Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons Relais & Chateaux Hotel, Oxford
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons Relais & Chateaux Hotel
Fantastic stayfrom wendyLondon
We had decided that we would sample the gastronomique menu. We had drinks in the bar whilst the sommelier came to see us about the wines we required. We bowed to his judgement and within reason gave him a free hand to chose the correct wine to accommpany the food, particularly as he was more familiar with his cellar and the menu than we were.
We were summoned through to the conservatory to be seated, which was slightly inconvenient as we still had some canapes and champagne left ... but when in Rome.. we arrived in the empty conservatory to find our table ready for us - but obviously not the kitchen!
We were offered their delicious bread basket 3 times over the next 1/2 hour. We were hungry and the bread filled us up - not a great idea just before a 7 course meal. Finally the first course arrived - beautifully presented fois grasse. Sadly it had only just left the coldest part of the fridge 5 minutes previously - it was hard and therefore tasteless - we might as well have been sampling Tesco's Value Pate!!
The wine waiter arrived with two open bottles of white wine, Poligny Montrachet and a Premier Cru Chablis. We were then asked which we would prefer - we had asked that the wines be chosen to accompany the food. Obviously not all the wine from each bottle was poured but that was the last time we saw those bottles!!
The risotto was wonderful, the fish was pleasant, the venison was cold, the tapioca with mango came as tapioca with passion fruit (not a problem, but sloppy to have given a menu that wasn't available) then the trio of desserts, which were wonderful.
We then sampled the cheese trolley (beware £18 per head) The cheese was great but the girl who served was surly.
The handmade chocs at the end of the meal were delicious.
We slept very well. Breakfast was incredibly disappointing (£16.50 extra for hot food). My haddock on spinach with poached egg was pleasant, but my husband reported that he had had better full english breakfasts in 3star hotels.
We left that morning feeling let down. We are glad we went, but will not be returning.
I can only surmise that maybe the big man was not in the kitchen the evening/morning that we visited, but on the basis that this establishment is all about the food ... then he should have underchefs and restaurant staff capable of continuing his ethos in his absence.
With regard to the foie gras, I agree that it is a shame that it was obviously served so cold, but would like to assure you that only the best quality of ingredients are used and that perhaps it is a little cruel to compare this to 'Tesco value pate'.
I am at a loss to understand why you were offered alternative wines by the sommelier, this is not our usual policy and I will be discussing this with our Head Sommelier.
Concerning the English breakfast, we use Oxfordshire sausages, air cured bacon, fresh Italian plum tomatoes, homemade black pudding and free range eggs. Therefore I am at a loss to understand why, on this occasion, it was so disappointing.
Absolutely fantasticfrom DebnNick
Greed gone mad!from A TripAdvisor Member
These events remain extremely popular and whilst I understand your disappointment I am sorry that this will deter you from visiting us in the future.
Fantastic experience-at a pricefrom A TripAdvisor Member
My trips have been wonderful with fantastic service and beautiful rooms. Our first room The Mon Plaisir had a beautiful open fireplace and a private terrace which we ate breakfast on. The second room was the stunning rouge et noir with an original Vetriano on the wall. Another room has more Vetriano's displayed and the lovely receptionist arranged for a viewing when the room was unoccupied.
Stephen, the cookery tutor was great and we enjoyed the formal tasting menu in the evenings. The most memorable thing was the spectacular grounds which are a pleasure to wander. Raymond Blanc grows most of the rstaurant produce on site and the gardeners are delighted to show you around.
We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed afternoon tea and champagne on the lawn.
I was very lucky to be treated not once but twice to the sublime experience that is Le Manoir and doubt I will ever get the chance again but if I win the lottery I will definately go back.
Massive Disappointmentfrom Voyager21
t come any better.from ilpostino
My wife and I were fortunate that somebody else had paid for us to stay at Le Manoir and I have to say that as a result my judgement is probably slightly clouded on the issue of “value for money” – and that is probably the only issue that anyone could seriously take exception to because everything else about Raymond Blanc’s ‘vision’ is total perfection. If you look upon a car as simply a means of getting from A to B then you would never buy an Aston Martin and if you look upon an hotel simply as board and lodging then you would never spend your money on staying at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saison. To the folk arriving by helicopter the cost is probably irrelevant but then they may be more inclined to pick fault; to those who are paying for perhaps a ‘once in a lifetime’ treat for themselves then anything less than perfection at these prices would be unacceptable and I guess that is why The Burlington is able to scrape in with the Trip Advisor top spot.
All the superlatives that you have read in other reviews are true and there is no point in repeating them all again. What I would say is that Le Manoir is primarily about food and that if you are not interested in the gastronomy which goes on there then the experience may be wasted on you. We enjoyed the menu gourmand which provided an extraordinary journey through up to nine separate courses but this is all about taste, not quantity, and if you sit down in the restaurant expecting a ‘bean feast’ you will be disappointed. The hotel concentrates on what it does best and so there are no spas, or swimming pools or games rooms to distract. You simply relax in the immense comfort of the hotel or by strolling around the garden and then you enjoy the best food in the world.
Value for money? The answer has to be ‘absolutely’. It is outrageously expensive but then it is also outrageously good and, yes, if I had the money I would buy an Aston Martin and, yes, I would certainly return to Le Manoir and love very minute of it.
Cannot fault a thing!from livery
We were greeted by name, shown around the main areas and then to our room, I was speechless. Nothing less than absolutely beautiful. The staff made us feel comfortable (some places they seem to look down their noses at you I find) and welcome in every sence. There was no awkward 'checking in' or 'checking out' the next day, all very discrete.
The gardens are worth a walk around,we're not even keen gardeners but it was truly beautiful. Dinner, well what can I say! We went for the a la carte rather than the menu gastronomic and both had delicious starters and mains followed by some well reccommended cheeses from the trolley. We had asked for the wine list well before dinner as it is so long it deserves a good look and when my husband choose steak for his main course, an appropriate glass of red wine was suggested.
Breakfast the next morning in our lounge together with the papers was delicious too.
We couldn't fault a thing. I have a little idea of the cost involved (v v v expensive) but I have to say it would be worth saving for 6 months to go here rather than anywhere else.
beware the suitesfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The pinacle of servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
I suggest before you visit, go on a diet and have quite a bit of room left on your credit card.
Top Local Tips for Oxford
Village shopping Take plenty of money!there are many many little villages around the area with fabulous little boutiques and shops selling yummy goodies, exclusive fashions, etc... My credit card is still recovering months later!
Le Manoir - but more affordable Raymond Blanc's bistro in Jericho, Le Petit Blanc, is a good alternative if Le Manoir prices are a bit steep.
Order a picnic and drive to Blenheim Palace Le Manoir will sort out a picnic for you and I would thoroughly recommend ordering one and driving over to Belheim Palace for a relaxed and lovely afternoon. Whether or not you're interested in seeing the Palace itself, the Park is stunning and you're bound to find a nice spot to lay down a rug and relax with a scrummy selection of sandwiches, cakes and lovely fruit from the Le Manoir orchards :-)
Other names for Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons Relais & Chateaux Hotel
- manor quatre saisons
- manoir quatre saisons
- manoir aux quatre saisons
- le manoir quatre saisons
- le manoir aux quatre saisons
- Address: Church Road - Oxford - England - OX44 7PD - United Kingdom
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