Best Restaurants in the North to Visit in 2024

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

So you’ve dined at each of our favourite Manchester restaurants and now you’re looking further afield? Have no fear, Creative Tourist is here, with a top ten list of the best places in and around the North that we visited in 2023.

The North of England has some of the finest dining destinations in the world, and this list showcases the sheer variety of what this great region has to offer. You’ll find entries from various cities, including Liverpool, Sheffield, and, of course, the mighty Lake District, catering for all kinds of diets and budgets. Now, get stuffed.

Our top picks

SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel

SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel, Crook Road, Windermere , LA23 3NF - Visit now

Best fine dining restaurant in the Lake District

A meal at SOURCE, the Michelin-starred jewel in the Gilpin Hotel’s crown, in the Lake District, is something special. Treat yourself and your favourite person this year (just so you know, I’m always available).

Ian Jones

Dumpling City

Dumpling City, 53 Chesterfield Rd, Meersbrook, Sheffield , S8 0RL - Visit now

Best vegan food in Sheffield

It’s not a city and it’s not just dumplings. What it is is a fantastic all-vegan restaurant, currently based in The Tramshed Bar, focusing on a wide range of Chinese and East Asian-inspired dishes.

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The Black Bull Inn Restaurant

The Black Bull Inn Restaurant, 44 Main St, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales, LA10 5BL - Visit now

Best fusion tasting menu in the North

We can’t recommend the Taste Of The Black Bull menu enough. Focusing on seasonal ingredients, it takes influences from chef-owner Nina’s Japanese and German heritage, as well as her partner James’s upbringing in the Dales. The result is a gloriously unique meal, full of surprising twists on traditional British cooking.

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Groobarbs Field Kitchen

Groobarbs Field Kitchen, Wild Farm, Mag Ln, High Legh, Groobarbs , Knutsford, WA16 0AA - Visit now

Best field-to-fork dining in the North

A meal at Groobarbs Field Kitchen is something special indeed. Based at Groobarb’s Wild Farm in Knutsford, Cheshire, they offer field-to-fork dining, which is exactly as it sounds: ingredients sourced from right outside, from the 6.5-acre kitchen gardens you can see from the window.

Groobarbs Field Kitchen
Groobarbs Field Kitchen


Inventery, 59-61 Station Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, SK8 7AA - Visit now

Best small plates in Stockport

As central Manchester becomes bigger, bolder and more Dubai-like by the day, it’s time to start looking further afield for those charming, independent venues that used to define areas like the Northern Quarter a mere decade ago. Inventery is exactly that.

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Gino D’Acampo Sky Bar 360

Gino D’Acampo Sky Bar 360, 18th Floor, INNSIDE, Old Hall St, Liverpool , L3 9LQ - Visit now

Best afternoon tea in Liverpool

If you’re looking for a treat, or just fancy a really nice Wednesday afternoon (with incredible views over a beautiful city), Gino’s afternoon tea is definitely up there with the best in the North.

Gino D'Acampo Sky Bar 360
Gino D'Acampo Sky Bar 360


Northcote, Northcote Rd, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BE - Visit now

Best Michelin-star dining in Lancashire

A meal at Northcote isn’t just a great example of fine dining in the North, it’s one of the most impressive sensory experiences in the UK. Everything is designed to induce a sense of awe – the presentation of the food, the perfectly paired wines, the sheer inventiveness of the ideas, and most memorably, the flavours.

Shoulder of Mutton Inn

Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Middleton Tyas, Richmond , North Yorkshire, DL10 6QX - Visit now

Best traditional dining in North Yorkshire

Shoulder Of Mutton is at the heart of Middleton Tyas, a picturesque village not far from Richmond, North Yorkshire. It’s also an old-timey inn, dating back to the 18th century, and, unsurprisingly, the food is as traditional as it gets. Expect hearty plates of locally sourced meat and veg designed to fill the belly of locals after a hard day’s work.

Ian Jones


Nordie, 1044 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3WX - Visit now

Best bistro-style dining South of Manchester

Nordie is a superb independent bar with some of the best food and drink options for miles around.


Albert’s Schloss Liverpool

Albert’s Schloss Liverpool, 18-26 Bold St, Liverpool , L1 4DS - Visit now

Best hospitality staff in Liverpool

At Albert’s Schloss Liverpool, the first thing you’ll note is the atmosphere – during our Friday evening visit, the venue is packed with friendly post-work groups of friends, all age ranges, all out for a good time, all in high spirits. This is due, in no small part, to the excellent staff.

Albert’s Schloss Liverpool

The Jane Eyre Chorlton

The Jane Eyre Chorlton, 60 Beech Rd, Chorlton, M21 9EG - Visit now

Best cocktails and small plates menu in South Manchester

In an area jam-packed with great bars and restaurants, The Jane Eyre Chorlton stands out as one of the most appealing destinations on Beech Road. From kitchen to bar, you’ll find a wealth of forward-thinking ideas and unforgettable flavours.

The Jane Eyre Chorlton

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