The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chefs are experienced, highly-trained culinary artists, whose gastronomic creations are often rated higher by our discerning clients than those they have sampled in top restaurants.
Cuisine & Dining Aboard
Your chef will use the best fresh ingredients, bought from the wonderful local markets and pick herbs from the small onboard herb garden to create some mouthwatering regional and national dishes.
A Taste of Europe's Finest Cuisine
Whichever region you choose to cruise, you can be sure of a wonderful gastronomic experience. Your chef will use the best local ingredients, bought from the wonderful local markets to create mouthwatering dishes.
In Burgundy you may be served the tenderest fillet of Charolais beef, while on one of our Midi barges the chef may prepare a seafood platter of the freshest shellfish. In Scotland, locally sourced game and wild salmon are always a feature of the menu.
To enhance the dining experience, your chef will describe the culinary creations that he/she has prepared. Your hostess will also outline the characteristics of every wine that has been selected to marry perfectly with the food.
Wines & Cheeses
During your cruise, you will have the opportunity to sample a wide range of cheeses – typically 15 to 20. Each cheese course is a delightful, delicious journey into the local region’s rich heritage and your hostess will take the time to describe every cheese’s individual qualities.
The cheeses all have a story to tell, from the creamy products of France such as Époisses and Chèvre au Poivre, to the memorably named delights of Scotland and Ireland such as Whiskey Chase and Cashel Blue. And let’s not forget the flavoursome varieties of cheeses that Holland and Italy have to offer.
After one thousand years of wine production and the creation of many hundreds of cheeses, the locals are convinced that quality and choice are fundamental to everyday life, and we think you will be too.
Awake to the aroma of brewing coffee. Then enjoy a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, cold meats, crusty French bread, hot buttery croissants and pastries freshly-baked and collected from the local patisserie this morning accompanied by delicious conserves, or perhaps a cooked breakfast.
Luncheon may be a buffet, of imaginative salads, pâtés, quiches, meat or fish platters, or perhaps a delicious homemade soup and entrée, accompanied by a choice of local cheeses and wines – often served al fresco on the sunlit deck overlooking the countryside.
Dinner by Candlelight
On your hotel barge moored beneath the stars, dinner is a gastronomic adventure and the finale to your day’s journey of relaxation and discovery. You may be served Chèvre Chaud en Portefeuille, or Marinated Langoustines, followed by Filet d’Agneau au Basilic, Truite à la Chablisienne, or Magret de Canard au Vinaigre de Framboise – all complemented by fine wines.
Then a selection of creamy and firm cheeses such as Chaource, Époisses or Morbier, before a delicious dessert, perhaps Ile Flottante, Crème Brulée à la Vanille avec Tuiles aux amandes, Tarte Tatin avec Caramel au Beurre Salé or Fondant au Chocolat. And afterwards, of course, relax with coffee and liqueurs in the company of your fellow passengers.