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Following Simon Rogan’s departure, head chef Adam Reid has reinvented The French’s menu to impart his own style and direction. Though the opulent decor within The Midland’s grand dining room hasn’t changed (yet), a meal here feels less formal – though no less impressive. Our tasting menu started with finger food (sprouting broccoli fried tempura-style in nut oil dipped into oozing Tunworth cheese and luxurious fresh truffle shavings), followed by pillowy-soft buns stuffed with tender soy-cooked trotter and pork belly. A small plate of pommes purée, ramson capers, black garlic and chestnuts breathed new life into the humble potato, while an elegant dish of artichoke with smoked eel, hazelnut and chicory was superbly executed. Heather-smoked duck arrived pink and tender, matched with earthy salt-baked beetroot and sweet-yet-sharp preserved cherry sauce. Reid’s Great British Menu winning Golden Empire dessert is a showstopper, the golden candy apple adorned with hazelnut crumble and meadowsweet custard. The midweek lunch menu offers various small plates, allowing guests to order a bespoke meal according to time and budget. Reid’s fresh approach, along with exemplary service, ensures a stunning gastronomic experience without any fine-dining stuffiness. An utter joy. 

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Essential Details for Adam Reid at The French

  • Address: The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS
  • Telephone: 0161 937 6978
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  • Opening Times: Wed-Sat 12N-1.30pm Tues-Sat 6.30pm-9pm
  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Greater Manchester
  • Price: £92.00
  • Wine: £36.00
  • Champagne: £56.00
  • Lunch: £Small Plates or 6-course tasting menu
  • Dinner: £65/85 (6/9 courses)

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