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Square Meal Review of The French by Simon Rogan at The Midland hotel
Manchester’s Midland hotel is where Rolls met Royce, and Simon Rogan’s takeover of its flagship restaurant, The French, makes for another excellent match. Famous for its glorious belle époque
decor, the grand dining room has now sprouted some green tones (as befits Rogan’s fondness for all things hedgerow), while Manchester bling is provided by two spherical chandeliers. Fans of
L’Enclume and Roganic will be comfortable with excellent, characterful six- or ten-course
tasting menus (plus a three-course version at lunch) that demonstrate a complete understanding of British vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as having some fun with puns: a tartare of beef with
’coal’ oil and kohlrabi – geddit? Head chef Adam Reid is in charge day-to-day, and there are plenty of capable new faces in the dining room – alongside the odd familiar one. Rogan’s next project is
the reopening of The Midland’s larger restaurant, formerly The Colony. Manchester awaits.
Originally a rather stuffy traditional French restaurant complete with white tablecloths, the dining room had been given the Rogan makeover and blended glamour and opulence with a casual and relaxed atmosphere. This was helped by the staff who exuded charm and enthusiasm – what a lovely team... More from Samphire and Salsify »
I am however a big fan of eating well grown produce and there is surely nobody doing it better than Simon Rogan at the moment. His 23 acre farm just minutes away from his 2 Michelin star flagship restaurant L’Enclume supplies much of the top quality produce that goes into the dishes at Simon’s various restaurants... More from Food Geek UK »
After all the hype and glowing reviews coupled with a long ambition to visit L’enclume, The French provided the perfect opportunity to sample the food of acclaimed chef Simon Rogan. A slight different approach in this post where both of our comments are included in different colours, purple for Mrs Nom, and blue for mine.
The experience started with us being walked from the entrance of the hotel to restaurant by the pleasant concierge chap... More from Nomface »
Last month, The French restaurant in Manchester’s Midland Hotel reopened with superchef Simon Rogan in the kitchen. I had the pleasure of being the first customer on the very first lunch service which went amazingly well as you can read here (I won’t go into detail about dishes that were exactly the same as this visit)... More from Food Geek UK »
Last Tuesday I had the honour of being the first guest through the door to eat at the newly opened Simon Rogan @ The French restaurant in the Midland Hotel.
When I first heard that Simon Rogan was to open a Manchester restaurant I was ecstatic, my trip to L’Enclume a couple of years ago reamins one of my most memorable of all time and the prospect of having something similar so close to home was incredibly exciting... More from Food Geek UK »
Essential Details for The French by Simon Rogan at The Midland hotel
Address:The Midland hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M60 2DS