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The Orangery at Blenheim Palace

The Orangery, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP

((((* British
Average
Main course: £12
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 16:45.

Great as always.

Anne Dalton 26 November 2016
from London

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The Orangery at Blenheim Palace is a brasserie-style restaurant in an historic location. Enjoy flavoursome lunches and quintessential afternoon teas, amidst elegant décor and stunning views across the grounds.

At lunch, The Orangery menu offers a range of rich British and European dishes. Start with the likes of guinea fowl and crayfish ballantine, local game terrine with cranberry and red onion marmalade, or leek and potato broth with smoked haddock dumplings. Hearty mains include venison burger with blue cheese and rhubarb and chilli chutney, and Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages with bubble and squeak and onion gravy.

Afternoon tea at The Orangery in Oxfordshire is an elegant affair befitting of its location. Savour traditional sandwiches, handmade cakes and a wide range of teas, with a choice of champagnes on hand for extra indulgence.

Exuding timeless sophistication, The Orangery restaurant at Blenheim Palace sits just outside of Woodstock, a 9-minute drive from Hanborough Rail Station.

The Orangery at Blenheim Palace

The Orangery, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP

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Customer reviews for The Orangery at Blenheim Palace

4.1 ((((* (based on 301 reviews)
86% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (228)
  • lunch (142)
  • views (127)
  • luxury (75)
  • romantic (73)
  • value (46)
  • dinner (41)
  • private dining (39)
  • child friendly (21)
  • large parties (19)
  • al fresco (18)
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  • ((((* 5 December 2016 by Jill Wiejak from Oxford

    Really lovely Afternoon Tea. Felt the table wasn't quite big enough for 6 of us with all the teapots etc. Music slightly too loud as we had a speaker close by. Afternoon tea itself was very nice apart from the plum cheesecake items which were quite tasteless.. Very friendly and helpful waiter. A slight delay in the food arriving and apparently they had run out of supplies and were waiting for them to arrive. A few minutes after that arrived the gluten free tea arrived. I had asked for a gluten free tea when I booked but the waiter didn't seem to be aware.
    A very enjoyable experience all in all and will probably come again.

  • (((** 3 December 2016 by Kathleen from Worthing

    The Orangery was lovely the staff impeccably polite and helpful.
    The Traditional Afternoon Tea was expensive at £19.95 per person and really disappointing. Uninteresting sandwiches, ham, egg mayo, chicken Cesarean, cheese. 2nd tier, a small but nice scone with clotted cream and pot of jam, very small mince pie and on top a selection of cakes that were mainly a slice of fruit cake, slice of chocolate roll, square of sponge with cherry topping, tiny meringue with cream and a piece of orange on top.

  • ((*** 30 November 2016 by Johanna Stoll from Stony Stratford

    The afternoon tea experience at Blenheim Palace was average. The waiters tried their best to satisfy the customer's wishes, were very friendly but obviously not very well trained. The ambiance was less of an Orangery than of a common mid-class restaurant and so was the food. As an example: In the menu it was announced that the tea is loose lea with special tea bags but actually, the tea was bad quality tea in a very ordinary tea bag of which the label was cut off to conceal its origin. Furthermore, in the menu a time indication was given for the tea to brew but there weren't any small bowls in order to dispose them. Again, in an ordinary restaurant I wouldn't be surprised but as the orangery is Blenheim Palaces' orangery, I was quite surprised by the overall quality.

  • ((((( 30 November 2016 by Valerie Humphrey from Banbury

    Another excellent lunch, thank you. We love the attention to detail and excelent service. A very pleasant waiter (from Yorksire) called Ollie, I think, made it extra pleasurable with his friendly courtesy and kind attention to we two elderly ladies!My guest said the beef was very good indeed. We really value the elegant surroundings free of noisy large parties, just people enjoying a delicious meal and quiet conversation with quiet music in the background.

  • ((((* 29 November 2016 by Lois Ilbery from Oxford

    Lovely food, sea base was tasty and the beef was tender. Beautifully roasted veg. Disappointed that the coffe and chocolates was one chocolate, a bit miss leading. Overall a lovely experience.

  • ((((* 28 November 2016 by Andrew Wilkinson from Derby

    All ok

  • ((((( 27 November 2016 by Elizabeth Cave from Hitchin

    Absolutely superb food on lunch menu and lovely setting.

  • (((** 26 November 2016 by Douglas Macmillan from Bristol

    Very pleasant staff, comfortable surroundings (would have preferred a round table for 5 rather than an extra placement on the end of a table for 4 as the room was rather empty)
    Menu good but overly small portions of Sea Bass , (Turkey was good ) sea bass was rather expensive, wine choice was good . Must say again staff were great and could not have been more helpful,


  • ((((( 26 November 2016 by Anne Dalton from London

    Great as always.

  • ((((* 21 November 2016 by Karen Leechmere from Lichfield

    A very enjoyable experience which was made by the very helpful and humorous staff. We liked the Afternoon Tea which was introduced by Oli, who has a great personality. A good time was had.

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