20 August 2014

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Simon Rogan takes on Manchester


simon rogan 2012 - simon_rogan-0821.jpgL’Enclume’s Simon Rogan has announced he will open two restaurants in Manchester next year – both in the city’s Midland hotel.

The prestigious hotel, established in 1903, comprises two restaurants: The French, its flagship fine-dining venue and one of the first restaurants in the UK to be awarded a Michelin star; and Colony, a more casual 150-seat brasserie that will be renamed by Rogan when it relaunches. The French will serve L’Enclume-style food, while the menu at the brasserie will be broader in style.

The hotel is undergoing a large-scale refurbishment before its restaurants reopen under Rogan’s management – The French in February, and the second in May.

‘I have always loved Manchester – it’s like being in London, but on a smaller scale,’ said Rogan. ‘This is a great opportunity to set the trend for luxury dining on the Manchester scene, and the city is definitely ready for it.’

Rogan and his team are set for a busy 2013. In addition to the two new Manchester venues, the chef and restaurateur will relocate and relaunch his London restaurant, Roganic, on an as-yet-undisclosed site.

This article was published in December 2012.

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