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Adam Reid at The French

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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. 

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Essential Details for Adam Reid at The French

  • Address: The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS
  • Telephone: 0161 235 4780
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  • Opening Times: Tues-Thurs 5.30pm-9pm Fri-Sat 12N-1.30pm 6.30-9pm
  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Greater Manchester
  • Price: £92.00
  • Wine: £36.00
  • Champagne: £56.00
  • Lunch: £Small Plates or 6-course tasting menu
  • Dinner: £45/65/85 (4/6/9 courses)

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