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In October 2016, a couple of weeks after it failed to win a Michelin Star, Simon Rogan severed his links with this famous dining room (where Mr Rolls first met Mr Royce in days gone by), so we’ve left it un-rated, even though head chef Adam Reid remains in place. Perhaps under the management of the hotel, this operation will sort itself out, because reports this year suggested the former set-up “just hadn’t got it right”. Fans were very enthusiastic, extolling “adventurous food and a wonderful, wonderful overall experience”, but even some of them could find the ambience “uptight”, and a worrying number of harsher critics “were hugely disappointed on so many levels” finding it “very fancy, but neither memorable nor exceptional”. Perhaps by next year it will have settled down a bit?
The only choice is how many courses you wantÂ (you can have either 6 or 10), when you a secure table in Manchesters grandest dining space. Despite the lack of options, chef Adam Reids innovative and amazingly flavourful parade of dishes are exceptionalÂ, if fully priced; the space itself can appear a tad corporateÂ.
“This is the food Manchester was waiting for!”, says one of the many fans of Simon Rogan’s “stunning” modernistic relaunch of what, back in the ’70s, was the grandest dining room in town; even fans, though can note dishes varying “from exceptional to ordinary”, and the decor is “stark” for some tastes.
“Finally Manchester gets a restaurant whose ambition is matched by the skill of the kitchen!” – Simon Rogan’s “really hits the heights” with the “intriguing” relaunch of this famous Edwardian hotel dining room, hailed as “superb all-round”, not least for its “clever” and “extraordinary” cuisine.
From the very early days of the hotel, The French has been one of the most important restaurants in Manchester, and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Mancunians.
In January 1974, The French was awarded one of Britain's first Michelin-stars, with the publication of the first guide. Since, many famous celebrities have dined in The French. In the Beatles' early days when taking a trip to The Midland, a thoroughly proper doorman refused them access to the restaurant for being inappropriately dressed! More currently, celebrity royalty David and Victoria Beckham shared their first official date in The French.
In March of 2013 The French re-launched to The French by Simon Rogan. During Simon Rogan's patronage, and with Manchester-born Adam Reid as Head Chef, the restaurant was awarded copious prestigious accolades including 4 AA Rosettes.
Following the end of Simon Rogan and The Midland's successful three-year partnership in November 2016, Head Chef and Great British Menu 2016 winner, Adam Reid, re-established the restaurant as Adam Reid at The French.
Officially launched in February 2017, Adam Reid at The French strikes the perfect balance between heritage and progressive cuisine. While the restaurant is steeped in history, the current menu offers modern British food that delivers consistently excellent flavours, by using the best seasonal produce and the very latest technological advances. Organic, hand-picked produce is complemented by ingredients from carefully-chosen suppliers across the UK - giving complete control over every element of the menu. Adam Reid at The French believes that the provenance of food is the ultimate commitment to quality. Married seamlessly to its new contemporary direction, the breathtaking dining room of this historic restaurant encompasses both the new and old, with undeniable opulence and timeless elegance. Stepping boldly into the 21st century, Adam Reid at The French offers outstanding levels of service, warmth and style, that in turn, create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere like no other in Manchester.
Guests can choose from 6 or 9 course tasting menus and wine flights, offering supremely elegant tasting journeys. At lunch, there is also a ‘Small Plates’ à la carte menu, offered alongside the shorter tasting menu, allowing guests flexibility of choice, some lighter dishes, and a speedier service, if required, including the option of eating at the Chefs Counter.
Located in Manchester city centre, Adam Reid at The French is 8 minutes’ walk from Manchester Oxford Road Rail Station.
Peter St, Manchester, M60 2DS
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Lunch 12.00pm - 1.30pm Fri & Sat / Dinner 6.30pm - 9.00pm Tues to Sat
Last orders: 9.00 pm