Visit to Château Mongenan: Portets – Monday, June 24th and lunch

Visit to Château Mongenan: Portets – Monday, June 24th and lunch

Château Mongenan is an 18th Century Château with remarkable gardens and a museum, listed as a historical monument. The collection of Mme. Mothe’s family begins around 300 years ago and for history lovers is amazing.  She also has a very fine collection of Free Masonary. Her knowledge is endless and she personally guides visitors through the museum which is housed in the former stables.

Agenda and Prices

We suggest arriving at 10.45 to start the visit at 11.00

There are two parts to the visit, the museum and the gardens and if we are more then 15 the group will be divided into two, one starting with the museum and the other with the gardens.

After the visit we will drive to Podensac for lunch at the Trois Musquetaires.  Cost of the visit 10€ including a tasting.   Cost of the 3 course lunch including coffee and a bottle of wine between four is 19€.


Château Mongenan, 16 rue Mongenan, 33640 PORTETS  Map: here

Trois Mousquetaires, 22 Place Gambetta, 33720 PODENSAC Map: here


If you would like to attend this event please book direct with Pamela whose contact details are in the members area here


How about a little exercise followed by some lunch?  We have organised a walk in the beautiful woods by the river L’Eyre in Mios.   The footpaths are well defined and level, it is not too strenuous and will take approx.imately 1 hour 30 mins to walk the 5 kms.

Meet at the restaurant/hotel Lo’Berge in Mios from 10 am where morning refreshments can be purchased.  We aim to leave at 10.30am  to start our walk.   Lunch has been organised back at the restaurant.  Lunch (menu of the day) including wine and coffee will be 16 – 19 euros.

Closing date for participation, as the restaurant need to know numbers, will be Saturday 6th July.  Please register online via helloasso or via email contact either Norma; or Colette;

Meeting place Hotel restaurant Lo’Berg, 27 Avenue du val de l’Eyre, 33380 Mios.   Coming from the Bordeaux, take the A63 and turn off onto the A660 direction Arcachon.  Come off at exit 1 signed Mios and Biscarrosse, turn left at the end of the slip road and follow signs for Biscarrosse.  the hotel is on left hand side just before the bridge over the river on the D216.

Arcachon Visit & Lunch in Market Square Tuesday 4th June 2019

Here is an opportunity to visit or re-visit the “winter town” of Arcachon and discover the history of the ” Parc Mauresque” and some of the old “villas” which made  Arcachon such a popular resort.

We will gather in the market square at 10 am where, Christine, the organiser of this event will give us some information on the history of the market.  We will then walk over to the lift at the foot of the high quarter, ride up and enjoy a leisurely guided tour of the park and the elegant villas in this area .

We will make our way back to the market in the beautifully restored square and settle down to lunch outside or inside the covered market depending on the weather!!

The menu following the visit of Arcachon “winter town” will be a bit of a surprise because as it will take place in the market, it will depend on what is available and fresh on the day! There will be a choice of fish or meat with the day’s vegetables,cafe gourmand and wine,all for the price of 20 euros per person. When you book, please indicate your choice of main course.

Following lunch you are free to explore Arcachon, shop, sunbathe on the beach, stroll along the Bassin, go home or whatever else takes your fancy!

If you would like to book for this outing, please contact Christine Gorce on 06 74 42 94 74, email address : or Colette Gibson. As Colette is travelling in May please contact her by email : her email address is  :



Come and join us for a walk and picnic in the Médoc at Avensan…….

… discovering a lake attraction called “CABLE PARC” where very fit people in wetsuits come to enjoy water sports activities called “Jetski” …..

… further along are another two small lakes in a figure of 8 which are ideal for a long walk for some or, shorter walk for others The choice is ours.

Bring along your pooch as it’s great walk for dogs !

The picnic area is in the trees, enjoying a lovely view of the fishing lake. An excellent day of gentle exercise and fresh air in the country… further details nearer the date.

Booking and Contact Details

If you would like to come along please contact Cath M whose contact details are here (please use your BBC members password to access. If you have forgotten your password then please click here )


BBC Golf event at Gujan Mestras 9th April

Golf: Gujan Mestras- Tuesday 9th April

URGENT ! URGENT !  Calling all golfers.

