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REVEALED: Mr Cooper's House & Garden Menu

Jonathan Schofield gets his hands on Simon Rogan's latest food ideas

Written by . Published on September 5th 2013.

REVEALED: Mr Cooper's House & Garden Menu

SIMON ROGAN swept the board in the latest Good Food Guide. For Manchester this was good news. His French at the Midland has brought capital city fine dining to the north west and boosted the whole scene. Given the depth and range of our cooking presently in 2013 we've never had it so good. 

Smoked eel torte, lovage and pork belly starter for £6, madam? Cumbrian rib steak, truffle pudding and purple potato latkes for £19, sir? 

Now Manchester Confidential can reveal the menu for the next Simon Rogan venture at the Midland, Mr Cooper's House & Garden -named after the beautiful and renowned walled garden of said Mr Cooper that exactly occupied the site of The Midland Hotel in the early nineteenth century. 

This restaurant and bar complete with herbal cocktails flavoured by plants from Rogan's Lake District farm will aim to provide 'good food, cooked with flair and imagination'. Price wise it comes in under The Restaurant Bar and Grill or Grill on the Alley.

The menu reads well, steady rather than spectacular, perhaps even understated, but certainly mouthwatering. 

Smoked eel torte, lovage and pork belly starter for £6, madam? Cumbrian rib steak, truffle pudding and purple potato latkes for £19, sir? 

Yes, bloody please.

There's a children's menu too including fresh fish fingers with wedges, herby hot dogs, Nick's shorthorn meatballs (all £5.50) and chocolate pizza (£4) and apple butterscotch pie (£3.50).

Mr Cooper's House & Garden opens on Thursday 12 September. It occupies the large corner restaurant and bar at the junction of Mount Street and Peter Street in the Midland Hotel. Bookings are being taken on 0161 236 3333 and www.mrcoopershouseandgarden.co.uk 


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26 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

IanSeptember 5th 2013.

read it yesterday when it was 'revealed'

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CBSeptember 5th 2013.

Wow you must be really proud of yourself to have thought it worth telling us that Ian

IanSeptember 5th 2013.

nah, just pointing out that manchester confidential aren't revealing anything.

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

Wow, I'm surprised. Surprised you can even read, that is.

Jonathan SchofieldSeptember 5th 2013.

Anon, have you clicked on the menu? Ian, we have lots and lots of readers who don't click on websites of restaurants that haven't even opened yet. So yes as the first widely read media in Manchester to publish the menu we have revealed it.

IanSeptember 5th 2013.

surprised I can read, yet I have clearly read and responded to the article, idiot

Karl RossmanSeptember 5th 2013.

Ian has a point you may habe publiscised the menu but you havent revealed it.

James MillerSeptember 6th 2013.

How tedious are Ian and Karl don't you think? Proper committee men.

Karl RossmanSeptember 6th 2013.

Yeh you're right James... How tedious to want an honest approach to journalism.

Jonathan SchofieldSeptember 6th 2013.

Jeez, the use of 'Revealed' is honest if for lots and lots of readers they've never read the menu before. It's the literal truth. Right, wow, Karl, Ian, what do you think of the menu?

AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

Karl and Ian appear to be proper dullards

AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

In any case, on to more important issues - very much looking forward to going here, the menu looks excellent

Karl RossmanSeptember 6th 2013.

Its not honest and ill own up to why the use of revealed is particularly irksome for me. I'm sick and tired of seeing articles that claim and 'exclusive' or that they journo is 'revealing' some hidden truth. Revealing something imply something is hidden or trying to be hidden. I work in local gov and the bloody MEN in particular 'reveal' something new ever day, and its always something that is wholly in the public domain already and has normally be published to the world well in advance of their self-important exclusive reveal, and the consequence is a fake perception and a mistrust. Instead of saying to people things like the LA have been trying to engage the public for the last year on a particular topic we couldnt be arsed to publiscise, they say we can now exclusively reveal a decision has been made that if we were really bothered about you, we could have used our positive position to contribute to months ago. Thats the problem with it. Granted menus arent quite the same issue, but its bloody annoying!

Karl RossmanSeptember 6th 2013.

P.s. the menu looks great.

IanSeptember 6th 2013.

That was my point, implied exclusivity. Menu looks good think I'd order 3 starters and a main

glitzfrauSeptember 5th 2013.

Now that's what I call a great vegetarian selection! Top marks.

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

Yes, it looks lovely but I couldn't go with my partner who's vegetarian. I think they need to put the GARDEN into their menu, pronto!

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IanSeptember 5th 2013.

Grilled vegetable lasagne, £13.50 preserved lemon salad and focaccia. Roasted teriyaki tofu steak with £13.00 glazed chilli greens and garlic

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

Yes I saw those but it doesn't seem to give a lot of choice for vegetarians in such an extensive menu.

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AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

4 starters and 2 mains.... seems well above average to me for vegetarians

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

2 dishes out of 10, 20%. That's enough IMO, based on the UK population of vegetarians @ 5%.

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AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

Seems like we have complaints from vegetarians on every story on here about a new restaurant opening.

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

Yeah, they're a fussy bunch. It's the lack of meat, you know...

Swiss JamesSeptember 5th 2013.

Sounds excellent. Definitely looking forward to this one

David BishopSeptember 5th 2013.

Best of all - use ManCoCo coffee. Man Con should do an article on them :)

Burt CodeineSeptember 17th 2013.

^^ I'll second that. There's a tiny handful of coffee shops in Manchester that do a 'proper' coffee (using, as far as I know, the wonderful Hasbean coffee's). Mancoco is great too (discovered a month or so back). This coffee should be used in more places...the contrast between that and the likes of the chains is 'chalk and cheese'. The above restaurant sound tip top by the way...

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