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Simon Rogan At The Midland: Official Opening Date

Tuesday 12 March for Manchester food and drink booster

Written by . Published on February 21st 2013.

Simon Rogan At The Midland: Official Opening Date

THE MIDLAND has announced Tuesday 12 March as the official opening of The French by Simon Rogan. 

I can assure people we’ll be using the best of British-only produce and ingredients. 

The French closed for refurbishment in January. The modern revamp has incorporated the room's Grade II listed elements, including original features. 

The FrenchThe FrenchRogan, well known in the North West for his Michelin starred L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel, said: “It’s been a very busy few months getting all the plans in place for the opening, but I know I’m speaking for the whole team when I say we’re more than ready to go. I’m also aware of how much interest there has been around the menu, and I can assure people we’ll be using the best of British-only produce and ingredients. Apart from that you’ll have to wait until the opening when all will be revealed.” 

Mike Magrane, General Manager at The Midland, said: “We’re very much looking forward to re-opening the doors of The French and welcoming diners to enjoy our exquisite menu. There is a huge affection for The Midland Hotel in Manchester, and we’re confident our guests will not find a food offering of this standard anywhere else in the city.” 

The restaurant opening times will be Tuesday – Saturday, with a lunch menu served between noon and 2pm, and dinner sitting starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 9.30pm. Prices: lunch, £29 for three courses, £55 for six courses; dinner, £55 for six courses or £79 for ten courses. 

Confidential broke the news about Rogan in this article - click here.

To book for a meal at The French - click here.

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

Hungry HossFebruary 21st 2013.

I took a look around yesterday. I'm sure fans, old and new, will appreciate the tasteful redecoration. The bespoke plates are gorgeous and the plans for 'The Colony' are huge! So looking forward to it... have booked for the opening night!

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Leigh McLaughlinFebruary 21st 2013.

Us mere plebs can only dream of waiting for the booking diary to open...

Hungry HossFebruary 21st 2013.

It is open: http://www.The-French.co.uk

Leigh McLaughlinFebruary 21st 2013.

Booked..thank you!

Stuart TaylorFebruary 21st 2013.

Sure this will be a real success, simon sets a great standard i just hope they keep wine prices realistic £7 a glass for run of the mill Merlot is a bit OTT.

MarkFebruary 21st 2013.

Is there going to be choice between an a la carte and tasting menu?

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Hungry HossFebruary 21st 2013.

Certainly just Tasting at dinner... not 100% sure about lunch

Hungry HossFebruary 21st 2013.

All taster menus: lunch £29 3 course, £55 6 course. Dinner £55 6 course or £79 10 course.

MarkFebruary 21st 2013.

Really looking forward to it. Would be nice to know how much it will be per person.

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Hungry HossFebruary 21st 2013.

Posted above. Here's another interesting fact: when it reopens there will be women working front of house for the first time in its 100+ year history!

MarkFebruary 21st 2013.

Cheers for the heads up.

MarkFebruary 21st 2013.

Booked and ready to go.

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Hungry HossFebruary 21st 2013.

If you're passing today... look up. Simon will be on the roof installing poly-tunnels to grow micro-herbs for the restaurant.

Mark GarnerFebruary 21st 2013.

Hoss, there's a desk i our office for you ;-)

AvoFebruary 21st 2013.

I'd give it ten months before Rogan pulls out. Without fanfare.

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Bilbo BobbinsFebruary 21st 2013.


Hungry HossFebruary 22nd 2013.

I think you'll love it Avo... all the drinks they serve will be in half empty cups. >_<

heskethFebruary 22nd 2013.

I hope us vegetarians will be taken into account!

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TimbucFebruary 22nd 2013.

They have a full vegetarian tasting menu at L'Enclume that looks excellent. Same goes for Roganic in London. One would expect they will do the same here.

BaggioFebruary 22nd 2013.

"I can assure people we’ll be using the best of British-only produce and ingredients. "

as you'd only expect in a french restaurant!

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TimbucFebruary 22nd 2013.

First of all, I would expect French dishes and French techniques from a French restaurant - not French produce. In fact, a French restaurant is more likely to use the best produce that is available locally. Secondly, who said this was a French restaurant? But don't let a complete lack of factual knowledge stand in the way of you having a go.

MissMFebruary 22nd 2013.

don't be such an arse, timbuc! i'm not 'having a go'. i'm merely pointing to the irony of the quote in bold. the restaurant is called 'the french' ffs. but don't let me stop me you having a go! oh, and don't try patronising me again either.

MissMFebruary 22nd 2013.

the above comment is entirely the work of baggio, and not leah mackay.

AnonymousFebruary 25th 2013.

Timbuc, why is a french restaurant more likely to sauce things localy?

annijesFebruary 22nd 2013.

I think the clue is in the name and the article

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2013.

Will be good to have some competition for R House.

paulFebruary 25th 2013.

Can one still use ones Hi-Life Card Mr Hoss

Linda CookFebruary 26th 2013.

Has Simon completely pulled out of/sold l'enclume as i have a booking there for a weekend in April and would be really disappointed to find its changed direction???

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Bilbo BobbinsFebruary 26th 2013.

Not at all Linda, he is at it better than ever!

Kris CullineyFebruary 26th 2013.

Michelin star for Manchester me thinks. Welcome.

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AnonymousFebruary 26th 2013.

'methinks' is a stupid word

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