Renowned chef Raymond Blanc has expressed his "immense joy" with flagship restaurant Le Manoir (Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons) nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Le Manoir's kitchens have trained 28 Michelin-starred chefs including Ollie Dabbous, Michael Caines and Marco Pierre White since it opened.

It has held two Michelin stars since 1984 and is Britain’s only country house hotel to have held this badge of honour for over 30 years.

Naturally, the 74-year-old self-taught chef couldn't contain his joy after reading the latest Michelin Guide.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the acclaimed French chef said: "It brings me immense joy to share with you a momentous occasion in the history of @lemanoir  Picture this - two @MichelinGuideUK stars shining brightly for an astonishing 40 years straight, accompanied by the coveted Michelin Green Star from the start!  

"I am bursting with pride for our remarkable team Le Manoir’s enduring success is a testament to the power of quality, sustainability, and mentorship.

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"We’re not just creating exceptional dining experiences;  we’re shaping the future of gastronomy.

"To my dear colleagues—@lucas_selby,@BenoitBlin_MCA, Niall Kingston —and to the entire Le Manoir family, I raise my glass in heartfelt congratulations. Here’s to 40 years of culinary excellence, and to many more to come!

"We look forward to welcoming you soon. Many celebrations to come. #LeManoir40 #MichelinStars".