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Grand Chef at Gidleigh Park
My road to happiness in the South of England

Born in Exeter, in the southwest of England, I was brought up in a large family where I discovered from an early age the pleasure of helping my mother in the kitchen and my father in his vegetable garden. After studying at Exeter Catering College, I was lucky enough to be introduced to fine cuisine by working under Raymond Blanc at the Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. This incredible experience was my initiation to a world of flavours. I then moved to France in order to complete my culinary education in the kitchens of two great chefs: Bernard Loiseau and Joël Robuchon. Today I live in the Devon countryside and divide my time between my various restaurants, including the Gidleigh Park, where I am the executive chef. This gives me plenty of opportunities to continue exploring the countryside and markets all across the west of England.

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a three-night stay from 829 GBP*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Phase 1 : 1 day, 1 night

The Goring

An appointment with history, in the heart of Belgravia
The Goring
In 2010, the Goring family celebrated the 100th anniversary of “its” establishment. Located two roads away from Buckingham Palace, the Goring is one of the most famous addresses in London. The first hotel to receive the prestigious Royal Warrant crest (awarded by the Queen of England in 2013), this establishment is the rendez-vous of the aristocracy and celebrities. Each of its rooms (its bedrooms) is a small museum at the heart of the town. It’s a place where you can drink tea in the afternoon – a unique experience. It is a condensate of refinement, luxury and tradition.

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Relais & Chateaux Le Gavroche, London

Located in upscale Mayfair, amongst embassies and luxury boutiques, Le Gavroche is without a doubt one of London’s best restaurants. This institution was founded by Albert and Michel Roux, and in 1991 Michel Roux Junior took over in the kitchen. This master chef has inherited the family talent and rigour, whilst also adding his own creative and original touch.

Relais & Chateaux Le Gavroche

Relais & Chateaux Hibiscus, London

Born in Lyon, Claude Bosi found a veritable second home in London. Today his Hibiscus is one of the most famous restaurants in the British capital. Located in the chic district of Mayfair, the restaurant of this “Grand Chef” is valued by the most refined palates. Having had experience with the cuisines of Michel Rostang, Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse, Bosi has even been elected “Chef of Chefs of 2010” by the greatest chefs in the country. Enough said.

Relais & Chateaux Hibiscus

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Canary Wharf

I really like this part of London, a business district right on the banks of the Thames where the buildings reach for the sky. This is also the site of the large Billingsgate Fish Market. I enjoy the idea of traders and fishmongers working side by side. I come here to check out the catch of the day, and to buy lobster, catfish, scallops and turbot, my favourite fish.

Borough Market

This is probably London’s most popular and famous food market. For centuries, it has been a favourite haunt for foodies! The stalls and shops of this peerless market offer spices, herbs, fish, meat and vegetables from all over the world. Come here to buy the produce or just to eat it in one of the restaurants. A special mention goes to the sausages at Baxter’s Café and to the fish at Fish! Restaurant.

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stage 2: 2 days, 1 night

The Waterside Inn

Even after 40 years, each day brings new exciting challenges
The Waterside Inn
This restaurant lives up to its name magnificently. On the banks of the river Thames, take a true voyage of discovery through the best of French cuisine. Chef Alain Roux presides over one of the finest restaurants in the UK, upholding and reinventing the culinary tradition started by his father Michel. Queen Elizabeth has had lunch here, what more is there to say?
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Cliveden House, Berkshire

A tradition of hospitality and elegance in a historic setting.
Cliveden House, Berkshire
Imagine an Italian style castle dating from the 17th century whose windows and terraces overlook a magnificent garden bordered by the waters of the Thames. A vast space which stretches over nearly 150 hectares. From Winston Churchill to John Lennon, not forgetting Charlie Chaplin, this is a place of history and meetings. It used to be the property of the Prince of Wales and the Astor family. It is spacious and its interiors are refined and luxurious. Being invited to sleep here is almost beyond your wildest dreams…

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Windsor Castle and Park

From a young age, I always wanted to see the Queen’s castle. I was convinced that I would bump into her in one of her apartments. And after seeing the guards at Windsor I dreamed of becoming a soldier! I have visited the castle many times, including the private apartments of George IV, St. George’s Chapel and the splendid Royal Collection. I also like to walk in the vast 13-hectare grounds. And even though I may never have joined the army, I have still been lucky enough to meet the Queen more than once…

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Henley Royal Regatta

Every year, during the first week of July, all of England’s most noble and distinguished families gather at Henley-on-Thames for a five-day festival. Crews compete in rowing races over a course of 1 mile, 550 yards (2112 m). The festival, which brings together English high society, is a veritable parade of hats! I was only 12 years old when I first came to Henley, and it’s an experience that I still treasure.

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Stage 3: one night, one day

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

The good does not interest us, the sublime does
Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
Not far from Oxford, this sumptuous manor house is particularly close to my heart. There are no fewer than nine gardens: 8000 m² of kitchen garden where vegetables grow alongside fruit and herbs. The Manoir’s talented gardeners are our guides on a veritable journey through the seasons. I spent three wonderful years here, working alongside the chef, Raymond Blanc, learning what cooking is all about. He would always say “I am only interested in the sublime”. This is what he strives for, whether at the table or in the decor of his hotel rooms.

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Relais & Chateaux The Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

Here you will find paintings and sculptures, an amazing spa, and suites with contemporary furniture. There is also a restaurant, headed by Daniel Galmiche, with his Franche-Comté accent, which offers excellent French-inspired cuisine, not to mention the incredible wine cellar, which boasts nearly 23,000 bottles.

Relais & Chateaux Vineyard at Stockcross

Newbury Racecourse

What an atmosphere there is at this famous racecourse! I came, I won… and then I lost all my winnings. The track is fantastic and the horses are among the most beautiful and fastest in the country. The tradition of horse racing at this track dates back to 1905. Just think of the history and beauty of this place!

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