Adam Reid at The French
“Creative city kitchen firing on all cylinders” - AA Inspector
MANCHESTER, GREATER MANCHESTER
Our Inspector's view
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 makes 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. In the set menu expect energetic, precise combinations such as vibrant curried Cornish squid with spinach and potato, served with malted bread and fabulous beef and onion butter. Goosnargh duck with lentils, beetroot and sour cherry is a classy main, the duck meltingly tender, with textural interest coming from praline and sweet cubes of beetroot. An intense dish of forced Yorkshire rhubarb with baked English custard is a real highlight – served with a mint butter described as ‘a revelation’, the dish as a whole is truly stunning.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 28
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Dinner served from: 5
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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