Adam Reid at The French

“Witty, elegant dining puts Manchester firmly on the map” - AA Inspector



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The Midland Hotel is a very grand building, in a city not short on municipal grandeur. Opened in 1903, it was designed to lure discerning travellers to Manchester – something it’s been doing efficiently for decades. Most recently some of that attraction is down to Adam Reid and a kitchen firing on all culinary cylinders. Reid makes his presence felt with a smartly contemporary operation that embraces small-plate dining while sitting at the kitchen counter, as well as grand tasting processions served in the opulent French restaurant, a handsome Grade II listed room, all moody blue and grey beneath giant crystal globes. From the witty set menu expect energetic, precise combinations – ‘little bits of something fancy’ – maybe surf and turf sausage roll with raw horseradish, or a cracker sandwich with Kirkham’s cheese, chives and hazelnuts. Cold cuts and pickles are described as ‘yesterday’s dinner’, while ‘today’s tea’ offers Cumbrian Shorthorn loin cooked in its own fat, with swede, seaweed and fish eggs, or Cornish catch of the day with curry squash sauce and mussels.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Adam Reid at The French
The Midland,Peter Street,MANCHESTER,M60 2DS


  • Seats: 28
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: Christmas
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30: 154
  • Wines by the glass: 15
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester conurbation incorporates the towns of Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Wigan, and has the vibrant city of Manchester as its administrative headquarters.

Manchester was founded in Roman times, and developed during the 17th century as a textile town, becoming the centre of the English cotton industry. Its magnificent Victorian Gothic public buildings are reminders of Manchester’s prosperous heyday. The Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894, linking the Mersey with the sea and bringing ocean-going vessels into Manchester, enabling the city to compete with its rival, Liverpool.

The city of Manchester today is alive with a vibrant youth culture (it has England’s largest student population), a flourishing club scene, and a whole range of multi-cultural festivals and events. To take in the atmosphere, take a stroll around one of Britain’s largest Chinatowns, or wander down to Rusholme to take in the tempting aromas of curry houses and browse among the sari shops, Asian grocers and Indian sweet shops. The city is also home to the world’s longest-running soap opera – Coronation Street.

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