Chateaux et ChocolatDecember 22, 2010 at 1:48 am | Posted in Dick, Eating and Drinking, Joan the Cook, Julian | Leave a comment
Tags: Belcastel, Michèle Fagegaltier, Mr Lenoir, Professor Hayling
‘”We got fed up with French food,” said Dick. “I came out in spots and Julian was sick”‘ (Five on a Secret Trail)
When Julian and Dick crave a good old-fashioned English ham and mustard sandwich (no sandwich au jambon et moutarde for them) they hotfoot it home from France to join George, Anne and Timmy who are camping on the common behind Kirrin Cottage. It’s odd that Dick doesn’t appreciate French cuisine but perhaps in a few years’ time, when his promising tastebuds develop to their full potential, he will be ready to enjoy a delicious meal at the Hôtel Restaurant du Vieux Pont in Belcastel, France.
Belcastel is a very picturesque village with a castle perched on top of a hill (pictured in the post below) and with Nicole and Michèle Fagegaltier’s restaurant nestling by the river down below. It is a regular haunt of my host of last weekend, who, for the purposes of this blog will be known simply as Mr Lenoir (of Five Go to Smuggler’s Top fame). Mr Lenoir took Professor Hayling and me to the Hôtel Restaurant du Vieux Pont for lunch on Sunday afternoon. We opted for the ‘decouverte de gourmandise’ menu which was 54 euros for five courses – six if you count the not-insubstantial petit fours served with coffee – or 44 euros for four courses. I didn’t take a picture of each one but the photograph above is of my dessert: ‘Le chocolat en sucré, salé, acide, amer (mousse caramel-chocolat, cigarette à la fleur de sel, moulleux au citron, lait glacé gentiane)’. This, and especially the lemony chocolate fondant cake in the middle, would have sent even Dick and Julian into raptures.
Joan the Cook might not hold with such fancy presentation, however…