Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

“Truly outstanding French cuisine” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

GREAT MILTON, OXFORDSHIRE

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Besançon-born Raymond Blanc bought this beautiful 15th-century manor in 1983, opening it a year later as a country house hotel and restaurant. He still runs it today, although it is owned by the Belmond hotel and leisure group. With luxurious bedroom suites, it stands at the heart of glorious grounds with sculptures, an orchard, a Japanese tea garden and a bounteous, organic kitchen garden. It should be no surprise that maître d' Blanc, OBE, remains the life force of the place, with his long-standing executive head chef Gary Jones, chef-pâtissier Benoit Blin, and their amazing teams, loyally alongside him. The dining experience is never less than utterly pleasurable, from the warm greeting and the charming attention to, of course, the delicious, classic French cuisine that has made Le Manoir's five-, six-and seven-course menus, with vegetarian and vegan options, such a gastronomic success. In addition is the three-course carte – Spécialités du Moment, as they say here – beginning with warm duck liver, gingerbread, clementine curd and garden sorrel; or langoustine with truffle and Jerusalem artichoke. Those choosing to follow the langoustine with fish might consider braised Cornish turbot with scallop, cucumber and wasabi; while an alternative of salt-baked pigeon with bacon and Madeira jus would definitely be worth going for too. Continuing in the same peerless vein are desserts such as seasonal pear almondine with caramel croustillant and ginger sauce; and exotic fruit raviole with kaffir lime and coconut jus. And there's a children's menu too. Perhaps understandably the French led wine list has just a few candidates from the New World. Up to 50 guests can be accommodated in the private dining room in La Belle Epoque wing. Cookery and gardening schools add to Le Manoir's mix, enabling everyone a chance to take knowledge home, together with wonderful memories.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Church Road, GREAT MILTON, Oxford, OX44 7PD
Phone : 01844 278881

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Lunch served from: 11.45
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 40
  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Oxfordshire

Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.

The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.

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