A Foodie Itinerary for Normandy, France


In terms of nice cheese, seafood, and wonderful meat, one area of France involves the thoughts of most French folks: The Normandy area.

Sure, about 2 hours drive north of Paris, nestled between the medieval metropolis of Rouen to its south, to the north the Flowered coast with its elegant homes and horse racetracks, and west, the Normandy D-Day Seashores and the Mont St Michel, Normandy, is The Foodie Area of France.

Most individuals have heard about Camembert cheese, however very, only a few, even amongst fellow Normands, know that it began with a village known as Camembert.

Right here’s how you can plan the last word foodie itinerary for Normandy.

Right here is an outline:

Begin Your Foodie Itinerary for Normandy by Visiting Camembert, March to October (Morning go to)

Sure, round 1790, in line with the native tales, a younger bishop, bishop Bonvoust, leaving the furor of the French Revolution, arrived, exhausted and ravenous, within the small village of Camembert.

There he met a younger girl who had simply misplaced her husband by chance. Perhaps to an offended bull, who is aware of?

Anyway, she provided the bishop a secure refuge and step-by-step, they improved their cheese-making expertise. Again then, most girls made cheese, cream, and butter at dwelling, and ministers used to have the privilege of growing older and refining gentle cheese.

Nearly a century later, their grandson, Victor Pesnel, upon the arrival of the Emperor of France, Napoleon III, on the close by city of Vimoutiers, gave the emperor a cheese as a present from the area. The emperor, delighted by its distinctive taste, requested the place it got here from. The reply got here as a burst from Victor Pesnel, Camembert!

There it was. The cheese had its title.

Now, for many who wish to know extra in regards to the iconic cheese of France, it’s best to undoubtedly go to Camembert. Camembert is a beautiful village a couple of 1-hour drive from Caen or Bayeux. It’s a actually picturesque place.

There, you may go to the Home of Camembert, a museum devoted to the historical past of the well-known cheese. You’ll study in regards to the historical past and the significance of the Terroir or the place the place it’s made.

Camembert is now a product of a chosen origin or AOP product. The true Camembert needs to be made utilizing solely Normandy cows, the brown noticed ones with brown round their eyes.

We name these their goggles. Sensible cows.

Making Camembert cheese in Camembert Normandy, France

Since 2021, in Camembert, you may as well attend the manufacturing of the long-lasting cheese. A small farm was opened within the village, permitting guests to examine the entire manufacturing. The manufacturing facility works solely on week mornings. It’s a very small manufacturing facility with simply 4 workers, in order that they open solely within the morning.

For now, their annual manufacturing is ready at 25,000 cheeses per 12 months. They personal all their cattle and course of their uncooked milk on the spot. On Thursdays, additionally they do a scrumptious cream. The milk from these cows is so wealthy that the cream appears and tastes like a vanilla ice cream.

Then it’s best to head to the small store by the museum, the place you should have a pleasant pattern of Camembert cheese to examine for your self the distinction between the true stuff, the uncooked milk model made completely with Normandy cows, and the usual model, just like the President, the one out there in all grocery store chains all around the world.

Promise me, you received’t return to a daily Camembert while you’ve tasted the true factor.

Visit the Camembert farm on your itinerary for Normandy in France

Lunch by the Watermill close to Lisieux

After Camembert, it’s best to head for a singular lunch at Le Moulin du Fossard

Since 2018, Katy and Benoit Villeneuve have taken over this restaurant close to Lisieux.

Beforehand, imagine it or not, the constructing was a Camembert small manufacturing facility, and even earlier than, it was a chocolate manufacturing facility. The water mill was the engine of the place. It now serves as a wine cooler for the most effective bottles of the place.

This place isn’t in or wherever close to a vacationer spot but, alongside a small highway, nevertheless it has a severe, regular clientele of French Foodies who know what they’re in search of once they come right here. Every month, following the season, and the provision of native merchandise, chef, Benoit modifications the menu and takes an excellent pleasure in showcasing the essence of a beetroot, a spinach, a trout.

Benoit, who beforehand labored at Le Drakkar in Deauville, received uninterested in delicacies that needed to slice extra truffle, lobster, and caviar. Now, with easy but wonderful merchandise, he focuses on refined flavors for individuals who need an actual connoisseur lunch or dinner with no extra show-off.

With Katy, he met in Deauville at Le Normandy Lodge, they fell in love with the place and now many locals are in love with this small restaurant. A real small jewel.

Calvados, the liquid gold of Normandy (Apple Brandy)

Normandy can be very well-known for its distinctive liquor, the Calvados.

In accordance with the legend, its recipe was invented in 1553 by a gentleman farmer from the Cotentin, the Lord of Gouberville. But, apples have been, for hundreds of years, the fruit of the area.

Beuvron en Auge - Apples for Apple Brandy.
Beuvron en Auge – Apples for Apple Brandy.

Normands have drank cider because the Romans, and William the Conqueror, grieved by sorrow after the demise of his spouse Mathilda in 1078, won’t have mentioned NO to some cider to overlook the ache.

There are numerous Calvados distilleries within the area. There may be even a vacationer highway known as the Street of the Cider, the place one can, identical to in Burgundy, cease virtually each 5 minutes to attempt one other kind of distinctive spirit.

Calvados is a distilled model of cider. After distillation – within the Pays d’Auge, round Lisieux, Pont L’Evèque, we do a double distillation to get the most effective of the liquor – it has to age in oak barrels for no less than 5 years to be clean and nice.

