Tag Archives: Normandy

All About Normandy Cream – la Crème de la Crème

What is it about the cream from Normandy that makes it so special? First, there is la Vache Normande, the Normandy cow. Brown and white spotted Normandy cows, easily recognizable by the unique markings around their eyes, called spectacles or lunettes, produce milk that is exceptionally

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Our Guide to Normandy

Activities for Food Lovers Musée de Camembert (in Vimoutiers) Delicious Normandy Food Tours (in Bayeux) Restaurants Le Vauban (in Port-en-Bessin-Huppain) Auberge le Clos Saint Julien (in Saint-Julien-sur-Calonne) Manoir de la Drôme (in Balleroy) Restaurant La Sapinière (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer) La Rotonde (in Port-en-Bessin-Huppain) Cheese & Dairy La Fromagerie Graindorge (in Livarot) Coopérative Isigny Sainte-Mère (in

All About Cider & Other Apple & Pear Drinks

Apple and pear orchards, usually with a cow or two grazing under the trees, are the ubiquitous image of the Norman countryside, and a visit to Normandy wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local refreshments – cider, pommeau, poiré and calvados. Here’s everything you need to

La Rotonde

The large terrace overlooking the fishing port and the hearty servings of delicious, seasonal moules de Barfleur prepared “à la Normande” or “marinières,” are the highlights of this bar and brasserie. The menu also offers oysters (in season) and other seafood dishes, and typical café food such as omelets, salads and sandwiches. The service can be a bit uneven, so it is best to go when you are not in a rush. This is also a great place to stop and enjoy a coffee or an apéritif after visiting the Sunday morning market that takes place along the port.

Auberge le Clos Saint Julien

This rural French auberge, located in the beautiful Norman countryside near Pont l’Évêque, offers fresh, classical French cuisine prepared by chef/owner, Nicolas Vincent. The rustic half-timbered dining room is cosy and lit with a big fire in the winter, and bright and airy in the

La Fromagerie de Bayeux

Peggy and Jérémy Thomas are no strangers to the cheese business. Jérémy, an artisan fromager, spent several years learning the ins and outs of the business at his uncle’s cheese shop in Paris (the now closed Fromagerie Pascal Trotté) as well as at Rungis. His wife,

Musée de Camembert

This quaint and very aromatic museum was created in 1986 through donations from local Camembert producers in order to preserve the important history of this regional AOC cheese. Signs posted throughout explain the steps of fabrication – from the separation of curds and whey, the

Restaurant La Sapinière

Located just 20 yards from Omaha beach, La Sapinière is one of a few places to stop and enjoy a meal in an area along the D-Day beaches that sees a large number of international visitors, yet isn’t known for great restaurants. It offers generous

Saturday Market in Bayeux

Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, la Place Saint Patrice, which serves as a parking lot during the rest of the week, transforms into a bustling weekly market. The entire perimeter of the square is taken up by food –  local cheese producers and large

Le Volet Qui Penche

In the historic center of Bayeux, wine connoisseur and caviste, Pierre-Henri Lemessier, has transformed a little house overlooking the river Aure into a wine bar and bistro offering simple, delicious food to accompany his well stocked selection of French wine. At lunchtime a generous plat

Manoir de la Drôme

A mix of old stone and classic refinement, this restaurant, housed in a 17th century manor that was once home to the local blacksmith, offers an exemplary dining experience from the moment you walk through the door. The passionate owners, Denis and Christine Leclerc, have

Le Vauban

Normandy cream and fresh seafood are the stars of the show at le Vauban, an old fashioned restaurant tucked away on a tiny street just up from the daily fish market. The owners, Dominique and Patricia Gancel, and their staff, will make you feel right

Pâtisserie la Reine Mathilde

A lavish pastry case lines one wall of this delightful pâtisserie and tea salon located on the busy rue Saint Martin, in the center of Bayeux. The multicolored frescoes, painted clouds and gilded decor preserve the old world charm and are original to the shop,

Normandy Events Calendar

May 1: La Confrérie des Fins Gourmets de Longny-au-Perche are hosting a Fête de la Tripe where they share their appreciation for tripe, a local specialty. Highlights include cold tripe tasting and a four course lunch. (61 – Orne) May 3 and 4: The 20th annual festival celebrating the

La Ferme de la Sapinière

Brothers Michel and Philippe Legallois are the 6th generation cider producers at their family farm, located just one kilometer from Omaha beach. More than 30 apple varieties are cultivated for their cidre bouché, which is made without the addition of extra sugar, resulting in a

Cave Cidricole Lecornu

Just up the street from the Bayeux cathedral is the home and “urban farm” of Christèle and François Lecornu, 3rd generation cider and Calvados producers. The couple have over 3,000 certified organic apple trees on 9 hectares just outside of Bayeux, but their old stone

Coopérative Isigny Sainte-Mère

In 1932 a group of 42 farmers banded together and founded this dairy cooperative with a specific goal in mind – to promote and protect the unique terroir of mineral rich grazing pastures that surround the town of Isigny-sur-Mer. Camembert au lait cru, mimolette, pont l’évêque

La Fromagerie Graindorge

Eugène Graindorge made his first livarot in 1910 and the rest, as they say, is history. Now in the capable hands of Thierry Graindorge, the 3rd generation fromager in the family, La Fromagerie Graindorge also produces pont l’évêque, camembert de Normandie, neufchâtel and le grain