We got the opportunity to have dinner and stay overnight here and even the anticipation of doing so was exciting in itself. As soon as we arrived, efforts began to make out visit special, efforts that never seemed intrusive and simply there to make our visit special.
We arrived in the conservatory for dinner and were soon enjoying pre menu treats, every one a delight and adding to the expectation of what was to come.
We both opted for 'menu decouverte', which began with a crab and grapefruit salad, which we both thought was superb, with neither a lover of grapefruit generally.
Spiced scallop, cauliflower and curry oil was sublime, both of us agreeing it was the finest scallop we had ever tasted.
Egg, jabugo ham and watercress were the main ingredients of our next treat, a wonderful combination that was enjoyed immensely.
A dish of brill and cucumber had marvellously cooked fish and superb flavours and was a delight.
Lamb, asparagus and vegetables combined to serve up our next treat, as we began to struggle to find adjectives to sum up our enjoyment.
Blood orange carpaccio and its own sorbet is a phrase I reckon I'll remember for a long time, as it was the title of a dish that was delicious and/or spectacular depending on whose words you' d choose to heed.
Textures of coconut and Ghana chocolate Grand Cru was the name by which the finale dessert went by. With such a grand title, it has to be better than good and it certainly was. another dish up there with the best once more.
Service was exceptional, faultless and a credit to those responsible and it added to an experience that was already up there with the best. As non- wine drinkers, bearing in mind where the money is made, we were never made to feel awkward and Amanda's virgin mojito was one she especially enjoyed.
Both on its own as a meal and as a part of an overnight stay package, dinner at Le Manoir met and exceeded our expectations.
One aspect of the menu that was especially welcome was the lightness of so many of the dishes. There was plenty of sublime food, but whilst very well fed, by the end, neither of us felt uncomfortably so.
Dinner at Le Manoir. The idea was special, the expectation great, the reality was everything we could have anted and more. Thanks and congratulations to Le Manoir,,,If ever the piggy bank permits, we'd be back in a shot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences. Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, it is also one of the country's most intimate and original hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites. The hotel received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of its opening, and, remarkably, has held them ever since. Surrounded by lawns, flower borders and orchards, the luxury hotel enjoys an idyllic, typically English setting. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen-and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School-with ultra-fresh, organic produce, ensuring the Michelin-star restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Manoir Aux Quat`Saisons By Orient-Express Hotel Great Milton
- Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons
- Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons
- Manoir Quatre Saisons
- Le Manoir Quatre Saisons
- Manor Quatre Saisons
- Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England