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The French

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16 Peter Street | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
+44 161 932 4198
12:00 - 00:00
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Tue 18:00 - 00:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went for Adam Reid's Great British Menu and this was the first time I have been to a "fine dining" restaurant so I didn't really know what to expect and was slightly worried it would be po-faced and rather stuffy. It wasn't. The people were very friendly and welcoming, and I loved the peaceful atmosphere of the dining room... More 

Thank Robert C
Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I went to the French expecting a culinary experience with the 6 course taster menu and wine flight - sad to say the food did not reach the standard of the price charged. First let me say the staff, service and wine flight were excellent,friendly, professional and of good standard. The food however was not good. I... More 

2 Thank sue m
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelling from Rotherham to Manchester for just one reason and that reason being to have lunch is a bit of a trek, in fact I it took almost 2 hours so before even entering the French so I had a bit of a negative overall feeling. So, the French is inside the Midland hotel which in itself is a very... More 

2 Thank Nigel T
Manchester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the 6 course tasting menu which is fabulous, wonderful courses including steak tartare, halibut, delicious bread & beef consommé and an orange flavoured custard dessert which was insanely good - great wine and great service but I won't go back - at least not until that room is redecorated and a method found to inject some atmosphere. I... More 

1 Thank Mark J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined at The French on Friday last and had a wonderful evening. We were well looked after from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. The front of house staff and waiting staff were attentive and pleasant, the sommelier was helpful and totally charming and Adam Reid himself was accessible and completely "un-cheffie". It was fun to... More 

Thank SquirrelNutkin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff are so courteous and polite, as soon as my glass was empty it was filled up. Head chef was super friendly and took lots of pride in his work and making himself known to the customers very nice touch. Course after course I was amazed with quality and flavours the only one I didn't like was the eel dish,... More 

Thank vickyenglish
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been a few years since I last went to The French, and since then there has been a change of style, and a change of chef. The style is now much more casual, with cool music, and less formal decor. The chefs station has now been moved into the dining area, with chef Adam Reid, keeping his keen eye... More 

1 Thank theboltonwanderer
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to be invited to a business event at The French which included a 6 course "taster" menu and a wine flight. From start to finish it was simply stunning. We were met with champagne and then led into the beautiful dining area with semi circular banquette seating. I am one of those very awkward people with... More 

2 Thank Nicola M
Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to The French for the first time tonight and my wife and I were both blown away. Brilliant food served by really lovely, friendly people. There was a lot of love in the room. 11 course taster menu and every course sublime. The highly guts were the tempura purple sprouting broccoli with cheese and truffle, the charcoal squid and... More 

Thank Pigsear65
Manchester, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Many thanks to all the staff at the French for a wonderful evening. We opted for the 9 Course tasting menu and a bottle of Sav Blanc. It was our first time eating a tasting menu, and in anticipation we were a little unsure of how we would find the atmosphere but it was relaxed, friendly and welcoming. The food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 62 - USD 105
European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Peter Street | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 932 4198
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.

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