The next BBC golf event is planned for Tuesday 9th April at Gujan Mestras, near Arcachon. We need a group of 10 players to secure reduced rates. In view of the success of our recent trip to Lacanau, we plan to repeat the formula of 9 holes from 9h30 followed by a group lunch at 12 noon.  Keen players may prefer 18 holes in the afternoon. Remember that non-players or friends of members are invited to walk the course or hire a « buggie ». Please note the terrain is basically flat.

To book for golf or just lunch, please contact or tel: 05-57-17-22-65 ASAP

All Saints Spring Party

All Saints Spring Party: Moustey – Saturday 27th April

‘Why celebrate only St George?’ has been the question posed by some members. So this year it will be a celebration of our other patron saints, St Andrew, St David and though we will already have celebrated, St Patrick in the time honoured way, we will let him join in too!!

The celebration starts at midday with an aperitif followed by a 3 course lunch which will include entree, fish and chips and choice of dessert. Wine is not included so please bring your own.

Marilyn will guide any  ‘volunteers’ through some country dancing if your consumption of fish and chips allow it !

Remember Burns Night? there were over 50 stumbling along to Marilyn’s excellent instruction!  If you’re feeling less than energetic you can sit on the side line, listen to the music, tap your toes and prepare to be amused by the efforts of others or have snooze!

Our Host

Our hosts this year are Nigel B and Sami, his beautiful home is set in the Les Landes forest and just a 35 minute drive from the Rocade.

This is a day to be enjoyed in a country garden setting for you to enjoy as you wish.

Last year we were over booked and had a waiting list. So as not to be disappointed, please book as soon as possible particularly as this event is a weekend event.

Format for the day

The day starts at 12 noon to enjoy an aperitif together before settling down to a three course lunch.

  • Welcome Aperitif
  • Starter
  • Freshly cooked Fish and Chips
  • Dessert
  • BRING your own wine/drinks etc
  • Music
  • Fun

We will be outside but undercover in the BBC open marquee which was kindly donated to us by Anthony and Catherine.


Adults 20 euros, children 10 euros and under fives free.

Please contact Norma B whose contact details are here


Nigel lives in the beautiful countryside near the pretty village of Moustey just 35 minutes down the A63 from the Rocade.  Full directions will be supplied after booking.

Moustey is a good jumping off point for further exploration’ there are some Chambre d’Hote rooms in and around the village, the Logis Hotel Le Grandousier is 7 kms away.

If you want stay over in this beautiful area there are several B&Bs in close proximity. See the links below:

Taris Tourism/Airial de La Vigne which is recommended as it is nearest, excellent value and previously used by BBC members. Also:

BORDEAUX ANGLAIS: Bordeaux - Wednesday April 3rd, 2019

BORDEAUX ANGLAIS, a day’s visit, walk and lunch with Alain Mounolou on Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 from 10 a.m to 4.30 p.m..

What was Bordeaux like when the Ducs d’Aquitaine were also incidentally rois d’Angleterre (1154-1453)? Want to find out? Join in!

Starting with a private guided tour of the mediaeval section of the Musée d’Aquitaine from 10.30 to 12 a.m – 7€

then lunch at the well-known Cafe Les Arts 138 cours Victor Hugo on the corner of rue Ste Catherine – 14:90€

and an afternoon tour of the “Bordeaux Anglais” with its gates, walls, old houses, bell tower and narrow alleys. Ending Place Pey Berland (by the A & B tram stops, close to central boutiques for shopaholics).

Join in for one, two or all three of the above !

Meeting time and place

Meet from 10 a.m at the Teachers Club 35 cours Pasteur, Bordeaux, close to Tram B “Musée d’Aquitaine” stop and Tram A “Hôtel de Ville” stop.

Prices and Booking

Museum visit: 7€ per person (includes guide’s fee and entrance) to be paid in cash to Alain on the day.

Lunch: Cafe Les Arts does a pleasant 3-course day’s menu+coffee for 14.90€ not including drinks and a choice between fish and meat, to be paid for individually.

You can skip lunch if you wish, or join for lunch and/or in the afternoon.

The BBC uses the Helloasso online booking system to make it very easy for you to book and select any of the options for the event..

