Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton

Le manoir-012Above any restaurant I have always wanted to visit Le Manoir and experience their incredible seasonal food and wonderful hospitality. They have held two Michelin stars since the year I was born, whatever you think of the system, that is pretty impressive.

They’ve recently started offering a lunch menu, where previously it was only dinner (and lunch for residents) which is slightly more affordable. So when it was time to choose where we’d go for our yearly wedding anniversary treat, we couldn’t pass it up.

It is still a blowout meal, at £82 per head for 5 courses, but every mouthful is completely worth it.

What we loved is that the famed hospitality is attentive without being overbearing, and the atmosphere is relaxed and inclusive. Whether you are used to splashing the cash, or here for a very special treat, everyone is treated equally. We were even given a card and a recipe book as an anniversary gift.

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We started off with champagne and nibbles in the lounge, whilst perusing our menus, before moving out into the restaurant.

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Canapes – smoked salmon with orange jelly, sour cream and beetroot pastry crisp, olive cracker, pork croquette

We enjoyed everything we ate, it was all cooked with precision and was ridiculously fresh, with many ingredients coming from the kitchen garden. Mr was treated to a fantastic vegetarian menu, and also a separate set of canapes to enjoy beforehand.

Here come the photos! I wish I’d taken a picture of the bread, or the bread basket, because it was bounteous. Sourdough, country rolls, rye, bacon and sour cream rolls, beer bread, mini baguettes and many more I can’t remember.

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Cauliflower soup, scallop and cumin cracker

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Mr’s beetroot pressed terrine with horseradish

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Cured salmon, orange, horseradish

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Mr’s Butternut squash agnolotti

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Wild mushrooms with (a lot of) truffle and poached hen’s egg

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Mr’s mushroom risotto with truffle

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Quail, bacon, kale

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Mr’s Baked celariac

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Apple charlotte

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A tour of the gardens – giant pumpkin

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Tea garden house

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Petit fours with coffee

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