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The French

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As featured in Best Food in Manchester
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16 Peter Street | Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England
+44 161 932 4198
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12:00 - 00:00
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Tue 18:00 - 00:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Cheshire
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Dined at The French with friends for a pre Christmas treat. We had the 9 course tasting menu and wine flight to accompany each course. Everything was sublime with delectable intense yet balanced flavours. Seasonal produce carefully cooked and beautifully presented. Service was efficient and friendly and we even got to chat with Adam Reid about the food and his... More 

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to the French a dozen times over the last few years and would claim it to by the best restaurant I've been to. It is better than Michelin star restaurants and only Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was on a par. I have had some amazing experiences here before and feel bad for writing this review but I was disappointed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for the first time since Adam Reid has taken over and we weren't disappointed. Booked the Great British Menu tasting lunch and enjoyed every minute. Staff were wonderfully attentive when we arrived, took us to a lovely large table. We had already pre ordered our menu so a copy was printed on the table for us to follow along... More 

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manchester england
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84 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to taste Adam Reid's TV menu.A lovely meal but I must admit the main course wasn't that impressive.The meat was fatty and a big piece of gristle.In fairness my wife's was fine,just unlucky I guess.Loved the fish course.The finale was the sugar spun apple which was amazing and I soon forgot my main course.Adam did serve the apple himself... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dining room was kinda casual. Not a big place so might be slightly difficult to score a reservation. Restaurant had quite a lot of staff, service was good but no real personalized connection as you don't have a dedicated person serving you. Still worth dining here as it was a good meal but no standout dishes for me. I would... More 

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Thank 589alanl
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really disappointing to write this review. Visited the restaurant in November for my wife's birthday. A week or so earlier I sent an email to the restaurant to make aware of the occasion of our visit. Just simply asked if anything could be done to help celebrate... A sparkler with dessert, happy birthday on the plate etc.... The kind of... More 

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Manchester UK
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked again as soon as we found out Adam Reid would be presenting his menu from the Great British Menu. Our first time since the refurb, the restaurant has a much more relaxed feel to it, and as usual the food was superb. It was a nice touch to get to talk to Adam as he came out to... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited The French for a family celebration in early November. We had been to Le Gavroche and L’Enclume in the past so we had high expectations. Arriving at The Midland we were disappointed at the lack of a suitable location to have a pre-dinner drink. For such an upmarket restaurant, the external ambiance is extremely disappointing. The Midland Lobby is... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I guess to most of the diners here this is something they can easily afford but I had to save up to take myself and my daughter. We were so excited and the sense of occasion and service by all the staff was indeed special. We were rather less impressed by the food (I am so jealous of those who... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I surprised my wife with a trip to The French for her birthday. The whole experience was brilliant. The staff were friendly and engaging, the sommelier very knowledgable and helped us choose 2 fantastic bottles of red. But the food was amazing. Every single course. And it was great to meet and chat to Adam Reid. We even got to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$64 - US$108
Cuisine
European, British, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?