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Adam Reid at The French

AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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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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Creative city kitchen firing on all cylinders

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

The Midland Hotel looks as grand as a city hall, in a city not short on municipal grandeur. It was constructed in the Edwardian decade to lure discerning travellers to Manchester and has been given fresh impetus in the most recent generation, not least by means of a dining room firing on all culinary cylinders. Adam Reid is the titular presence and has been making his presence felt with a fully up-to-the-minute operation that embraces small-plate dining while sitting at the kitchen counter, as well as grand tasting processions served in the glitzy French restaurant, a handsome room done in moody blue and grey beneath giant crystal globes. Choose from four, six or nine courses, and expect energetic combinations such as truffled fried offals (duck heart and gizzards) with broccoli and a deeply flavoured mousse of Tunworth cheese, brill baked in beef butter with morel cream sauce and a meaty foam, and salt- and hay-aged duck on layers of beetroot in a sauce of pickled elderberries, even at the most modest end. Dessert could be positively flavoured rhubarb jelly topped with crumbled ginger biscuit and malt ice cream. On the nine-courser, there may also be veal sweetbreads with chopped carrot, hazelnuts and garlic, and an extra dessert based on 'easy peeler' citrus fruit with white chocolate and sea buckthorn. Whatever you do, don't pass through the French without tasting the bread and butter, thick-sliced sourdough spread with beef dripping, served perhaps with a bowl of tater 'ash (potato hash, as they call it outside Manchester) and mushroom catsup made to a recipe by the Georgian cookery writer, Elizabeth Raffald.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, 2 weeks in August
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Adam Reid

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines over £30: 154
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £45
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

Getting here

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

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Manchester Oxford Road
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