Raymond Blanc

Treating My Folks to a Luxury Break in Oxford

Papa G

At the Mercure

For those who read my blog regularly (what? that’s all of you, great) then you’ll know that my parents help me with childcare- A LOT!

I simply couldn’t work and raise my young family without them. They are utterly amazing, caring, capable Grandparents.

Typically, they share the three days I work solidly mid week between them, caring for my 14 month old baby, Alexander whiles my eldest, Oliver (nearly 4) attends full time Pre-school.

…So when my husband and I were offered a break in a beautiful hotel in Oxford, I immediately asked my parents if they’d rather go, as a thank you for all that they do for us.

Soon to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, what better way to enjoy this huge landmark in their marriage than in a stunning city steeped in history and bursting with culture.

Arriving on Friday, they spent their first night in the exquisite Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel . This regal townhouse hotel is built on the site of a 17th century Coaching Inn and the restaurant there, is where C.S Lewis became engaged to his girlfriend and JR Tolkien ate daily as he lived next door! Wow!

Breakfast in Oxford

Breakfast and chill out time.

A 3-star hotel, my parents said it felt more like 4, and was an ideal location for tourists and those visiting children at University as it was located bang on the high street & directly opposite Magdalen College in the heart of Oxford.

Designed with contemporary, pretty décor, their superior room was elegant, truly distinctive and original (just like Oxford itself) and they adored their stay there, having a perfect night’s sleep. Apparently Dad didn’t even snore!

The staff were welcoming and friendly, especially the Catering Manager David and the continental and English breakfasts they each had meant no need for lunch too that day!



Both the breakfast and dinner offered to them showcased a huge selection of dishes that would rival most Oxford restaurants. For dinner they had the Townhouse terrine with chutney and rustic bread and the Goats cheese tartlet followed by the Casterbridge 10 oz Rib eye steak and Cider braised Rabbit with side dishes of fine beans with chilli and garlic and minted new potatoes. Fresh, tasty and filling food!

They attended a Graduate students’ art fair for students from Ruskin College, Oxford (where I got a place many years ago, but opted for Goldsmiths, University of London instead) followed by some Christmas shopping and even some time observing Christmas carol singers in the street.

The following day they celebrated their anniversary with a meal at renowned chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the Michelin starred gastronomic sanctuary.


At Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Below are some of the divine dishes they ate from King Prawns with leeks to delicate Brill and Monkfish followed by apple puree in pretty pastry, the meal was incredible!

Raymond Blanc

Being award winning restaurateurs themselves, they are very particular about where they choose to eat but the food there is truly out of this world.  We, as a whole family have dined there before but this time, it was a romantic meal for two!

Returning to one of their favourite restaurants in the world was simply the icing on the cake for their weekend away!

They arrived home relaxed and refreshed and ready for more childcare duties! Sorry folks!

Disclosure: A night in the Mercure hotel was covered for my parents along with dinner and breakfast totaling £249. All opinions are honest.


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