Capucins Market Tasting Tour: Bordeaux - Thursday 6th September at 10:30


Capucins Market Tasting Tour: Bordeaux – Thursday 6th September at 10:30

Come and taste local delicacies in a lively and vibrant covered market that is known as ‘the belly of Bordeaux‘.

The Capucins market is the largest covered market in Bordeaux with butchers, bakers, restaurateurs, delicatessens, chocolatiers, florists, cheese makers, market gardeners, oyster farmers, fishmongers, poultry farmers … nearly 100 stalls in total selling to the general public and also to hotels and restaurants.

The market is the heartbeat of the city and you will meet some of the liveliest characters who are passionate about their food and wine. A guided tour to learn about french cheeses, how to select oysters and we also stop for more tasting plates of delicious items along the way !


Meeting Time and Place

We meet at 10:30 am at Place Victoire tram stop. Please click here for a map.


Booking

The price per person for this delicious tasting experience is 20€ per person.

To register, please book online below or direct with Henley whose contact details are here

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available
  • Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Andernos Market and Lunch : Friday 11th May


000_Par7626239-lollllAndernos is a bustling resort town on the Arcachon Bassin which has a very picturesque water-front onto the bassin. Come and join us for a stroll around Andernos’ market.

The general market has many different and interesting stalls to browse. Also there is a large indoor food market with many vendors selling a wide range of goods including meat, cheese, fruit, veg and tapas. In the centre of the indoor market is a friendly café/bar where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or, if the mood takes you, a beer!


Meeting Time

Due to the nature of visiting a market we will not be having a set meeting time, though you will find Colette strolling around the market trying to bag a bargain from 10.30 am.  Along side of Ave General de Gaulle, which is the pedestrian only street, many coffee shops can be found and also at the waterside.


Lunch

A reservation for lunch has been made at restaurant  L’ Eden, 15 Avenue Pasteur, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains.  For a map, please click here

Avenue Pasteur is parallel to the main pedestrian only street and L’Eden is about half way down on a corner opposite the large Maison Louis David exhibition house.

The restaurant L’Eden is very good value with large servings!.   Each person will be responsible for noting what they order.

  • Lunch:
    • 2 courses – 12€
    • 3 courses – 14€
  • Wine:
    • Bordeaux rouge:
      • 25cl – 4€
      • 50cl – 7.50€
    • Rose or blanc:
      • 25cl – 3€
      • 50cl – 5.80€
  • Coffee – 1.50€

Market Location and Parking

The market is situated just off the D3, Boulevard de la Republique, on the right hand side as you enter Andernos from the Lanton direction. A pharmacy is on the corner. Avenue General de Gaulle is opposite the pharmacy on the left hand side.

As ever parking on market days is not always easy. The main parking is first turn on the right after the pharmacy.

Alternative parking is available at Place Louis David on the left hand side of Boulevard de la Republique, also parking is allowed along most of the side roads close to the town centre.

I advise you look at a map beforehand and become familiar with the town centre.


Booking

We have to confirm the number for lunch, so please book before Saturday 5th May

If you would like to join us please book on-line below. Colette’s contact details are here

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 Colette or Norma direct for your booking confirmation.


 

Vin Chaud, Steak and Tinsel: Bordeaux - Friday, 8th December at 19:00


BORDEAUX CHRISTMAS MARKET AND DINNER

 

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Join in the festive spirit and come along with us for a visit to the Bordeaux Christmas market in Allées de Tourny on Friday, 8th December at 19:00 followed by dinner at “L’Entrecote” and enjoy one of their delicious steaks and, if you have room, an appetising dessert.

Have a wander around the Christmas market, packed with stalls. The Bordeaux Christmas market is a must see, an integral part of the magical atmosphere in the run up to Christmas !

The wooden chalets set up for the occasion make up a charming picture of a village where everything can be found: gifts, sweets, gourmet food, Christmas decorations for the home, candles, toys, fashion, accessories, designer jewellery, linen and crafts made by the local artisans.

Indulge in a little Christmas shopping. Or maybe just enjoy a glass or three of vin chaud and chat with friends!


Dinner

Following our visit to the market we have arranged to eat dinner at the ever popular restaurant L‘Entrecote’ to enjoy a steak smothered with sa sauce fameuse.

The price is 19€ for steak, frites and salad. Desserts are 5,50€ to 6€. Red or rose house wine from local Château Thieuley is 16€ per bottle and coffee is 1,60€. L’Entrecote is very popular and never disappoints.

The Dessert à la carte list includes:

Le plateau de fromage, La coupe Côte d’or, L’ananas frais au masquarin, La coupe Jack, Les profiteroles au chocolat, Le semi-fredo au grand marnier, La coupe streza, Nos fruits melba, Le vacherin au chocolat, Les fruits rafraichis au kirsch, Le mont blanc, Nos tartes maison, Notre crème caramel, Nos glaces et sorbets, La surprise de la Jamaïque, Nos liégeois (café, chocolat, praliné), Le fondant au chocolat maison or La mousse au chocolat.


