Mr Coopers at The Midland Hotel
There are few venues on the planet that can rival the history of the Midland Hotel in Manchester. Even Hitler had is eye on it's potential for Northern headquarters because of it's legendary labyrinth of tunnels behind and below the wonderful Charles Trubshaw facade.
So, when we went to dine, in order to sidestep the hoards of Take That fans heading for the Arena recently, we were keen to re-connect with this unique hotel (where Rolls met Royce) and it's hospitality options.
Greeted by the fabulously named Jack Daniels at the Mr Cooper’s bar, we started our culinary tour with lovely a Sauvignon Blanc and Rose before heading through to Mr Cooper’s fabulous restaurant.
To start, we enjoyed Chicken wings which were both succulent and delicious.
The Jerusalem artichoke soup with trompette mushrooms and Winchester Cheese was creamy tastiness itself.
Plates cleared, we had no idea what delights were soon to follow.
The Chateaubriand (for two people) was cooked to perfection. In our case it was medium rare and we both agreed it was mouthwatering and tasty without any sauce, although a choice of 2 classic sauces and a red wine and bone marrow jus, were on offer. The restaurant’s in-house butcher oversees all the meats on offer and our delicious cut was served with broccoli, roasted heritage carrots and skinned chips with Harissa salt.
Room for dessert? Only just and we plumped for a shared Espresso Martini Chocolate Delice.
After a nightcap, we were treated to a quick nosey into The French, the truly unique and historic restaurant and the famous tea room, both now firmly on the list for future visits.
As an added bonus, we also grabbed ourselves a copy of the The Memories of the Midland Book by Barbara Frost, just £5 as a charitable contribution.
It is crammed with 66 pages of fascinating history and facts relating to this Manchester iconic building.
Pictured above with GM Marie Wilson are, Francesca, Andrei, Jack, and Rebecca.