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If you have not got Le Manoir on your bucket list you need to put it on. It is one of those experiences that you just have to do. We went because my wife booked me a cooking course there for my birthday and so for a Christmas present I booked us in for dinner and staying overnight. Cheap it is not and realistically you are looking at a four figure sum for dinner, drinks, room, and breakfast, but it is so worth it. The service is superb, nothing is too much trouble from the moment you arrive to moment you leave. I had booked us a standard room on the basis of how expensive it was, but because my wife could not get into the room immediately we arrived, it was Mothers Day, whilst I was on the cooking course they upgraded us to a suite which was fantastic.
That room wanted for nothing and included its own terrace and outside seating next to an ornamental fountain. To eat we had the seven course tasting menu in the restaurant which was fun as you end up having dishes that you would not normally order. As with all taster menus it is all about flavor and presentation which for all dishes we had was outstanding. The flavors were sublime, the poached egg with asparagus was probably the highlight. On the package we booked we could have had the five course tasting or the a-la-carte, you choose. The following morning we had an excellent breakfast. I had the "usual" cooked breakfast with the Raymond Blanc twist which was very good; my wife had the cooked vegetarian breakfast which was a novel take on the traditional cooked breakfast.
The only word of caution I would flag, which categorically would not stop me going again, is the drinks are eye watering in price. We had a pretty standard bottle of white wine which was 60 GBP and much towards the cheaper end of the wine list, two double gin and tonics were 19 GBP, a glass of decent red wine with my duck course as 25 GBP. But to be far, my wife did not like the sommelier's recommendation for the wine when she tasted it and they changed it for another wine at no cost. The sommelier was also very helpful and talked us through the options on the wine list. I do know a little about wine but its entertainment in its own right to get them explaining the background to particular wines.
Overall a brilliant cooking course, fabulous meal, great room, and breakfast the following day. We ended the stay with a walk round the famous gardens which should not be missed. We will aim to go once a year from now on but probably in the summer when you can sit outside and there is more growing in the gardens.
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