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Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant

Evuna Knutsford brings together playful Spanish tapas dishes and an excellent wine offering.

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Sovereign Suite Spiral Staircase

Roomzzz Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Hotel

Hidden above street level on Manchester’s busy Exchange Square, you’ll find the Roomzzz Manchester Victoria Aparthotel.

Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City

Roomzzz Manchester City

Chinatown (Manchester) Hotel

Located on Manchester’s Princess Street, Roomzzz Manchester City is perfect for visitors looking for culture in Manchester. Chinatown is just...

Evuna

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish

The second city centre Evuna, open since 2013, bagsies a corner spot in the Northern Quarter that provides the outward-facing...

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

October 2003 saw the first of the four Evunas open, grabbing a prime position on Deansgate and a reputation for...

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Housed in a Grade II Listed building with a neo-classical facade, Chester's Opera Grill is a grand, 400-seater restaurant from...

A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it's a taste...

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

A stone's throw from Selfridges and the designer stores around Exchange Square, Piccolo by Piccolino is a Southern Italian restaurant...

Bury Market

Bury Markets

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

The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

There’s no shortage of reliably good restaurants in the Hale-Altrincham-Bowden triangle, and Piccolino Hale is up there with the best...

Tipples of Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

Tipples of Manchester is a gin specialist store, with 100 bottles and counting – but, as they say themselves, "you...

Vintage clothes at Cow Liverpool

Cow Liverpool

Ropewalks Clothing

If the haphazard chaos of charity shops puts you off buying pre-loved clothes, Cow Liverpool is your place to start....

Erst

Ancoats Restaurant - British

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

Hot chocolate at Luisco Chocolate in Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan.

Luisco Chocolate

Haigh Chocolatier

Luisco Chocolate is a quirky little chocolatier in the courtyard at Haigh Woodland Park. It’s the perfect opportunity for a...

Wordsworth Grasmere has the original manuscripts of William Wordsworth's poetry and Dorothy Wordsworth's diaries

Wordsworth Grasmere

Cumbria Museums

At Wordsworth Grasmere you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings which captured the poet's imagination and drove much of...

Wellnergy Manchester

Wythenshawe Festivals

The first ever Wellnergy Manchester takes place on 6 July 2024 in Wythenshawe Park, after a successful debut in London...

No trip to The Lake District is complete without a visit to The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Grasmere Bakeries

If you’ve never tasted this Lakeland speciality before, you're in for a treat. The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop is famous for...

Hot chocolate and the Chocolate Challenge at Slattery in Manchester.

Slattery

Whitefield Restaurant - British

Much like Betty’s in Harrogate, a trip to Slattery in Whitefield can be a day out in its own right....

Christmas flowers from Flourish Didsbury.

Flourish Didsbury

Didsbury Florists

Flourish Didsbury is an award-winning florist with a wide range of houseplants too. It’s great for colourful blooms but also...

Window display at McQueen Independent, a boutique clothing store in Chorlton

McQueen Independent

Chorlton Clothing

McQueen Independent on Chorlton’s buzzing Beech Road is a fantastic clothes shop for cool brands you don’t find on the...

Piccadilly Records in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Piccadilly Records

Northern Quarter Record Shops

When it comes to music in Manchester this place is the absolute business. Piccadilly Records is the coolest square footage...

Vinyl Exchange is one of Manchester's most varied record shops with LPs of every genre

Vinyl Exchange

Northern Quarter Record Shops

Vinyl Exchange probably has Manchester city centre’s biggest selection of second hand vinyl and certainly the most varied. It’s an...

Haigh Woodland Park

Wigan Parks & Gardens

Haigh Woodland Park is a good mix of cultivated prettiness and ancient woodland with plenty of things to do.

Nordic Muse with Christmas wreath in shop window

Nordic Muse

Northern Quarter Lifestyle

Nordic Muse is the opposite of fast-fashion or Amazon. This beautifully-curated Tib Street store is full of Scandi inspiration and...

