Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Lunch with Rural French Life..

Well....what a Christmas Day Lunch, where do I start... maybe by telling you where we went for our amazing Christmas Day lunch..

An exquisite restaurant here in the Charente, in a village called Nieuil. It is set in superb grounds accompanied by a stunning Château that is actually a very beautiful, authentic Hotel, we have stayed there...very grand.

Our lunch in the Restaurant was very memorable, the food absolutely amazing, the quality, presentation, and the delicious wines with their beautiful aromas/bouquet that accompanied each serving..

I am not a connoisseur of wine, but each wine we tasted complemented the food deliciously..some great pairings..

Our food was "vraiment délicieux"...right from our Amuse-bouche to Petit Fours with our coffee...

A great surprise for us was when we went to pay, it was already paid for by our son & his wife, Gavin & Marcie......Thank you xxx

We were given euros by our daughter & her husband, Olivia & Pete towards our lunch, but that is now paying for our Valentine Dinner here..We went last year and it was exceptional...Thank you..

A big Thank you to Patrice & Pascal and their staff...

Here are some photos of our day....hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoyed eating them..

The Menu...

Pour votre apéritif : champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin avec mises en bouche de la Grange
Le foie gras de canard "Maison de Charente" confit par nos soins aux abricots secs
La noix de Saint-Jacques et les huîtres Marennes-Oléron pochées à la crème de topinambour
Le suprême de chapon fermier, fine farce aux châtaignes et petit jus aux baies roses
Le brie de Meaux à la truffe de Bonneville
Le minoir mangue cacao, soufflé glacé au chocolat "Michel Cluizel"
Café et mignardises de la Grange

Bon Appétit....


  1. What a wonderful meal. A great present.

  2. What a fabulous Christmas lunch and I'm already jealous of your New Year's Eve Gatsby party. Take lots of pics and thanks for playing along.

  3. The food looks fantastic! Lucky you !


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