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Nestled amidst beautiful gardens in the rural Cotswolds countryside, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is a gourmet hotel in Oxfordshire. Located in the picturesque village of Great Milton, this luxury hotel combines breathtaking surroundings with gastronomic excellence. The quaint streets of Oxford city centre are a 20-minute drive, whilst London Heathrow Airport is 60km away. Home to Raymond Blanc's Cookery School, one of Britain's finest culinary academies, this enchanting hotel offers French-inspired cuisine at the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant. Using only the best seasonal produce, freshly picked from the hotel's extensive vegetable and herb gardens, guests are invited to embark on an
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We had a one night package including the seven course tasting menu. This is my review of the restaurant rather than the hotel. (Obviously we got lucky with booking a table between lockdown and tier four)
The staff were charming throughout, pitched just right, with...no arrogance and just friendly enough without being over-familiar - a true measure of professionalism and training. This included a swap-out of a course from the fixed menu I was not keen on, with no fuss.
As expected the food was divine, could not fault it. A well though out, balanced menu, as you would expect from somewhere with this track record.
I guess this is one of these places you do not want to go to on a budget, but we did hammer the wine list, including dessert wine and port. All brilliant.
The sommelier was excellent, and it was reassuring that every recommendation he made was at a cheaper price point than the bottle I had selected myself.
A lovely experience all round. Would thoroughly recommend.More
This is my third time there and I hadn't been there for years. I booked a package of one night which included a suite with the tasting menu for dinner (and breakfast) for around £1,500, I have to say, although the food did not disappoint,...I felt the stay and dinner was supremely overpriced. My 'suite' was one room and not very large. Calculating the service charge on the meal, my room for one night including breakfast for 2, came to £900. There was nothing special about the room. I also felt the food was overpriced at £300 a head. I have been to most of the top restaurants in the UK and I would not make a trip to go there and eat again. The Cliveden far exceeds this place. At least there, you have proximity to country walks, a beautiful historic building, a spa and far more beautiful and spacious rooms. In fact the food at the Cliveden is as good or better. I feel, if dinner and the room had been around £700-800, it would have been the right price. There is nothing to do there and it is not a place that warrants that price. I will not be going back.More
We’d wanted to go to Le Manoir for a long time; I periodically check the website but tables are never available. I was therefore delighted a couple of weeks ago to see one open up for the following Friday so we went for it. It...seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the end of 2020. But would Le Manoir live up to the reputation? Can anywhere live up to that level of reputation?
Yes it could. A truly brilliant meal. We’ve eaten in a fair few Michelin one star restaurants, where the food it terribly pretty and tastes lovely but sometimes you feel it’s been prepared to be looked at rather than eaten, and that the customer not still being hungry at the end is not one of the priorities.
This however, is proper food in terms of both an extraordinary quality of ingredients amazingly prepared, but there’s also a robustness and variety of flavours and textures that you don’t always get in starred restaurants. You certainly don’t crave a burger on the way home!
Highlights are too many to list, but the slow cooked hens egg with Parmesan and black truffle, the Rhug estate venison with chestnut and gingerbread, and the chocolate crumble with salted caramel ice cream and yuzu will stay with us in particular for a long time.
The service was utterly immaculate, friendly but professional, the staff had clearly been brilliantly trained but without having their smiles or personalities drilled out of them. Covid related issues were dealt with efficiently and unobtrusively without spoiling the experience at all.
Yes it is awesomely expensive, but the absolute commitment to excellence in every part of the operation is such the pricing doesn’t feel unreasonable. If we want places like Le Manoir to exist in the restaurant ecosystem then they need to be supported, and to be able to keep innovating and developing new ideas then these prices are probably what they need to charge. As an experience don’t compare it to lunch at a gastropub, compare it to good seats for a West End show and dinner, or a weekend break on the Eurostar (if those are ever allowed again) and the pricing makes much more sense. Thats the intensity of experience and memory making that LeManoir represents, and we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity.More
Our children treated us to this stunning restaurant and with Covid in place, we had a three month wait. Words fail me as the the style, quality and sheer genius of Raymond Blanc' s restaurant. The festive menu was quite exceptional, made better by the...friendly nature of the staff. Out of this world.More
it is difficult to fault the service at Le Manoir. However it is extremely expensive so one could argue you shouldn't have to! The hotel I have to say is over priced. It is luxurious but tired rooms. This is a shame and somewhat overshaddows...the good value for money quisine. We are very spoilt living in London but this is beyond doubt good cooking with seasonal ingredients. If I had just gone to eat I would say it is value for money but staying is very over priced.
I will be back for lunch/dinner but not to stay unless prices are drastically reduced. N.B. due to covid we had to stay at this time.More
The seven course tasting menu was an absolute delight. Each dish beautifully presented with an explanation from the attentive & professional servers. We can not wait to revisit to repeat the amazing experience.
Booking for lunch you can do via the website. Click on the heading 'Dining' where you can find sample lunch menus and booking. You can also do it by telephone. You can spend a good hour walking around the beautiful gardens... More
Booking for lunch you can do via the website. Click on the heading 'Dining' where you can find sample lunch menus and booking. You can also do it by telephone. You can spend a good hour walking around the beautiful gardens too. This place is just incredible from every aspect and we just loved every minute there.