Bayeux in Normandy is a truly lovely place to visit, but I have to admit that even though my parents live just 20km away, I don’t go there nearly as often as I’d like, as most of my friends live in nearby Caen. But when one of my school friends, who now lives in Toulouse, came up recently to visit her dad in Bayeux, it was a great opportunity for us to meet up and spend some time in this charming town. And thanks a recommendation from the Bayeux Tourist Office, I found a great new place to take her…
So it was that we found ourselves one winter’s afternoon at Les Volets Roses [The Pink Shutters], a lovely tearoom right in front of Bayeux Cathedral. Decorated in girly pink, the family business venture has been a dream come true for sisters Sophie and Carole and their cousin Nathalie, who runs front of house. Once inside, you feel like you’re at your grandma’s house – there are old family photos, traditional floral patterned crockery and everything is homemade.
You visit Les Volets Roses for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. My friend and I opted to go in the afternoon to enjoy a cup of tea and some cake. We both ordered a thé du printemps, a green tea with raspberries, goji berries, cherries and rose petals, and a slice of apple tart with a thick dollop of cream – we are are in Normandy, after all! Both the tea and the tart were delicious.
In addition to the tearoom, there is a small shop where you can buy the same tea that is served in the tearoom, and they have a great seasonal tea selection. You can also buy teapots and teacups. I made sure I bought some tea to take home before we left!
This place is perfect for a girly get-together or a afternoon with the family , plus you get a really warm welcome. Carol, Sophie and Nathalie are the perfect hostesses and following my lovely afternoon at Les Volets Roses, I will definitely be coming to Bayeux more often!
For more information on food and drink in Normandy, please visit the Normandy Tourist Board website.
All photos and text © Sévérine Frères / Normandy Tourist Board