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“Amazing food, amazing service, amazing setting” – no wonder Raymond Blanc’s fine-tuned take on country-house luxe is a dream ticket for out-of-town indulgence and sybaritic pleasures. Set in blissful grounds, this immaculate mansion is famed for its sleekly choreographed service, patrician wines and unfailingly impressive French-inspired cooking. Blanc’s vision of ‘sustainable harmony’ is buoyed by produce from Le Manoir’s showpiece organic gardens, and the result is a raft of “innovative and classy” seasonal dishes infused with the essence of intelligent modern-day cuisine – from an exquisitely pretty crab salad with grapefruit, mango and red pepper or a terrine of garden beetroot with horseradish sorbet to roast loin of venison with celeriac and truffle or pan-fried Cornish sea bass with scallops, cauliflower, home-grown chard and red wine essence. This is sensitive, beautifully balanced cooking from a kitchen that knows all about consummate technique. There’s also room for gasp-inducing extras, divine patisserie, high-art desserts and lovingly ripened cheeses from M. Blanc’s home region. Of course, money is no object here (particularly if you take a serious dip into the magisterial wine list), but when it comes to world-class hospitality, Le Manoir “never fails”. BMW Square Meal Award for the Best UK Restaurant 2013.
Squaremeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2016 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in spring 2016. Thousands of readers and bloggers took part and the results were moderated by the Squaremeal editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The survey does not ask for or include any restaurants in London. Click here for a full list of Squaremeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
Stepping onboard the Belmond British Pullman, you are transported to a bygone era of luxury and style. Sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, it departs from London Victoria to a wide variety of destinations. Ours was to be Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Raymond Blanc’s famous two Michelin star restaurant.The train is named in honour of George Mortimer Pullman, the father of luxury train travel. Its carriages were used by the British royal family, President de Gaulle and many other celebrities...
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I celebrated my birthday in January and my husband surprised me with a lunch reservation at Le Manior Aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire.We sipped on champagne and nibbled canapés as we browsed the menu and relaxed. The reception and lounge area reminded me of The Waterside Inn, the conservatory dining room reminded me of Midsummer House, where I had celebrated my last birthday...
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I had been to Manoir aux Quat’Saisons once before for an amazing all-day cooking class with Stewart, and at that time, apart from stuffing our faces with all the delicious food we prepared, we also toured their gardens and saw where they grow all of the herbs and vegetables used at the restaurant.During that visit we didn’t eat at the restaurant but when my friend Amy was in the UK this week and staying at Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, we made plans to dine there.
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Raymond Blanc&s restaurant at Le Manoir provides quite the experience. Having gained, and subsequently retained, two Michelin stars just one year after opening, we were expecting great things; and one thing we certainly weren’t, was disappointed.We began our evening at Le Manoir with an aperitif - a glass of Laurent-Perrier ros&, along with a selection of outstanding canap&s.
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