Openings this week: Adam Reid at the French, Number 177, the Cow on the Hill and more

03 March 2017 by
Openings this week: Adam Reid at the French, Number 177, the Cow on the Hill and more

A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors…

Adam Reid at the French

Chef-patron Adam Reid has officially launched Adam Reid at the French at the Midland hotel in Manchester, after a refurbishment that has brought in a chef's counter to bring the kitchen out to the dining room.

As well as an additional kitchen preparation space, guests will be able to sit at a counter where they can drink, dine, and watch the chefs in action during service. Additionally, the Grade II-listed dining room has had a general refresh with new lighting, wall art and paintwork.

Reid joined the French as head chef in 2013 when Simon Rogan took on the management contract and repositioned the restaurant, and has now assumed control of the restaurant business.

The international wine list features a selection of English wines.

Adam Reid at the French
Adam Reid at the French
Opened 14 February

Covers 50

Chef-patron Adam Reid

Restaurant manager Kamilla Plonska

Head sommelier Filippo Zito

Design Style Contracts

Typical dishes Saffron pasta, turnip butter, chicken skin; red mullet, shrimp and tomato sauce, burnt gem; salt-aged duck, beetroots, acidic cherry sauce

Number 177

The Number Group has opened Number 177 in London's Hoxton. Influenced by the Berlin bar scene, the venue is split into a main restaurant and bar and a club room, separated by a sliding wall of graffiti art.

Number 177 Shoreditch
Number 177 Shoreditch

Opened 2 February

Covers 350

Typical dishes Schnitzel burgers; sweet potato chips with tzatziki sauce; pulled pork burgers with smoky BBQ sauce

Bon Vivant

Bon Vivant, an independently owned French bistro, has opened in London's Bloomsbury, offering French classics with a modern twist. The interior is a contemporary bistro style, decorated with artwork and photography.

Bon Vivant Bloomsbury
Bon Vivant Bloomsbury

Opened 24 February

Covers 100

Owner Charmaine Abomnes

Typical dishes Bavette steak with red wine jus; magret de canard; tartines


Part of the University of Leeds-owned Weetwood Hall estate, £2m has been spent on new Mediterranean restaurant Convive. It will be twinned with restaurants across Europe to host chef swaps. Profits from the restaurant are gift-aided to research and development projects at the university.

Convive, Weetwood Hall estate
Convive, Weetwood Hall estate

Covers 120

Restaurant manager Giovannino ‘Gio' Conti

Head chef Francis Cowlam

The Cow on the Hill

The Cow on the Hill
The Cow on the Hill

Opened 23 February

Covers 92

Typical dishes 18oz chateaubriand steak; fish and chips; herb suet steak and local ale pie

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