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“Special & Unpretencious”

Adam Reid at The French
Ranked #85 of 2,562 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$65 - US$110
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Adam Reid at The French strikes the perfect balance between heritage and progressive cuisine. While the restaurant is steeped in history, our current menu offers modern British food that delivers consistently excellent flavours by using the best seasonal produce and the very latest technological advances. Married seamlessly to its new contemporary direction, the breathtaking dining room of this historic restaurant encompasses both the new and old, with undeniable opulence and timeless elegance. Stepping boldly into the 21st century, Adam Reid at The French offers outstanding levels of service, warmth and style, that in turn, create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere like no other in Manchester.
Reviewed 28 August 2016

As huge fans of L'Enclume, and after reading the mixed reviews by the likes of Jay Raynor etc, particularly in respect of their 'lacking atmosphere' notes, we were worried a tad that it may not meet expectations as atmosphere was important to us. However, it was fab! All four of us are foodies and we wanted somewhere special in Manchester for my Birthday. We had the 10 course tasting menu (seemed like more!) which was excellent value for this type of Restaurant/food and every course a taste sensation. The place was buzzy, beautiful, unpretentious and romantic too. The Staff very helpful, engaging and witty. Not as Contemporary as L'Enclume (which is amazing!!) and a bit more formal, but not stuffy, less expensive and fab in it's own way. Ignore the less impressed reviews and just go! Get dressed up and look forward to being spoilt and enjoy yourselves! Went August 27 2016.

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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I came here for lunch before seeing Morrissey in Manchester. The lunch was definitely the highlight of the visit! We opted for the 6 course tasting menu and from start to finish it was delicious and inventive. The optional cheese course was delightfully served and explained. I ate some tremendous cheeses accompanied by 1966 port. The service, wine, food and venue were top notch so well done to Simon Rogan and team!

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Preferred the food and ambience of this restaurant to the l'enclume restaurant in Cartmel. It certainly deserves at least one Michelin star. We had lunch and chose to have the set three course menu which included a glass of wine. The food was extremely tasty and beautifully presented. There were so many different elements to each course to appreciate and to ponder over. The staff were efficient and informative about the ingredients that went into each dish. The meals are quite expensive but worth it for special occasions.

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Reviewed 22 August 2016

The room is very stylish, the staff were very friendly, amusing attentive and helpful. A plaice course was replaced by a chicken one with minimal fuss. The 10 course tasting menu was absolutely superb. Every course was a joy and the vegetables were amazing, it's not often you get to say "wow have you tasted the carrot yet?".

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Thank Sporads
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

We opted for the 6 course tasting menu with accompanying wine plus an optional cheese course. 4 out the 6 courses were excellent, in particular, the fish course. The meat course (guinea fowl) was ok but lacked the wow factor and in truth the dessert (Cheshire raspberry/oat mix) was disappointing. Wines ranged from ok to excellent but it always nice to try a different selection and was made better by the friendly sommelier. The cheese board was really good and I was impressed by the selection which seemed to be entirely British cheeses - I did however find the price high at £18 for 1 person and £15 for the wine pairing. The bread options were fairly uninspired compared with similar establishments. Generally service was good/friendly but not faultless - some might find it a bit slow (3 hours plus) but we enjoy it that way.Overall - not the best gourmet tasting meal we have ever had but certain parts were up there with the best.

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Thank GH24
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