Raymond Blanc has announced an official reopening date for his highly acclaimed Oxfordshire restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Blanc is one of the first major restaurateurs in the UK to set a date for reopening, revealing via the venue’s social media accounts that the two Michelin-starred restaurant and Belmond-owned hotel was “preparing to reopen [its] doors on Tuesday 14th July.”
This week, a spokesperson for prime minister Boris Johnson reiterated that the earliest hospitality businesses would be permitted to reopen is July 4, “subject to advise at the time.”
The restaurant’s Instagram post added that it would like to thank “everyone who has sent their love to Raymond and Le Manoir team, supported us and kept in touch.”
“Now we cannot wait to welcome you in person to experience the house and gardens in all its glory.”
Several followers noted that July 14 also marked Bastille Day, the national day of Blanc’s native France. The post ended by directing followers to a link detailing the enhanced health and safety measures being put into practice across all Belmond hotels in preparation for reopening, including temperature checks for guests at check-in and regular deep cleaning.
The reopening date announcement comes as several high profile restaurants have either confirmed or strongly suggested that they are closing permanently in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Fellow two Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury said that it would not be able to reopen as long as social distancing measures needed to be in place, and Adam Handling confirmed the closure of his acclaimed east London restaurant The Frog Hoxton.