SquareMeal Review of
Mr Cooper's House and Garden at The Midland Hotel
“Mr Cooper’s made a difference to Manchester when it opened” – and it still does, according to one local fan. Named after a certain Mr Thomas Cooper (a well-known local gent whose house and renowned gardens occupied the site back in 1819), this classy-looking dining room within the historic Midland Hotel is now an international brasserie with a standout cocktail bar attached. The interior plays to the theme with horticultural motifs, patio-style tables and even some real trees, while ingredients are of the highest quality. Visitors are sold on Mr Cooper’s “constantly changing menus”, a host of ideas ranging from Thai crab cakes with mango salsa to spelt risotto, corn-fed Goosnargh chicken breast with long macaroni and truffle or baked cod with olive-oil mash, broad beans and lovage. Desserts roam around too, taking in everything from gooseberry and elderflower trifle to dark chocolate and orange tart with mascarpone ice cream. With its keen prices, kids’ deals and Sunday roasts, Mr Cooper’s still does the business – even if it’s more conventional than its neighbour, Adam Reid at The French.