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It is with a heavy heart that due to the current restrictions in the United Kingdom we have had to close our doors again at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

My team and I thank you for all your support over the past months. We cannot wait to welcome you back to our beautiful home in the heart of the countryside and celebrate the festive season in true Le Manoir style.

And for those of you looking for recipe inspiration, please visit my recipes page. There you’ll find lots of home cooking hints and tips for dishes that are perfect for this team of year… as the days grow shorter and we all seek some warming deliciousness.

And let’s not forget Christmas cooking!

Wishing you all good health and peace.

My latest book - The Lost Orchard - is a love letter to our beautiful orchard at Le Manoir and to 100's of forgotten fruit varieties, complete with lovely little stories and of course delicious recipes. I hope you will enjoy it. Available from good bookshops or from Amazon.

When I was growing up, my garden in Saône was home to an apple tree which, every autumn, gave us plenty of Reinette, a variety much loved in France. This small fruit is stunning in taste and bears the rusty colours of autumn.

Many of these apples were destined for my mother’s kitchen, where no time was wasted – they were cored, peeled, sliced, and into the pan; sugared, sizzled, topped with pastry and caramelised to become a sweet, buttery tarte tatin. Many others were transformed into compotes or laid in the cellar, to be stored for winter. I have always remembered that apple tree fondly.

I look forward to autumn all year long. The perfect season for Apple Tart Maman Blanc. The secret is to choose an apple with the right balance of acidity and sugar, and a great flavour. See my recipe for some suggestions. And to ensure a crisp, cooked pastry base, I also use a tart ring placed directly on a hot baking stone. I hope you will give it a try. The baking aromas are divine!

Apple Tart Maman Blanc

Apple Tart 'Maman Blanc' recipe

For me, Maman Blanc made the best apple tart in the world

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What's coming up?

Here are some of the exciting things coming up in my world

A Christmas to Remember at Le Manoir

With a range of experiences to choose from, the highlight of each day will be the festive menus inspired by French Noël and seasonal English traditions.

New Year's Eve Celebrations at Le Manoir

Whether it's an overnight stay or a Near Year's Eve lunch or dinner, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Memorable Gifts for this Holiday Season

Our gift cards allow you to wrap up the charm of Belmond Le Manoir and present it as a Christmas treat that will be remembered for years to come.

Legendary Joyriding Culinary Weekend in the Isle of Wight, 23-25 April 2021

Bringing together icons Sir Bradley Wiggins and Raymond Blanc OBE for a luxury getaway on the Isle of Wight.

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