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Summary

“One of the most beautiful places in the UK”; Raymond Blanc has created “a jewel-like experience” (especially for couples who stay over in one of its rooms), at this “immaculately kept” Elizabethan manor, in a small village south of Oxford – “an iconic destination” (and the survey’s most mentioned outside London). “From the moment you step out of the car”, the “staff’s welcome instantly makes you feel at ease”, and a visit to the gardens – including the large kitchen garden that partly supplies the dining room – is an essential part of the trip; “even in the icy cold of February they are a pleasure to wander around”, and “make one truly believe that fairy tales are indeed true!” For some reporters the atmosphere in the dining conservatory itself is exceeded by other elements of the experience, but quibbles in this respect are few. Meanwhile, if there’s a gripe about the “beautiful and typically French haute cuisine”, it’s that some find it “slightly lacking innovation” – but for the vast majority of guests its “finesse” and “awe-inspiring attention to detail” contribute to an overall occasion that’s “a benchmark for all things good in hospitality”. Naturally it’s best not to dwell on the prices, but the overwhelming verdict is that it’s “worth it!”

£198
Exceptional
Exceptional
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A wander around the magnificent gardens” is the overture to a “blissful” all-round experience (especially if you are staying the night) at Légion d’Honneur winner, Raymond Blanc’s “immaculate” Elizabethan manor house, which has few rivals in the UK as the choice “for a very special occasion”. “Exquisite” modern French cuisine – with much produce from the grounds – is delivered by “sensitive” staff in a “light and airy” conservatory. On the downside “you need a second mortgage”, but most reporters feel “it’s an investment worth making”.

£190
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Worth the 300 mile round trip!”; for “spectacular” food in a “stunning” setting, Raymond Blanc’s “impeccable” country house hotel and dining room offers “a sublime experience” that’s “worth pushing the boat out for”; “make sure you leave time to explore the gardens before dinner!”

£190
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Absolutely perfect, not cheap but worth it” – the cost issue may be ever-present, but Raymond Blanc’s “fabulous” manor house hotel and restaurant remains THE destination for those in search of a “fantastic all-round experience”; make sure you leave time for “wandering round the garden”.

£171
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Restaurant in OX44, Great Milton by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons restaurant.
Jane G
This is more than excellent, food is sublim...
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"This is more than excellent, food is sublime & the service is wonderful. Great hospitality & linen on tables.Good quality ingredients , dishes lovingly & superbly prepared. Dishes are based on French haute cuisine. Everything is very professional with a friendly atmosphere."

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Peter B
Tried the 5 course tasting menu. Excellent ...
Reviewed 12 days ago

"Tried the 5 course tasting menu. Excellent but not startling, about as good as the champignon au sauvage but a bit more expensive. The service and ambiance was perhaps more grand. At £140 a head with a glass of wine makes it a once a year venue."

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Timothy P
it was a lunchtime and there were quite a n...
Reviewed 2 months, 21 days ago

"it was a lunchtime and there were quite a number of people there. The service was sharp and not at all over the top. We felt relaxed and had a very flavoursome meal. Having been before it was actually better than the last time"

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Paul G
We stayed here over the Christmas period an...
Reviewed 2 months, 26 days ago

"We stayed here over the Christmas period and as always received an excellent welcome with food and service to match. Whilst not cheap, you pay for what you get and Le Manoir never fails to deliver a fantastic experience. Save up, it's worth it."

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T M
le Manoir at Christmas is a magical place t...
Reviewed 3 months, 17 days ago

"le Manoir at Christmas is a magical place to be. Food was as usual very good safe but very nice. Service immaculate. Wonderful atmosphere."

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Peter M
Fantastic location especially just before C...
Reviewed 3 months, 22 days ago

"Fantastic location especially just before Christmas with the festive decorations. Lovely presented food. Superb service. Great atmosphere in the well laid out dining area. Wine a bit overpriced but otherwise a brilliant experience."

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Richard W
Great experience followed by tour of the ki...
Reviewed 10 months, 13 days ago

"Great experience followed by tour of the kitchens and met with Gary the head chef. What a day!"

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Lesley P
Had our wedding breakfast there, our togeth...
Reviewed 11 months, 1 day ago

"Had our wedding breakfast there, our together for 37 years together there and will having my 60th there on May 8th. Why? It's fabulous!"

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Church Road, Great Milton, OX44 7PD
Opening hours

lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 7 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 9.30 pm

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