Clowns at Farmageddon, a Halloween scare experience near Ormskirk

Farmageddon

Ormskirk Activities

Farmageddon is the big one. Every year it’s a sellout, welcoming thousands of willing lambs to the slaughter. There are...

Christmas flowers at Giraffe Flowers in Manchester.

Giraffe Flowers Kimpton

Oxford Road Florists

Giraffe Flowers Kimpton is a quirky city centre florist in a landmark location. Pop in for a bouquet on the...

A carbonara from Salvi's

Salvi’s | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Salvi’s – or Salvi's Mozzarella Bar & Restaurant, to give it its full name – claims to be Manchester's first...

Aerial view of Beeston Castle, a historic site in Cheshire

Beeston Castle

Tarporley Historic Buildings & Sites

Beeston Castle perches atop a rocky crag, looking out over the surrounding Cheshire Plains.

Huge bouquet from David Wayman Flowers, a florist in Spinningfields

David Wayman Flowers

Spinningfields Florists

David Wayman Flowers is a boutique florist in the heart of Spinningfields – perfect for buying a bunch of flowers...

Tables in Chapter One, a bookshop and cafe in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Chapter One

Northern Quarter Cafes

Chapter One is an independent bookshop and café with a huge selection of fancy drinks, vegan-friendly cakes and a well-curated...

A harvest of apples at Platt Fields Market Garden in Fallowfield

Platt Fields Market Garden

Fallowfield Farm Shop

Platt Fields Market Garden is a muddy bit of the good life in urban Manchester. It’s a fantastic community growing...

SK1 Records is an independent record shop on Stockport's Little Underbank

SK1 Records

Stockport Town Centre Record Shops

SK1 Records is more than just a record shop. It’s an important part of the town’s current buzz and it...

Federal Northern Quarter, Brunch, French Toast, Eggs, Coffee

Federal Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Keeping the Northern Quarter fed and watered since 2014, the first Federal is a daytime destination a stone's throw from...

Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre on a sunny day

Piccadilly Gardens

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

Piccadilly Gardens are concrete rather than floral now but despite a slightly unsavoury reputation it still remains the gateway to...

Exterior of The Epicurean, a beer shop in Heaton Moor

The Epicurean Heaton Moor

Heaton Moor Bottle Shop

The Epicurean Heaton Moor is the Stockport outpost of the self-proclaimed ‘Beer People’. They’re right though. The staff here are...

The upper level of Manchester Craft and Design Centre in the Northern Quarter

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Northern Quarter Arts Venues

Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a fantastic space to stroll around whether you’re there to buy or just to...

Taps at Heaton Hops, a bar and bottle shop in Stockport

Heaton Hops

Heaton Moor Bars

Heaton Hops is a bar and bottle shop in Heaton Moor. The fridges are packed with bottles and cans from...

Federal Manchester, Espresso Martini, Bar

Federal Manchester Deansgate

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

Keeping the Northern Quarter fed and watered since 2014, five years on and Federal claimed another foothole, this time on...

Skaus

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Scandi

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

Barbakan Deli

Chorlton Deli

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

Kingbee Records, an independent shop in Chorlton selling vinyl and CDs and specialising in Northern Soul

Kingbee Records

Chorlton Record Shops

Kingbee Records is a proper old-school record shop. The custard-yellow storefront is a beacon, drawing in music lovers from all...

A white chocolate and matcha cookie in the window of Ezra & Gil, a coffee shop in the NQ, Manchester.

Ezra & Gil Hilton Street

Northern Quarter Cafes

If you want to experience Northern Quarter cafe culture in its purest form, head to Ezra & Gil Hilton Street,...

Federal Circle Square

Oxford Road Restaurant - Global

Federal Cafe Bar in Circle Square on Oxford Road, Manchester is a must-visit for brunch lovers. With a focus on...

Exterior of House of Books and Friends, a bookshop in Manchester

House of Books and Friends

Manchester Bookshops

House of Books and Friends is a bookshop with a difference. As well as knowledgeable, friendly staff, a great selection...

Bar Area at Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom in Manchester

Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom

Piccadilly Bars

Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom is right next to the brewery which, incidentally, takes up units seven and eight. Despite the...

