Monday, 28 November 2011

A Good Cheese Board

At Loire Valley Time Travel we choose the restaurants we use carefully. Typically they are family run, friendly establishments where local French people eat. One of the things many people look forward to in French restaurants, whether they are local or just visiting, is the multitude of delicious cheese varieties. Cheese is so much a part of the daily diet here that many restaurants include it as a standard part of the menu. Diners are invited to serve themselves from a trolley or a platter that is passed from table to table as required. The cheese selection normally includes some hard mountain cheese, some blue, some local goats milk cheese, some camembert or similar and some soft mild creamy cheese along with the occasional unusual or surprising flavours. There really is something for any cheese lover here.

The cheese and dessert trolley pictured is from the Hôtel de la Gare in Montrichard. As well as the cheeses there is a selection of classic desserts such as îles flottantes or, after the generous meal you get here, you may want to stick to fresh fruit and a handful of locally harvested walnuts.

If you love cheese and want to experience a typical French lunch in a small country town as part of your sightseeing tour, email us and book a day trip in the Loire Valley.