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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...

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

The Hinchliffe Arms

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

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

1One of the inventive dishes served at Michelin starred restaurant L'Enclume in Cartmel.

L’Enclume

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

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

The River Restaurant

Salford Restaurant - Modern British

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

Manchester River Cruises

Manchester City Centre Activities

Manchester boat tours from £9pp. Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour...

Floral outdoor display at Sicilian NQ 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...

The Three Fishes - Restaurant Exterior

The Three Fishes

Lancashire Restaurant - British

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

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...

Another Hand

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

3The striking interior of The Man Behind the Curtain - Michael O'Hare's Michelin star restaurant in Leeds

The Man Behind the Curtain

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

New look, same, wild styling from the Michelin-starred, glam rock loving chef. In 2018, chef-patron Michael O’Hare upped sticks from...

Riverside views at The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel

Salford Hotel

The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s premier 5-star hotel. While technically in Salford, it is ideally located next to Spinningfields, Manchester’s...

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...

The Ugly Duckling

Bowdon Restaurant - Modern British

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

Velvet green booths and natural lighting at Masons Restaurant and Bar in Manchester city centre.

Masons

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Nestled in the Grade II Listed former Freemasons Hall, Masons Restaurant and Bar serves retro fine-dining fare in princely surrounds.

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 exterior of Sam's Chop House - a Victorian-style British pub and restaurant in Manchester city centre

Sam’s Chop House

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

Corner & Bloom

Didsbury Restaurant - Global

Sunny spots with seats, scran and a bit of sauce are few and far between, but this popular independent family-run...

Lucky Foot at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Panoramic 34

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

Panoramic 34 was the UK's highest restaurant when it opened in 2008, and although others have since taken that title,...

Carnival at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

Procaffeinated

Salford Restaurant - European

Clean lines, stripped wood, potted greenery, local art, yoga brunch... these are just some of the calming factors at newly...

10Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire

Freemasons at Wiswell

Lancashire Restaurant - British

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

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...

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.

The Angel at Hetton

North Yorkshire Restaurant - British

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

Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester

20 Stories

Spinningfields Restaurant - European

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

Neon Tiger

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Thai

Meaning "grill house" in the rural northern Thai regions from whence it hails, Baan Yang offers a method of cooking...

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...

Riva Blu

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

From the same people that brought Piccolino to Manchester, Riva Blu aims to bring a little bit of La Dolce...

A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor

The White Hart at Lydgate

Lydgate Restaurant - Modern British

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

26One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire

The Cartford Inn

Lancashire Restaurant - British

This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef,...

Queens

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

With simple, regularly changing menus to showcase the best seasonal ingredients available at market, you can expect carefully prepared plates...

Schofield’s Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

With links to Atomeca on Deansgate Square (and the upcoming Sterling downstairs at Stock Exchange Hotel), their very own vermouth...

Wandering Palate

Eccles Restaurant - British

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

Tast Restaurant Manchester

Tast

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

Catalan restaurant Tast brings the fiercely independent spirit of north-eastern Spain to your table courtesy head chef Paco Pérez –...

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

Eagle & Child

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

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

Mr Thomas's Chop House

Mr Thomas’s Chop House

Greater Manchester Restaurant - British

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

Homeboys Pizza

Eccles Restaurant - Italian

No shortcuts are tolerated at indie pizzeria Homeboys, where everything is made from scratch using only the freshest, best ingredients...

The Beeswing

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Mediterranean

The Beeswing is named after a tartrate sheen which forms on the surface of port and some other wines that...

Wine and Wallop Prestwich

Prestwich Restaurant - Global

Coffee, cake, cocktail hour – whatever you're after, the Wine and Wallop bar and cafe stable can help, and with...

Common Northern Quarter

Common

Northern Quarter Restaurant - American

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

Canvas Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Facing the Oxford Road Corridor in the CircleSquare innovation district, Canvas (from ents specialists BeSixth, of London's Pickle Factory and...

Cucina di Vincenzo

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Mani

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

The focus of Italian-inspired bar and kitchen Mani is small plates, cheese and meat platters, and classic pasta dishes. There's...

