Gourmet food

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Think of France and you immediately think of food and drink. Famous for wine, cheese, crispy baguettes, thin crêpes, pâtisserie, fôie gras, and crème brûlée amongst others. There are Normandy specialities to be enjoyed thanks, in part, to its proximity to the sea and its agricultural heritage.

Much of the farming is dairy; the black and white Normandy cows provide a rich array of products. Four cheeses are produced in Normandy: Camembert, Neufchâtel, Livarot and Pont l’Evêque together with rich and creamy butter and full flavoured cream. The nearby coastline ensures a plentiful supply of fish, seafood and shellfish. While moules frites (mussels and chips) are not a regional speciality, they are certainly very popular.

Normandy is renowned for its apple orchards. The main products are cider and Calvados which is an apple brandy but you will also find beautiful apple tarts and apple pastries. For those with a particularly sweet tooth, a thick caramel sauce known as confiture de lait is also produced in Normandy. It can be drizzled over pancakes, ice cream or yoghurt or spread on bread and pastries.

A spicy smoked sausage called andouille is made throughout France with each region making it’s own version. In Normandy, it is called Andouille de Vire and the shop can be found in Gavray. For meat lovers, lamb pré salé is popular and gets its name because the sheep graze on the salt marshes surrounding Mont St Michel.

Other Normandy favourites include buttery caramels from Isigny, a creamy and milky rice pudding called Teurgoule and a liqueur called Bénédictine. With so many tasty treats to choose from, you’re sure to find some firm favourites during your stay