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Octagon at The Midland Hotel

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The Octagon at The Midland Hotel

One of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks, The Midland is a luxury hotel in the heart of the city. The four star hotel boasts 312 pristine bedrooms, two critically acclaimed restaurants, 14 conference and meeting rooms and an award-winning spa.

This year has proved to be especially significant for the venue with a number of design projects undertaken to help improve the customer offering. In February The French restaurant at the hotel re-opened under new chef patron Adam Reid with a new look. This was followed a couple of months later by the opening of the Tea Room, solely dedicated to the hotel’s afternoon tea experience.

More recently the hotel unveiled a brand new creation, a stylish cocktail bar and lounge in the Octagon arch. The project was completed over an eight-week fit out period at a cost of approximately half a million pounds. The lounge has a fresh and bold new look for customers and is the ideal spot to sample delicious food and cocktails.

Following the success of the cocktail bar in Mr Coopers House & Garden (the hotel’s other culinary offering), QHotels decided to refurbish the raised lounge area off the main reception and to include for a new central feature bar as a focal point. David Oulsnam, director of Oulsnam Design prepared a concept to include a large octagonal shaped bar with a 4 metre high art-deco backlit acrylic and steel centre backfitting for bottle displays.

The antique gold was retained to the capitals of the marble column details, and the colour scheme was generally darkened down using two tones of dark blue combined with black marble wallpaper to the archways, this being to meet the clients brief for a dark colour palette that should be buzzy and atmospheric.


Stylematters supplied a fabulous range of Italian tub chairs, combined with bespoke sofas, in a mix of leather and contemporary fabrics which spread out from the new bar across the Lounge Area all on view from the hotel reception. The new space reflects the hotel’s long history with a food and drink offering that has been carefully curated to match all-day demand.

High quality dining has long been at the heart of The Midland. Adam Reid at The French showcases the creative culinary talents of Adam and is wide regarded as one of the city’s top restaurants. The atmospheric venue was recently refurbished with an organic, dark colour palette, new lighting and wall art.

The menu boasts modern British food using the best seasonal produce available. The tasting menu includes snacks such as: Prawn cracker; Scallop and pine sprouting broccoli fried in nut oil, cheese and truffle; Steamed bun filled with soy cooked trotter and belly; Bacon hot smoked with hen yolk and squid and Rouget Shrimp and tomato sauce, with burnt gem lettuce. Adam Reid at The French has been awarded three AA Rosettes and holds a prestigious place in The Good Food Guide as one of the top 20 restaurants in the UK.

Mr Cooper’s Restaurant & Bar has been similarly successful with a modern dining experience made up of quirky and imaginative dishes. Taking its name from the man whose house and famous gardens sat on the site back in 1819, Mr Cooper’s is well known as one of Manchester’s most vibrant destinations.

Finally, afternoon tea at The Midland has been a stalwart of the Manchester social scene for over a century. Working closely with local suppliers, afternoon tea includes an extensive selection of bespoke loose-leaf tea served with finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, and a range of delicate cakes and pastries.

The Midland is part of the QHotels group who operate 26 unique four star hotels across the UK, each with its own individual character. The QHotels portfolio includes beautiful countryside retreats and bustling city centres. To find out more about, please visit


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