Tasting Bar & Kitchen

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

If you really fancy taking your tastebuds on a round-the-world trip, then this is the place for you, with three...

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

Porta Salford

Salford Restaurant - Spanish

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

18One of the dishes served at Lake Road Kitchen, the acclaimed restaurant in Ambleside in The Lake District.

Lake Road Kitchen

Cumbria Restaurant - European

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

Salvi’s Deansgate Square

Castlefield Restaurant - Italian

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

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

Station Hop

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

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...

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...

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The Moorcock Inn

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

An astonishing arrival on the Northern culinary scene, The Moorcock Inn serves foraged and regional ingredients in thrilling configurations, catching...

12Inspired British cooking as served at Home restaurant in Leeds city centre.

Home

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

Home in Leeds is the brainchild of MasterChef finalist Liz Cottam, and business partner Mark Owens, formerly head chef at...

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

Justino’s

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

OSMA Kitchen Prestwich Manchester

OSMA

Prestwich Restaurant - Scandi

OSMA is a clever contraction of Oslo and Manchester, the home cities of its two owners. However this portmanteau is...

Char siu bao spring rolls crispy duck 8 Manchester Whitefield Menu

8 Manchester

Whitefield Restaurant - Chinese

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

CULTO

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Italian

Famous for both its top-drawer takeaways and unique black base Pizza Nera made using vegetable charcoal, CULTO is a cosy...

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...

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

Bird At Birtle

Birtle Restaurant - British

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

8An example of the Michelin star cooking found at The Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley, Yorkshire

The Box Tree

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

Speak In Code

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

Finding itself resting in the top 10 of the top 50 cocktail bars in the whole of the UK, Speaking...

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

Hrishi

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

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

Maray Allerton Road

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Inspired by Paris's Le Marais quarter, Tom, Dom and James opened the doors to the first Maray, on bustling Bold...

Flawd

Ancoats Restaurant - European

Flawd is the first permanent space for the team behind the Higher Ground pop-ups including at The Bungalow in Manchester’s...

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...

Fazenda Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - South American

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

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

The White Rabbit

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

Mount Street Dining Room & Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

Set inside Manchester's iconic Midland Hotel, Mount Street Dining Room & Bar is a chic space with an all day menu...

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...

Two bottles of red wine on display at Wine & Wallop, a wine bar in West Didsbury, Manchester

Wine & Wallop Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Conveniently located opposite West Didsbury Metrolink station, Wine & Wallop Didsbury is a cosy retreat where you can sample an...

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...

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...

TNQ Northern Quarter, Manchester

TNQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

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

The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Cheshire Restaurant - British

Multi-award-winning pub in the Cheshire countryside. Winner of countless ‘best pub’ awards, and established in 1708, the latest incarnation of...

The cheese and meat sharing board at Haunt - a recommended wine bar and coffee shop in Manchester city centre.

Haunt

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

When Peter Street lost its Caffe Nero it gained Haunt, an independent coffee shop and wine bar. Stepping inside, you...

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Sale

Sale Restaurant - Italian

With a menu plugging a regional style of south Italian cooking, Sugo Pasta Kitchen Sale joins two sister outlets (Altrincham...

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...

Castle Street Townhouse

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

There's dining all day every day at chic Castle Street Townhouse, with breakfast and bottomless brunch choices, lunchtime and evening...

Evuna Deansgate Food and Drink

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...

Spanish Caravan Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

Following in its original Prescot footsteps, Spanish Caravan in Ropewalks is a Mediterranean bar that offers chilled days and wild...

El Nido

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

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

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...

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...

Tast Enxaneta, Manchester, Button Mushroom Diversity

Tast Enxaneta

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

Let’s face it, Tast Enxaneta is the closest you’re going to get to El Bulli. After all, co-owner Paco Perez...

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...

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.

Mano A Bocca

Sale Restaurant - Italian

"Roma è arrivata a Sale!" – Rome has arrived in Sale – proclaims the website, which is a slight exaggeration,...

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

The Reliance

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

Evuna Northern Quarter Charcuterie

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...

Atomeca

Castlefield Restaurant - European

From coffee and fresh pastries first thing to curated wines and small plates come evening, this self-styled "all-day European drinkery"...

