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“Simon Rogan's off to a fantastic start”

Adam Reid at The French
Ranked #79 of 2,421 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $70 - $119
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Adam Reid at 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, Adam Reid at The French offers outstanding levels of service, warmth and style, that in turn, create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere like no other in Manchester.
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Having eaten at L'Enclume previously we've been looking forward to seeing what Simon Rogan had to offer at The French for weeks especially as this was our first night out together since the birth of our daughter.

The restaurant itself is very stylish and I think it's a masterstroke by The Midland to land Simon I just hope the rest of the hotel continues to improve at the same pace as walking out of the fashionable French into the Midland could be a bit of a culture shock for some.

The service was friendly and attentive and made us both feel relaxed ahead of our ten course taster menu. As with most chef's these days they try and source as much local produce as possible but I bet there aren't many that actually source from their own farm.

Rogan's attention to detail definitely sets him apart from any other chef in Manchester or the North for that matter and will I'm sure see him land a Michelin Star for his hard work at The French producing fantastic food like he has done since 2002. A pleasure to eat your food again and thanks form taking the time to meet us a trip back to Cartmel isn't far off.

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Thank waxiMCR
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

The food is just fantastic! For this, it deserves a Michelin Star.
The room is nice, maybe this is not to the level of the food however. Despite this, Manchester certainly has a new best restaurant.

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Thank J L
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

To start with the positives: the food really is sublime. Undoubtedly the best we've had in Manchester. The service too purred along beautifully.

There are a few buts though, some smaller than others. Booking was not easy - the online booking on the website doesn't work. When my wife phoned, she went around in circles before managing to speak to someone who could book a table. The website has no details of the menus either, which is quite standard these days.

I think the main problem lies with the lack of choice in eating. At lunchtime there is a three course taster menu (unavailable in the evening) and there two longer tasting menus too, but within each one there is no choice, nor alternatives. No a la carte either. As I say, the food is sublime, but the lack of choice is frustrating.

.....and don't get me started on the carpet!

Thank AndrewN916
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Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Wow. Beautiful room, great service and stunning menu. Surprises of parsnip crisp and black pud then fresh bread got things going well. Crab starter was a 2 star dish; lamb main delicious as was rhubarb oat dessert. Sass then petis fours a dream.

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Thank Digweed1
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Ann and myself in recent years have a liking to use our wedding anniversary as an excuse to enjoy the fine dining that is "The French" at the Midland...

We loved the rococo splendour and the opulent silver service of the attentive waiting staff and the "Lady in the portrait" who's eyes followed you around the room.....the old French had served celebrities and the great and the good for decades and you felt exactly as one of them on your journey back in time evening.....comfortable, spoiled and ultimately happy.

This year we had seen that it was all change.....out with the comfortable grand look.....in with a new "celebrity chef" from L'Enclume in Cumbria....in with new decor, new menus, new staff...in fact IN with new EVERYTHING! ...Oh boy we had reservations that they had "paved paradise, put up a parking lot!"

We walked from our hotel (The Midland didn't do a deal that night!) and checked in at the restaurant...after some conversations and a slight event (not to be discussed at this forum) we were shown to our table at 20:30.

The tables....white Cheshire Oak....the carpet, luxury bespoke carpet indeed... styled like wood grain.....very modern, very comfortable chairs, gone was "The Lady"...here was a charming brigade of staff, the smell of newness and professionalism and the most amazing twin light features that formed the main attraction or centrepiece of the show.

These were huge crystal forms of varying size in the shape of two balls suspended by long wires lit from above by circularly spaced spotlights...the whole being some fantastic impression of fabulous shooting stars leaving an exquisite trail.......Large crystals at the vanguard and smaller forms as they blazed into the wirelit trails....

We figured by now that this experience would be nothing like the "Old French"
They brought our bottle of Lanson champagne to our table and refreshed us regularly.....

There are two menus currently...not A La Carte, but two taster menus, one a six course and one the ten......priced at £55 for the 6 and £79 for the 10, we decided on the ten, well you would wouldn't you? being as how running and the gym are for the week...not Saturday nights!

The service it has to be said, included a most amazing and professional crew with lots of smiles, fun, knowledge, professionalism and best of all you were served by everyone.....some for different elements, some for other dishes etc but you met and engaged with them all.....we had amuses bouches,and extras that were not even part of the 10 courses so were left delighted with an absolute miasma of sexy, perfect, wonderful, quirky and sensational dishes that we had never before encountered on an evening before.....

Previously we had been lucky enough to book at Ramsay's in Claridge's for my birthday treat which was wonderful, but this evening eclipsed that as surely as the twin comets from the ceiling eclipsed the "lady with the eyes" ....this truly was a sensational evening.....each course was presented with a detailed explanation of the contents and construction of the dish, which was definitely needed as we had never heard or experienced many before.....delights such as Ox in coal oil, pumpkin seeds and kohlrabi....I mean WHAT?... absolutely unbelievable......Sweet cheese with rhubarb, oats and mulled cider....through to Fresh crab and caramelised cabbage......ran alongside companions in the marathon like early spring offerings, vegetables, herbs and flowers....Yew Tree Farm Herdwick hogget, sweetbread, sheeps milk and ramsons.........all fantastic fresh flavours from locally produced sources, many from their own farm.

At the end of this wonderful dreamlike experience that was our anniversary.....came a sarsaparilla and meringue, rather like a play on the ice cream wafers you used to get from the ice cream man but miniature and exquisite.......that is a word you will use lots at the new French for sure....we had a bottle of Sancerre at £31 well priced for a superb offering.

We finished our meal at 23:30....3 hours after sitting down......3 HOURS!!! amazing, but the time flew faster than a snowman ride over a sleepy town and just as magically......

The Midland French has got to be the hottest ticket in town and we both agree the best dinner we have ever had anywhere in the world. This is just a matter of time before its status is acknowledged by the Michelin stars that will follow, just like our future bookings time and again..........

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