This post continues my current series about Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Raymond Blanc’s Oxfordshire hotel and cookery school. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of other posts in this series covering the accommodation, dinner and the patisserie class at Raymond Blanc Cookery School.
Truth be told, I didn’t sleep fantastically well during my night at Le Manoir. This was in no way a reflection of the room or bed but more that I’d just eaten a big meal and was very excited about the patisserie course to follow in the morning.
On awakening, I was able to take my first look at the grounds in daylight. The views above are from our windows.
I still feeling too full from the previous evening to make the most of breakfast but made a point of going downstairs rather than having room service.
There’s plenty to choose from on the buffet without needing to order from the a la carte breakfast menu but should you make this choice, options include traditional English breakfast, eggs florentine or benedict, kippers, spinach and herb omelette or wild Scottish line-caught haddock and poached eggs.
The breakfast buffet table is presented with white crockery and handwritten little slate signs naming each item. In daytime the blinds are raised to show the garden through large windows.
I delighted in the range of breakfast items available however felt only able to pick at a little yogurt, a home made raisin pastry and a sliver of homemade bread with jam.
The freshly baked croissants and pains au chocolat were on a wicker tray. I took a long gaze at them even though unable to eat much. As someone who window shops for baked goods the way other women do handbags, it was a pleasure to see such fine breads and pastries close up without a pane of glass in the way or a shop assistant waiting for me to buy them.
There were organic fruits, coconut, nuts and seeds; a wide range of fresh fruits including less obvious things such as lychees, dragon fruit (shown above), passionfruit halves, cut pineapple and kiwi. In addition there were 2 types of cubed fruit salad served in juice.
A range of cheeses (varied, although smaller than the previous night) and cured meats made up the cold savoury selection.
Sweeteners included maple syrup, acacia and manuka honeys. I don’t recall any cereals and can’t see them in my pictures so can’t say for sure whether there were any although I did see a silver pot of organic bircher muesli (shown above).
It’s a sad irony that this was the grandest breakfast I’d ever seen but that I was unable to relish in it fully. My husband did slightly better than me but a downside of my having to be up bright and breezy for the patisserie course was that we didn’t get to languish in bed longer and be in a better frame of mind for breakfast.
Therefore, I heartily recommend that if you are coinciding a cookery class with a stay at Le Manoir, that you do things the opposite way round to me; do all your hard work first and then have your dinner, sleep well and take a longer lie in before making the most of this sumptuous breakfast!
Each day this week I will be publishing a series of posts about Le Manoir and will add links through to this posts as they are published:
Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Part 1: Room
Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Part 2: Dinner
Raymond Blanc Cookery School Patisserie Class Part 1
Raymond Blanc Cookery School Patisserie Class Part 2
Postcard from: The Garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
I was a guest of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and The Raymond Blanc Cookery School.
After breakfast, I rushed back upstairs to take a final look at our suite… so brief a stay, but so memorable.
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says
So so jealous! I do love a good breakfast buffet. I would have been scoffing something cooked despite how full I still was.
Good of you to photograph it all for the rest of it, even if you couldn’t indulge fully yourself! 🙂
Surprised to see e.g. dragonfruit there, though – surely not from Le Manoir’s famous kitchen garden?
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
Ha ha, certainly not in January at least!
Wow this looks amazing, you are one lucky lady! The dragon fruit looks just gorgeous, thank you for sharing 🙂
Holly B says
Looks fab. Gutted for you that you couldn’t indulge but great to have the food porn pics to look at later on. x
“As someone who window shops for baked goods the way other women do handbags…”
This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read! Lucky, lucky, lucky you (and us, for vicarious indulging without the sleepless night).
The baguettes, croissants and dragon fruit look just gorgeous! Lovely photos, like each detail ……. Lucky you!
Heavenly Housewife says
That is one beautiful breakfast spread. It makes me want to check in to that hotel ASAP!
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Gourmet Chicks says
Yep… still jealous!
Tales from the Village says
Oh, yum. I’m sorry this is such an inarticulate comment but I’m starving and that Bircher muesli looks gorgeous – I love it!
Oh that’s heavenly, I would be diving into those pastries, they look divine.
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
I know… I’m sure I’ve had many a fresh pastry from various French bakeries but these ones felt so special!
I’ve always wanted to go to Le Manoir and the pictures in your posts are just as luxurious as I had imagined it to be.
The dinner and breakfast you had look simply amazing, I have no idea what I would have chosen from that breakfast table, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much food in one place!
Perhaps my partner needs some encouragement to book us in for my birthday, I feel I’ll have to leave my laptop on the website in his line of sight at every possible opportunity!
Good heavens. Now THAT is a breakfast buffet unlike any I’ve ever seen before!