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

Overdraught MCR

Levenshulme Restaurant - American

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

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.

Villa Romana

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Lamb rump with potato rosti and broad beans served at 10 Tib Lane, a French restaurant in Manchester city centre.

10 Tib Lane

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - French

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

Bistro Pierre Liverpool

Restaurant - French

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

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

Off the Wheaten Track

Altrincham Restaurant - Global

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

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....

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...

The Pasta Factory, Manchester

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...

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

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

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...

Duke Street Market

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Following in the footsteps of other successful models in the region, with communal dining tables and a mezzanine served by...

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...

Casa Italia

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

Still in the spot where Mario Campolucci-Bordi opened its doors in 1976, the Casa Italia pizzeria and pastificcio is something...

Inside Hispi bistro in Didsbury - one of Confidential Guides' recommended Manchester restaurants.

Hispi

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Hispi is, quite simply, a great bistro. Fifth in a growing chain of restaurants conceived by Gary Usher, the concept...

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

Papillon

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Bistro Franc

Restaurant - French

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

Cork & Fork

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

There's always something going on at this bustling Allerton road wine bar, from steak night and Sunday roasts to live...

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

Fischers Baslow Hall

Derbyshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

Idle Hands

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Idle Hands have a super-tight following – who helped by setting up a crowd-funding campaign in their honour when the...

arlos cafe bar manchester northern quarter

Arlo’s

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Arlo's Insta bio is quite upfront: "coffee deli wine." Three of the few words we have underlined in our well-thumbed...

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...

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

The Klondyke Club

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

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

Lunyalita

Merseyside Restaurant - Spanish

Smaller and more intimate than the Liverpool One Lunya, Lunyalita overlooks the Albert Dock and is set over two storeys...

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...

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

Hanover Street Social

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

GupShup

Hale Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

GupShup serves food from across India in a setting of laid-back luxury; this is Hale, after all. The menu is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Keiths Food & Wine Bar

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Keiths Food & Wine Bar is something of an institution, having held court on trendy Lark Lane for well in...

Food coffee cocktails at carlisi liverpool

Carlisi

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

Yukti The Art Kitchen

Merseyside Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

The first of two Yuktis, the Old Swan restaurant opened to much fanfare in 2014 and it's still pulling in...

Evuna Altrincham Paella

Evuna Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Spanish

One of four restaurants in the Evuna sisterhood, the Altrincham venue gets added atmosphere from the lively open kitchen and...

The Corn Exchange Manchester, Salvi's restaurant

Salvi’s Manchester 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...

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

Nova

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

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

Flok Manchester, Northern Quarter, Bar, Tapas

Flok

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish

If it's a place in the sun you're after, look no further than the Northern Quarter's Flok, chilling out on...

No 4 Dine and Wine Manchester

No4 Dine & Wine

Didsbury Restaurant - British

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

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...

Piccolino Liverpool

Merseyside Restaurant - Italian

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

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...

6Modern British fine dining at Adam Reid at The French, the restaurant in the Midland Hotel, Manchester

Adam Reid at The French

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

Wine is served by the bottle and the glass at Kerb - a natural wine bar and shop in Ancoats, Manchester.

Kerb

Ancoats Restaurant - Bar

Ancoats gem Kerb is a natural wine shop and occasional bar from the founders of Takk Coffee and OL Bar...

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

Ox Club

West Yorkshire Restaurant - British

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

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...

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

Crafthouse

West Yorkshire Restaurant - 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 colourful dishes from the brunch menu at Another Heart to Feed in Didsbury

Another Heart To Feed Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

Another Heart To Feed in Didsbury is an ecologically-minded coffee shop inspired by coffee culture capital of the world, Melbourne.

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...

Minna

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

This women-run family business is inspired by Molly's great nan Minna, who turned a plot of land behind her council house...

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...

Gaucho Restaurant Manchester

Gaucho Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

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

Salvi's Italian Restaurant Northern Quarter

Salvi’s Manchester Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

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

7The exterior of Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate - the first Hawksmoor to open outside of London

Hawksmoor

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

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

Alderley Edge Hotel

Cheshire Restaurant - Modern British

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

A dish served at Campo Blanco, a tapas bar in Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester

Campo Blanco

Whitefield Restaurant - Spanish

Campo Blanco means "white field" in Spanish, so it comes as no surprise that this restaurant is the go-to place...

