Greater Manchester is increasingly becoming a ‘must visit’ destination for food lovers. It offers a huge range of cuisines in areas such as Chinatown, Rusholme’s curry mile and the Northern Quarter with its gut-busting burgers and quirky independent cafes. Fantastic food festivals such as those held in Ramsbottom, Wigan and Bolton also attract many visitors to the region throughout the year.
Recently Manchester city centre raised the bar even further with the transformation of The French restaurant at The Midland Hotel, which could at last see the return of a much coveted Michelin star. North West food hero, award winning chef Simon Rogan, has joined forces with the iconic Midland Hotel as part of a £400K investment to revamp its food and beverage offering.
He has recently taken over The French restaurant, giving it a new lease of life with a change of staff, an up to date seasonal menu and a modern makeover still in keeping with its Grade II listed status. “There is huge affection for The Midland Hotel in Manchester and I want to help bring its restaurants back to their former glory,” said Rogan. “It’s a wonderful challenge.” Incidentally, The French was one of the first establishments in the UK to be awarded a Michelin star when the guide was launched in 1974.
Diners can now expect a similar experience in Manchester to one guests have been enjoying at Rogan’s flagship restaurant – the 2 Michelin starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria. The restaurant offers a range of set menus featuring top quality local produce including a freshly baked bread made using Holt’s beer. Dishes evolve and change every few days so there are always a few surprises in store for regular customers.
Simon’s team include farmers and growers based in the North who exclusively supply all his restaurants with a range of fresh micro-herbs, edible flowers, leaves and vegetables. The Midland Hotel also has a glass house on the roof which the chefs intend to use to grow more ingredients.
As well as The French, Rogan will oversee the menu of another restaurant in The Midland Hotel, a larger 150 seater bar and contemporary dining room, currently known as The Colony. This new restaurant menu will feature dishes inspired by those all over the world.
Mike Magrane, General Manager at The Midland said: “The next few months are going to be a very exciting time for us. We’ve always been extremely proud of our food offering here at The Midland, but working with someone so highly regarded as Simon, is yet again giving us that edge which people will struggle to find elsewhere in the city.”