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The French

The Midland Hotel | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England (Manchester City Centre)
+44 161 236 3333
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Ranked #46 of 1,652 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $98 - $139
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manchester City Centre
Description: The French strikes the perfect balance between heritage and progressive cuisine. While the restaurant is steeped in history, our current menu offers modern British food that delivers consistently excellent flavours by using the best seasonal produce and the very latest technological advances. 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, The French offers outstanding levels of service, warmth and style, that in turn, create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere like no other in Manchester.
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86% Recommend
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English first
Wigan, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The Victorian grandeur of The Midland Hotel is beyond doubt outstanding on approach, however once inside it becomes somewhat utilitarian, all most reminiscent of being inside a international train station. ''The French'' has little or no atmosphere and as the large doors to restaurant remain open during the meal, this lofty space feels cold and draughty. Yes I agree with... More

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Stockport, UK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

To start with the strongly positives. The welcome and service were very good - especially from the Sicilian wine waiter, who sparkled with infectious, knowledgeable enthusiasm. Not least at lunchtime, it's so good to have imaginatively-chosen wines of such quality available by the glass: a top Alsace Riesling and a delightful Armenian red. And the sheer creativity and skill that... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Simon Rogan's French is nestled inside the Midland's Hotel in the heart of Manchester. The restaurant is plain looking, the decor could have been better. The ambience is flat, you immediately understand that people are here to just dine, and enjoy the culinary experience and nothing more. Food takes centre stage, we went for the 10 course tasting menu and... More

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

On arrival we were warmly greeted by the staff and shown into a pleasant but unremarkable room with little atmosphere and no music making conversation a little difficult. We were eagerly anticipating our 10 course gourmet journey and not disappointed, however as you actually get 16 courses, all delicious and beautifully presented, although the Husb didn't like the 'salad' course... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Having been to many Michelin restaurants, including the wonderful L'enclume, I've no doubt that The French is a very good restaurant, but for me not yet of the highest standard and definitely the wow factor wasn't there. We had the 10 course tasting menu. Some courses, such as the Ox and the Hake were fantastic. However the frozen large lump... More

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Merseyside England
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Simon Rogan is showing the rest of them how to present fine food. The attention to detail shown in the food leaving the kitchen and the excellent service from the front of house staff made this one of the best dining experiences we have ever encountered. A special mention must go to the super friendly maître d Camilla who quietly... More

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Sheffield, England
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91 reviews 91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Although not perfect well worth a 5 score. We have eaten in a number of Michelin starred restaurants and some of the food at The French was as good as any. I know we all have different tastes but the negative comments on here I think are un fair. The quality of the cooking and the capability of the chefs... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The title says it all really - the food was inventive, creative and cooked to perfection. The decor and atmosphere exude understated luxury. There really is zero pretension amongst the staff who are extremely attentive yet un-intrusive, as well as being willing to engage in warm and friendly conversation if you want them to. This was undoubtedly one of the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

For a special occasion this restaurant can't be faulted. The food and service is flawless, and the room looks amazing. We went on a saturday night and got the 6 course tasting menu rather than the 10 course. At £60 a head rather than £100, I still think it represents great value - there were a couple of extra courses... More

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Coventry, England
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Could not fault anything. Cannot understand why it did not get any stars this year. Food and service excellent, well worth a visit, but you need to book in advance.

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