Adam Reid at The French 333

The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street , Manchester, M60 2DS

Adam Reid at The French

SquareMeal Review of Adam Reid at The French

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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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

St Peters Square Station 117m

Manchester Oxford Road Station 278m


Address: The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street , Manchester M60 2DS

Opening times

Tues-Sat 5pm-9.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Campus) 424m

University of Manchester 433m


Telephone: 0161 235 4780


Cuisine: British

Dinner: £45/65/85 (4/6/9 courses)

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