Location and Times

We meet at 7pm by the children’s carousel ride situated at the entrance to the Christmas Market at the Grand Theatre end of Allee de Tourny to then enjoy the market, followed by dinner at 8.30pm


Booking

If you would like to join us then please contact Norma B or Colette. Contact details for Norma and Colette are in the Membership Directory here

Alternatively please reserve online. Closing date is Friday 1st December.

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

 



Blaye Market & Citadelle Tour - Saturday 10th June


We are organising a visit to the delightful historic riverside town of Blaye, including its lively Saturday Market and famous Citadelle, commanding great views of the river.

For those members coming from the west, we would leave cars in the parking opposite the ferry embarkation at Lamarque/Médoc, taking the ferry (departure at 11am) as foot passengers. Please meet me there at 10.45 if you would like to put your picnic goods in our car (to avoid carrying it around on the other side).

Members coming from the East can park in Blaye and rendezvous with us at the big market in Blaye (3 minute walk from the ferry and the Citadelle).

We could take the ferry back to Lamarque in the afternoon, 15h00 or 16h30.


Picnic Lunch

in order to benefit from the background history we need to have a picnic !

Bring whatever you need ……. chairs, bottles and of course your picnic or buy groceries from the market, fresh bread, fruits etc…

I propose to load my car with your goods, chairs, tables, bottles, food… (I have a big car !) remember we can buy groceries from the market.


Guided Tour

We can have a guided tour of the Citadelle, in English, at 14h00 for 6€ per person


Booking

Please reserve direct with Cathy or book online below.

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 Cathy within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the Cathy direct for your booking confirmation


REMINDER: Guided Tour of the Libourne Bastide and Lunch - Saturday 8th April


REMINDER – We have a block booking for this event and there are some places still available for an informative and very relaxing day in Libourne with lunch. Please either book direct with Susan O or online below.


Libourne is a town with a unique history and stunning beauty. A must to visit in the heart of the Bordeaux wines. The history of the town goes back to the thirteenth century and King Henry III.

Libourne is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Isle and the Dordogne, and is almost 100km from the Atlantic. It had the great advantage of being the first port on the Dordogne river accessible for merchant ships inbound from the Atlantic. Similarly a great advantage for outbound shipping trading overseas.

The unique location considerably helped Libourne to grow its prosperity, particularly in the development of a flourishing trade in wine, making Libourne into a very prosperous town. 


Program for the day

10.30 – Meet at the Office de Tourisme du Libournais, 42 Place Abel Surchamp, 33500 Libourne for our guided tour of the bastide area.

The tour will entail mostly a gentle guided walk round the old town. There are cafes and benches nearby in the Place Abel Surchamp and along the river front if anyone prefers to take a break. There is an underground car park in Place Abel Surchamp.

12.00 approx – Lunch in Restaurant La Tour du Vieux Port, 5 mins walk from Place Abel Surchamp.

After lunch you are free to do as you please.

Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts or enjoy a spot of shopping in Rue Gambetta off Place Abel Surchamp.


Meeting and Parking

Meet at 10:30 the Office de Tourisme du Libournais, 42 Place Abel Surchamp, 33500 Libourne

There is an underground car park in Place Abel Surchamp


Lunch Menus

There is a choice for your lunch between two menus. It is not possible to ‘mix and match’ meal courses as this event is organised as a total package provided by the Libourne tourist office.

MENU 1

Ballottine de Volaille aux épinards

Pavé de Saumon piperade et jus de viande réduit

Tarte Tatin

Coffee

(Also includes a glass of wine)

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MENU 2

Terrine de Poisson chantilly au citron

Nem de Confit de Canard crémeux de petit pois

Fondant au Chocolat Crème à l’orange

Coffee

(Also includes a glass of wine)


Booking

There is a fixed charge for the guided tour with lunch and we hope there will be a minimum of 20 people interested in this visit. The tour and lunch costs 29€ per person.

If you would like to join us then please either book direct with Susan O or online below. Susan’s contact details are in the March Newsletter and also in Membership Directory here

As soon as you book, please send your cheque for 29€ per person and your menu choices direct to to Susan.

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




 

VIN CHAUDE, TINSEL AND STEAK: Bordeaux - Wednesday, 7th DECEMBER 2016 at 19:00


 

BORDEAUX CHRISTMAS MARKET AND DINNER

 

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Join in the festive spirit and come along with us for a visit to Bordeaux’s Christmas market on Wednesday 7th December followed by dinner at “L’Entrecote” and enjoy one of their delicious steaks and, if you have room, an appetising dessert.

We hope that you will join us and have a wander around the Christmas market, packed with stalls full of interesting items and indulge in a little Christmas shopping or, maybe just to enjoy a glass or three of vin chaude and chat with friends!


