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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

Church Road, GREAT MILTON, Oxford, OX44 7PD

5 rosettes

If there's one restaurant you should make sure you dine at at least once during your lifetime, this arguably has to be it. Raymond Blanc's delightful Oxfordshire manor house has been awarded five Rosettes in every single AA Restaurant Guide over the last 21 years, and that's not surprising when you consider that Le Manoir's raison d'être is to offer a standard of hospitality that's truly, consistently excellent. You'll experience that splendidly faultless hospitality as soon as you arrive, with immaculately attired staff almost falling over themselves to see to your every need from the off. Whether before or after your meal, make sure you fit in a stroll around the peaceful, beautiful grounds, complete with sculptures, well-stocked greenhouses, little bridges and even a Japanese tea garden. Blanc and his executive chef Gary Jones have never wavered from their belief that the quality of the raw produce is essential to the success or otherwise of every dish, thus the organic kitchen garden has long been at the heart of things here. These days it stretches for two acres and provides no fewer than 90 types of vegetable and 70 varieties of herbs for the kitchen, along with a good proportion of fruits and salad leaves. Dinner takes place in one of three rooms that make up the classically elegant restaurant, including an attractive conservatory with views over the manicured lawns. Tables are well spaced and dressed up to the nines, with candles at night enhancing the romance and intimacy of it all. The prices may be high, but this really is an experience to savour, to cherish. The food remains full of French soul, rooted in classic technique and never following fads or fashions, but at the same time it hasn't stood still. Flavour is always king, but presentations are modern and combinations of ingredients push the boundaries at times. Everything is stunningly good, from the canapés to the wonderful array of fresh, fresh breads. The seasonally-changing menus - à la carte, découverte and a variety of fixed-price, multi-course options - are written in French but with clear English translations, and should you need any further explanation, the waiting staff clearly know the dishes inside out and back to front. Perhaps a simple, fresh-tasting salad of Devonshire crab with grapefruit and celery might appeal to start, or a technically impressive dish of quail's egg ravioli with spinach, parmesan and a poultry and rosemary jus. Cornish turbot, wonderfully fresh and cooked to perfection, with a delightful tortellini of crab and a zingy ginger consommé is a fine main course, or you might go for roasted fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef with pearl barley and red wine jus. Tough decisions are in store at dessert stage, with fruity desserts like a theme on citrus, and gariguette strawberries with Szechuan pepper and cream cheese crème glacée vying for your attention with 'flavours of tiramisù' with a Coeur de Guanaja chocolate cream. All the peripherals - amuse-bouche, pre-dessert and petits fours - demonstrate the same level of technical proficiency and well-judged flavour combinations,

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Tel: 01844 278881
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Raymond Blanc, Gary Jones
Number of seats: 100
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £48.00
Sunday lunch: £124.00-£154.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 

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M40 junct 7 follow A329 towards Wallingford. After 1m turn right, signed Great Milton and Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons
Nearest station: Oxford/Haddenham/Thame

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