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Bus service revamped to connect Oxford to Great Milton and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, sits in the beautiful village of Great Milton and is renowned as one of the country’s most respected training grounds for those looking to grow a career in the hospitality industry. Retaining Two Michelin Stars for 38 years, the kitchens continue to be amongst the finest in the world.

In partnership with the Oxford Bus Company, the team at Le Manoir have been a major driving force to reinstate a regular bus link between Oxford and Great Milton village, which since June has benefited the local residents and staff alike. 

This is fantastic news as it will link the rural village with Oxford, making the commute as smooth and also as sustainable as possible. The new route operates seven days per week, with the last journey from Great Milton operating at 0100 daily. 

The service delivers a regular public transport link to Great Milton, to allow people from Oxford City and East Oxford to access the various job opportunities available.

Raymond Blanc, Chef Patron, said: “I am delighted to announce our partnership with the Oxford Bus Company.  This will be of great benefit to both the village and of course to our Le Manoir team who will be able to travel to and from their workplace. Our employees are the heart of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and to offer this transport will enable us to remain an employer of choice.” 

Furthermore, Le Manoir hopes to encourage interest from those who are keen to follow their desire to work in hospitality and will now be able to take up this new route as their method of transport.

Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel Managing Director said: “This is a fantastic development for residents living in Great Milton, Cowley, Florence Park and surrounds. Crucially, it also provides a regular service to people who work at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. 
“The improvements to this service would not have been possible without the support of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Oxfordshire County Council and demonstrates what can be achieved when key stakeholders work together.”
Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “Whilst a reduction in Government financial support for buses means the future is uncertain, the Council is actively working with Oxford Bus Company and partners like local businesses and parish councils to ensure we are able to deliver this bus service where people want it and need it. These are challenging times for public transport and for passengers, but partnerships such as this show what can be achieved when there is commitment and sufficient funding.”

For further information about Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons visit or call 01844 278881.




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