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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

It’s celebration time as Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons turns 30 – and Raymond Blanc pops the cork with a series of “Diner des Protégés” at his two Michelin Star Oxfordshire restaurant. 

Belmond Le Manoir in Oxfordshire is a grand old house in a picture-perfect Oxfordshire village, with 32 individually designed rooms. It’s a wonderful hotel destination – but most of the guests are more interested in the menu than where they will be laying their heads.

Based at the hotel, Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has maintained two Michelin Star status for 30 years. The quality stems from the fresh ingredients: a two acre kitchen garden produces 90 types of vegetables and over 70 varieties of herbs, all used in the kitchens.

Belmond Le Manoir kitchen

Only the very best – and freshest – food comes out of this kitchen

To celebrate the anniversary, Blanc is hosting a series of “Diner des Protégés” with former members of his culinary brigade. The Diner des Protégés evenings will include a champagne Laurent-Perrier reception with canapés and a signature dinner with accompanying wines, coffee and petits fours.

On Wednesday 24 June 2015, dinner will be hosted by Paul Heathcote MBE. Adam Simmonds takes the reigns on Wednesday 15 July followed by Eric Chavot on Wednesday 16 September and Bruno Loubet on Wednesday 21 October. The final dinner will be hosted by Alan Murchison on Wednesday 25 November. Each menu will include an introductory course from Raymond Blanc, as well as one from Executive Head Chef Gary Jones and Pastry Chef Benoit Blin.

Japanese Tea Garden at Belmond Le Manoir

Make sure you stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden before dinner

Blanc de blanc bedroom at Belmond Le Manoir

If you’re staying over, this room was certainly inspired by Mr. Blanc…

Lace at Belmond Le Manoir

…or perhaps a darker shade of bedroom takes your fancy?

Confit Cod Chorizo Red Pepper - Belmond Le Manoir

And now to the food…fancy confit of cod and chorizo with red pepper?

Beef merrells and white asparagus - Belmond Le Manoir

Beef merrells and white asparagus?

Almond clafautis with apricot - Belmond Le Manoir

And for afters, almond clafautis with apricot. Divine.


How to get to Belmond Le Manoir without flying:

It’s easy to reach the hotel and restaurant by train. Haddenham & Thame Parkway station is 10 minutes drive from Belmond Le Manoir and Oxford station is a 25 minute taxi ride from the hotel.

If you’re driving all the way, head towards Oxford and follow signs for Great Milton and Milton Common, south-east of the city.

The special Diner des Protégés evenings cost £225 per person.

Images: Belmond Le Manoir/David Griffen


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