Wax and Beans is a great place for Bury's record collectors and coffee fans

Wax and Beans

Bury Record Shops

Wax and Beans is a vinyl and coffee combo where you can indulge all your passions at once. Affectionately known...

Flower globe from Frog Flowers in the Trafford Centre.

Frog Flowers Selfridges Trafford Centre

Stretford Florists

You’ll find Frog Flowers on the ground floor of Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, in the luxury accessories department of...

Brunch at The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

Knutsford Farm Shop

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

Tapas at Lunya, a Catalan restaurant and deli in Liverpool.

Lunya

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

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

The Italian Club Bakery

Ropewalks Bakeries

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

The Cunard Building in Liverpool - one of the Three Graces and home of the British Music Experience

The British Music Experience

Albert Dock Museums

Head to The Cunard Building, one of the Three Graces that form Liverpool's iconic waterfront to find The British Music...

Christmas beers at Carringtons, a bottle shop in Chorlton

Carringtons

Chorlton Bottle Shop

According to Decanter, ‘Manchester is lucky to have Carringtons’ and in the world of wine that counts for a lot....

Spaghetti with asparagus sauce, crispy onions & stracchino cheese cream at The Pasta Factory

The Pasta Factory

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

The group of friends behind The Pasta Factory's story originally hail from Turin in the northern region of Piedmont, so...

Bottles and baubles at Salut Wines, a bar and bottle shop in Manchester city centre

Salut Wines

Manchester City Centre Bottle Shop

Salut Wines is a proper wine bar of the sort you don’t see very often in the UK. There are...

One of Greater Manchester's best record shops, Reel Around The Fountain in Stretford Mall

Reel Around The Fountain Records

Stretford Record Shops

Reel Around The Fountain Records is a vinyl store in Stretford Mall. For an indie record shop, it’s pretty vast....

Pastry at Rough Hand Made, a bakery at Albert Dock, Liverpool

Rough Hand Made

Albert Dock Bakeries

Rough Hand Made is a gorgeous artisan bakery on Albert Dock. Eat in or take away but get there early...

Colourful flowers at Blossom, an independent florist in Chorlton

Blossom

Chorlton Florists

Blossom is a small, independent florist on Manchester Road in Chorlton. It does beautiful hand-made bouquets and specialises in seasonal,...

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Penrith Historic Buildings & Sites

Lowther Castle & Gardens is an intriguing attraction. It looks grand enough at first sight, but the castle is literally...

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

Isca

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester

Dishoom

Spinningfields Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Pop Boutique Manchester Oldham Street

Northern Quarter Clothing

Family-run independent Pop Boutique was the first vintage store to open on retro clothing hotspot Oldham Street. It's been in...

Fred Aldous, an art and craft shop in the Northern Quarter

Fred Aldous

Northern Quarter Art, Crafts and Stationery

Fred Aldous is the shop you need, whatever you’re making. If you’re getting artsy or craftsy, or know someone who...

Fresh pasta at Rigatoni's, an Italian restaurant in Manchester.

Rigatoni’s Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

Rigatoni’s is a neighbourhood pasta place serving homemade rigatoni with a variety of sauces. Their trio of venues (in Ancoats,...

Fridges and craft beer at The Epicurean West Didsbury

The Epicurean West Didsbury

West Didsbury Bottle Shop

The Epicurean West Didsbury is the brand’s original craft beer shop, bringing brightly coloured cans to Burton Road.

Sausages from W H Frost Butchers in Manchester

W H Frost Butchers

Chorlton Butchers

If you like eating out in Manchester, chances are you’ve enjoyed some meat from W H Frost Butchers. They supply...

Pop Boutique on Bold Street, one of our recommended vintage shops in Liverpool.

Pop Boutique Liverpool

Ropewalks Clothing

Richard Free, the man behind the Pop Boutique mini empire, began collecting vintage clothing in the 1970s and has built...

