Exploring Oxford

We woke in Oxford to a knock on the door and a sing-song voice crying “breakfast!

Which could very well be my favourite way to wake up.

Make room, Manoir. I’m moving in!

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Mr Custard looked on enviously, until I pulled myself out of bed to serve his breakfast too.

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Fed and watered, we all headed out into the hotel grounds.

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Gave our legs a good, thorough stretch (some of us more than others)…

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And eventually bundled into the car, headed into Oxford itself.

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Here we spent a glorious day exploring the sandstone lined streets, glowing in the occasional burst of winter sun.

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Scarf wrap // Camel coat

Blue jeans // OTK boots

Boy bag

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We wandered aimlessly, following our feet, peeking our way around corners, into winding corridors and through pretty, crumbling archways.

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We nosed our way around the jaw-droppingly spectacular city, poking our noses through doorways and marveling at the old collages.

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This wasn’t my first visit to Oxford, but somehow it never loses its magic.

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It was fun to get to play tourist with my boys for the day!

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The first signs of spring are even starting to show;

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Sprouting like pink popcorn all over spindly, black trees.

We walked all over town, and even popped into The Covered Markets to watch bakers make cupcakes through glittering windows.

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For a spot of lunch we strolled over to Gee’s.

Where we took up a table in their pretty greenhouse.

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Which, much to Mr Custard’s delight, is perfectly dog friendly.

 

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We shared a few nibbly bits and sipped on icy, fresh mojitos.

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Before sharing the main event.

An exceptional T Bone steak, with huge fluffy chips and buckets of Bearnaise.

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Fueled up for a little more exploring, we left Custard snoozing in the car and continued our tour.

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Of course we couldn’t resist a quick visit to Christchurch College‘s famous dining hall.

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Not a bad spot to grab a bite to eat!

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You can’t help but glance from the corner of your eye, hoping the paintings might just come to life when you think they’re not looking…

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For me, the most spectacular scene of all came in the form of Christchurch’s Cathedral.

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The stone work, carvings, windows and gently flickering candles all work together to astound and spellbind.

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We finished our rather chilly tour of the city with a warming cup of tea at the prettiest cafe we came across.

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And popped home not long after sunset.

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Ready for a very special supper, Raymond Blanc style.

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Roasted pumpkin soup with seared scallop.

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Seared langostine, Jerusalem artichoke and Périgord truffle.

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Free range hen’s egg, wild mushroom tea, Périgord truffles.

(The more truffles the better in my book!)

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Braised fillet of Cornish brill, Oyster, cucumber, wasabi.

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Roasted loin of venison, celeriac and truffle.

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Coconut tapioca with banana and passion fruit sorbet.

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72% Araguani chocolate mousse, almond milk ice cream.

All paired with the most spectacular wines, enjoyed in sumptuous surroundings, served by the most charming of staff.

A true, once in a lifetime sort of treat!

Three very happy travelers fell into bed, all with smiles that wouldn’t budge.

Only about an hour outside of London, Oxford is well, well worth a trip if you fancy a little adventure one weekend. And Le Manoir is just the place if you have someone in your life who deserves a little spoiling (even if that person is yourself!)

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