Friday September 27th 2019: Histoire et Bonne Chère à Cadillac

Come and celebrate autumn with a visit to Cadillac

Tour of the old bastide town and walls, followed by lunch and visit to the Château including Exhibition “HENRI IV un roi dans l’Histoire”.

We’ll have coffee and a walk round the bastide which has kept its walls, gates, square plan, narrow alleys and gardens, covered market with the Château and town hall above and an old church.

Then we’ll have lunch at Le Cosmopolitan , a picturesque restaurant inside the bastide.


The Château

The major attraction at Cadillac is its stately Château. This 17th century building has a collection of stunning mantelpieces and fine tapestries. Until September 29th , it is housing an exhibition of period portraits and statues on loan from Versailles, centering on ‘Le Bon Roi Henri, King Henri IV of France (1589-1610).

Both the house and exhibition are well-worth a visit. As there are notice boards and the Henri IV exhibition has panels in French and English, it will not be a guided tour.

Alain Mounolou will be there to supply explanations. Alain plans to send participants a short advance file via e-mail covering the major facts and a printed version will be handed out on the spot.


When, where and how?

Meet between 10.30 and 11.00 a.m. on the market square at Cadillac.

Visit starts at 11.00. Lunch 12.30. Château visit at 15.00, visiting time around 1 hour and a half, at will.


Directions

From Arcachon/Biscarrosse:   Leave A 63 at exit 24 to Saucats, then La Brède where you join RN 113, turn right to Castres-Gironde and on to Podensac

From Bordeaux/Le Médoc:   Follow the rocade and exit onto the Toulouse motorway A 62 (exit 19), leave at exit 1.1 (in fact the 2nd exit) ‘La Brède’, ‘Langon’ (green sign) and turn left, drive to Podensac and beyond. If you miss exit 1.1, drive down to exit 2, follow ‘Podensac’ signs, when you reach RN 113 in the village, turn right towards ‘Cérons’. At the roundabout turn left towards Béguey and Cadillac.

Once over the bridge turn right to Cadillac, right again at the entrance of the town there’s a big car park to your right in front of the walls.


Lunch and Prices

Le Cosmopolitan, which is at the end of a street off the main square, will provide a 3-course lunch with choice of main course and wine (1 bottle for 5) 22€

Château visit will cost 6€.


Payment and Booking

All payments are to be made individually on the day. No payments by HELLOASSO.

Register either online via Helloasso here, or directly with Alain, at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr before September 19th.

Emergency phone contact for the day: 06 44 80 43 22. Please have your cellphones open and within hearing distance on September 27th


 

REMINDER: Visit to the Tonnellerie Nadalié: Ludon Médoc – Wednesday July 24th

Visit to the Tonnellerie Nadalié: Ludon Médoc – Wednesday July 24th (UPDATED)

Ever wondered how the barrels are made which store the wine before we drink it?

There is a visit to the Barrel Maker Nadalié (Tonnellerie) at Ludon Médoc just north west of Bordeaux planned for the above date.

The visit will be in English starting at 11 o’clock, including a tasting of wine made by the family, followed by lunch in their very nice Brasserie Le 1902 (the year the tonnellerie started).


Lunch Menu

Carpaccio de tomates d’Antan, billes de mozzarella

Ballotine de Poulet fermier, crème chorizo, gratin dauphinoise

Verrine de salade de fruits de saison.


Price

The cost for the visit is €12.50 per person and the meal is €24 for Entrée/Plat or Plat/Dessert with coffee and wine. Website for information www.nadalie.fr

Please pay individually for the visit and your lunch on the day


Booking

Book direct with Deirdre whose contact details are HERE


 

Visit to the Tonnellerie Nadalié: Ludon Médoc – Wednesday July 24th (UPDATED)

Visit to the Tonnellerie Nadalié: Ludon Médoc – Wednesday July 24th (UPDATED)

Ever wondered how the barrels are made which store the wine before we drink it?

There is a visit to the Barrel Maker Nadalié (Tonnellerie) at Ludon Médoc just north west of Bordeaux planned for the above date.

The visit will be in English starting at 11 o’clock, including a tasting of wine made by the family, followed by lunch in their very nice Brasserie Le 1902 (the year the tonnellerie started).


Lunch Menu

Carpaccio de tomates d’Antan, billes de mozzarella

Ballotine de Poulet fermier, crème chorizo, gratin dauphinoise

Verrine de salade de fruits de saison.


Price

The cost for the visit is €12.50 per person and the meal is €24 for Entrée/Plat or Plat/Dessert with coffee and wine. Website for information www.nadalie.fr

Please pay individually for the visit and your lunch on the day


Booking

Book direct with Deirdre whose contact details are HERE


 

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 : christigorce@hotmail.fr or Colette Gibson. As Colette is travelling in May please contact her by email : her email address is  : colette_gibson@yahoo.com

Gourmet Stroll around Bordeaux: Wednesday 8th May


Gourmet Stroll around Bordeaux: Tuesday 7th May

Bordeaux has a multitude of speciality shops for chocolate and cannele and wine outlets to enjoy and we will be exploring them on this spring walk.

Henley will guide us through the city as we visit the oldest chocolate shop, the most innovative cannele shop and a fusion pastry shop.

