Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

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SquareMeal Review of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

Gold Award

Few places hold as much gravitas as Le Manoir, a bastion of Franco-British hospitality for over three decades and the brainchild of one Monsieur Blanc. Its Tudor, wisteria-clad exterior and spellbinding organic gardens are almost as iconic as the main man himself, but the beating heart of it all is the kitchen.

After 24 years the team waved off head chef Gary Jones and ushered in Luke Selby in 2023; a full circle moment with the young chef returning to the very stoves he started on as a trainee in 2009.

Understandably, there are tight reigns in the kitchen, with guests of Le Manoir expecting a certain style of timeless French cuisine. There are glimmers of Selby making his mark however, with his love of Asian ingredients subtly spiking the menu. A flawless scallop escabeche - intense with orange - had a hum of lemongrass, and later a strawberry dessert came buoyed on an undercurrent of ginger.

The old half of the dining space is all low beams and spot lit tables, which gives way to the brighter, more spacious conservatory. The decor is old school and simple with immaculate, double layered crisp white tablecloths and dark wood accents. It's a combination that oozes class, and the atmosphere is one of utmost hospitality. Full to the brim, the restaurant is packed with diners keen to soak up the silkily choreographed service with the team explaining everything in detail.

Back to the food, and there’s a real knack here for distilling and intensifying the flavours of the garden's just picked produce. The results are plates that sing of just a few select notes but do so in exacting harmony. Earthy, sweet peas and creamy ricotta evoke early summer succinctly in canape form, and there’s the most beautiful blush lamb chop later on, with sweet asparagus and a kick of wild garlic.

Whichever way you cut it, dining at Le Manoir is damn near perfect in every department. It’s the sort of place you’ll end up comparing every subsequent meal to, and with your now permanently fixed rose-tinted glasses on, you’ll have to accept that nothing else can compare.

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
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Having opened in 1984, Raymond Blanc’s critically acclaimed Le Manoir is one of the most famous restaurants in Britain which serves two Michelin starred French food. The building itself is a 15th century manor, a house that lies in acres of manicured, organic grounds.

While you can come and dine as an evening guest, most people choose to stay the night in order to make the most of the surrounds. Here you’ll find wildflower carpeted fruit orchards, manicured vegetable gardens, ordered herb beds, a little pink Japanese tea house on the edge of bright green algae covered pond, and even a small walled lake. Everywhere you look there are sculptures and art details, and there’s a perfectly flat croquet lawn to boot. Just across the path there are clusters of tables and chairs where you can enjoy drinks and snacks before you meal, with the only sound to disturb you being the thwack of the balls going through the hoops.

One seated ini the dining room, you’ll be treated to a seven course tasting menu. The experience doesn’t come cheap with lunch priced at £205 and dinner coming in at £230 per person (increasing to £220 for lunch and £245 for dinner in 2024). Sure, it’s not a bargain, but you get a lot for your money. Kick off with canapes and the most indulgent breadbasket you’ve ever seen, before moving on to seasonal starters, mains and desserts.

Using the bounty of the gardens and local suppliers for fish, meat and game, the menu bounces and bends over the course of the seasons. Things usually kck off with a cured fish dish before moving through a pasta course of something like crab raviolo with courgette and a lemongrass bisque. Later on you might find milk-fed lam with asparagus and wild garlic, before finishing on a Yorkshire rhubarb baba.

If you’ve managed to secure a bed for the night, breakfast the next morning is an event in itself, and it would be a crime not to take one last wander through the gardens before you depart.


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Meet the team
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

Luke Selby

Executive Chef

For such a young chef, Luke Selby has achieved a staggering amount. A product of Raymond Blanc's infamous Le Manoir kitchen, Selby has gone on to hold Michelin stars at HIDE in Green Park and at Evelyn's Table at The Blue Posts in Soho, alongside his brothers Nathaniel and Theo. He remains the only chef to ever win Young National Chef of the Year, National Chef of the Year, and the Roux Scholarship, and he did so in the space of just four years. In 2023 he returned to Le Manoir alongside his brothers to take over from Le Manoir legend Gary Jones as executive chef of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

Raymond Blanc

Chef Patron

He's a man who needs little introduction, being one of the UK’s most famous chefs, but we’ll do our best anyway. Raymond Blanc’s career began at the side of his mother, learning to both grow food and cook with the seasons in post-war France. After false starts as both a draughtsman and a nurse, Raymond found his feet as a pot wash in a Michelin starred restaurant before being promoted to a waiter. In this role he found himself drawn to the kitchen, but his interest was met with challenge, and it all ended with a broken jaw and a one-way ticket to the UK after a spat with the head chef. Securing a job as a waiter in a pub, Raymond then found himself stepping in for the chef one day when he was ill. It’s safe to say it was a success, and he ended up opening his own restaurant ni Oxford; Les Quat’Saisons. The restaurant soon became well regarded and won its first Michelin star. Raymond then began the hunt for a bigger site, landing on the manor house where his restaurant now finds its home. Two Michelin stars and decades later, and the rest is history as they say.

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

Luke Selby

Executive head chef

Luke Selby is a Michelin starred British chef. He started his career under Raymond Blanc before a series of jobs led him to earning his first star at Evelyn’s Table in London as the restaurant’s head chef. He worked the pass at this small fine-dining chef’s table set-up with his two brothers and continues to work with them today. In 2023 he took over from Gary Jones as Le Manoir’s executive head chef, leading the team in sending out exacting plates of seasonal French food.


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Location

Church Road, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD

01844 278881 01844 278881

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 11:30-14:00
Fri 11:30-14:00
Sat 11:30-14:00
Sun 11:30-14:00
Dinner
Mon 18:00-23:00
Tue 18:00-23:00
Wed 18:00-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 18:00-23:00
Sun 18:00-23:00

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15 Reviews 
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Malcolm F

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Unparalleled service and attention to detail without being pretentious.

Food cookery at its most sublime. Monsieur Blanc cest magnifique !!

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.
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