A hamper from The Cheese Hamlet, a cheesemonger in Didsbury

The Cheese Hamlet

Didsbury Cheesemongers

The Cheese Hamlet is a family-run independent business that sells all sorts of delicious food and drink, as well as...

Beautiful curly hair at Wilderness Hair in Liverpool

Wilderness Hair

Ropewalks Salons

Wilderness Hair is a unique folk herbalist hairdressing experience. Depending on your natural locks, it might just be the place...

Mother's Day flowers from Black Raven, a florist in Sale, Greater Manchester.

Black Raven Flowers

Sale Florists

Black Raven Flowers is about as different from Greater Manchester’s other florists as it's possible to be. While most may...

Yellowhammer

Stockport Restaurant - European

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

The Taylor Swift fan shop at Red Brick Market in Liverpool.

Red Brick Market

Baltic Triangle Markets

If you love thrifting, vintage clothes, handmade jewellery, secondhand vinyl, charming curios, retro homeware, old comics, and the like, you...

Books at Queer Lit, a LGBTQ+ bookshop in Ancoats, Manchester

Queer Lit

Ancoats Bookshops

Rather than being consigned to one small shelf, Queer Lit celebrates literature that reflects the queer experience throughout the shop....

Selection of British cheese at Chorlton Cheesemongers, an independent, artisan cheese shop

Chorlton Cheesemongers

Chorlton Cheesemongers

Chorlton Cheesemongers isn’t just a shop that sells cheese. No, it’s a uniquely-adapted, humidity controlled space which specialises British and...

Flourish Manchester – Deansgate Square

Manchester City Centre Florists

Split over two levels in one of the retail units at Manchester's most stylish skyscraper neighbourhood, Flourish Manchester - Deansgate...

Steaks from Taylors of Sale, a recommended Greater Manchester butcher

Taylors of Sale

Sale Butchers

Taylors of Sale has been one of the best butchers in Greater Manchester for almost 175 years. You don’t date...

A craft stall at Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester City Centre Markets

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

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

Radcliffe Market

Radcliffe Restaurant - Global

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

Exterior of Didsbury Flower Lounge, a Confidential Guides recommended florist

Didsbury Flower Lounge

Didsbury Florists

Didsbury Flower Lounge is an award-winning independent florist offering exquisite fresh-cut flowers, house plants with personality and enchanting floral bouquets.

Black boned chicken from Fusion Plate, an Oriental Supermarket in Sale

Fusion Plate

Sale Deli

Fusion Plate is a great value Oriental grocery store in Sale with special deals on bulk buys. It also serves...

Grape to Grain in Prestwich, a bar and bottle shop with barrels to enjoy an al fresco tipple

Grape to Grain

Prestwich Bottle Shop

Grape to Grain is a bar and bottle shop in Prestwich specialising in – as the name suggests – wine...

Hello Oriental

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

There's three floors of street food fun at Hello Oriental. A Chinese bakery and cafe is joined by Vietnamese restaurant...

Winter window and winter wine at Reserve Wines, a wine merchant in West Didsbury

Reserve Wines

West Didsbury Bottle Shop

Reserve Wines was set up by Kate Goodman more than twenty years ago and it’s still going strong. Kate certainly...

Mother's Day bouquet from Northern Flower - a florist in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Northern Flower

Northern Quarter Florists

Northern Flower is the original cool indie florist with beautiful bouquets ready to pick up and take away from their...

Nerf AX interior, a games venue at Trafford Palazzo

Nerf Action Xperience

Trafford Park Activities

If you love charging around waving a Nerf blaster with foam ammo popping all around you, then you’re going to...

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

Axons of Didsbury

Didsbury Butchers

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

Photo of Afflecks wedding taken by Phil Tragen.

Afflecks

Northern Quarter Markets

Afflecks, previously known as Afflecks Palace, is a hip indoor market spread over four floors. Established in 1982, it's a...

Al fresco eating at The Village restaurant in Blakemere Village.

Blakemere Village

Northwich Activities

Blakemere Village is the Cheshire one-stop for shopping, outdoor activities and family-friendly events.

