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“Pleasant surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The French

The French
The Midland Hotel | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
+44 161 236 3333
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Ranked #49 of 1,766 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $92 - $131
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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31 restaurant reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Living abroad and going to the restaurant on recommendation, I wasn’t sure what to expect but after initial surprise at the fact it is a set menu, I was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t rush back but small dishes of very varied, high quality, interesting food made the meal an unforgettable experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic asset for Manchester”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Having visited L'Enclume it was delightful that the same standard of food and service is here in Manchester. It was also great that the lady from L'Enclume is here overseeing things for Mr Rogan.She is unbelievably good. Great dining experience hope to return many times

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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crewe
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“What a treat .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

A first for us , but not the last visit to The French .

We loved every minute of our lunch last week , the room still has the elegant feel of the "old French " but with modern twists .
The knowledgeable staff were friendly and unstuffy , the wine list was all too tempting , but I leave the best to the end ......... the food was superb . We enjoyed new flavor explosions with every course along with the extra treats that appeared by magic .
Welcome to Manchester Mr Rogon .............. long may you reign

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Food was great but a bit salty!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

The setting was good, the service fab, the food was fab but a little on the salty side! I don't want to seem like a critic it's what Me and the wife thought, I've been to the l'encume twice and the food was out of this world and made good impression. I wouldn't be in a rush to go back to the French, but would book into the l'encume tommorrow.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Simon set's the standard!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We have visited L'Enclume on many occasions, and also visited the pop up restaurant in London.
Every occasion has been to taste some of the best food and service of the highest standard.
The French, came up to the exacting standard, one associates with Simon Rogon.
The restaurant itself, is rather quirky, with two fantastic chandeliers as the centre piece with modern, but very comfortable tables and chairs.
We went with the 10 course tasting menu,along with accompanying wines, pure bliss. The time taken to explain the food and wine was delivered with enthusiasm and passion.
I can' wait for the return visit.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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