Seven Manchester restaurants in Good Food Guide’s 100 best local restaurants list

Sixteen restaurants in the North West included on this new list of Britain's best.

By Kelly Bishop | 7 July 2023

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The Good Food Guide has announced Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants. Compiled from an initial list of over 37,000 public nominations, all of the restaurants in the list have been inspected by Good Food Guide inspectors.

First compiled by Raymond Postgate in 1951 who put together a crack team of restaurant inspectors with the aim to “raise the standard of cooking in Britain’ and ‘to do ourselves all a bit of good by making our holidays, travels and evenings out in due course more enjoyable”. The Good Food Guide has long been considered a reliable reference for the UK’s best restaurants.

When it was acquired by CODE Hospitality in 2021, it became fully digital. The app and digital book now features over 900 restaurants, pubs, cafes and wine bars across Britain. All reviews are conducted anonymously by a network of 30 inspectors and paid for in full. No establishment can buy their way into the Guide in order to maintain its trustworthiness.

The Sparrows in Manchester’s newest neighbourhood RedBank is on the list. Image: Kelly Bishop

This year, the Guide decided to do a different kind of ‘best restaurant’ list honouring local heroes all over England, Scotland and Wales. Tallow, a neighbourhood restaurant in Southborough, Royal Tunbridge Wells came out on top as the overall Best Local Restaurant topping a list of 100 local favourites across the country. 

Typically, the Good Food Guide says, Best Local Restaurants have been located in classic ‘neighbourhood’ locations, but their team of inspectors found that connection to the community is far more important than the restaurant’s address so has included some city centre restaurants that maintain a ‘neighbourhood’ feel.

Another Hand is one of the Best Local Restaurants from the Good Food Guide. Image: Manchester’s Finest

Seven restaurants in Manchester made the list this year, these are The Spärrows, 10 Tib Lane, Edinburgh Castle Ancoats, Another Hand, Higher Ground, Bombay to Mumbai Bramhall, and Lily’s Vegetarian Indian Cuisine in Ashton. 

These join Four & Twenty, The Yan, Kysty, and The Kirkstyle Inn and Sportsman’s Rest in Cumbria, Belzan in Merseyside, Parkers Arms in Lancashire and Covino, The Nag’s Head, and The White Horse in Cheshire to total 16 restaurants in the North West. 

A nomination for Higher Ground from a member of the public read: “A friendly, welcoming local restaurant in the heart of the city centre, creating a much-needed link to the local food system. Using local produce from the restaurant’s partner farm, Cinderwood Market Garden, guests are able to connect with the seasons and the land. Many regulars and neighbours meet here and enjoy each other’s company, often bumping into other friends which creates a real sense of community”

The much loved Lily’s vegetarian was one of the winners. Image: Manchester’s Finest

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality said of the awards; “Local restaurants are so often the heartbeat of communities; providing jobs, generating economic growth and, most importantly, providing fantastic food. It’s brilliant to see such huge support from the public for their local restaurants and is deserved recognition of their hard work. This sort of support is invaluable as venues face ever-rising costs and is essential in keeping valued businesses viable.”

Thom Hetherington, Co-founder of the Northern Bar and Restaurant Show said; “The Good Food Guide was a revelation to me as a fledgling foodie 25 years ago, and its authority and independence is as crucial to today’s diners as ever – not just highlighting big names, but shining a light on the sometimes hidden restaurant gems that locals love and others need to know about.”

These are all fantastic, deserving restaurants but if you think your favourite local restaurant should have been on the list too, look out for next year’s open nominations. 

Higher Ground in Manchester’s Chinatown made the list. Image: Manchester’s Finest

The full list of The Good Food Guide’s Best Local Restaurants:

Central & East of England

Tropea, West Midlands

Watson and Walpole, Suffolk

Chapter, West Midlands

Brix & Bones, Norfolk

Stiffkey Red Lion, Norfolk

Fancett’s Bistro, Cambridgeshire

The Kilpeck Inn, Herefordshire

Hitchen’s Barn, Rutland

Lark, Suffolk

The Silver Cup, Hertfordshire


Les 2 Garçons, London

Copper & Ink, London

Sam’s Riverside, London

The Holland, London

Giulia, London

Akub Restaurant, London

Hawthorn, London

Church Road, London

North East

Homestead Kitchen, North Yorkshire

The Hispanist, East Yorkshire

Hearth, East Yorkshire

Ophelia, Tyne & Wear

Coin, West Yorkshire

Brooks, West Yorkshire 

Long Friday, Tyne & Wear

The Orange Bird, South Yorkshire

Bantam, North Yorkshire

Hinnies, Tyne & Wear

Tonco, South Yorkshire

Hern, West Yorkshire

North West

The Spärrows, Greater Manchester 

Four & Twenty, Cumbria 

Belzan, Merseyside

10 Tib Lane, Greater Manchester

The Yan, Cumbria 

Edinburgh Castle, Greater Manchester

Another Hand, Greater Manchester 

Covino, Cheshire

The Kirkstyle Inn and Sportsman’s Rest, Cumbria 

Parkers Arms, Lancashire

Bombay to Mumbai, Greater Manchester

The Nag’s Head, Cheshire

The White Horse, Cheshire 

Lily’s Vegetarian Indian Cuisine, Greater Manchester

Kysty, Cumbria

Higher Ground, Greater Manchester


The Kinneuchar Inn, Fife

The Loveable Rogue, Strathclyde

Celentano’s, Strathclyd

Bar Brett, Strathclyde

Eighty Eight, Strathclyde 

The Palmerston, Lothians 

L’Escargot Bleu, Lothians

Ga Ga Kitchen & Bar, Strathclyde


Eusebi Deli, Strathclyde

The Oystercatcher, Argyll & Bute

The Dory Bistro, Fife

The Galleon Bistro, Highlands & Islands

KORA by Tom Kitchin, Lothians

The Bothy, Moray

South East

Tallow, Kent –  (Overall winner)

Seasonality, Berkshire (South East regional winner)

The Greyhound, Buckinghamshire

The Dew Drop Inn, Berkshire

Samphire, Kent

Five Little Pigs, Oxfordshire

Quince, Kent

The Victoria Oxshott, Surrey 

The Pilgrim, Buckinghamshire

Palmito, West Sussex 

The Purefoy Arms, Hampshire

Pompette, Oxfordshire 

The Folkestone Wine Company, Kent

The Goods Shed, Kent

Fourth and Church, East Sussex 

South West

Wild Artichokes, Devon

Sonny Stores, Bristol 

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, Wiltshire 

The Greenhouse, Cornwall 

Art Sushi, Dorset 

Bank, Bristol

Little Hollows Pasta, Bristol

The Cotley Inn, Somerset

Iford Manor Cafe & Kitchen, Wiltshire

Caper and Cure, Bristol 

Brassica, Dorset

Littlefrench, Bristol 

The Rocket Store, Cornwall

Andria, Devon 

Beckford Canteen, Somerset

The Exmoor Forest Inn, Somerset

The Halfway at Kineton, Gloucestershire


Rocket & Rye, Glamorgan

Y Polyn, Carmarthenshire

The Warren, Carmarthenshire 

Heathcock, Glamorgan

Paternoster Farm, Pembrokeshire

The Black Bear Inn, Monmouthshire

Yr Hen Printworks, Ceredigion 

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