Guide MICHELIN 2020

Adam Reid at The French

(845 Reviews)
The Midland Peter Street, Manchester, Lancs., M60 2DS
British, Gourmet

Top offer

Initials menu £65 per person

We require the table back 3 hours after your booked time.

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.

Restaurant description

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.

Customer reviews for Adam Reid at The French
4.6
(based on 845 reviews)

93%
of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (45)
  • breakfast (2)
  • business (113)
  • child friendly (4)
  • dinner (624)
  • entertainment (27)
  • large parties (18)
  • lunch (272)
  • luxury (567)
  • private dining (216)
  • romantic (475)
  • trendy (97)
  • value (58)
  • views (5)
  • By David B from Manchester
    11 October 2019

    You’re greeted with a warm welcome and fantastic ambience where you’re offered a cocktail in the lounge. Once in the restaurant it is small and intimate with enough room to enjoy private conversation. The food is imaginative and contemporary without being pretentious and the wine flight we chose suited each course perfectly. You’re sure to be in experienced and knowledgable hands whilst dining at The French!

  • By Paul U from Maidenhead
    5 October 2019

    We had the tasting menu. It is one of the best we have ever had leaving mesmerising flavours after each coarse. Cannot pick the best they all had their own unique flavours. The service and staff were second to none.

  • By Mark B from Blackpool
    26 September 2019

    Could not fault the Initials tasting menu, and the "snacks" before the meal where really tasty too. My partner and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary, so it was something different, would highly recommend. The beef butter however is an acquired taste, not ours I'm afraid, but this was only a small personal taste issue. The chefs served each course and explained them thoroughly, a real personal touch :).

  • By Trevor S from Oxford
    21 September 2019

    I can honestly say it was a fantastic experience dining here. The food was absolutely first-class. Every single dish in the menu was superb. It's hard to pick a favourite, but if pushed I'd say it was the Native lobster with pickled Cheshire tomatoes and courgette. The service was excellent too. Thanks for a great evening treat.

  • By James W from Bradford
    21 September 2019

    From start to finish this was a wonderful experience. The food on the signature menu was terrific. It started off emphatically with the broth, then the cod roe added a lovely change of pace. The lobster dish took it up another level, wonderfully balancing the shell fish against a fresh and zesty tomato salad. The ash infused sirloin tater, served with malted sourdough and a delectably airy beef butter, kept the standards high and the cod with elderflower hollandaise and fried beans was a masterpiece. The chicken dish didn't quite hit the same heights but did give a cosy homely feeling; befitting of the ambience at this point in the sitting. Both desserts, while being enjoyable, failed to ignite the drama of earlier dishes with the prune, honey, st james and almanac dish failing to really harmonise. The conversation about wine ultimately led to a wonderful choice made for us, a zesty, slightly dry and crisp white Stopham Estate. Mr Reid even took the time to leave a note on my partners menu to wish her a happy birthday. The kind of finesse that encapsulated the experience at The French.

  • By David M from Bury
    20 September 2019

    A great venue, with stunning food. The re-constructed “tater-hash” was stunning as was the toasted St James cheese with honey, walnut crisp and Armagnac prunes. My wife loved the freshness of the lobster with pickled tomato and courgette.

  • By Carolyn R from Congleton
    20 September 2019

    Really Enjoyable

  • By Lyndsey J from Manchester
    20 September 2019

    Fabulous meal (the Great British Menu option) in an intimate restaurant. All dishes explained by a chef upon serving. Some lovely surprises within the dishes which enhanced our experience. Front of house were very welcoming - lovely evening. Thank you to everyone at the French. Highly recommended.

  • By Sam G from Manchester
    18 September 2019

    The atmosphere was perfect, the service was amazing and the food was the best I have ever eaten. It was all absolutely perfect and this restaurant is something special.

  • By stuart lawler L from Manchester
    14 September 2019

    I visit this resturant every year for our wedding aniversary. It's not disapointed so far and we always enjoy our experience. Fingers crossed Manchester finally achieves a Michelin star restuarant and the French should be the one to get it!

Restaurant Location Map
Adam Reid at The French
The Midland Peter Street, Manchester, Lancs., M60 2DS

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