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Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons - Oxford

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In a nutshell: Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin starred restaurant/hotel in Oxford

Price: £150pp+

Rating: 5/5

Cuisine: Modern French


Anniversaries and Birthdays are often the days we look for a special place, it has to be perfect from food to service to make this day worthwhile and memorable. I was lucky to have found Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons and now it’s the first place I think off when people ask me where to go for their special days (if money is no issue). It’s about 1 hour away from south west London, tasting menu takes about 3 hours to finish which means you’ll spend a whole afternoon here. Even better if you can stay the night, the hotel has beautiful rooms and great breakfast. 


The hotel / restaurant

This is one of those peaceful places that you just want to stay forever. Especially on a summer day, read a book outside in the sun, have some gorgeous tea and cakes. That is, after sampling some of the best food UK has to offer at the 2 star Michelin restaurant. Not to mention how romantic this place can be, I’d definitely get married here if money is no issue!

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The price

It’s a very expensive restaurant. I’ve been about 3 - 4 times and nearly always spent over £150pp. The 7 course lunch tasting menu was priced at £125pp so when we included some good wines from their extensive list, it’s normally £200pp. That places it firmly in the special occasion category, though definitely worth every penny, especially for the excellent service. 


Food

I tend to go for the tasting menu here which has been consistently amazing, dish to dish without fail. They tend to have a strong focus on vegetables, which gives a much lighter, fresher and more refined flavour compared to traditional French cuisine. For example, on my last visit (Sep 2013), the fried egg was rightfully gooey but I was more attracted to the bed of spinach, emerald green and so rich in its own flavours. The rump of lamb was beautifully cooked and again a lighter flavour was gained by adding the beetroot gratin which made it into a very garden, summer dish. The cheese plate was equally fresh with fragrant honey, perfumery peaches and mild goats’ cheese, playfully touched by the cumin. Desserts were light, not too sweet and both equally delicious. 


Food Photos - Sep 2013

Canape

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Fresh tomato gazpacho, olive and basil

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Confit of salt cod, squid, red peppers

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Soft-fried hen’s egg, watercress, Jabugo ham, hazelnut

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Roast rump of lamb, beetroot gratin and garden vegetables

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Somerset goats’ milk Cardo cheese, peach, cumin and celery

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Apricot almondine, caramel croustillant, almond milk creme glacee

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Manjari chocolate and raspberry crumble

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Food Photos - Aug 2011

Canape

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Farmed “Loch Duart” salmon, Waterperry apple and lemon verbena

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Confit of Landais duck liver, spiced cherries, almonds and mango chutney

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Ravioli of wild Devonshire pot-caught crab, artichokes, lemongrass bisque

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Cornish sea bass fillet, seared hand-dived scallop, smokey mash, star anise jus

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Pork belly

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Roasted loin of rose veal, Scottish girlies, cauliflower, herb puree, toasted hazelnut

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Raspberry and strawberry soup with fresh mint and basil

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Greengage almondine, caramel croustillant and almond milk ice cream

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Bounty

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Contact Info

Church Road

Great Milton, Oxford

OX44 7PD

Website 

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