If you have not used Helloasso before, try it, it is easy !

For this event, no advance payments are required.

To book online please ‘click’ here


Book direct with the organiser whose contact details are here


Visit to Mira Brewery – Tuesday 5th March at 11.30

Visit to Mira Brewery – Tuesday 5th March at 11.30

The Mira brewery, based in La Teste-de-Buch for two years, won four gold medals and one silver medal at the World Beer Awards 2018 , which took place in London.

We will visit this large modern brewery and brasserie where our English guide will take us through the entire unique production of beers and soft drinks using the local eau de source with no nitrates or pesticides.

After our tour we will will have a tasting session in the restaurant followed by a three course lunch where we will enjoy local produce freshly cooked and served by charming and friendly staff.

The Brasserie is also very close to a huge new shopping centre for those shopaholics amongst us !


Price: 29.90€ which includes:

Brewery Tour (Meet at 11:30 )

  • Tasting – Either two 12.5 cl beers of your choice or one 25cl beer
  • 3 Course Lunch cooked using fresh local products


Œuf parfait à la carbonara
Tartare de saumon et avocats
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Main Course

Filet Mignon de porc, jus réduit de veau à la moutarde à l’ancienne et crémeux de patate douce
Dorade Royale, beurre de crustacés, crémeux de carottes 
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Moelleux amande et glace vanille
Brownie chocolat et glace vanille

Including Wine and Coffee

(The normal price is 32€ for the visit and lunch but excludes both wine and coffee so our special BBC price 29.90€ including wine and coffee is excellent value. (Well negotiated by Avril! ) 


Please book direct with your menu options to Avril whose contact details are here  (Please use your BBC password if prompted for a password)


Brasserie Mira

180 avenue de l’Europe

33260 La Teste-de-Buch 

Please click here for a map

Atelier des Chefs: Bordeaux - Thursday 21st February

Atelier des Chefs: Bordeaux – Thursday 21st February at 13:00

We have organised several of these cooking workshops in the past and they are always good fun and very popular particularly the part at the end when everyone enjoys eating the results !

The workshop is at L’Atelier des Chefs which has eight establishments in major cities across France. Workshops are available for many different types of cooking and cater (excuse the pun!) for all levels of skil !

The workshop is in conjunction with the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism and involves a short introduction by the chef, in french, to learn how to prepare and cook the dish which will be Piquillos farcis et purée de patate douce. After the introduction you will prepare and cook the dish and then enjoy the results together in the adjacent dining area.

The ingredients are provided and dessert is included for 17€ excluding wine.  Or 22€ including wine


L’Atelier des Chefs Bordeaux,  25 Rue Judaïque, 33000 BORDEAUX.  Please click here for a map


Thursday 21st February at 13:00. Please arrive a few minutes before.



The BBC uses the Helloasso online payments system.

The Helloasso system adds a voluntary ‘tip’ called a ‘Pourboire’, at the page which summarises your payment.  If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank card and mobile phone available. The number of the phone must be the one registered against your bank account and will be used by your bank to verify your payment.

To book online please click here


Alternatively if you prefer to pay by cheque, please send your cheque for 17€ per person excluding wine, 22€ per person including wine to Brian M, whose contact details are here.

No payments on the day. Cheques in advance please as the BBC has to confirm number and pay in advance of the day.

Golf: Ardilouse Golf Course at Lacanau - Monday 18th February

Golf: Lacanau – Monday 18th February

URGENT ! URGENT !  Calling all golfers.

We aim to start our 2019 BBC golf season on Monday 18th February at the delightful Ardilouse course in Lacanau,

We need to have a minimum of 8 players to obtain a reduced fee of 36 euros (18 holes) and 24 euros (9 holes).

Tee off times at:

9.30 for 9 holes starting from the 10th hole

1.15pm for 18 holes starting from 1st hole.

This arrangement will allow us to have a group lunch about 12 noon,

Remember that non-players or friends of members are invited to walk the course or hire a « buggie »

Please note the terrain is basically flat and offers splendid views over the surrounding forest.


Please confirm your participation ASAP by contacting Patrick Sanderson by email or phone. Patrick’s contact details are in the Members area here (Please use your BBC password if a password is requested)