Harden's survey result
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“What a wonderful space – one part garden, one part house” – The Midland’s more accessible brasserie is a very high-ceilinged and atmospheric venue, complete with its own tree. Previously run by Simon Rogan, he cut his ties with it in October 2016, hence we’ve left it un-rated. Chef Robert Taylor, who joined in March 2016, remains however, and survey reports here were of “food that seems to have stepped up a notch, service that’s a real strength, and a bar that should not be missed”.
Simon Rogan’s more accessible brasserie – “perhaps the airiest restaurant in town, with massively high ceilings, a light cool interior, that all-important bar to achieve success in Manchester” (and even complete with its own tree!) – put in a more mixed performance this year. To most reporters it’s “another triumph for Mr R” – a “fantastic space” with “world-class” cooking. There were more critics though for whom “high hopes were somewhat dashed”, with gripes about “minute portions”, and “restaurant-in-a-hotel-syndrome”.
“The less posh part of Simon Rogan’s empire” – this “massively high-ceilinged” brasserie offers an opportunity for the ever more celebrated chef to “stretch his legs beyond the narrow focus of British ingredients”, to create some “vibrant and delicious” dishes.
Mr Cooper's offers a multitude of different dining settings under one roof, combining modern touches with the history and heritage of Mr Cooper himself, whose house and famous gardens sat on the site back in 1819. Trees, birdhouses and a gazebo decorate the striking dining room which, with a zesty-green & white colour scheme, ushers the outdoors in.
The 2 AA Rostte restaurant serves daring elegant food, cooked with flair and imagination. Its menus have been carefully constructed and change with the seasons meaning guests will never tire of visiting and will discover something new every time.
Delivering world class service the award-winning bar is known for its use of avant-garde ingredients and techniques including drinks made using a Rotary Evaporator.
Lounge in the lush garden, sip on a cocktail in the library, or cosy up in the study’s leather booths, with a fabulous drinks and cocktail list incorporating a wide range of spirits, beers and juices.
Mr Cooper’s at the Midland Hotel in Manchester is a 7-minute walk from Manchester Oxford Road Rail Station.
- 'Best Hotel Restaurant - Central Manchester' at the Eat Drink Sleep Awards 2017.
- Bookatable's 'Best Restaurant in Manchester 2017'.
- *New Entry in Waitrose's The Good Food Guide 2017.
- Mr Cooper's Bar shortlisted for Imbibe's 'Drinks List of the Year 2016'.
- 29th in Square Meal's UK Top 100 Restaurants 2016.
- Mr Cooper's Bar listed in Conde Nast Traveller 'The Gold Standard 2015'.
- 'Best Hotel Restaurant - Central Manchester' at the Eat Drink Sleep Awards 2015.
- Two AA Rosettes at the AA Hospitality Awards 2015.
Mr Cooper's, The Midland Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We had the pre theatre menu which is limited but was fine for us. It is quite a large restaurant so either it being early lacked a bit of ambience as quite quiet when we first arrived."
Peter St, Manchester, M60 2DS
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Mon - Sat 11.30am - 10.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 8.00pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Sun 8 pm