Great Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD
Wednesday 25 August, 11.00am - 4.00pm
Guided tour with a glass of champagne, canapes, four course lunch and sommelier selected wines
Discover "Garden to Plate" with lunch and a tour at Raymond Blanc’s renowned two Michelin star hotel and restaurant. The event will be hosted by two senior gardeners from Le Manoir.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is the fulfilment of Chef Patron, Raymond Blanc’s, personal vision: to create a hotel and restaurant in harmony where guests would find perfection in food, comfort and service. The gardens are an essential part of the extraordinary Le Manoir journey – guests spend as much time in the garden as they will at the table. Within the 11 gardens and orchards there is a whole world of art and sculpture; all are the making of a perfectly integrated eco-system and the living magic of Le Manoir.
A magnificent two-acre organic vegetable and herb garden produces over 90 types of vegetables and 70 herbs. It is not by accident that these crops are chosen: the team trial, cook and taste-test each one every year, always looking for the best tasting varieties for the menu. The two-acre, 2500 strong heritage orchard grows early to late season French and English apples and pears, reviving heritage varieties that are in danger of disappearing. Its English Water Garden is fed by natural springs, the gardens were originally dug by the monks who occupied the site in the 16th century. Following a trip to Japan, Raymond fell in love with the Japanese culture. He introduced a very special Japanese tea garden that provides a wonderful contrast to the Kitchen Garden. The tranquillity, beauty and simplicity of the Japanese Garden provide a perfect place for contemplation.