain Zumu Sushi serves up our favourite finger food with authentic flavours and flourishes, and even...

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

63 Degrees

Northern Quarter Restaurant - French

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

9Wooden beams and wooden tables inside Stockport fine-dining restaurant Where the Light Gets In

Where the Light Gets In

Stockport Restaurant - Modern British

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

The Green Lab DSQ

Castlefield Restaurant - Global

Eat clean at The Green Lab, a “lifestyle destination store” and “health and well-being life concept”, which opened first in...

El Gato Negro Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

'The black cat' is an upmarket tapas restaurant overlooking the Town Hall and iconic Nelson monument, with heated patio outside...

The Wild Goose

Altrincham Restaurant - British

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

A selection of dishes available at Piccolino Italian restaurant, Bramhall

Piccolino Bramhall

Bramhall Restaurant - Italian

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

sashimi at Sushi Marvel Restaurant Ancoats Manchester

Sushi Marvel Manchester

Ancoats Restaurant - Japanese

The clue's in the name, really, and the second Sushi Marvel (the first is based in Chorlton) serves up the...

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

Erst

Ancoats Restaurant - British

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

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 Restaurant - Korean

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

San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter

San Carlo Fiorentina

Hale Barns Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Lunya

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

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

Lobster thermidor as served at La Popote restaurant in Marton near Macclesfield

La Popote

Cheshire Restaurant - French

This small family-owned French bistro is tucked away in pretty Marton, near Macclesfield. Heavily influenced by classical French cooking, the...

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

Bacaro

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

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

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms

North Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

Sashimi served on ice at Cottonopolis in the NQ

Cottonopolis

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Japanese

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

La Famiglia Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant - Italian

The name says it all: La Famiglia Bar & Restaurant is a family-run outfit serving fresh, traditional Italian cuisine rethought,...

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

Sushi Bar HanaMatsuri

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Japanese

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

The Italian Club Fish

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Neon Jamon

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

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

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

The Samling

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

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

Portuguese tapas restaurant Canto on Cutting Room Square in Manchester

Canto

Ancoats Restaurant - Portuguese

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

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

The Forest Side

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

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

Mamasan Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

on the menu at Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant Manchester

Tai Wu

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

Tai Wu on Upper Brook Street has a slightly unprepossessing exterior – it sits above W.H. Lung’s cash and carry...

Lu Ban

Merseyside Restaurant - Chinese

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

5Inside Fraiche, the tiny Michelin-starred restaurant in Oxton on The Wirral.

Fraiche

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Northcote

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

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

The Fisherman's Table, Marple, restaurant interior

The Fisherman’s Table

Marple Restaurant - Modern British

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

The leafy interior at Street Urchin Restaurant, Manchester

Street Urchin

Ancoats Restaurant - Modern British

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

chefs omakase platter of salmon sashimi, uramaki and nigiri

Zumu Sushi Worsley

Worsley Restaurant - Japanese

We heart sushi and mini-chain Zumu Sushi serves up our favourite finger food with authentic flavours and flourishes, and even...

A plate of sashimi at Peter Street Kitchen - the Japanese and Mexican restaurant in the former Free Trade Hall in Manchester

Peter Street Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

Specialising in two distinct, contemporary cuisines, Mexican and Japanese, Peter Street Kitchen's punchy small plates ooze luxury. There are several...

One of the dishes served at upmarket Cantonese restaurant Wing's in Manchester city centre

Wing’s

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

Located in a brutalist city centre square, this elegant Chinese restaurant is owned by Wing Shing Chu – but it’s...

Barnacle

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

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

Try Thai in Manchester's Chinatown at night

Try Thai

Chinatown Restaurant - Thai

Up some steps and through a doorway flanked by two statuettes making the wai, and you're welcomed into Try Thai,...

Off The Hook

Sale Restaurant - British

Starting out as a pop-up, as so many of the region's best-loved brands did, Off The Hook is now a...

Menu selection at Teppenyaki Chinatown Manchester

Teppanyaki Chinatown

Chinatown Restaurant - Japanese

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

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

Moor Hall

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Habas

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

a dish on the menu at Salt house liverpool tapas

Salt House Tapas

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

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

Belgica

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

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

Il Forno

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

L’Olivetto

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Auberge Brasserie

Merseyside Restaurant - French

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

16One of the dishes served at Manchester's only Michelin star restaurant, Mana in Ancoats.

