Fodor's Expert Review Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
One of the original gastronomy-focused hotels, Le Manoir was opened in 1984 by chef Raymond Blanc, whose culinary talents have earned the hotel's restaurant two Michelin stars—now held for an incredible 29 years and running. Decide from among such innovative French creations as spiced cauliflower velouté with langoustines, beef fillet with braised Jacob's ladder, or Dover sole with brown butter and rosemary. Or you can try one of the fixed-price menus ranging from £140 to £190; the five-course set-price lunch (£95) is marginally easier on the wallet. There is a separate vegetarian menu as well. With more than 1,000 wines in stock, mostly French, you'll find the perfect glass to accompany your meal. You need to book up to three months ahead in summer. Elegant guest rooms are available, but at upwards of £450 for even a standard double, you could just as well get a taxi back to almost anywhere south of Scotland. The pretty town of Great Milton is 7 miles southeast of Oxford.
Great Milton, Oxfordshire OX44 7PD, England
- One of the top restaurants in the country
- Flawless French-style fine dining
- Beautiful surroundings