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...

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....

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Ancoats

Sugo Pasta Kitchen Manchester

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

With a menu plugging a passionately regional style of south Italian cooking, the second Sugo Pasta Kitchen sits happily in...

The sun shines into the interior of bar and bistro Polidor 68 on Lark Lane, Liverpool.

Polidor 68

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Named after the famous Parisian restaurant frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce, Polidor 68 aspires to...

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...

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

Wolf At The Door

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

The Perfect Match restaurant, Sale

The Perfect Match

Sale Restaurant - European

New opening The Perfect Match on the traffic-heavy A56 in Sale isn’t the easiest place to get to but it’s...

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...

Colleen’s

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Modern British

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

17Inside Skosh restaurant in York which serves adventurous world-fusion food with spectacular results.

Skosh

North Yorkshire Restaurant - European

Going by name and appearances, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Skosh for a Scandi furniture shop: tables the colour of...

The sun shining on Maray restaurant on Bold Street, Liverpool city centre.

Maray Bold St

Merseyside Restaurant - European

Serving irresistible Middle Eastern fusion small plates, Maray is a slow-burning smash hit. Inspired by (and named after) the Middle-Eastern...

Jackfruit fritters, green papaya salad, Brasserie Blanc, Hale Barns

Brasserie Blanc

Altrincham Restaurant - European

Brasserie Blanc at Manchester Airport’s Marriott Hotel is more than just a place to get a quick meal before your...

20Eel as served at Jöro - the Nordic-inspired, acclaimed restaurant in Sheffield.

Jöro

South Yorkshire Restaurant - Scandi

Offering Nordic-inspired fine dining inside a shipping container, Jöro has secured accolades galore, including a clutch of AA Rosettes and...

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...

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

Hipping Hall

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

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

California Coffee and Wine Altrincham Tacos

California Coffee & Wine

Altrincham Restaurant - American

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

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

The London Carriage Works

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

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

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...

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...

Petit Cafe du Coin

Merseyside Restaurant - French

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

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...

Black Market

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Global

Black Market is all about serving small plates and creating contemporary takes on traditional cooking and international classics – sharing...

Dishes at The Sparrows, Manchester

The Sparrows

Green Quarter Restaurant - European

Green Quarter start-up and Good Food Guide entry, The Sparrows (sometimes with an umlaut) serves up a variety of continental...

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Merseyside Restaurant - European

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

Bouchon

Merseyside Restaurant - French

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

Crispy Duck and Pancakes, Pacifica Cantonese Restaurant

Pacifica Cantonese

Eccles Restaurant - Chinese

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

Le Social is a natural wine supplier with a shop and tasting room housed in a converted shipping container at Pollard Yard, Ancoats.

Le Social

Ancoats Restaurant - Bar

Organic, sustainable and natural wines are the focus at Le Social, a wine shop and tasting room housed in a...

Ropes & Twines

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

With a nod to its Ropewalks neighbourhood, Ropes & Twines is a speciality coffee shop, wine bar and even art...

The charcuterie boards at The Mews - a cocktail and wine bar just off Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

The Mews

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

The Mews is one of a clutch of new places to set up shop on Deansgate Mews, or ‘deli alley’...

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

Mustard & Co

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

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

Dakota Grill Leeds

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Global

Smart, sophisticated and chic, with a private terrace for cocktails and alfresco brunch, being part of a fancy hotel mini-chain...

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

Gimbals

West Yorkshire Restaurant - European

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

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...

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...

Maray Dockside

Merseyside Restaurant - Global

Inspired by Paris's Le Marais quarter, Tom, Dom and James opened the doors to the first Maray, on bustling Bold...

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

Wood

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

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

Champagne brunch at Cote Brasserie in Manchester city centre

Côte Brasserie Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - French

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

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....

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...

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)...

14A dish served at Roski restaurant in Liverpool from MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski

Roski

Merseyside Restaurant - Modern British

Roski is a wild child of a restaurant from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.

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...

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