Litecraft City Guide : Manchester – The French
Housed in the superb Grade 2 listed Midland Hotel just across from St Peter’s Square and the beautiful Central Library, The French was one of Britain’s first Michelin-starred restaurants, honoured in 1974 with its first star, the restaurant has been serving the North West with fine-dining ever since.
Stroll up to The Midland Hotel and you’re immediately over come with the extravagant exterior typical of a grand hotel, exuding grandeur and status. Showing off an Edwardian Baroque style with gold detail and swirling balconies, the structure features a mixture of red and terracotta brick in polished granite.
The original interior of the oval shaped restaurant reflected an old European and Parisian style of crystal chandeliers, historical portraits of 17th Century courtesans, heavily dressed tables and over the top pattern carpet; overall a slightly oppressive atmosphere of faded opulence could be felt. In early 2013 the restaurant reopened under a new Chef, Simon Rogan together with an updated contemporary yet traditional interior.
The French now boasts two stunning sphere chandelier pendants with cascading crystals that immediately catch your eye on entering, set upon a backdrop of light and airy pastel creams and olive greens; the room feels more plush and luxurious. A low level ambience is created with extra shaded wall lights featured on each wall panel. Baroque framed mirrors with gold leaf adorn the walls, the original moulding and corner coving has been refreshed in-keeping with the hotel’s Edwardian style. The décor is brought up to date with an unusual carpet choice featuring a wood flooring façade, together with oak coloured Scandinavian style wooden tables and chairs.
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