High Tea, Civrac & Wine Tasting at Chateau Bournac: Tuesday 12 July

REMINDER

scone_1What would the summer be without a traditional English tea of scones, strawberries and cake together with some Pimms to help the tea go down?

Diane and Brian have offered to throw open their garden in Civrac in the Medoc for a select group of 25 BBC members with a Scottish enhanced version of an English afternoon tea commencing at 14.30 hrs.

At some convenient time there will be a visit to the neighbouring Chateau Bournac, which is a Cru Bourgeois, for wine tasting and possible purchase, if wanted. Our hosts have frequently sampled it and rate it highly.

To cover costs for the afternoon tea and wine tasting, there will be a charge of 12€ per person.


Booking

Only 5 places remaining!  – Please reserve direct with Diane or book online.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


 

Paella Pool Party - Biscarrosse: Saturday 25th June

paella_1David and Avril will be hosting this event in their garden in Biscarrosse. It has been a very popular BBC event in the past.

We will assemble at 12.00 for an aperitif offered by your hosts followed by Paella cooked and served around the pool, followed by home made desserts. You will be welcome to swim (at your own risk) and we  hope that the weather will warm up the water before!

The cost will be 12 Euros per person and for this reason we ask you bring your own alcoholic drinks. Tables, chairs, tableware and soft drinks will be provided.

Please send cheques in advance (these will not be cashed until after the event) made out to BBC to Avril.

Please book before 20th June and please arrive promptly as Paella will be served freshly cooked.


Booking

Please reserve direct with Avril or book online.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Saturday 23rd April – St Georges Day – Avensan


st-george

Come and join us for a St George’s day celebration to remind you of dragons in a far away land !  Lunch will be that most traditional of English foods – Fish et Chips!!

For those who are not so fishy, sausage and chicken nuggets will also be on the menu.  Includes Ale and Vino Collapso. Soft drinks as well of course.

Starting at 12.15, in Avensan which is near Castlenau in the Medoc.  A good idea to wear something for all weather although we will be under an abri.

Last year we had lots of fun and lots of laughs, with the odd recitation, patriotic singing etc. As numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 40 please reserve early to avoid disappointment particularly as this event is on a Saturday !


Booking

fullybookedAs always this event has proved very popular and is now fully booked.

A reminder to those who have a confirmed booking, this event involves outside caterers so please send a cheque in advance to Brian for full payment payable to the Bordeaux British Community. (18€ for adults and 10€ for children)


Burns Night: Saturday 30th January 7.30 for 8pm

burnsnightThe BBC will again be celebrating the work of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the traditional way. This year we are returning to the ‘vaulted wooden hall’ in Martingas that is the house of one of our members.

The formula, however, remains the same with a traditional menu of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and trifles with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ per head.

Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns’ recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’.  Space limitations for a sit down dinner mean that only 28 people can be accommodated.

This event was overbooked last year so if you would like to join us please contact John or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.


Comments from previous years
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“It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”

“We were treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it!”

”   …….. then to the serious part – eating the haggis and it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).”

” ……….. a toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles ……”

” ….. and we concluded with coffee and excellent Shortbread. The pipes were exercised his again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering)”


St George’s Day Celebration : Biscarrosse

St Georgeds Day

Come and join us for a St George’s day celebration, chez Norma and Gary. Lunch will be that most traditional of English foods – Curry!!

Aperitif of Pimm’s followed by popadoms accompanied with chutney and raita for starters. The main course is a choice of, for the ‘lionhearted’ Chicken Masala (spicey) and for the ‘faint-hearted’ Chicken Korma (not so spicey), both with rice and naan bread and for dessert ‘ Eton Mess’. Wine, beer and coffee are included in the price of 18€ a head.

Starting at 12.30, chez Norma and Gary

Last year we had lots of fun and lots of laughs, with the odd recitation, patriotic singing and games. As numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 28 please reserve early to avoid disappointment.

So if you fancy a little spice and some flag waving please email Norma B

St. Patrick’s Night: Martignas 2015

Four Leaf CloverThe feast of St Patrick was celebrated a few days early by the BBC chez the Basgallops.  We welcomed new faces; Tom (born in Ireland) and Sa, spending a few months in Bordeaux as part of a grand tour and Isabelle from Gibson country.

The theme was definitely green! Many were dressed completely or partly in green, John’s punch was a beautiful green and much of the food was green. If that sounds dodgy, it should be explained that this was by design and not due to being left over from last year! There was green cold soup in shot glasses, prawn paste on cucumber rounds (it was the cucumber rounds that were green) and lovely cakes with green icing to mention but a few of the dishes that made the spread. Centre to all this were baked potatoes with sauce and cheese prepared by Eileen.

As expected, there was no risk of a shortage of drinks with not only the punch but also beers, wines and whiskies (and whiskeys). There was good background music with many traditional Irish songs, although early on this was drowned out by the craik (as the Irish would say) only to be revealed as the hubbub died down.

