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The French

The Midland Hotel | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
+44 161 236 3333
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Ranked #46 of 1,655 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $96 - $136
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

You simply can't fault the food, ambience and service at this relatively new edition to Manchester restaurant life. Simon Rogan already has medals galore, so I guess you get what is expected here. Amazing flavour combinations, impeccable service and a lovely setting. My only slight grumble is that they only offer tasting menus in the evening. I would opt for... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We went to the French on Wednesday 10th September for a special birthday treat and were delighted with every aspect of the meal. We chose the 6 course menu, actually 9 courses, and each one showed Simon Rogan's genius in extracting the essence of good food. The service was wonderful, helpful, but not overbearing. This is not a 'steak and... More

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

we had the ten-course tasting menu. Before I start commenting on the food - I've gotta say the best compliment I can give The French is the wonderful service. The food (see pictures) 4 mini starters - they were minuscule but nice on the whole. disappointed by a massive bowl of edible soil. Simon - are you for real?! Did... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I was really excited to try the French. I have never been to one of Simon Rogan's restaurants before and I had high hopes - maybe too high! I have visited Manchester House and Aumbry and I was expecting the French to be better than both - but it wasn't. I thought the appetisers were superb and there was also... More

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I visited The French on Friday 5th September with my wife. We'd been meaning to come for a while and with the restaurant holding 3 AA rosettes and appearing in the top x of every UK restaurant list at the moment, we had reasonably high expectations. I was fully expecting to walk out of there after the meal thinking "this... More

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Wrightington, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Just back from a 3 and a half hour lunch session at the French which was truly joyous, and if we're honest we didn't want it to end, other than getting full I would have sat there ad infinitum. When you go to a fine dining establishment for the first time you can feel a tad anxious, I know I... More

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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124 reviews 124 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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