You may or may not have seen some mutterings on Twitter that it was my birthday last week. To celebrate becoming yet another year older and not necessarily wiser, we took a trip over to Manchester to sample Simon Rogan’s new offering The French, headed up by head chef Adam Reid. Having opened earlier this year to rave reviews, I booked our table back in June and eagerly awaited our visit.
The French itself is housed in a beautifully opulent dining room within the hotel. Old meets new in the Victorian interior fused with Scandinavian furniture – a nod to the styling in Rogan’s other restaurants.
The restaurant offers two choices during the evenings, a six course menu or a ten course. Being the greedy guts we are, we obviously went for the ten course feast and then really pushed the boat out with ten paired wines – the majority of which were white, all of which matched beautifully and our sommelier was on had to answer any of our questions.
However, to really start the evening off, cocktails were the order of the day for our aperitifs, which were brought over from the French’s sister restaurant Mr Cooper’s House and Garden. Beautifully crafted, we sipped and chatted away whilst the canapes arrived.
As usual, I am not going to bore you with long winded descriptions of each of the dishes, I managed to take some decent photos so I’ll let these seduce you into dining there instead! Continue reading →