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The French

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The Midland Hotel | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
441619324198
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Monday
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Hours:
Tue 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Late Night, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The French By Simon Rogan strikes the perfect balance between heritage and...
The French By Simon Rogan 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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    Very good
  • 38
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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
ANNIVERSARY VISIT

We had a trip to the Midland Hotel, consisting of an overnight stay and a meal at the French Restaurant. We certainly were not disappointed, the meal was excellent. It is expensive but really worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We had a trip to the Midland Hotel, consisting of an overnight stay and a meal at the French Restaurant. We certainly were not disappointed, the meal was excellent. It is expensive but really worth it.

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bolton
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

we have been to L'enclume a couple of times and the French is way behind that standard by quite a way and on several fronts. First off is the venue. Yes its nicely decorated but the pianist droning away in the lobby outside was annoying and the walk across said lobby to the lav a minor irritant. There is not... More 

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Yet another fantastic meal at the French this time the set lunch menu! Every course is so imaginative and he flavours are amazing. The staff are excellent and I look forward to seeing the revamped version when I next visit. Having been to a few Michelin restaurants this is head and shoulders above all of them (I'd even go as... More 

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Manchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

My husband and I booked on a Saturday night for the taster menu. We had a choice between The Manchester House and The French and opted for the latter due to the wonderful architecture of the Midland Hotel. The room didn't disappoint - modern yet traditional with monstrous circular chandeliers providing a real wow factor! There was even the treat... More 

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Chester
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We were staying at The Midland and decided to treat ourselves to the three course tasting lunch before starting our journey home. We loved the elegant chandeliers that shimmered as the doors to the room were opened. Our table was between two other couples. It might have been nice to have a little more room around us as the restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My partner booked this for my birthday lunch - I wasn't disappointed. I fell in love with the simple yet elegant decor straight away! When seated at our table, by the ever-so attentive staff, I noticed how much space we had between the next table and us - loads!! I thought the extra space made a massive difference to my... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very noisy when we arrived, big groups outside the open doors attending other functions in the hotel. Quietened down when they shut the doors but only 3 couples and a group of 5 business men in, no background noise so mainly listened to the five men. Then a group of two tables of 8 came in(Probably delegates at a conference)... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Wow - great ambience, slick service and sublime food, it was an absolute pleasure to dine here. Felt like an occasion on a Saturday night, the taster menu will blow you away! Fantastic!

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

It was my wife's birthday and after shopping I took her to The French for lunch. We had the fixed tasting menu, but started the experience with champagne and strawberry aperitifs, which were so good we reordered more. Each course was skilfully cooked, delivered, explained and consumed. It was magnificent. The only downside was the glass of Sancerre was just... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The Midland Hotel and its restaurants have been getting a lot of TV exposure recently. We stayed many years ago and thought it was time we gave the French Restaurant a try as Simon Rogan has taken it over. We went for the set lunch for £50 and it was very enjoyable - it was a good job however we... More 

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Additional Information about The French

Address: The Midland Hotel | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
Phone Number: 441619324198
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
Open Hours:
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 78 - 132
Cuisine: British, Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Midland Hotel | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: 441619324198

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 78 - 132
  • Cuisine: British, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

The French By Simon Rogan 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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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