Of course no gourmet visit in Bordeaux is complete without wine and we will be enjoy a couple of glasses at some must visit places along the way.

Bring your walking shoes and of course ……

…… your appetite!


Meeting Place
Please meet at 14:00 in front of the Bordeaux Tourist Office – Office de Tourisme, 12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX

Booking

The price for BBC members and friends is 20€ per person. Payment is required in advance so please book and pay online here

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.

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

Further information is available from Henley whose contact details are here (Please use your BBC members password to access. If you have forgotten your password then please click here )
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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

or

Book direct with the organiser whose contact details are here


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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 !


Booking

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

Entrées 

Œuf parfait à la carbonara
Or
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
Or
Dorade Royale, beurre de crustacés, crémeux de carottes 
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Desserts

Moelleux amande et glace vanille
Or
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! ) 


Booking

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


Location

Brasserie Mira

180 avenue de l’Europe

33260 La Teste-de-Buch 

Please click here for a map


Vin Chaud, Steak, Tinsel and Christmas Market: Bordeaux, Friday 14th December at 1900


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, 14th December at 19:00 followed by dinner at “L’Entrecote” at 20:30 to enjoy delicious steak with their trademark delicious sauce, copious frites and, if you have room, an appetising dessert.

Have a wander around the Christmas market, packed with stalls. In previous years the men never make it past the first stall, of which there are many, selling vin chaud !

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 ( and vin chaud! )

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


L’Entrecôte


Following our visit to the market we have arranged to eat dinner at the always popular restaurant L’Entrecôte 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 extremely popular with a fun atmosphere 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 more information then please contact Colette. Contact details for Colette are in the Membership Directory here

Alternatively please reserve online below. Closing date is Thursday 13th December.

British Legion Remembrance Service – Sunday 11th November at 9:15 (revised time)


Bx_remembrance_3Remembrance Service at the Allied Forces Cemetery in Talence.

Assemble at 9:15 (please note the REVISED TIME) for the procession into the cemetery

Address: Allied Forces Cemetery, rue Bahus, 33400 TALENCE  –  GPS: N 44.814745, W 0.584240

There is ample on street parking nearby. The cemetery is a 5 minute walk from tram stop Roustaing on Ligne B

This moving and sombre annual ceremony is different this year, as it commemorates exactly 100 years since the cessation of WW1 hostilities.

The event will commence at 9.15am with the impressive and colourful procession.

The service will start at 9.30. Wreaths will be laid, including our BBC wreath which will be laid by Norma, our President. The service will last approximately 30 minutes, concluding with shots from a 1918 rifle as a salute to those who gave their lives in this and the following dreadful conflict.

We shall then walk to the adjacent French Cemetery, for a service starting at 10.30, before moving for a ‘Vin d’honneur’ at:

Chateâu de Peixotto, allée de Peixotto, 33400 TALENCE.

The chateau is situated in a large historic public parc which is maintained to respect the ecosystem and biodiversity. The chateau and parc are approximately 5 minutes by car or a 15 minute walk from the cemetery. Please click here for information about the chateau and parc

As is customary, our members will mingle with members of the British Legion and join them for lunch.


Visit to the Moon Harbour Distillery Bordeaux - 2018


Visit to the Moon Harbour Distillery Bordeaux Wednesday 7th November 2018

Did you know that there is a whisky distillery in Bordeaux? Yes there is! The Moon Harbour Distillery owes it’s name to the famous crescent moon outlined by the Garonne River in the heart of Bordeaux. The distillery is the innovation of two entrepreneurs and whisky enthusiasts Phillippe Balanger and Yves Medina. They joined forces with experienced whisky blender, Scotsman, John McDougall.

Situated in the Bacalan district of Bordeaux, the distillery currently produces several different whiskys and also gin. The site is impressive as the cellars are in a large WWII bunker next to the modern distillery

Moon Harbour has 250 hectares of barley planted in the region for it’s production of a single malt.

The tour will last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes and includes a presentation of Moon Harbour, visit to the raw material storage (explanations of malting and whisky production), visit to the cuverie, visit to the still room, visit to the cellar for ageing (a second world war bunker), tasting of 3 whiskys and 1 gin.

The guided tour is in English has been organised for Wednesday 7th November in two groups of 12, the first at 11am and the second at 3 pm. The cost of the tour including the four tasting is 10 euros per person.


Lunch

If would like lunch before or after the distillery visit we are proposing the Grill Courtpaille, 2 Rue du Professor Darget, 33300 Bordeaux. The grill is no more than 10 minutes walk from the distillery.

As it is an informal lunch each person will pay for themselves. Please let Norma B know before 1st November if you wish her to make a reservation on your behalf.


Booking

The last date to register for this tour is by 12 noon on Saturday 3rd November.

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 and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay via the Helloasso system for the afternoon tour at 15:00 here

The morning tour is fully booked.

Alternatively please book by:

Post your cheque for 10€ per person payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Norma B

Please indicate that you are booking for the afternoon tour at 15:00

Please indicate if you would like to go to the informal lunch. Norma’s contact details are here

Please note that all attendees must be recorded as members of the Association Bordeaux British Community.