Fresh meat at Cheshire Smokehouse butchers in Cheshire

The Cheshire Smokehouse

Wilmslow Butchers

The Cheshire Smokehouse is one of the region’s best places for quality food. It’s just not Christmas round our way...

Oats And Honey

Eccles Restaurant - British

Whatever it is you're after, "social sustainable store" Oats And Honey is likely to have it – from Aloë earrings...

A crab at Chorlton fishmongers Out of the Blue.

Out of the Blue

Chorlton Fishmongers

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

Cheesecake with chocolate at Haute Dolci

Haute Dolci Trafford

Trafford Cafes

Chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth will feel right at home at Haute Dolci, a dessert cafe situated in...

Resurrection

Ropewalks Clothing

This double-level vintage and music merch store started life in Quiggins Arcade before moving to Bold Street (now the unofficial...

The Hollies Farm Shop Lower Stretton

Warrington Farm Shop

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

Secondhand cowboy boots at Soho's Liverpool, one of Confidential Guides' recommended vintage shops in Liverpool.

Soho’s Liverpool

Ropewalks Clothing

Soho's is one of the original vintage clothing stores in Liverpool, and one of the biggest. With a hairdressers, a...

Bar at North Taproom: Circle Square in Manchester

North Taproom: Circle Square

Oxford Road Bars

North Taproom: Circle Square is the Manchester outpost of the beloved North Bar in Leeds. It specialises in craft beer...

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

Unicorn

Chorlton Groceries

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

Hot chocolate from Kenyon Hall Farm, a farm shop and cafe near Warrington

Kenyon Hall Farm

Warrington Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Kenyon Hall Farm is the perfect countryside day out all year round. From picking up a premium Fraser Fir Christmas...

Second hand records at Sifters in Fog Lane in Burnage, Manchester

Sifters

Burnage Record Shops

Sifters is the legendary record shop immortalised in Shakermaker. Apparently Noel Gallagher used to spend his pocket money here. If...

Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.

Trove Levenshulme

Levenshulme Cafes

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

A sandwich from Arndale Market, Manchester city centre.

Arndale Market

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

The exterior of Thoughtfully Cafe - an independent coffee shop on Cleveland Square, Liverpool

Thoughtfully Cafe

Ropewalks Cafes

Independent coffee shop Thoughtfully Cafe is just a few minutes walk from Liverpool ONE but it feels like a world...

The Epicurean, a beer shop in Chorlton

The Epicurean Chorlton

Chorlton Bottle Shop

The Epicurean Chorlton is a friendly little beer shop. It may be smaller than its sister site in West Didsbury...

Books from Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop in Manchester specialising in poetry, philosophy and history

Anywhere Out Of The World

Northern Quarter Bookshops

It’s no surprise that Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop named after a line from Baudelaire, doesn’t specialise in...

Emporium M33

Sale Markets

Emporium M33 is a treasure trove of small businesses, start-ups and indie makers and producers right in the centre of...

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

Pollen Bakery

Greater Manchester Restaurant - European

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

cork of the north heaton moor restaurant

Cork of the North Heaton Moor

Heaton Moor Restaurant - Global

You can probably tell from the pun-tastic name that you don’t need to be a serious grape connoisseur to feel...

Front of the shop at Another Heart to Feed Northern Quarter Manchester

Another Heart To Feed NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Middle Eastern

Another Heart To Feed in Manchester's NQ is one of our top brunch spots. It's a coffee shop inspired by...

cork of the north wine bar sale restaurant

Cork of the North Sale

Sale Restaurant - Global

Cork of the North Sale smudges the line between wine merchant and wine bar even before you’ve had a glass....

Harvey Nichols Second Floor Deli Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

Hutch up near one of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the new Second Floor Deli Bar and take in the views...

Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester Bar Seating

Comptoir Libanais

Spinningfields Restaurant - Middle Eastern

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

An example of the Moroccan Menu at So Marrakech Altrincham

So Marrakech

Altrincham Restaurant - African

As well as homewares and style items, concept store So Marrakech has a daytime café, offering a taste of Morocco...

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