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CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT 6-22 AUGUST 2017
Simon Rogan’s much publicised departure at the end of 2016 seems to have had no noticeable impact on proceedings at The French – thanks to the efforts of head chef Adam Reid. Though the opulent decor within The Midland’s grand dining room hasn’t changed, eating here feels less formal than before – but no less impressive, with Reid stamping his own distinctive mark on proceedings. Readers rave about “flawless food”, and we’ve had our share of thrilling encounters too – from nibbles of tempura-style sprouting broccoli dipped into oozing Tunworth cheese with luxurious fresh truffle shavings to a superbly executed dish of heather-smoked duck with earthy salt-baked beetroot and sweet-yet-sharp preserved cherry sauce. Other standouts have a noticeable North Country accent (think crispy pig’s trotter with blood cake and smoked sausage or Lancashire ‘tasty’ cheese and onion tart with lovage and eel), while Reid’s award-winning ‘Golden Empire’ dessert is a cracker – the golden candy apple adorned with hazelnut crumble and meadowsweet custard. Meanwhile, “fabulous” service ensures a stunning gastronomic experience without any fine-dining stuffiness. An utter joy.
SquareMeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2017 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in spring 2017. Thousands of readers took part and the results were moderated by SquareMeal’s editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The UK survey does not include any restaurants in London. Click here for the full list of SquareMeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
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