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You cannot help but fall in love with this iconic country house restaurant. The setting is divine and a feeling of luxury envelops you, from the sumptu...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
Extremely comfortable restaurant.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked on 13th February 2020 for May 24th May 2020 – the one night Dining Experience – to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary Price quoted was £1085 including the 7 course Tasting Menu and Breakfast etc and a £200 deposit was paid. A high...enough price but it was a special occasion and we had eaten in the restaurant several times but had never stayed overnight. Not surprised that it was cancelled!!! I was given the choice of a complete cancellation and return of deposit or leaving my deposit in place and waiting for the hotel to reopen. I chose the latter- even requesting a reservation for May 24th 2021. I was told they would contact me as soon as availability reopened. Despite Le Manoir apparently being open in November and December – I heard nothing. In February 2021 I decided to contact them - with another request for 24th May I received the following reply …. “”” We would love you to stay later in the year and can confirm that all guests can move their stay to a later date (subject to hotel availability). Currently for 24th May, I do have rooms available on The Dining Experience at £1,435.00 Please note we apologise in advance that we may not be able to offer the same rate that is currently booked, as we are now moving into our high season. Alternatively, if you would like to cancel, please be assured that all cancellation fees will be waived, and any prepaid amount returned in full.””” Whilst the 32% increase was steep enough – it was the lie about the change of season that really annoyed me – an outrageous and unacceptable falsehood, trying to cover up the rip off price increase. Subsequent Email exchanges confirmed that May 2020 was in the same season as May 2021. There is no doubt that the Belmond management do not have the same caring attitude to customers as the old Raymond Blanc inspired Le Manoir which we knew so well. Needless to say I requested a return of my deposit and will eventually celebrate at The Waterside and The Fat Duck and still have money left over for some really nice wine.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a delightful 7 course menu with wine pairings. The food was a pleasure on the eye as well as the taste buds. The cooking was of an exceptional high standard. The service as we expected was also of a very high standard. The...dining experience met up to the high expectations we had before hand.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 21 January 2021

The most gorgeous Venue. Best place for a special occasion without a doubt. Lovely surroundings, great service. Staff are attentive and friendly.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 26 December 2020

We had a one night package including the seven course tasting menu. This is my review of the restaurant rather than the hotel. (Obviously we got lucky with booking a table between lockdown and tier four) The staff were charming throughout, pitched just right, with...no arrogance and just friendly enough without being over-familiar - a true measure of professionalism and training. This included a swap-out of a course from the fixed menu I was not keen on, with no fuss. As expected the food was divine, could not fault it. A well though out, balanced menu, as you would expect from somewhere with this track record. I guess this is one of these places you do not want to go to on a budget, but we did hammer the wine list, including dessert wine and port. All brilliant. The sommelier was excellent, and it was reassuring that every recommendation he made was at a cheaper price point than the bottle I had selected myself. A lovely experience all round. Would thoroughly recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 22 December 2020

This is my third time there and I hadn't been there for years. I booked a package of one night which included a suite with the tasting menu for dinner (and breakfast) for around £1,500, I have to say, although the food did not disappoint,...I felt the stay and dinner was supremely overpriced. My 'suite' was one room and not very large. Calculating the service charge on the meal, my room for one night including breakfast for 2, came to £900. There was nothing special about the room. I also felt the food was overpriced at £300 a head. I have been to most of the top restaurants in the UK and I would not make a trip to go there and eat again. The Cliveden far exceeds this place. At least there, you have proximity to country walks, a beautiful historic building, a spa and far more beautiful and spacious rooms. In fact the food at the Cliveden is as good or better. I feel, if dinner and the room had been around £700-800, it would have been the right price. There is nothing to do there and it is not a place that warrants that price. I will not be going back.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 17 December 2020

Well worth booking ahead to get a table. A stunning dinner and perfect for the special celebration we went for.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 13 December 2020 via mobile

We’d wanted to go to Le Manoir for a long time; I periodically check the website but tables are never available. I was therefore delighted a couple of weeks ago to see one open up for the following Friday so we went for it. It...seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the end of 2020. But would Le Manoir live up to the reputation? Can anywhere live up to that level of reputation? Yes it could. A truly brilliant meal. We’ve eaten in a fair few Michelin one star restaurants, where the food it terribly pretty and tastes lovely but sometimes you feel it’s been prepared to be looked at rather than eaten, and that the customer not still being hungry at the end is not one of the priorities. This however, is proper food in terms of both an extraordinary quality of ingredients amazingly prepared, but there’s also a robustness and variety of flavours and textures that you don’t always get in starred restaurants. You certainly don’t crave a burger on the way home! Highlights are too many to list, but the slow cooked hens egg with Parmesan and black truffle, the Rhug estate venison with chestnut and gingerbread, and the chocolate crumble with salted caramel ice cream and yuzu will stay with us in particular for a long time. The service was utterly immaculate, friendly but professional, the staff had clearly been brilliantly trained but without having their smiles or personalities drilled out of them. Covid related issues were dealt with efficiently and unobtrusively without spoiling the experience at all. Yes it is awesomely expensive, but the absolute commitment to excellence in every part of the operation is such the pricing doesn’t feel unreasonable. If we want places like Le Manoir to exist in the restaurant ecosystem then they need to be supported, and to be able to keep innovating and developing new ideas then these prices are probably what they need to charge. As an experience don’t compare it to lunch at a gastropub, compare it to good seats for a West End show and dinner, or a weekend break on the Eurostar (if those are ever allowed again) and the pricing makes much more sense. Thats the intensity of experience and memory making that LeManoir represents, and we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 4 December 2020 via mobile

Our children treated us to this stunning restaurant and with Covid in place, we had a three month wait. Words fail me as the the style, quality and sheer genius of Raymond Blanc' s restaurant. The festive menu was quite exceptional, made better by the...friendly nature of the staff. Out of this world.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 20 November 2020

The place is impressive and attractive and the food is also fantastic and the staff is very nice and humble

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 15 November 2020

it is difficult to fault the service at Le Manoir. However it is extremely expensive so one could argue you shouldn't have to! The hotel I have to say is over priced. It is luxurious but tired rooms. This is a shame and somewhat overshaddows...the good value for money quisine. We are very spoilt living in London but this is beyond doubt good cooking with seasonal ingredients. If I had just gone to eat I would say it is value for money but staying is very over priced. I will be back for lunch/dinner but not to stay unless prices are drastically reduced. N.B. due to covid we had to stay at this time.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Response from Epicureously | Reviewed this property |
Maybe visit the website or contact the hotel. We only had dinner. You can only have dinner if you are staying at the hotel. Don’t know if that’s the case for lunch.
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Response from Jill N | Reviewed this property |
Booking for lunch you can do via the website. Click on the heading 'Dining' where you can find sample lunch menus and booking. You can also do it by telephone. You can spend a good hour walking around the beautiful gardens... More
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No idea, ask directly at the hotel
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