Eating & Drinking inNorth West

Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside make up the North West, a region noted for its spectacular scenery, including the Lake District’s ethereal peaks and tarn lakes, and two iconic cities, Manchester and Liverpool.

Some of the UK’s finest chefs are at work here, from Lake Road Kitchen in Ambleside, where James Cross delivers an inspired blend of Cumbrian and Nordic influences, to Steven Smith at the Freemasons at Wiswell, where fine prime materials and heritage techniques are refracted through a prism of thoroughgoing innovation. Nigel Haworth at Northcote is famed for his confident, forward-looking take on North Country flavours, while in Cartmel, Cumbria, Simon Rogan’s magnificent L’Enclume has the enviable reputation of holding a perfect score of 10 in The Good Food Guide for the last five years.

Venture into Manchester and the horizons grow ever broader. A vast and lively place, the rainy city is known for its great party culture, with some 500 pubs, clubs and restaurant in the centre alone. Classy brasseries (TNQ or the Lime Tree), steak houses (Hawksmoor or Albert Square Chophouse) and the highly ambitious Adam Reid at the French represent a thriving scene. Meanwhile Stockport recently became host to one of the area's hottest tickets in the form of Sam Buckely's forward-thinking and idiosyncratic Where the Light Gets In.

 

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Cheshire * Cumbria * Greater Manchester * Lancashire * Merseyside

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