Top tables d’hôtes

As I take my first sip of pink champagne in the elegant salon of the Château de Saint-Paterne, I wonder if I could have got away with wearing slippers to dinner. Such is the friendly welcome at Charles-Henry and Ségolène De Valbray’s family castle near Alençon, you’re instantly made to feel at home. This is…

Nine foodie events for 2019

15-17 March: Foire au Boudin – Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne) Love it or loathe it, black pudding is the king of the party at Mortagne-au-Perche’s annual Foire au Boudin. Tucked away in the Perche Regional Natural Park, this quaint and picturesque town welcomes thousands of hungry visitors every spring for one of Normandy’s most famous food fests….

The year of apples

On her many travels through Normandy, guest writer Carolyn Boyd has discovered how to enjoy the region’s apple produce in each of the four seasons… As frost crunches underfoot in the orchards and a new year begins, so too does Normandy’s calendar of festivities and activities celebrating all things apple. While autumn may be the…

An autumn stay at the Château de la Puisaye

For foodies travelling to Normandy one of the best ways to sample local cuisine and learn about life in the region is by staying at a B&B and dining with your hosts at a table d’hôtes. For those who want to learn how to prepare local specialities for themselves, there are a number of B&Bs that offer cooking workshops.

Autumn aperitifs

In many parts of France, you might see people opting for the wine when they fancy an aperitif, but did you know that Normandy’s drinks revolve not around grapes, but apples and pears? From fruit… Normandy cidre, poiré [pear cider], Pommeau and Calvados are all made with a mixture of apples and/or pears, chosen from…

Five of Normandy’s best coffee shops

Whether you have long hours of sightseeing planned or just want to spend your time relaxing, one truth is universal: your day can truly begin only once you’ve had your coffee. Coffee culture has seen major growth in France in recent years, and Normandy is no exception. Along with its numerous sites to explore, Normandy…

Michelin-starred Munch

Thought dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant would break the bank? WRONG! In Normandy, it turns out you can have lunch at not one, but FIVE Michelin-starred restaurants for €35 or less! Intrigued? Read on… 1) A Contre Sens (Caen) In the heart of Caen’s cobbled streets, this cosily traditional restaurant with modern decor is run…

5 tasty tips for doing Bastille Day the Norman way

This weekend is ALL about France, so why not celebrate Bastille Day and France making the World Cup Final and the Tour de France passing through Normandy by trying one or two of these classic Norman dishes? Bon appétit ! 1) Marmite Dieppoise (aka Normandy fish stew) Local legend has it that this Normandy classic was…

Off yer bike! Five foodie stop-offs you should factor into your cycling holiday

1. Oysters in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (EuroVélo 4) Did you know that oyster farmers in Normandy produce roughly a quarter of all oysters produced in France? If you’re a lover of oysters, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue in the north-east corner of the Cotentin Pensinsula is a particularly good place to go. Saint-Vaast oysters are well known for their subtle nutty…

When food meets music!

In France, 21 June doesn’t only mark the start of summer, it’s also the day of the year when the whole country celebrates live music with amateur and professional concerts held in all sorts of places, ranging from streets to bars, restaurants, courtyards and even museums. Created in 1982 by former Culture Minister Jack Lang,…