Food// Belmond’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Can I just ask… where has Summer gone?! I mean it is nice hibernating and chilling inside wrapped up in a blanket with a mug of hot choc, but thats meant to be in Autumn and Winter… not June! I definitely feels like it hasn’t stopped raining in weeks! I’m really hope it doesn’t last much longer…

The last time it was actually was nice was a few weeks ago when we went to Le Manoir. We’d been looking for to this for a while and it definitely didn’t disappoint. This 2 star michelin restaurant has been on our bucket list for a while and it is 100% a fairytale location.
We got there a bit early and decided to go straight in and were taken to one of the sitting rooms. We ordered some Sparkling Rose and sat down to relax. The house is immaculate and so nice and cozy. To our utter surprise Raymond Blanc was sitting behind us with another couple and he came over twice! We couldn’t believe our luck! Both Tim and I were a little star struck and can confirm he is such a lovely man – he comes across as very genuine and passionate. It definitely started off the whole experience to a great start.
The canapes then came which were out of the world – they were meat free by chance and divine! My favourite had to be the crab on lettuce but they were all so tasty. Tim’s favourite was the parsnip crisp with goats cheese. 
The whole affair was so nice and relaxed. It didn’t feel too pretentious and it was nice to see children around (tbh they were super well behaved! There was a 1 year old at the table next to us who didn’t let out a peep.) 
We decided to go for the 6 course tasting menu and traded out the last course (tiramisu) for a raspberry soufflé. 
So here goes! 
Vegetable soup
Tartare of sea-trout
Hen’s egg
Poached chicken
Strawberries, meadowsweet & custard mousse
Raspberry soufflé of dreams
Every course was so tasty but my favourite had to be the sea-trout followed by the raspberry soufflé. This has to be my favourite michelin star meal. It’s pricey but the most amazing treat to save up for. We definitely want to come back!

The decor was lovely and definitely giving me house envy…

To finish off a lovely lunch we popped out into the gardens. We didn’t manage to do all the gardens but we’ll definitely do them when we next go. It’s a working garden so the kitchen staff will just pop out when they need more of something.
Have you been to Le Manoir before?
Do you have a favourite restaurant of all time?
Until next time,
Cathers xx