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The Manor
Reviewed 3 January 2014

We visited this property recently for the first time to visit their restaurant since we heard that they had acquired a new chef recently. The welcome was extremely warm and we were shown around the hotel too. After a drink in their small but cosy bar area we went into the Baron's Hall for dinner. We had the tasting menu which was really excellent and Larry the chef is clearly heading for a michelin star. We started with an extra complementary dish of blowtorched mackerel which was succulent, and beautifully cooked. Then onto the open raviolo of game, followed by confit of salmon. The balancing of flavours and elements in the dish was excellent. The quail that followed was accompanied by pumpkin, red cabbage and blackcurrant and encompassed an essence of winter delights. The mango, passion fruit and lime granita was superb - surprisingly good. And finally the dark chocolate cream with praline and confit lemon was rich but not cloyingly so. All in all an excellent meal and for a tasting menu it was not too expensive. This is cooking of the first order and so you expect to pay accordingly. It was definitly worth a return visit especially as the new kitchen should be up and running soon. The staff are all friendly and helpful and the property is quite charming. We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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BrianGarside2013, General Manager at The Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

Dear Yolanda W

Your restaurant review is very much appreciated, and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the tastes and textures of Larry’s dishes.

It was my pleasure to welcome you to The Manor, and I sincerely look forward to seeing you again before too long.

With best wishes for 2014.

Brian Garside
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Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

Very nice setting and nice tea and lovely sandwiches. Scones were ok but cakes were not that nice. A nice roaring fire to sit by once finished in the hotel entrance. It was very quiet and just us, in the room, which was nice.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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BrianGarside2013, General Manager at The Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

Dear monkeyeve32

Thank you for your feedback and I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed the tea, sandwiches and the cosy surroundings. Our cakes are all home baked, and have proven to be very popular with our guests but I note that these were not to your taste. It would be most helpful if you could please contact me directly via email at brian.garside@themanorweston.co.uk so that we may learn a little more in this regard.

Thank you again for your review and I look forward to hearing further from you.

Brian Garside
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Our usual NYE was swotted to one side to do something last minute. I must confess that everyone at the Manor pulled out all the stops to make it a night to remember with a great food menu and wine list to match. Considering the time of year I thought it was great value with all the staff being extremely helpful and friendly. Would definitely go back when the weather is more pallatable. Well done to all the team and thanks for a lovely if only brief stay. Oh and by the way you will receive a VIP book for Bicester Village which will get you discount at all the major outlets. Saved us a fortune so thanks again The Manor at Weston on The Green :-)

Room Tip: If you like a four poster and under 6 foot then room 4 was lovely and in the main house.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank markcourage
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BrianGarside2013, General Manager at The Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Thank you for your very kind comments and it was our pleasure to welcome you to The Manor for the New Years Eve celebrations. We have a lovely team and I know they will very much appreciate your feedback which provides a great morale boost.

With our best wishes for 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Brian Garside
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

A year ago we had a really nice experience, today we felt robbed by the over priced food. Yes the manor is nice but they are over charging at an astonishing level. Shame as a good location but £10 for an average soup with no bread is a disgrace. I would avoid unless you want to remortgage your house!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank Ben A
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BrianGarside2013, General Manager at The Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Our Bar Lounge prices are clearly promoted within our menus and we are sorry that you felt them to be higher than you expected.

Since your last visit to The Manor one year ago, we have been very fortunate to secure the talents of Larry Jayasekara as our Executive Chef. Larry has a wealth of experience in one, two and three Michelin starred restaurants in London and the South East. He has been trained under the watchful eyes of Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Michel Roux Snr and held positions at The Waterside Inn, The Savoy Grill and most recently, was Sous Chef at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
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Larry takes pride in creating exceptional seasonal menus inspired by local produce. Our homemade Roasted Fennel Soup with warm Ham Hock is £9.90, and does include bread as per the menu. We are sincerely sorry if this was not forthcoming when you visited us recently, and if you would kindly contact me directly, then I will arrange for you to recompensed for this ommission.

For information, we are currently refurbishing our local pub in the village, The Ben Jonson which is soon to be renamed The Black Sheep, and Larry has been busy preparing delicious pub menus giving our guests greater choice.

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Lovely hotel in great position- stopped here for a light lunch after shopping at Bicester - the bar menu was extremely overpriced - £16.90 for a club sandwich and £9.90 for a bowl of soup ! ( even no bread included) such a shame as won't be returning due to the over priced food.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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4  Thank AbbottH
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BrianGarside2013, General Manager at The Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

I suspect you may have accompanied the reviewer, Ben A, since your comments are similar. As confirmed in my response to Ben A, bread is normally offered with our wholesome homemade soup.

