Simon Rogan splits from The French in Manchester

simonrogan_0048Simon Rogan is ending his two-restaurant association with the Midland Hotel in Manchester at the end of October, three years into a five-year contract.

The French, the Midland’s landmark restaurant founded in 1903, will continue to be run by head chef Adam Reid, who was brought up in Manchester. It will be re-launched under his flag in January.

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, the more casual option, will also be run by its current head chef, Robert Taylor, who joined from nearby Manchester House in March.

The French again failed to achieve a star, Rogan’s stated ambition, at the Michelin awards earlier this month. Commentary in the Harden’s Survey has been mixed for both restaurants, although The French has earned praise for “innovative and immensely flavourful” food and Mr Cooper’s for “world-class cooking”.

Rogan says he will now concentrate his efforts on L’Enclume, his “stunning” headquarters, and Rogan & Co, both in Cartmel, Cumbria, and Fera at Claridge’s in Mayfair.

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