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The French

The French

The French

The French (The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester) — behind a curtained entrance in the lobby of The Midland hotel is this upscale restaurant with much pizzazz. The Grade-II listed dining room is a statement unto itself, with soaring ceilings, elaborate cornicing and dazzling chandeliers. Background music ranging from The Kinks to Pulp gives diners a relaxed feel.

Head chef Adam Reid won the BBC’s Great British Menu with his apple-based dessert Golden Empire, and you can enjoy this after your multi-course tasting menu for a supplement. Desserts are a triumph, especially the ‘easy peeler’ with white chocolate and sea buckthorn, which you can watch chefs conjure up.