OXFORDSHIRE restaurant Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons has been named the third best restaurant in the UK, according to the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The fine dining spot set up by Raymond Blanc in Great Milton in 1984 was also named eighth best in Europe and 15th in the world – one of just three UK restaurants to feature in the world top 25.

It marks the sixth year in a row it has featured on the global list.

The restaurant, which offers cuisine with a French flair using fresh, seasonal produce, was awarded two Michelin stars in 1985 and has held them ever since.

Reacting to the award, Hayley Beer-Gamage, chief executive of Experience Oxfordshire, said: “Experience Oxfordshire would like to congratulate Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat-Saisons on being recognised so highly in this fine dining category, they are extremely valuable partners of ours and it is of no surprise to us that they have been rated so highly.

"The quality of food and service at the property is exceptional and stands out as true luxury across our Oxfordshire portfolio.

"It is also fantastic that they have been rated so highly not only nationally but also across Europe and globally as well – this is well deserved recognition of their outstanding offer.

"We would encourage people to try it for themselves – an experience not to be missed."