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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Benchmark French cooking of rare excellence

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Wherever your path through life may take you, whatever your budget may stretch to, you owe it to yourself to eat – and preferably stop over – one of these days at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, since the place should be on everyone’s bucket list. Now part owned by the Belmond group, Le Manoir remains a truly singular place, immaculately beautiful inside and out, and what it offers by way of hospitality is as good as you'll find anywhere in the UK. Looking timeless with its old creeper-garlanded stone walls and the garden primped and manicured to pretty perfection, the manor is an enduring monument to the vision of a young self-taught French chef who set up shop here in 1984. Make sure to explore the grounds, check out the Japanese tea garden, and take a wander around the organic vegetable garden where much of what you eat is grown. The house itself more than passes muster – the comfort-factor is set at eleven – and every room in the place looks elegant and refined, with the conservatory dining room at its best during daylight hours when the garden view can be best appreciated. The service ethos in all departments remains a benchmark by which all others may be judged, while Gary Jones, Benoit Blin and the kitchen team raise the bar skywards in the interpretation of Raymond Blanc's seasonally oriented, thoughtfully composed dishes, presented on monthly-changing à la carte and five- and seven-course lunch and dinner menus that are noticeably more classical in outlook nowadays than they once were. You might get off the blocks in March with duck liver, seared on the plancha, its richness nicely held in check by Yorkshire rhubarb, ginger and sherry vinegar, while a meat-free idea might see an eye-catching terrine of garden beetroot partnered with a head-clearing hit of horseradish sorbet. At main course, flavours of remarkable intensity are conjured from often simple ingredients, and without recourse to overt technical complexity – perhaps a generous serving of roasted mallard with braised red cabbage, celeriac and a gloriously powerful roasting jus, or a fish dish that combines spiced monkfish with mussels in an aromatic saffron-scented Gewürztraminer sauce. If you succumb to the temptations of the cheese trolley, you'll be overwhelmed by an array of fine British and European specimens, all ripened to humming perfection. And in case you’re thinking the tone is a touch reverential, there’s fun at the finishing-line – a take, perhaps, on millionaire’s shortbread – soft toffee with bitter chocolate on crumbly shortbread and salted butter ice cream. The wine list continues to offer a stellar array of top-drawer bottles at prices that might well make your eyes water.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Raymond Blanc OBE, Gary Jones, Benoit Blin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 650
  • Wines by the glass: 40

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50

Getting here

M40 junction 7 follow A329 towards Wallingford. After 1 mile turn right, signed Great Milton and Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

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Oxford, Haddenham and Thame Parkway
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