The Initials Experience begins with a glass of English Sparkling wine followed by Adam's Initials menu, with the sommelier's paired wines, table water & coffee with chocolates. To complete this, you will have 3 hours at the table.
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.
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19 December 2019
Had a fabulous evening, the food was amazing and the service was impeccable Thank you and see you again soon
17 December 2019
Noisy, salty, not what I was expecting from the reviews. The meal at £378 was overpriced. The young chefs who delivered each course were personable and described the food well. Despite that, there was no dish that we thought was memorable. The red deer was good once I scraped off the sauce. The wine pairings were OK, not inspired. The wine stewards' grasp of French and German wines is not very complete.
12 December 2019
This meal was to celebrate our son becoming a Doctor of Philosophy. We had one of the most delicious meals we have every tasted. The Initials menu was delicious and the service was the best we have every had. The wine was paired with great accuracy and was absolutely spot on. I would highly recommend this menu and the four of us really enjoyed everything about the evening. I loved that the chefs came to the table whilst serving each course to explain what each course was etc.,
26 November 2019
23 November 2019
Lovely room, somewhat comfortable chairs (we were at the chefs table). However: The light under the bench was very bright and white, especially when you have a white napkin in your knee, and the rest of the lighting was somewhat dimmed. To be a chefs table, it was not easy getting extra info about the food as the servers were always running around. The food was great, but there was little variation in the presentation, and for our scandinavian palate the general taste was a bit too vinegar'y. I think the favourite was actually the breads and the tracklements (new favourite english word! :-) ) and the fisk. The pickled mussel in my non-diary soup was the least favourite....
21 November 2019
Sat at Chef's counter and had a truly wonderful meal Every course was a delight with incredible flavours throughout. Although some flavours were quite innovative, everything worked beautifully. The mussels in an onion soup was one of the stars of the show - as was the broth, prior to the menu proper. Food very nicely complemented by a smooth bottle of american red wine. Staff were incredibly friendly and were genuinely interested in what I thought of the food. Keen to know what was my favourite which was an impossible question to answer such was amazing array to chose from.
20 November 2019
Loved the venison
19 November 2019
Super dooper. What made it for me was that I was allowed to work while eating. Thank you very much to everyone. Food delicious and much stronger than the wine pairings.
16 November 2019
Incredible, the signature menu with the matching wines was sublime. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and attentive. The dining room was intimate and personal whilst giving plenty of privacy.
15 November 2019
We were staying at The Midland for the weekend and decided to treat ourselves to a special dining experience. Having never experienced a taster dining menu (with the wine selected for each course) I was really looking forward to this and from the beginning of the evening to the end, Adam Reid at The French was superb. We were warmly greeted on arrival and our hostess for the evening (the Sommelier) recommended drinks to go with our nibbles. I had an English cloudy prosecco, which was as light and fresh as she promised. Each course was presented to us at the table by the chef that had prepared it. It was lovely to be able to understand how each dish had been created, what ingredients were used and where they were sourced from. There were dishes that I would never had ordinarily tried, but each one was exquisite in taste and presentation. I particularly enjoyed the raw scallops served with a lime and chilli jus with finely chopped peppers. The Sommelier brought each wine to our table before each dish arrived, giving a detailed explanation of where the wine had been sourced from and why she had chosen it to compliment each dish. Again, wines that I wouldn’t ordinarily have entertained perfectly matched the taste of each dish and brought out the complex flavours without overpowering them at all. We finished with a liqueur before retiring to the main lounge bar, having had the most amazing dining experience. I would recommend a night at The French without hesitation and we will definitely be returning in the future.
Initials Experience £160 per person
Initials Menu £75 per person
Signature Experience £200 per person
Signature Menu £99 per person
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