We are not clear from your comments whether you ordered The Manor Club Sandwich which is prepared with freshly cooked chicken, bacon, lettuce, mayonnaise, fried egg, tomatoes and served with French fries. Whilst the price is £16.50, the majority of our guests recognise that this is a delicious and very filling dish for which we have received many compliments.

We are sorry that you have chosen not to return to The Manor in the future but should you change your mind, please do contact me so that I may personally meet with you and discuss your comments in more detail.

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Reviewed 22 December 2013

We booked a two day break at the Manor based on an internet offer and the great reviews we had read on TripAdvisor. Impressive as you drive in off the road and park on the gravel courtyard but when you step inside it is truly lovely. The reception staff were charming and helpful and gave us a brief tour of the main reception rooms and the beautiful Baron's Hall. We thought we were staying in the adjacent Coach House but had been upgraded so imagine our surprise at being shown into an oak panelled room in the main house. Not just any room but Room 7 which is supposedly haunted by "Mad Maude". Great surprise although it left my wife a little unnerved at the thought of a ghost joining us at some point during the stay! The room oozed history and character and the four poster bed coupled with the squeaky floor boards made it for us. Thankfully Maude decided not to grace us with a visit so from a room perspective all good.

We were booked on our deal to eat at their nearby pub but chose to upgrade and eat in the Baron's Hall. What a fabulous room !!! The food was out of this world. We are not regular visitors to the best restaurants in the world but we do like nice food and know when we are eating something special. If you do come here on an internet deal then do the upgrade and go with the Taster Menu. I would be staggered if you regret it. Read one negative review on this menu and frankly I am as surprised as the manager who drafted a robust response. Chef came out and chatted with us over our coffee, nice guy who clearly loved his job. He will be utilising a brand new kitchen very shortly and he thinks that he will be able to do even better!

Service at a hotel is always important. This place had service that was faultless. Polite, helpful, attentive and with an eye ever on the detail. We had a 1230 check out and there are a couple of nice lounge areas you can sit around in if you don't want to leave the hotel at that time.

Great job guys look forward to our next visit after your mini refurbishment in January.

Room Tip: Stay in the main house and eat in the Baron's Hall.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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BrianGarside2013, General Manager at The Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Thank you for your kind comments and we were delighted to learn that you enjoyed your recent two day stay at The Manor. Our Executive Chef, Larry Jayasekara, is very talented and passionate about producing wonderful dishes utilising the best available seasonal produce, and your positive feedback is truly appreciated, thank you.

The refurbishment of our remaining bedrooms is scheduled to be completed by early April, and I do hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to The Manor, when it would be my pleasure to show you the upgraded bedrooms.

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Reviewed 19 December 2013

What a great hotel.

I’ve stayed in top class hotels around the world, including the Burj al Arab in Dubai, Armani hotels and many other top quality brands. The Manor at Weston on the Green is right up there as one of the best.

The room was spotless and bright, whilst having real character to it. The service in the bar was just right. The evening meal in the restaurant was superb, with attentive but unobtrusive service and some of the most delicious food that I’ve experienced anywhere in the world.

The building is truly beautiful and the grounds look really impressive, and I imagine are a delight to have coffee or lunch in, in the summer. The hotel brings a feeling of calm relaxing sophistication as soon as you walk through the door to a lovely lounge with a roaring log fire. But that isn’t the only lounge. There are several quiet, beautifully decorated lounges, which are havens of peace, tranquility and relaxation.

I understand that there’s new management at the hotel. I’m not sure what the hotel was like before, but the management team seem to be building a hotel full of character and charm, with some of the best and most considerate service that I’ve experienced anywhere in the world.

Highly recommended. I will return!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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BrianGarside2013, General Manager at The Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Wow! Your kind comments are very much appreciated by the team at The Manor. We are so pleased that you enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

With our best wishes for a happy 2014!

Brian Garside
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Address: The Moat Northampton Road, Weston on the Green OX25 3QL, England (Formerly Weston Manor)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Weston on the Green
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Weston on the Green
Price Range: £82 - £188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 12 tranquil acres of Oxfordshire countryside on the edge of the Cotswolds, The Manor is the quintessential country house with award-winning cuisine, stunning bedrooms, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, meeting rooms and roaring fires. The Manor experience offers the perfect environment for an idyllic leisure break, a family stay, a business visit, as well as a variety of events, celebrations, weddings, private parties, residential meetings or team building. Located just 2 miles from Junction 9 of the M40 off the A34, close to Bicester Village and Blenheim Palace, discover your very own Oxfordshire escape. ... more   less 
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