Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Gold Award
££££
French

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat
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Gold Award

We’ve said it before, but Le Manoir is damn near perfect in every department – a sentiment echoed by legions of fans, who seldom stint on the superlatives when it comes to Raymond Blanc’s fine-tuned take on country-house luxe.

This immaculate Oxfordshire mansion is quite simply “faultless”, the “perfect treat” and a dream ticket for indulgence with its ever-courteous staff, silkily choreographed service and “exceptionally creative” French-inspired cooking. It is a team effort where every member of staff has “mastered the art of making the extraordinary appear simple and elegant.”

Blanc’s vision of ‘sustainable harmony’ is buoyed by produce from Le Manoir’s showpiece organic gardens, and the result is a “superb, well-balanced menu full of seasonal flavours and surprises” – from veal sweetbread with spring asparagus, peas and morels to the ever-popular risotto of garden vegetables with tomato essence and chervil cream, salt-baked pigeon with cabbage, wild garlic and bacon or confit Gigha halibut with squid, chorizo and smoked red pepper. This is clear-minded, limpid cooking from a kitchen that knows all about consummate technique.

There’s also room for gasp-inducing extras, peerless patisserie (millionaire shortbread with salted caramel ice cream, say) and lovingly ripened cheeses from M. Blanc’s home region of Jura (and beyond). Of course, it costs a fortune (particularly if you take a serious dip into the aristocratic wine list), but readers concur that the experience is “worth every penny”.

Le Manoir is indeed a restaurant for every season (it looks magical in winter sparkling under a blanket of snow) but summer is the absolute best time to visit, when menus can be languidly perused over a gin and tonic on the immaculately manicured lawns and the thwack of croquet balls is the only sound disturbing the tranquillity. You can visit just for lunch or dinner, but staying over is the best way to experience the unity of Blanc’s harmonious vision of good living – not least because breakfast is an event in its own right.

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
SquareMeal UK Top 100, Two Michelin stars
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Church Road, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD

01844 278881

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 7.30-10am 12.15-2.45pm 7.15-9.45pm

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14 Reviews 

Graeme C

09 April 2019  
Spectacular venue. Menu draws on home grown produce.

michael B

05 April 2019  
English cooking at its best with French influences, using vegetables from own garden. Magnificent surroundings and service.

Sarah M

29 March 2019  
Beautiful peaceful setting with thoughtful and quality food that is exciting and surprising. Magical place to be where food mixes with nature in the Japanese's and market gardens.

Charles G

29 March 2019  
They have mastered the art of making the extraordinary appear simple and elegant. Breath-taking food shows off natural flavours and the friendly service is truly relaxing. Gives you such a good feeling you don't mind paying the sky-high prices.

Jan T

29 March 2019  
Exceptionally divine food with service to match. Food at the highest level. Expensive special treat but worth every penny. Go Raymond!

Manasi K

18 April 2018  
Everything is amazing at this place! The meat, service, drinks and ambience are perfect for us (A couple currently suffering a long distance relationship for the mean time). The restaurant allows us to have an intimate dinner, with great food and drinks, in a great location within the Leeds City Centre.

Sona P

29 March 2018  
Without fault.

Deanne

27 March 2018  
For a "chain" restaurant food is surprisingly varied and enticing, with ingredients locally sourced.

Ian B

04 May 2017  
Simply wonderfull! Been several times and as good as any 3 star restaurant I have been to.

Charles G

04 May 2017  
Perfect combination of technically outstanding food and delightfully relaxing setting and hospitality. It costs a fortune but is worth it every time.

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