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TOP 25: Most Read In 2014

From MCR's best breakfasts to Restaurant Wars, weird TripAdvisor rankings to secret adult parties. Here's the most viewed stories of 2014

Published on December 30th 2014.

TOP 25: Most Read In 2014

SO THERE goes 2014.

A year in which, if you stood on the same city centre spot for long enough, somebody would drop a new bar right on your big toe. A year that saw Manchester stride to the forefront of the national devolution debate, George Osborne declare the city the heart of a mighty 'Northern Powerhouse', and the Council slip into a £1bn bed with Abu Dhabi.

2014 also saw Confidential hunt down Manchester's lost buildings, tackle sloppy property developers and have a good 'ole whinge about dirty streets, Trip Advisor and £3.5m of public money frittered away on massive glass warts.

Unsurprisingly, we covered a whole load of food and booze across the region this year, less expected was a bit of How's Your Father at an exclusive sex party. Honest we did. Take a look below. Things we do, eh?

Here's a selection of the most read, shared, discussed, ranted stories of 2014 just in case, lord forbid, you missed any...


THE BEST BREAKFASTS IN MANCHESTER - Our guide to surviving weekend mornings


KILLING KITTENS: EXCLUSIVE SEX PARTY REVIEWED - "There’s already some girl on girl through there"

NORTHERN QUARTER PUB CRAWL - All the best boozers from the city's favourite drinking district.

Castle HotelCastle Hotel

RESTAURANT WARS: THE BATTLE FOR MANCHESTER - Jonathan Schofield on the BBC making a drama of it

RED'S TRUE BBQ REVIEWED - Jonathan Schofield on a big money (barbecue) transfer from Leeds to Manchester 

NIGHT AND DAY CLOSURE: THE OTHER SIDE - The Northern Quarter noise dispute that sparked a national debate

Night Day

THE FITZGERALD REVIEWED - David Blake on Northern Quarter's newest and moodiest drinking den


THE CITY'S LOST BUILDINGS - Some amazing Manchester structures snatched from us

Piccadilly Gardens

ALMOST FAMOUS REVIEWED - 'The goo and slop of Pop Art food' in the city's most raucous burger joint

THE ALL-NEW £30M CORN EXCHANGE - Big plans for Manchester's Grade II-listed Corn Exchange building

TRIPADVISOR: MANCHESTER'S WEIRD TOP 20 - How many of these restaurants have you heard of?

Trip Advisor

STRETFORD ARNDALE: PORTRAIT OF A DYING SHOPPING CENTRE -L'Oreal Blackett on the reek of sausage rolls and depression

SUPERSTORE REVIEWED - Gordo falls in love with a blonde at  a fine, new NQ operation

MANCHESTER BUILDINGS THAT NEVER GOT BUILT - Jonathan Schofield on the buildings that never made it


MANCHESTER'S BEST CHEAP EATS - The best city feeds for around £5

CENTRAL LIBRARY IS BACK - Jonathan Schofield on a £50m revamp and the most important cultural refurbishment in Manchester for yonks

MILTON CLUB REVIEWED - David Blake on troubling VIP guff

Milton Club

CASTLEFIELD & CENTRAL PUB CRAWL - The series of classic Manchester boozers continues...

HAWKSMOOR TO OPEN IN MCR - Manchester scores a big-swinging London restaurant

PICCADILLY GARDENS: ACTION AT LAST - Confidential has another moan about the knackered public space and Cllr Pat Karney pretends to be a scarecrow.

Pat Karney

MANCHESTER'S BEST DIRTY FOOD - Because sometimes you just need to...

GEORGE'S WORSLEY REVIEWED - Deanna Thomas reviews Ryan Giggs' modern British village restaurant


CORONATION STREET TOUR - Joan Davies on Manchester's latest (and doomed) big-draw crowd-puller


Coronation Street

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AnonymousDecember 30th 2014.

ALL great but having come back from the US, so sad to see the state of this conurbation.....So much bloody LITTER wherever look......Spoils a place we all agree so on the up....

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