- Opening hours
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 18:00 - 20:30 Thursday: 12:00 - 13:00 & 18:00 - 20:30 Friday & Saturday: 12:00 - 13:00 & 17:00 - 21:30.
Charlie was fantastic! The meal was fantastic, the only comment I would have if that the person serving wine didn’t seem very knowledgable and spoke extremely softly and was hard to hear, the sommelier we had on our last dinner 2 years ago was much better
08 June 2019
Adam Reid at The French perfectly marries the old and new, and is a dining experience to be remembered. While the restaurant is steeped in history, the menu offers modern British food that delivers consistently excellent flavours, made using only the very best seasonal produce available.
The French offers outstanding levels of service, warmth and elegance that in turn, create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere like no other in Manchester. Guests can choose from small, medium or large set menu and wine flights, offering supremely elegant tasting journeys.
The French restaurant boasts 4 AA Rosettes and features in the Good Food Guide 2019 at Number 13, the only restaurant in the Greater Manchester area to make it into the top 50 of the prestigious guide. The French also ranked 79th in The National Restaurant Awards 2016.
Located in Manchester City Centre, The French is 8 minutes’ walk from Manchester Oxford Road Rail Station.
The dress code is smart casual.
Adam Reid at The French
The Midland, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
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Customer reviews for Adam Reid at The French
((((( 19 August 2019 by Jill from Preston
I always review my experiences on Trip advisor - this is my report!
We have tried several times, since Simon Rogan had The French, to get a table to celebrate our wedding anniversary, 17th August - the restaurant has its annual holiday last two weeks in August so we always missed out - this year we managed it, just!!
As avid fans of the GBM, we were very much looking forward to our lunch. We arrived a little early but were shown to our table. The front of house, as has been said many times, were superb.
The tater 'ash - first taste I wasn't so sure but it just got better and better and the malt bread with the beef and onion butter, just fab....we sneakily wiped our finger on the plate to get the last of the butter!
The almond poached cod, we weren't sure about the almond bit but this was the most outstanding dish for us - just melt in the mouth taste sensation - could have eaten much more of this one!
The chicken although very tasty, wasn't the star of the show for us - the sweet, however, was to die for. I was a bit unsure when the dish was described as having cinnamon, as I hate cinnamon but there was only a hint and didn't spoil the dish at all for me thankfully - the ice cream, well, I have never tasted such a rich and fabulous ice cream - loved it!
When I mentioned it was our anniversary, I was asked if we would like Adam to personally sign our menu with a message, which he did and we were asked if we would like to meet him in the kitchen after our meal - well what a lovely, lovely chap he is - we had a good chat with him. We mentioned we had been to L'enclume a couple of times and also the Gilpin for the GBM. Adam asked if his menu was better than Rish's and yes, we think it was - he was well pleased with that!
Unfortunately the battery died on my phone so we couldn't get a pic with Adam but what a truly fantastic experience we had and will definitely visit again.
((((( 19 August 2019 by Neal from Manchester
The French is a restaurant I have been hoping to visit for a long time. It did not disappoint.
The service was superb from start to finish, we were not rushed, and were there for just over 3 hours.
Food was excellent. Flavours were amazing, and the standout dish for me was the cod, with a hollandaise sauce and battered green beans.
Could not fault anything, only thing I didn't enjoy, which was limited to some cheese, was down to my palate and not the execution of the dish.
((((( 18 August 2019 by James from Manchester
Outstanding all round experience. Food was adventurous, staff were knowledgeable on the food and wines
((((* 18 August 2019 by Jason from Manchester
Lovely setting which was different from what we expected. The waiters, waitresses and especially the young chefs that came to our table were very welcoming and pleasant. The entries were lovely albeit a slightly muddled course that paired fish, ham and cheese, whilst all were lovely individually, didn’t quite work as a dish.
The meal itself was excellent with the lobster and chicken courses particularly good. We’ve eaten at several Michelin star restaurants in the Lakes recently and I think the wine pairing at the French is as good as if not better.
The only gripe we had was personal preference on the deserts. My wife is not the biggest fan of cheese so a desert which had cheese at centre stage was not going to be her favourite. I however love cheese and thought it was very good. The second desert had cherries with a marzipan like taste. Unfortunately for me marzipan is a no go but again the desert was fantastic minus those elements.
The golden empire is fantastic and every bit as special as we thought it would be and would definitely recommend paying extra for it.
Overall I’d say it’s the best meal we’ve eaten in Manchester by far and is leaps ahead of Restaurant MCR. I would certainly recommend and will definitely be making another visit in the future.
((((( 18 August 2019 by Tim from Boston
First and foremost, the food is fantastic. Reminded us of one of our favorite restaurants in New York (Gramercy Tavern). Service was apot on and ambiance very nice too. All-in we had a great meal! Highly recommended.
((((( 18 August 2019 by Jack from Manchester
The team are a credit. My wife was feeling very unwell and they handled it very well. The food was obviously out of this world and the wine pairing’s were very well matched. My favourite dish was the chicken. Simply the best chicken dish I’ve ever eaten! We plan to come back and have the GBM in the week when my wife can experience it. Thanks again for a lovely evening.
((((( 18 August 2019 by Christopher from Manchester
Absolutely fabulous. We had the great British menu and loved it. Some of the dishes were out of this world. My wife’s favourite was the tart whilst I really enjoyed the roast chicken dish. Really understood why they were so well received on the tv programme.
((((( 16 August 2019 by Daniel from Preston
Excellent meal and service, would definitely recommend.
((((( 12 August 2019 by Alan from Macclesfield
Excellent food. Great service.
((((( 10 August 2019 by Judith from Leeds
Excellent food and lovely staff.
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