Restaurants

Top Choice British in Liverpool

Restaurant Fraiche

Five tables, one solitary chef and a gleaming Michelin star: Marc Wilkinson's tiny restaurant in Oxton on the Wirral is worth the effort precisely because he goes to great lengths to provide one of the best culinary…
Top Choice Modern British in Forest of Bowland

Northcote Hotel

One of the finest restaurants in northern England, Northcote's Michelin-starred menu is the unpretentious, delicious creation of chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and sommelier Craig Bancroft. Duck, lamb, beef and chicken are…
Top Choice Modern British in Chester

Simon Radley at the Grosvenor

Simon Radley's formal restaurant (you're instructed to arrive 30 minutes early for drinks and canapés) has served near-perfect Modern British cuisine since 1990, when it was first awarded the Michelin star that it h…
Top Choice Gastropub in Forest of Bowland

Parkers Arms

This unspoilt village pub is where you'll find the simply exceptional cooking of terroir chef Stosie Madi. She's best known for her superb pies, but her menus – which change up to twice daily depending on what's ava…
Top Choice Gastropub in Lancaster

Bay Horse Inn

One of Lancashire's best spots for exquisite local dishes is this handsome pub 6 miles south of Lancaster. Chef Craig Wilkinson displays his locavore links with a sign outside showing distances to the farms that sup…
Top Choice British in Manchester

20 Stories

The most anticipated opening of 2018 was this rooftop restaurant atop a 20-storey tower, marshalled by local star Aiden Byrne (formerly of Manchester House). Great views and great food, courtesy of Byrne's signature…
Top Choice International in Manchester

Refuge by Volta

Manchester's snazziest dining room occupies one half of The Refuge, one of the city's best bars. The menu is made up of voltini, sharing plates with global influences from the Middle East to Korea (think lamb schwar…
Top Choice Food Hall in Manchester

Mackie Mayor

This restored former meat market is now home to a superb food hall with a fine selection of 10 individual traders. The pizzas from Honest Crust are divine; the pork-belly bao from Baohouse is done just right; Nation…
Top Choice Modern British in Liverpool

Wreckfish

Restaurateur Gary Usher's crowd-funded restaurant is a marvellous example of Modern British cuisine at its best: nothing overly fussy, but everything done just right. From the open kitchen come fine dishes such as a…
Top Choice Seafood in Douglas

Little Fish Cafe

Superb seafood presented in a variety of ways, from hake with mustard and lemon butter to a Kerala-style fish curry. For brunch, the Queenie Po'Boy – battered Manx queenies (queen scallops), paprika mayo and avocado…