survey result

Summary

£132
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Adam Reid’s food is consistently top-notch – modern, but with lots of classic technique, and there’s often a witty note to the dishes” in this updated version of the classic, grand-hotel dining room where Mr Rolls first met Mr Royce many years ago. For several years now Mancunians have complained that it has been “unfairly overlooked” for the restoration of the Michelin star it lost in 1975. There’s also the bonus of a “brilliant sound track – not least for the way it is so at odds with the grandeur of the dining room!”

Summary

£113
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Adam has put his stamp on this place now, and it keeps getting better”. This grade II listed chamber – somewhat funked up, with yellow leather banquettes and massive lights, within what is, in essence, a very traditional space – has had many culinary ups and downs over the decades, but, after three years at the helm, Adam Reid is now settling into a “fabulous” stride here, with his selection of “totally desirable” four, six or nine-course menus. The cuisine is “not so challenging that you don’t want to come!”“flowing wonderfully and generously, with notably well-executed dishes that simply delight”. And you eat to a “terrific soundtrack too (Buddy Holly to Arctic Monkeys to the Beatles)”. Until Mana triumphed at last year’s Michelin awards, The French was the only Manchester restaurant ever to have held a Michelin star (most recently in 1974) and was a hot tip to be the first to regain the prize for the city. “How other places in the region can have a Michelin star and The French doesn’t is utterly inexplicable (apart from Michelin’s pig-headedness of course)”.

Summary

£113
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Adam has put his stamp on this place now, and it keeps getting better”. This grade II listed chamber – somewhat funked up, with yellow leather banquettes and massive lights, within what is, in essence, a very traditional space – has had many culinary ups and downs over the decades, but, after three years at the helm, Adam Reid is now settling into a “fabulous” stride here, with his selection of “totally desirable” four, six or nine-course menus. The cuisine is “not so challenging that you don’t want to come!”“flowing wonderfully and generously, with notably well-executed dishes that simply delight”. And you eat to a “terrific soundtrack too (Buddy Holly to Arctic Monkeys to the Beatles)”. Until Mana triumphed at this year’s Michelin awards, The French was the only Manchester restaurant ever to have held a Michelin star (most recently in 1974) and was a hot tip to be the first to regain the prize for the city. “How other places in the region can have a Michelin star and The French doesn’t is utterly inexplicable (apart from Michelin’s pig-headedness of course)”.

Summary

£119
£££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “superb, very elegant space” put in a stronger performance in the survey this year, perhaps aided by “a recent change of style and presentation” that has seen it “dispense with white tablecloths to pursue a more informal approach”. Adam Reid’s cuisine is “very enjoyable” and his four-, six- and nine-course menus deliver some “beautifully balanced dishes”. Perhaps unfairly, however, there remains an air of promise unfulfilled over this famous chamber. It’s not just that it still carries the weight of being the last Manchester restaurant to hold a Michelin star back in the distant days of 1974. But in the present day, it’s by no means as much commented-on in the survey as one might expect for such a big name, and amongst those reports we do receive, some still talk of the odd “terrible” trip, or a meal with “patchy service, and dishes where some, but not all, were interesting”. In October 2018 the £115m sale of the hotel was announced – renovation is planned but whether change is afoot for The French remains to be seen.

For 31 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

Entertainments
No trainers
40
8
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner   £125.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £0.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Peter St, Manchester, M60 2DS
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday5 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday5 pm‑8:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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