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“Eating in Downtown Abbey”
Review of Blantyre

Ranked #26 of 61 Restaurants in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Dining is a very special event at Blantyre, Relais & Châteaux. Late every afternoon, the Main House undergoes a lovely transformation as we prepare for the delightful dining experience to come that evening. Linens are brought out, tables are set with sterling silver, fine china, crystal, and fresh flowers. Beautiful music fills the air and candles are lit. Under the knowing eye of Chef Arnaud Cotar, the kitchen is a hive of activity as the finest ingredients are used to create a memorable, outstanding dining experience. When you arrive, you can enjoy a pre-dinner glass of Champagne and canapés on the Covered Terrace or in the Main Hall, or sample one of our rich red wines in the Music Room. When your first course is ready our host will escort you to the dining room where your delicious dinner begins. Enjoy a glass of wine from our Wine Cellar, the recipient of the 2011 Grand Award Wine Spectator. Should your evening plans include a Friday or Saturday performance at Tanglewood or Jacob's Pillow, you may wish to postpone dessert. Upon your return, coffee, an assortment of cheeses and a beautifully prepared dessert buffet is served in the Music Room. In keeping with our house tradition, we require gentlemen to wear a jacket and tie. We also offer 24-hour room service.
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is not just a meal: it is an experience!!! As you pull up the long driveway (through gates marked "private"), the valet/butler is waiting for you at the front door of Blantyre. He escorts you into the building where you are warmly welcomed by various staff members, asked to pick a room to sit in to have cocktails and a few appetizers. After cocktails, we were taken to a private dining room as my friends were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary and the staff set us up in a special room. The room was surrounded by windows which let in a cool breeze and the scent of the fragrant gardens outdoors. The floral centerpiece on the table was gorgeous: white roses, white lilacs, white hydrangeas. We were told Blantyre has its own florist who creates these centerpieces every day.
The meal was excellent: from the cold cucumber dill salmon soup to the grey sole, to an incredible dessert made with a splash of Jameson's whiskey over homemade ice cream: magnificent!!
After dessert, we were shown to the Music Room where a piano played performed as we were served cappuccino's and cookies. We wandered onto the patio where delicious gold foil wrapped chocolates were piled on a plate.
The grounds are beautiful, the service professional and warm. We had a wonderful time. The price fixed dinner is $125 per person and our bill came to over $750 for four people with drinks and a $67 bottle of wine. Well worth it. We will return.

1  Thank Celeste D
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We were met at the door, and welcomed in by a very attentive staff. We were a party of four, and were early for lunch, as we were going to Tanglewood, and wanted to check into the hotel, get ready, etc.
Staying here was pricey to say the least, so lunch was the next best thing for this trip. Our waiter was a charming gentleman from Paris, as was the chef, who came out after our meal. We chose the Chef's surprise meal, and it was a pleasant surprise. Foie gras, caviar, lobster, duck breast, sorrel mushrooms, and lots more that I can't remember, or perhaps spell! I'm not big on rich food, so I was glad we had this for lunch. We had our coffee on the terrace, and enjoyed the view. The building is amazing. I'd highly recommend saving your pennies, and having a meal here.

2  Thank jeannette e
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Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Had a very special anniversary dinner at Blantyre tonight. The staff made us feel welcome and took excellent care of us.The food, the wine and the service were outstanding. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

1  Thank ProfessorKaty
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

My wife and I have enjoyed dining here for special wine dinners on several occasions. The cellar earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award a few years ago, and it is is well deserved. We've not diners here except in conjunction with specially-organized wine dinners. Those are quite impressive, worth the 2-hour trip from Boston.

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2  Thank Steve K
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

My husband and I went to Blantyre today to visit the restaurant and to look at the place as a possible venue for a wedding for our son and his fiancé.The woman who met us at the door would not let us in saying " So sorry only house guests are allowed in the restaurant and hotel." She had quite an attitude. We were very insulted and felt totally unwelcome.Our one son is getting married at the Plaza in NYC and we were looking for a different type of venue but one as equally classy for our other son.Classy this place was not!! The Wheatleigh seems like a better bet.

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7  Thank Suzybones18
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