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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton

Muddy says: Raymond’s Blanc’s pitch-perfect Oxfordshire institution needs no introduction. Thirty five years of two Michelin stars, beautiful kitchen gardens and top-tier gastronomie.

Does it need any introduction? For truly special fine dining, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is justly famous, and one of the most iconic gastro treats in Oxfordshire. The hotel opened in 1984, with Raymond Blanc’s restaurant quickly gaining two Michelin stars – an accolade that the restaurant still holds today.

Belmond Le Manoir’s two-acre kitchen gardens produce 90 types of vegetable and 70 varieties of herb; a mushroom garden sprouts roughly 20 edible species; and an orchard brings in apples, pears and quinces. For wine lovers, the hotel’s cellar is home to around 1,000 different wines from around the world, with around 60% of French provenance. The restaurant is open daily to residents and non-residents for lunch (there’s set lunch from £105) and dinner, and guests not staying at the hotel can book a table up to three months in advance. Dress code is smart casual. Reinforce your credit card – not all the best things in life are free!

The venue is also available to hire for parties and gorgeous weddings.

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