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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 #56 of 1,648 restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $101 - $144
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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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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English first
Chesham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A weird dining experience. This was to be a memorable night shared with my wife and daughter on her graduation. We had the extended tasting menu. First the good news: in terms of the target audience/restaurant's aspirations the price was fine and the room whilst austere actually grows on you over the course of more than 4 hours! Second the... More

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troon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Had a great experience a few weeks ago, I chose the word experience rather than meal as that is what it is. We had the 6 course tasting menu with paired wine. Every dish explained as was the wine, young sommeiler particuarly good. Having dined all over the world and in many top class restaurants I am beginning to wonder... More

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UK Sheffield
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We dined on the 6 course menu which ends up being nearer 9 or 10 with the additional courses. There was one food indescretion which I won't go in to as it was dealt with very efficiently and we were given both our cheese and drinks complimentary. Quite a small room, with tables staggered throughout the evening. All of the... More

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Ashford-in-the-Water, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I dine in the French a year ago, just after it opened under Simon Rogan: I thought it was superb then and think it is even better now. The staff combine utterly dedicated professionalism with friendliness. The food may well be the best I have ever eaten (in 61 self indulgent years), the wine list is well chosen and (for... More

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Altrincham, Cheshire
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had heard great things about Simon Rogan's remodelling of the French so decided to try it for a Saturday lunch celebrating our anniversary. We were not disappointed. We had pre-warned our dietary requirements and they had been perfectly accommodated. Each dish was a miniature marvel - even the plates or platters seemed to have made specially. The Ox Tartare,... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We have been going to L'enclume for many years, so were delighted when Simon came to Manchester, we often dined at "the old French" but you could see, despite great food, that it needed to change. And change it did, for the better. Love it...a place for a special meal and a real food experience. Impeccable service, exceptional food.

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Manchester
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

This is like LS Lowry on a plate. Everyone having to pretend that these ridiculously concocted 'dishes' are worthy of praise, when it's not even avarage. Certainly not anywhere near worth the prices. The only choices you have here are either six or ten (yes TEN) 'courses'. You may need to have your supper when you get home!

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to the French for our anniversary but it wasn't what we'd expected for a £200 night out which,let's face it,isn't something you do every weekend. The normally ultra classy Midland had a loud wedding party in that night which wouldn't have been a problem had they not seated us right next to a door which... More

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liverpool UK
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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Absolutely outstanding meal and service here. We have dined at L'enclume many times, even before it earned its first Michelin star. We have also been frequent diners at all of Simons other restaurants (except FERA we are doing that this year). The food quality easily matches that of L'enclume. It is beyond me how this place didn't get a Michelin... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Very disappointed, booked 3 months ago, went last night, courses of duck sweetbreads in a turnip broth, egg yolk with oats! cheap meats, same as Manchester House, both are serving up cheap food, I refused to pay in both places! Juniper in Altrincham is very much missed, every meal there was a real treat, start serving good food, no way... More

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