RAYMOND Blanc's world-renowned Oxfordshire hotel has slipped down the ranks in a respected top-100 restaurant list.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton placed 67th in this year's Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, down from 25th last year.

Restaurant magazine runs the awards annually, and the 2019 winner was named as Moor Hall in Lancashire.

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It described Le Manoir as 'one of the country’s most respected and beloved country house hotels, with a restaurant that befits its grand location', adding: "The secret to Le Manoir’s enduring success is in the quality of its ingredients – many of which come from its beautiful kitchen gardens – and the exceptional talent behind the stove.

"Le Manoir is much more than just a place to eat, it is somewhere to be beguiled by food and to fall in love with the surroundings. As destination restaurants go, few can beat this beauty spot."

Although it made the bottom half of the top-100 this time, it is unlikely to dent the restaurant's reputation.

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Le Manoir was named the third best restaurant in the UK in December, in the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, while in September it claimed the title of 'the best worldwide hotel' in The Times & Sunday Times reader awards.

The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards compiles the list using a panel of more than 200 experts including food writers, chefs and restaurateurs.

They vote for seven restaurants that they have eaten in during the past 12 months, weighted in order of preference, and results are split into 11 UK regions.