Christmas Dinner and Dance at Château La Chèze - 2014



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.


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

Christmas Bazaar : La Chapelle de L'Assomption

christmasbazaarThis annual event run by the Anglican Church at 370 boulevard Président Wilson, Bordeaux is not to be missed, with home produce, books and media, wine and white elephant etc.  Additionally there will be ‘Christmas Goodies’ a raffle and ‘silent promises’ (eg bid for some garden or computer help, ironing etc !).

It is also a great social occasion, with café offering home produce, and also a kid’s corner.  All donations welcome, please contact Pamela Prior, Bazaar Coordinator, on 05 56 59 67 34

You could also just arrive with books etc!

Christmas Market & Dinner at ‘Entrecote’


As arranged we all met up at 18h30 outside the tourist information office, and then we made our way across the road to the 19th Bordeaux Christmas Market on the allée de Tourny. The area was covered with wooden chalets and fake snow. Organised in neat rows, the small wooden chalets were a great place to find gifts, decorative items, costume jewellery, gourmet delicacies and, best of all, the appearance of Santa Claus! It is a fabulous venue, full of twinkling lights and fine treats to nibble, not to mention plenty of vin chaud, which was the first stop for many of our party :o)

A couple of hours later we made our way to the Entrêcôte. We were soon all inside, seated, chatting and ready to eat. The interior with its tartan walls, gloss black ceilings and yellow table linen is well presented. There are just 3 questions at l’Entrecôte: how do you want your steak cooked, what colour wine and what dessert do you want? The meal started with dressed green salad with walnuts, followed by fabulously tender steak in amazing sauce and shoestring fries, and then dessert.

A very memorable evening, much enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the organisers, Colette and Norma B

Report by Sarah P, Photos by Phil