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Adam Reid at The French

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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White-hot culinary creativity in a glamorous hotel

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

Things have moved on a little since the days when the Beatles, a popular music ensemble of the 1960s, were refused entry to the dining room of the Midland Hotel for being inadequately attired. Nowadays, they're much less punctilious, and hooray for that. Not that the French is lacking anything in swellegant glamour, with its spherical jewel-like chandeliers, curved banquette seating and a finishing kitchen for the gawkers. Adam Reid is a product of Simon Rogan's school of white-hot culinary creativity, and the French trades in tasting menus of six or ten courses, featuring such courses as a pig trotter croquette bound in crisp skin and panko crumb on sharply acidic pickled onion purée. That could precede butter-poached halibut in spice-tinged brown shrimp and caper sauce, or crown of duck aged in a salt cave, brined and stuffed with hay, before being cooked with cherries and honey, and served with beetroot purée and charred cabbage. The signature desserts are built from fruits blown out of gold sugar, possibly a clementine shell filled with white chocolate mousse and sea buckthorn purée, or a golden apple creation mixed with stewed apple, hazelnut crumble and custard. It's all a far cry from what the Beatles were used to.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, 2 weeks in August
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Thursday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Adam Reid

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30: 136
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 52
  • Off-site parking available: NCP behind hotel

Additional information

  • Seats: 52

Getting here

M602 junction 3, follow Manchester Central Convention Complex signs, hotel opposite

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