So a great evening was had by all and we all owe a debt of gratitude to John and Eileen for the use of their lovely house, their organisation of the party, food and drink.

Report by Chris R


 

Christmas Dinner and Dance at Château La Chèze - 2014

 

xmas-party

Our venue was the stunning Château La Chèze in Floirac. Built in the late 19th century on the grounds of a former small fortified castle by a wealthy market gardener, this Art nouveau style mansion has been recently modernized to high standards whilst retaining many of the original charming features. The staff were very helpful, friendly and welcoming.

christmas-party

Our evening began with a chance to catch up with some old friends and welcome some delightful new members whilst partaking of cocktails and delicious nibbles. We then took our seats in the beautifully decorated modern dining room for our special Christmas menu and selection of wines. The tables were just perfect with handmade centre pieces, candles and of course crackers. Everyone joined in the amusing table games and tricky Christmas anagrams (probably should have attempted before the wine started flowing!) and the men changed places after every course though some did forget to take their cutlery, glasses etc with them.

We then retired to our private reception with a fully stocked bar, a log fire and music with our fantastic DJ Gary Brooks.

Due to the several “walking wounded”(mostly men), I did think that us ladies would be dancing around our handbags, but how wrong can you be! I am sure everyone was dancing. Gary brilliantly took us from the 1950’s bang up to date with his selection of music. Even saw some Hip Hop, might have been Hip Après Op!!!

We all know just how difficult it is to organize these events and how many people are involved but a very special credit must go to Norma B and Colette Gibson for their hard work and attention to every possible detail to make this event so successful.

Though the Château were happy to let us party all night, I think the glowing embers of the fire, the copious amounts of alcohol and perhaps the conga drove us to our beds at 1.30. Those of us fortunate enough to stay in the spacious comfortable rooms at the Château were in for one more special treat, a freshly cooked breakfast that we all greatly enjoyed.

I would strongly advise anyone who sees this event advertised for 2015 to put in their diary and join in the fun.

To sum up, for those who are old enough to remember the classic Frankie Valli song ……..

…………………… “Oh What a Night” !!

Report by Avril, Photos by Phil

PS We enjoyed an excellent menu of:

  • Kir Imperiale
  • Amuse Bouche
  • Fois Gras mi-cuit et son chutney sur mesclun
  • Choice of Mousselline de saumon et avocats Eventail Magret, gratin dauphinoise, poelee de marrons. Or, Brochette de noix St Jacques en croutede noisette, julienne de legumes frais
  • Cafe Gourmande et ses 4 mignardises (dont une buche traditionelle de noel)
  • Tarte citron deconstructe
  • Cafe

St. Patrick’s Night – 2013

Following on from the recent Burns’ Night, xxxx and yyyy have kindly offered to host our other Celtic celebration in their house.

This will commence at 7.30, wear something green if you wish, and bring a plate of finger food to share – and a well tuned singing voice ! An aperitif, wine and water will be provided but a charge of 5€ per head will be needed to cover costs.

Full details, including directions, will be in your March newsletter. Numbers will be limited to 32, and following the sell out of Burns’ Night, booking this month is recommended ! If you can contribute ideas or even perform anything Irish please also contact xxxxx

Burns’ Night – 2013

What a venue, and what a marvellous evening in the Chateau in Cenon (Bordeaux). Members Alan and Aracelis, kindly offered their spectacular home, for the second successive year for this
most Scottish of evenings. It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!

We progressed to the spectacular dining room already laid with delicious salmon (of genuine Scottish origin). Alan commenced proceedings with the ‘Selkirk Grace’ followed by our President Deirdre providing a toast to the immortal bard.

We were then treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis, followed by the Rankins, all in their tribal gear ! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it ! Then to the serious part – eating the haggis, which courtesy of the Rankin family had been on a tour of Scotland and England before making it to Bordeaux, it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).

It is doubtful that this traditional Scottish meal is normally accompanied by such excellent wine, but we were in Bordeaux! Chris then proposed the toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles, made by members. Arnaud, who kindly supplied the whisky plus wine from his Chateaux, gave us some insight into his own selection of whisky,and the growing popularity of this import in France, his wine is very popular too!

The repas concluded with Coffee and Deirdre’s excellent Shortbread. Jack then exercised his pipes again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering).

Thus finished the formal part of the evening which reminded us of Scottish traditions, and that lovely accent (which must be a huge challenge to non native English speakers (as well as many who are !)). All agreed it had been a memorable and most enjoyable evening. Such events do take a lot of organising, preparation and catering, especial thanks are due to the Rankins and Basgallops forbearing the brunt of this, as well of course to our entertainment team. Our sincere gratitude to Alan and Aracelis for providing their
magnificent home to the BBC for this occasion – there cannot be a more fitting setting !

Report by Phil, Photos by Phil and Alan