Lobster cocktail, Lobster BBQ, baked Lobster
The perect time of year for Lobster slap bang in the middle of the Lobster season. We will have Lobster every day; Lobster Cocktail, Ravioli and Emma’s favourite Thermidore. Emma’s secret treat is Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese and, if we are able to, I am sure Emma will fit it into the weekend. We will also make use of the great new season spring vegetables and the amazing beef that we have in the area. Our favourite cut is Bavette Aloyau which we beleive is the beefiest cut and lovely roasted as a whole 2 kilo piece.
Example itinerary Gourmet Shellfish Weekend
DAY 1 Friday/Saturday We will pick you up at Bergerac Airport and take the picturesque 30 minute drive to our house “Les Caulins”. A quick tour of our house, relax, kick off your shoes, have a drink & settle in. We will meet at 7pm for aperitifs, canapés and a 4 course dinner with local wines.
Example dinner menu
Local pink fizz & nibbles
Lobster BBQ, garlic butter
Baseball sirloin,”Pittsburg” peppercorns, mushrooms, cream.
fondant, mache & pinenuts
Some local wine
A visit to Issigeac market one of Frances prettiest markets to get some wonderful fresh ingredients and have a stroll around and a coffee in one of the cafés. back to the house for lunch and some cooking, if you wish, in the afternoon.
Lazy Sunday Alfresco lunch Sundays in France are a family day and much of the time is spent around a large table, outside, preparing and eating food and enjoying the day. It is a time to unwind after a busy week and enjoy the sunshine, relax with nice food, accompanied by good wine and good conversation. We start with aperitifs and canapés, Oyster if you all like them followed by whatever is in season. Cheese follows and a typically simple dessert.
Canapés & Fizz
King prawns, lobster, potatoes, marie rose
BBQ smoked chicken, crispy spicy wings,
stuffed chicken thigh “kebab”
jackets & sour cream, pea shoot salad.
Local cheese & walnut bread
Garriquette strawberry pavlova
After breakfast Monday begins with a trip to our local bastide town Duras and the weekly market. Then on to one of the areas best chocolatiers at the Maison Guinget shop and chocolate factory. This is a great place to sample the amazing chocolates and buy gifts. Back to the house for a light lunch and a relaxing afternoon. For those wishing to visit a winery we can visit a local vineyard and have a tour and taste some wine.
We will meet at 7pm for aperitifs and dinner and of course a glass of something.
Canapées & cocktails
Wood roasted crispy pork belly
Lyonnaise, spring greens, hazlenuts, brebis
Local cheese & quince
Tuesday after a relaxing breakfast or early lunch we can head to the airport.
Our gourmet weekends are a perfect short break, in the beautiful South West of France, with the emphasis firmly on the all that is in season and from local producers. Three nights with highlights from our 5 day summer lifestyle break. A mix of market visits, lots of relaxing, wine tasting, a tiny bit of cooking, simply amazing food, great local wine and good company. The three night break will leave you wanting more of the Lot-et-Garonne lifestyle, far reaching views, peacefulness and relaxing way of life.
Allergies & Intolerances. We will be tasting and eating many different products that the area we live in is well known for. Clearly if you have an allergy to mushrooms do not book a course that involves mushrooms and truffles; Equally if you do not eat seafood there is no point on attending our fish and shellfish course. WE must be informed of all allergies before you book and pay any deposit. Itineraries cannot be changed with short notice.
3 nights’ accommodation in a room with super king size bed, Egyptian cotton bed linen, flat screen TV English channels, en-suite bathroom with walk in showers;
All meals breakfast, nibbles, lunch & dinner.
All aperitifs & wine with meals.
Coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes
All ingredients for any cookery
an afternoon Cooking Class
2 Market visits
Chocolate shop visit
Bergerac airport pick up
The price based on 2 people sharing an en-suite bedroom with a superking size bed is £1195
Single person occupancy £825.00 per room
3-6 persons on each course
What’s not included?
Flights are not included.
We are 35 minutes from Bergerac airport & 80-100 minutes from Bordeaux. We can arrange a taxi, from Bordeaux Airport, English driver and paid locally.
We are working on our 2024 schedule and it will be released i February 2023