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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Published 21 March 2022

When Raymond Blanc’s Les Quat’Saisons first appeared in the Guide in 1978, it declared ‘there is little better cooking for many miles'. By 1983 the Guide reported ‘this beautiful restaurant has outgrown its shop’ in a precinct on the Banbury Road and deserves 'a mansion with with two-hundred-year-old trees outside'.

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons stormed into the 1985 edition, with Raymond Blanc declared the ‘champion of a new era’ and hailed as Chef of the Year: ‘Blanc is completely self-taught. He came to England only because he wanted to be a waiter and needed another language. The local restaurant at Besançon ...

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