Chef has been celebrating as his restaurant is named best in Manchester

Adam Reid

Award winning chef Adam Reid has been named as the best place to eat in Manchester by the prestigious Good Food Guide.

Adam Reid at the French, which is based in The Midland Hotel, came 13th in the list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK.

There were no other Manchester restaurants in the list of top eateries but Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cumbria was named as the second best restaurant in the UK.

The two chefs’ careers have been linked for many years. Simon Rogan ran the French at the Midland and Adam worked as his head chef before taking charge of the restaurant.

Moor Hall in Lancashire also features on the list along with Fraiche in Merseyside.

The French was the last restaurant in Manchester to have a coveted Michelin star back in 1974 and Adam is determined to restore past glories.

Adam has been cooking since his childhood and is now recognised as one of the best chefs in the country.

The 33-year-old father of two has brought his own relaxed style to the restaurant, which has long been considered the best in the city.

There are three set menus and Adam, who found fame through his appearance on The Great British menu, is keen to create a relaxed atmosphere while offering the finest food.

He said: “Our aim has always been to give people a great experience in an enjoyable atmosphere, we want people to come along and enjoy themselves.

“We aim to be the very best at what we do but when people come out to eat at the restaurant they want to have a good time.”


Adam Reid at The French

Adam is thrilled that his venue is considered the best in the city but believes it is a recognition of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

He said: “I have a great team and we are all completely committed to serving up great food.

“The food that we serve is at the centre of everything but we also have to create the right atmosphere and setting.”

Adam is well aware that Manchester needs a Michelin star but he has the best chance of putting that right.

He said: “I want to be one of the best restaurants not just in in Manchester but in the whole of the country.

“The fact that we have three AA Rosettes and have been ranked 13th in the Good Food Guide probably means that we are getting that.

“I am sure that if we keep working hard and maintaining our standards we will stand a chance of winning a Michelin Star at some stage.”

The BusinessDesk.Com is holding an Executive Lunch at the restaurant next Wednesday and Emma Degg from the North West Business Leadership Team is our guest speaker.

Adam will also be speaking about his vision and ambitions at the special lunch.

The event promises to be a memorable occasion and will give people the chance to sample Adam’s award winning food.

Full details can be found here.

1 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall

2 L’Enclume, Cumbria

3 Core by Clare Smyth, West London

4 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire

5 Ynyshir, Powys

6 Claude Bosi at Bibendum, West London

7 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, West London

8 Casamia, Bristol

9 Pollen Street Social, Central London

10 The Fat Duck, Berkshire

11 Moor Hall, Lancashire

12 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Perthshire & Kinross

13 Adam Reid at The French, Greater Manchester

14 Bohemia, Jersey

15 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire

16 Restaurant Story, South London

17 André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire

18 The Ledbury, West London

19 Fraiche, Merseyside

20 Roganic, Central London

21 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire

22 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Central London

23 The Peat Inn, Fife

24 Marcus, West London

25 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, North London

26 The Kitchin, East Lothian

27 Forest Side, Cumbria

28 A. Wong, Central London

29 Orwells, Oxfordshire

30 Sketch, Lecture Room & Library, Central London

31 Hedone, West London

32 The Ritz, Central London

33 Castle Terrace, Lothians

34 The Three Chimneys, Highlands & Islands

35 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire

36 Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire

37 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan

38 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire

39 Matt Worswick at the Latymer, Surrey

40 The Raby Hunt, Co Durham

41 The Greenhouse, Central London

42 The Sportsman, Kent

43 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Lothians

44 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire

45 Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria

46 Adam’s, West Midlands

47 Morston Hall, Norfolk

48 Le Gavroche, Central London

49 The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire

50 Hambleton Hall, Rutland