I don't know whether I expected too much of the place. By the way people had spoken of it, I expected it to be somewhere that, should God himself want to dine somewhere he'd choose here. I suppose it was always going to be slightly disappointing in the respect. My wife is a massive foodie, so as a treat we came here and by no means left disappointed or hungry - just not amazed.
The food was very good, not to my taste, but I appreciated the work that had gone into it. A little niggle was some patrons talking loudly across the room to eat others tables about the other Michelin starred places they'd been to - this isn't the restaurants fault, I know, but it did rather detract from our experience nonetheless.
Small niggle - if I go to a place made famous by a legendary chef - I kinda expect him to be working there to be able to charge so much, perhaps this is too much to ask for in this age of the celebrity chef!
Great place and setting just not awe-inspiring.
- 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 Oxfordshire/Great Milton, UK