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Following our visit to the market we have arranged to eat dinner at the ever popular restaurant L‘Entrecote’ to enjoy a steak smothered in their famous secret sauce.

The price is 19 euros for steak, frites and salad. Desserts are 5,50 to 6 euros; house wine red or rose 16 euros per bottle and coffee is 1,60 euro. The steak here is very good and never disappoints.


Location and Times

The Christmas Market is situated in Allee Des Tourney (opposite the Grand Theatre) and we meet at 7pm by the children’s carousel ride situated at the entrance to the of market at the Opera end of Allee Des Tourney. followed by dinner at 8.30pm.


Booking

If you would like to join us please book online or contact either Norma B or Colette.  Closing date is Sunday 4th December.

When using the online 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.

 


 

Andernos Market and Lunch : Friday 8th April

000_Par7626239-lollllAndernos is a bustling resort town on the Arcachon Bassin which has a picturesque harbour front overlooking the basin. Come and join us for a stroll around Andernos’ market.

The general market has many different and interesting stalls to browse. Also there is a large indoor food market with many vendors selling a wide range of goods including meat, cheese, fruit, veg and tapas. In the centre of the indoor market is a friendly café/bar where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or, if the mood takes you, a beer!


Lunch

A reservation for lunch has been made at restaurant L’Airial, 15 Avenue du General de Gaulle, 33510 Andernos Les Bains. It is situated on the left hand side of the main pedestrian street which leads to the water front and just a couple of minutes from the market.

The menu of the day 12,50 Euros for 3 courses with choice, wine is 4,50 a quart and coffee 1,70€   Each person will be responsible for noting what they order.

Due to the nature of visiting a market we will not be having a set meeting time, though you will find Colette and I strolling around the market trying to bag a bargain from 10.30 am.  Along side of Ave General de Gaulle, many coffee shops can be found and at the waterside.


Market Location and Parking

The market is situated just off Rue de la Republique on the right hand side as you enter Andernos from the Lanton direction, a pharmacy is on the corner. Ave General De Gaulle is opposite the pharmacy on the left hand side.

As ever parking on market days is not always easy. The main parking is first turn on the right after the pharmacy. Alternative parking is available at Place Louis David on the left hand side of of Ave de la Republique, also parking is allowed along most of the side roads close to the town centre.

I advise you look at a map beforehand and become familiar with the town centre.


Booking

If you would like to join us please reserve book on-line or contact Colette or Norma B

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 Colette or Norma direct for your booking confirmation.


Lunch overlooking Garonne plus optional retail therapy : Begles - Tuesday 15th September

Flyer-MerciFancy a nice seafood meal with panoramic views over the Garonne? We have made a lunch time booking at the Restaurant Merci at the Porte de Plaisance, Begles for 12.00. Restaurant Merci specialises in seafood and has splendid panoramic views over the Garonne. The Menu du midi is 17€.

After the meal, we will walk along the boardwalk to the Rive D’Arcins commercial centre. The boardwalk is interesting because it has a number of iron sculptures coming out of the ground. The boardwalk is less than 1 km and leads to an entrance to the commercial centre where those interested can indulge in some retail therapy in one of the best commercial centres in Bordeaux.

If you would like to join us, please contact John B or book on-line.

 

 

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*How to get there
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Access to the restaurant ‘Merci’ from the Rocade if drivinging to the North

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Access from Bordeaux Centre

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Access from the Rocade if driving to the South

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Walk, Lunch, Garden Centre Visit, Gradignan

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We Hope that you will join us for a day out in Gradignan. We shall meet at 10.30 at the Prieure de Cayac, in front of the Restaurant le Domaine des Tentations, 4 Chemin des Moulins, Gradignan. Parking is available in front of the restaurant or diagonally opposite, over the roundabout, is a public car park.

Our walk starts from the Prieure, and after 500 metres along a residential road, joins a section of ‘Bord D’Eau’ footpath. This is flat, easy, and a well defined path which continues through the Parc Rene Canivenc-le Moulineaux, this has a small animal park with mammals and birds, including wallabies and donkeys. Housed in the’Maison Nature’ there is an aquarium (visits are free).

Lunch is at ‘Le Comptoir de Cayac’ formerly the ‘Terminus’, a small restaurant run by an enthusiastic young team. The price is 19€ and includes; aperitif (choice of kir or a small beer), 3 course menu de jour (choice 3 entrees, 2 mains and 3 desserts), ¼ of wine and coffee.

After lunch, as it is the time of year for enthusiastic gardeners, we are visiting ’Le Lann’, this enormous garden centre has an impressive selection of indoor and outdoor plants with some unusual specimens. Also there is a gift shop and a range of garden furniture.

If you would like to join us for only part of the day or throughout the day

To confirm your attendence, please contact either Colette or Norma B or book on-line below. Closing date is Sunday May 10th.


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Christmas Market & Dinner at ‘Entrecote’

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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