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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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The crème de la crème for 35 years

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

It’s hard to imagine now, but back in 1984 Raymond Blanc put everything on the line to open Le Manoir. Fast forward 35 years and the magnificence of the place and its renown as one of the UK’s finest destinations seems set in stone. It stands as testament to his courage, passion and talent. It is part owned by the Belmond group these days, but Monsieur Blanc remains the life force of the place, with an amazing team of professionals by his side, including the long-standing executive head chef, Gary Jones. The pretty 15th-century manor stands at the heart of the grounds, with luxurious bedroom suites giving the opportunity to extend a stay (who would want to leave?), and a glorious garden to explore compete with sculptures, orchard, Japanese tea garden, and a kitchen garden that provides its bounty for us all to enjoy on the plate. The dining experience is never less than joyful, from the warm greeting, the charming attention, and the divertingly delicious French cuisine. The cooking is classic at its core, with technical precision and the pursuit of flavour preferred to chasing modern fashions. There is nothing old hat about the cooking by any means, though, and the attention to detail runs through from top to bottom.  Five- and seven-course menus (including inspiring vegetarian versions) support the three-course à la carte – les spécialités du moment. Five perfectly formed agnolotti arrive filled with cheese and honey in a stellar combination, with tomato essence and seasonal peas and beans, or how about Cornish crab with hits of Kaffir lime, coconut and passionfruit? Spiced monkfish and mussels with broccoli tempura and a sauce rich with Gewürtztraminer is a main course full of flavour and verve, while assiette of Rhug Estate lamb has superb meat at its heart, and a rosemary jus that brings everything together in perfect harmony. The desserts offer the same degree of comfort and joy; a pistachio soufflé, say, with a bitter cocoa sorbet dropped in its centre. Even the bread basket is a thing of beauty. The wine list covers the globe but is at its very best when dealing with the French heavyweights. A cookery school and gardening school add to the mix and give everyone a chance to take knowledge home alongside wonderful memories.

Opening hours

  • Closed for lunch: Monday (excluding bank holidays)
  • Lunch served from: 11.45
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): 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

  • 3-course lunch from: £170
  • 3-course dinner from: £170
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

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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