The French is located within the Grade II-listed Midland Hotel in Manchester, run by award winning head chef Adam Reid, who has been the recipient of 4 AA Rosettes and is a one-time winner of BBC’s Great British Menu competition. The French is a popular restaurant, well known and respected in Manchester for quality service and fine, locally sourced produce.
The restaurant itself is a grand, opulent affair that does justice to the Midland Hotel's history. The dining room has been thoughtfully restored, so it retains the period charm of the Victorian building but still feels contemporary and comfortable, without being overly formal. As such, there is a smart casual dress code.
The French serves seasonal, modern British food, with an emphasis on proper sourcing and provenance. Often that means Reid and team will source locally, but The French places quality above all else. The menu itself has a north-westerly accent, taking inspiration from Reid's background and upbringing in Manchester - there's 'a warm Northern welcome' of bread, butter and broth, an amuse bouche of fish pie, then 'Yesterday's Dinner' of cold cuts, crackers and pickles. Mains include dishes like scallops with turnips, and Cumbrian shorthorn loin cooked in its own fat, with swede, seaweed and fish eggs, whilst desserts are also heavily Brit-inspired and include baked English custard with Yorkshire rhubarb, British cheeses, and the French's famous tipsy cake with whipped cream and cold tea.
There is a menu of paired wines and matching drinks to accompany your meal, you will find a broad selection of wines available, plus sparkling wines and champagne.