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So far so good at La Bouyardière Chambre D’Hote!

2020 was definitely not the ideal time to start a new business. However, the truth is that no one saw this coming with the exception of a handful of scientists & Bill Gates who knew that it would happen at some time. So how has the launch gone in the maddest year in living memory? Pretty well actually thanks to our wonderful customers ! Since opening on June 2nd, we have been pretty much full the whole time.

Obviously I can’t talk specifics but we have had a real mix of nationalities, reasons for staying & approaches to life ! So far we have welcomed French, Italians, Danish, Belgians & British travellers, all of whom have been a pleasure to host.

We have started to build a good reputation for our Hote de Table evening meals for 25 Euros for four courses including drinks with a focus on local products & produce. The cidres, butter, cheese, Andouille, Calva, butter biscuits, & other delicious ingredients mean that we can offer a truly Norman meal with a modern twist. We have a particularly good butcher & baker in St Mars D’Egrenne who are both true artisans. I love being the first to arrive at the baker's with the smell of warm bread & croissants. The feel in your hand of warm bread compliments the lovely aroma & makes you instantly hungry !

We also make our own jams from local & other French fruits. We recently made some beautiful cherry preserve from the fruit tree behind our house. It was delicious ! Our guests bought the surplus jars off us which is a new business idea for us in addition to the breakfasts & evening meals that we serve.

It’s true to say that you never stop learning & the local cuisine in no exception. We were recently shown how to make & serve a Trou Normand which is an apple sorbet finished with Calvados & served between courses. The idea is to both cleanse the palate & create an appetite for the final courses ! Suffice it to say we find that it works well after extensive testing & a bit of a hangover!

If you would like to stay & enjoy a delicious meal, please let us know in advance & tell us if you have any preferences, allergies or other requirements – we would be delighted to cook for you !

Have a great summer everyone & stay safe !

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