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Square Meal Review of Mr Cooper's House and Garden at The Midland Hotel
A worthwhile revival of a grand space, Mr Cooper’s is Simon Rogan’s second eatery within The Midland hotel, and a relaxed alternative to The French. Styled as a garden, library bar and clubby leather study, it’s more characterful than most, with
striking, nature-worshipping art lending a distinctive feel. Chef Gareth Jones cooks a menu that swerves away from the expected all-British path, taking in everything from chicken wings glazed with
pomegranate molasses to a Greek meatball recipe Rogan learned from his first boss – here topped with tzatziki foam and served with jammy baked apricots. Cumbrian rib steak with truffle pudding and
latkes rewards those who shun adventure, while halibut baked in a cabbage leaf with broad beans is a great idea. The original Mr Cooper, whose garden on this site was much admired by Mancunians
back in Victorian times, is now honoured indeed.
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A visit to L’Enclume and a chat with Simon Rogan, who was already considering an outpost in Manchester at the time, convinced Mike that he’d finally found a man who understood his vision - he just had to agree to throw in The French to seal the deal.
Simon Rogan told me that, despite his love of English heritage dishes and the purity of foraged and home grown ingredients, this larger restaurant gave him an opportunity to create more internationally inspired dishes. The name ‘Mr Cooper’s House and Garden’ reflects his back to basics starting point approach. Before becoming the location for this giant terracotta clad landmark, the site of The Midland was previously owned and occupied by a local industrialist named Mr Cooper... More from Foodographic »
It seems like most of the Manchester bloggers have visited Mr Cooper’s House before we finally did last week. The restaurant is really funky yet stays in line with the heritage of The Midland. It is named after Mr Cooper whose house and garden sat on the site back in 1819. There is a big tree in the centre of the restaurant to reflect the garden and a wall of live herbs were growing as well which I thought was pretty cool... More from Nomface »
Essential Details for Mr Cooper's House and Garden at The Midland Hotel
Address:The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M60 2DS