Harden’s Guide names two Manchester restaurants in top 100 in UK for 2023

Manchester had the third highest number of entries in the respected annual restaurant guide - including an accolade for Adam Reid at the French in the Midland Hotel.

A Manchester restaurant has been named among the 10 best in the UK by a respected foodie guide. The Harden’s Top 100 list for 2023 has placed Adam Reid at the French in the city’s Midland Hotel as number seven in its annual survey of the country’s best eateries. It’s a big jump up from the 2022 guide which saw the upmarket restaurant ranked at a still-respectable number 40.

Manchester had the third highest number of entries in the overall respected annual restaurant guide, with 47 featuring in the foodie bible, which is is now the only UK restaurant guide sold in bookshops based on feedback from normal diners rather professional reviewers. It’s also available on Apple and Andriod app stores. It was beaten only by Edinburgh and London.

Of The French, reviewers praised the tasting menu with comments including: “It’s not all serious plates, with some playful dishes offering something a little different and intriguing” and hailed it as “the best culinary experience in Manchester”.

Mana in Sawmill Court was named as 73rd in the top 100, a drop from the top 10 last year with some people commenting about price increases and value for money. However, other diners praised its “fabulous airy space within the foodie hotspot that is Ancoats” and ‘knock out flavours’ and ‘attention to detail.’

Others which feature in the overall guide but which did not make the top 100 include The Alan hotel, Bundobust in Piccadilly, Canto in Ancoats, and burger joint Almost Famous in Edge Street.

Peter Harden, co-founder of Harden’s, said: “The North West is home to some of the country’s most renowned restaurants and consistently performs well in the Harden’s Top 100 due to the high quality, diverse nature and depth of what’s on offer.

“Interestingly, it’s also an area where, like London, restaurant price increases have caused some guests to question whether they still see the same value in the overall proposition when dining out. What is an enjoyable experience at £100 per head can soon lose its lustre when prices as good as double.

“Restaurants are currently facing increasing costs from every angle so it’s no surprise these are being reflected on menus, but some of our polled results and diner comments this year show that customer expectations are struggling to keep pace and it’s easy for restaurants to begin to fall out of favour as a result.”

Harden’s Top 100 for 2023

1Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder
2Evelyn’s Table at The Blue Posts, London
3Waterside Inn, Bray (39)
4Endo at The Rotunda, London (4)
5The Kitchin, Edinburgh (23)
6Core by Clare Smyth, London (5)
7Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (40)
8L’Enclume, Cartmel (19)
9Maru, London
10Pine, East Wallhouses
11Da Terra, Town Hall Hotel, London (3)
12The Five Fields, London (10)
13Sorrel, Dorking (13)
14Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (61)
15Hjem, Wall (56)
16Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton (37)
17Adam’s, Birmingham (29)
18PLU, London
19The Araki, London
20Muse, London (24)
21Lumière, Cheltenham (46)
22Estiatorio Milos, London
23The Little Fish Market, Brighton (15)
24Lympstone Manor, Exmouth (6)
25Kitchen Table, London (12)
26Hambleton Hall, Hambleton (32)
27The Forest Side, Grasmere (36)
28LPM, London (45)
29Paul Ainsworth at No6, Padstow (85)
30Joro, Sheffield
31The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh
32SOLA, London (31)
33The Art School, Liverpool (18)
34Anglo, London (21)
35Morston Hall, Morston (38)
36A Wong, London (64)
37Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Eglwys Fach (7)
38Meadowsweet, Holt (98)
39The Ledbury, London
40Nobu, London (27)
41Roots, York (97)
42Alchemilla, Nottingham (14)
43House of Tides, Newcastle upon Tyne (57)
44Outlaw’s New Road, Port Isaac (74)
45Aulis at L’Enclume, Cartmel
46The Latymer, Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot
47Club Gascon, London (95)
48ChefsTable at TRUEfoods, Melmerby
49Oxeye, London
50Cail Bruich, Glasgow (59)
51Roketsu, London
52Cornerstone, London (50)
53Chez Bruce, London (42)
54SY23, Aberystwyth
55Trinity, London (47)
56Aulis London, London (33)
57Robin Wylde, Lyme Regis
58Bibendum, London (99)
59The Clove Club, London (17)
60Opheem, Birmingham (100)
61Bohemia, Jersey
62Restaurant Twenty Two, Cambridge
63Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac (49)
64The Angel, Hetton (58)
65The Black Swan, Oldstead
66Frog by Adam Handling, London (82)
67Umu, London
68Unalome by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow
69Le Gavroche, London (52)
70The Sportsman, Seasalter (41)
71Pied à Terre, London (44)
72Ekstedt at The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London
73Mana, Manchester (9)
74The Sea, The Sea, London
75Midsummer House, Cambridge (78)
76The Peat Inn, Cupar (20)
77Moor Hall, Aughton (16)
78The Whitebrook, Restaurant with Rooms, Whitebrook (53)
79Old Stamp House, Ambleside
80The Moorcock Inn, Sowerby Bridge
81Lyle’s, London (66)
82Sollip, London (88)
83Imperial Treasure, London
84Gidleigh Park, Chagford
85Behind, London (51)
86Elderflower, Lymington
87Wilson’s, Bristol (80)
88BiBi, London
89Amaya, London (69)
90The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel, Bath
91The Ritz, London
92The Wilderness, Birmingham
93Sketch, Lecture Room at Library, London
94Quilon, London
95Kol, London
96The Fat Duck, Bray
97Myrtle, London (90)
98The Small Holding, Goudhurst (25)
99The Cellar, Anstruther
100Fraiche, Oxton (28)