It will probably age far more than 5 years. The older, the higher, and the extra expensive.

If I can suggest no less than two distilleries within the area not too removed from the restaurant, Le Moulin du Fossard, then I might suggest:

La Spiriterie Française at Le Breuil en Auge

In 2020, Mr Dussart purchased this distillery and expanded the vary of liquors produced in addition to he clearly improved the go to of the distillery.

This distillery is ready simply on the best way to the well-known Trouville Deauville, on the exit of the A13 from Paris, close to Pont L’Evèque.

It’s also a Renaissance Chateau. The Chateau is now a B&B and may be rented for the week or weekend. Simply ask the distillery, and so they’ll be comfortable to elucidate to you how you can hire the Chateau.

After all, after the distillery tour, you’ll attempt many of the Calvados they produce. The bar the place you may attempt these clearly reminds you of a classy Parisian bar. Additionally they serve scrumptious cocktails with younger Calvados.

Calvados Expertise

One other distillery I extremely suggest close by is the Calvados Expertise in Pont l’Eveque.

This distillery, also called Le Pere Magloire belongs to a different French liquor group, Spirits of France.

Since 2020 as effectively, they created an immersive go to which takes you on a journey within the historical past and landscapes of Normandy area to point out you why this product is absolutely the true spirit of the place.

After the tour, a really Manhattan-like bar will assist you to pattern all of the Calvados they produce and much more.

An Ice-Cream in Honfleur

In the summertime, should you nonetheless have a while, I might recommend you end your day itinerary for Normandy with Honfleur.

Honfleur’s small docks of the beautiful little port city, untouched since 1500, are actually the right place for a restaurant and an ice cream.

But, there are ice lotions and ice lotions.

Les Glaces de La Ferme du Bois Louvet

The one I all the time go to is Les Glaces de La Ferme du Bois Louvet.

It’s simply on the nook of the Metropolis Corridor of Honfleur, by an artwork gallery. Their ice lotions are made with 100% of the milk of this farm, which is used to make these scrumptious ice lotions.

No preservatives, no synthetic flavors.

And much more, they suggest flavors nobody else does any longer, just like the scrumptious old style Plombiere taste, made with almond extract, kirsch, and candied fruit.

Ice-cream at Les Glaces de La Ferme du Bois Louvet in Honfleur, Normandy, France.
Ice-cream at Les Glaces de La Ferme du Bois Louvet in Honfleur, Normandy, France.

There isn’t a higher solution to finish this tough day’s work.

Bon voyage!

Normandy Meals Tour

Expertise the culinary delights of Normandy in simply sooner or later on this thrilling small-group meals tour from Caen.

Discover lesser-known components of the area whereas having fun with breathtaking views of Trouville, Deauville and Honfleur. Meet native producers and find out about their craft as you pattern well-known Normandy delicacies comparable to Camembert, Pont L’évèque cheese, cider and calvados. Take pleasure in scrumptious meals at a few of Normandy’s most interesting eating places, together with Michelin-starred institutions.

Your educated information can even present fascinating insights into the historical past of Normandy delicacies.

Get pleasure from handy resort pick-up and drop-off in Caen for a hassle-free expertise. With a small group measurement, you’ll obtain customized consideration all through your journey.

Value: from €700 per group (as much as 6)
Length: 9 hours
Free cancelation as much as 24 hours earlier than
Cellular ticket
Tour in English, Italian, French or Spanish

E book instantly with the information right here.

Camembert - Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Caen.
Camembert – Normandy Specialties Meals Tour from Caen.

What’s included:

  • Tasting a number of scrumptious dishes
  • Comfy transportation by air-conditioned minibus
  • Professional steering by pleasant native guides
  • Personal tour to make sure exclusivity

What to Count on in your Normandy Meals Tour

Start your day along with your information’s tour of Lisieux Cathedral earlier than having fun with lunch at a surprising 2-star Michelin restaurant on a picturesque river within the Pays d’Auge, an space recognized for its world-class racehorses. Afterward, indulge your palate with tastings at a cider and calvados distillery, the place you may pattern these distinctive liqueurs recognized for his or her distinctive flavors.

Proceed to the Pays d’Auge itself to satisfy expert cheesemakers who produce the normal Pont L’évèque cheese and the creamy Douville en Auge cream cheese and acquire perception into their time-honored methods.

End your tour with a go to to Honfleur; a fascinating seaside village whose impressionist appeal impressed artists comparable to Eugène Boudin and Erik Satie. Return to Caen round 6pm after an unforgettable day exploring Norman gastronomy.

Liquor barrels in the Normandy, France - Private Tour Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Caen.
Liquor barrels in Normandy, France – Personal Tour Normandy Specialties Meals Tour from Caen.

  • Rosen Igor

    Way back to I can bear in mind, I’ve all the time cherished historical past and telling folks about it and displaying them the most effective locations to eat, have enjoyable and do issues.
    I used to be born in Normandy, close to Lisieux, and each my grandparents lived by way of the German occupation and each have been within the French Resistance.
    That is the place my ardour for digging previously actually started.
    After faculty in Lisieux, I studied historical past and journalism on the Sorbonne in Paris.
    I’ve been an expert information for 3 years now and I actually like it!
    I do know and love my area. I’ve lived right here virtually all my life and I’ve a lot to point out you.
    I’ve lived elsewhere, however I can let you know that “paradise” for me is “right here” within the inexperienced pastures of Normandy.