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The French

Certificate of Excellence
British, Contemporary, Gluten Free
As featured in Best Food in Manchester
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The Midland Hotel | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Tue 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A reasonable 6 course tasting menu for dinner with excellent champagne and wine. We enjoyed some of the courses, particularly the plaice, the Guinea hen and the pudding. However, we found that a lot of the food was over-salted for our taste particularly as one of us has to have minimum dietary salt. The restaurant knew of this dietary requirement.... More 

Thank birdreader
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145 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had just returned from a very similar dining experience in Croatia and were doing s bit of a comparison. I liked the food very much at The French but my husband didn't. He thought it was far too over seasoned for his liking and trying to be something it wasn't. I personally loved it and the wine pairing too.... More 

Thank Exvoguemodel
Milnthorpe, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Eventually managed to eat at Simon Rogon's The French, all be it luncheon, due to the timing of my visits to Manchester. Only 3 tables in the restaurant being used so not the buzz of a normal busy establishment. However the food experience was excellent with artistry & flavour shining through. Not all dishes, I expect, from the tasting menu... More 

Thank Rod B
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to this restaurant, and it was worth the wait. The food, service and atmosphere were amazing. The staff were highly knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We will definitely be back

Thank Ciaran M
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall: Food excellent, Wine match average, Location good/average, Service excellent, Value for Money average. My wife and I and parents dined here at lunchtime one Saturday in early July 2016. We each had the six course degustation and I had a wine match. The food was excellent. Beautifully presented and a delight to eat. Service was excellent also. The room... More 

Thank Mikexyz
Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have absolutely no idea why this restaurant doesn't have a Michelin star. I've been to many one star restaurants of a much inferior quality. Admittedly, L'Enclume, which is operated by the same Executive chef, is slightly better however I do not feel there is a 'two star gap'. Service and food is excellent as well as the overall experience.... More 

Thank Dsmith9090
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked months in advance for a Saturday evening visit to The French, as we'd always wanted to visit. We were not disappointed - the service was impeccable, the dining room gorgeous (the two giant chandeliers make for a stunning focal point) and the food sublime. We went for the Portuguese full-bodied red (Beyra) which was delicious, and at a... More 

Thank Russell R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked several months ahead for a special birthday celebration with the family. We convinced ourselves that we were missing out on an “experience” having never eaten somewhere like The French and had a taster menu. Others we know had (at various restaurants around the UK) and seemed to enjoy it, so we took the plunge, knowing we were going to... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 418 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very enjoyable lunch here, the service was excellent! The flavours, the colours, the presentation and the aroma of the food was 1st Class! The only thing that did not work for me in this restaurant is the colour of the uniform of the staff!

Thank CKCK2011
north west england
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273 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was something of a sense of history to tonight’s dinner. It was the centenary of my great uncle’s death during the First World War and we were at the Midland – then a new hotel which would have been known to him but in the restaurant that would have been financially and socially out of reach to him. Since... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$66 - $112
British, Contemporary, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?