Mana

Ancoats Restaurant - Modern British

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

a table of sashimi, takoyaki octopus balls and crispy chilli squid

Zumu Sushi Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Japanese

We heart sushi and mini-chain Zumu Sushi serves up our favourite finger food with authentic flavours and flourishes, and even...

Etsu

Merseyside Restaurant - Japanese

When David Abe's friend flew in from Tokyo and suggested they eat out, he was astonished to hear there was...

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

Red Chilli Manchester Oxford Rd

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

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

12pcs Mixed Sushi at Kyotoya Manchester

Kyotoya

Withington Restaurant - Japanese

Forget gimmicks like conveyor belts and colour-coded plates, miniature plastic fish filled with soy sauce and California rolls – if...

A dish served at Yuzu, a Confidential Guides' recommended Japanese restaurant in Manchester's China Town

Yuzu

Chinatown Restaurant - Japanese

Yuzu is a neighbourhood-style Japanese restaurant offering refreshingly uncomplicated dishes served in Zen-like surroundings. You won’t find a conveyor belt...

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

Yang Sing

Chinatown Restaurant - Chinese

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

28One of the dishes served at The Art School: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre

The Art School

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

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

The Barn at Moor Hall michelin star

The Barn

Lancashire Restaurant - British

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

Indique Chilli Paneer

Indique

Didsbury Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Battered oyster served at Hooked on the Heath, a recommended fish and chip shop in Knutsford.

Hooked on the Heath

Cheshire Restaurant - British

Hooked on the Heath is an upmarket chippy in a former public toilet block in Knutsford. Co-owner Craig Buckley has...

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

Peru Perdu

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

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

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

Holbeck Ghyll

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Arras

North Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Kampai Sushi Bar

Hale Restaurant - Japanese

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

Pappardelle al ragu’ bianco di agnello e crema ai funghi

Vero Moderno

Salford Restaurant - Italian

Another fab addition to the clutch of good, independent Italian restaurants in the city is Vero Moderno. Situated on the...

27El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester

El Gato Negro Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

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

Levanter Restaurant Ramsbottom Figs Wine

Levanter

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Spanish

Owned and run by Basque food importers Joe and Fiona Botham, Levanter is ‘a true tapas bar’ serving authentic Spanish...

Outdoor terrace at Piccolino Italian Restaurant in Didsbury

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

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

Blue Sakura

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Japanese

Resplendent in the sakura cherry blossoms of its name (albeit faux flora), Blue Sakura brings "Asian-inspired magic" to Leeds via...

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

Piccolino Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

Manifest

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

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

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

Fred’s Ale House

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

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

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Set in a Grade II-listed Charles Heathcote-designed Edwardian Baroque building, all that marble provides the perfect backdrop to a family-owned...

25Baratxuri in Ramsbottom pays homage to the pintxos bars of the Basque region

Baratxuri

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Spanish

Basque enclave Baratxuri is the second Ramsbottom-based bar and restaurant from Joe and Fiona Botham.

El Rincon de Rafa Tapas Manchester

El Rincon de Rafa

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

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

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Umezushi Omakase

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

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

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

The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Ancoats Restaurant - British

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

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

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Little Yang Sing

Chinatown Restaurant - Chinese

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

Pavement cafe dining outside Bistrot Verite in Birkdale, Southport

Bistrot Verite

Merseyside Restaurant - French

Bistrot Verite is a Brittany-influenced bistro with a penchant for fish. Brassy flavours meet seaside standards at this Gallic enclave...

Interior seating, Borrello restaurant, Sale

Borrello

Sale Restaurant - Italian

Borrello is a slightly old-school Italian restaurant in Sale. You won’t unearth obscure regional delicacies or discover new ingredients but...

A selection of mezze served at Othello's Greek Restaurant in Liverpool.

Othello’s

Merseyside Restaurant - Mediterranean

Othello’s Greek Restaurant is a local favourite thanks to its reliable Mediterranean food and quick-smart, smiley service. 

San Carlo Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

The buzzy restaurant floor at San Carlo Cicchetti in Manchester city centre

San Carlo Cicchetti

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2010. Over a...

Cargo Seafood Restaurant

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

With some great views overlooking the Mersey from its unrivalled waterfront location on Princes Parade, this is the place to...

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