"...great house, lovely pool, wonderful cooking (and wine)..." Mr B, Hertford
For those guests who want to self cater you have everything you could need in the main kitchen for 20+
Of course any visit to France would not be complete without visiting one of the many local restaurants.
Whether it's a typical French family restaurant you're looking for or a Michelin Starred gourmet experience there's a wide choice available. We maintain a restaurant guide which you will find in the information pack in the property. We are always happy to give advice and help with making reservations.
For guests who are seeking relaxing evenings where no-one need drive or if you want to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, we offer an informal and personal dining option. Meals can be for an entire family/group or later in the evening for the adults alone.
This is normally provided by Alistair who is the chef for our Maison d’hôte guests and the groups that stay on a full board basis. His love of cooking over many years whilst in ‘corporate life’ included private dinners and special celebration events. He also attended all 3 levels of the cookery school at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons (Raymond Blanc, Oxford, UK) from 1998 to 2001. More recently, he has been at the Waterside Inn cookery school with 3-star Michelin chef Alain Roux and the Anantara Thai cookery school.
Menus can be mixed, with the price adjusted accordingly. Special options such as vegetarian or other dietary requirements eg gluten free (coeliac), are easily catered for. For groups of 10 or more, possible to offer a choice for each course. Additional courses can be added or gastronomic 6 or 8 course tasting menus designed by arrangement. All food is freshly prepared using fresh seasonal produce wherever possible. All main courses are garnished with 3 vegetable dishes, including potatoes or rice. Special requests – if you have any favourite dishes/foods please ask Alistair to design a menu for you.
Menu prices based on all diners in the same group having the same choice and includes your choice of menu from the sample overleaf, selection of bread, table laid, waiter/waitress service, table cleared and washing up of all crockery for meal courses, just leaving you the final glasses! Supplement for additional cheese course (choice of local cheeses). Special prices for children and children’s menus also available.
All menus include quality wine, a glass per person with each course. All our wines are sourced from independent Chateaux in the South West and Languedoc Roussillon regions, many unavailable outside of France. We will consult you about personal preferences and styles and select appropriate wines to match your food choices. Each wine will be accompanied by a short explanation and tasting notes to introduce you to the Regions. Janine is the resident qualified wine connoisseur! As an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits and a WSET Diploma graduate she is also a Certified Wine Educator for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). For those who are interested, formal tutored tasting sessions and visits to Châteaux can also be arranged.
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