We were planning our return from San Sebastián to the UK via Calais and were looking through the usual tomes and came across The Auberge du Bon Laboureur and decided it would be an interesting place to stay and eat before our return to Blighty after almost four weeks of cultural education on the Iberian Penninsula.
It was a triumph.
We decided on the Gourmande menu and were delighted from beginning to the end. The cooking is classic with a light and inspired touch, and the menu, unlike so many degustation menus is restricted to five courses (not including the two amuse bouche dishes!).
The langoustines with beetroot purée and a parsley mousse and parsley crisp was an excellent start to the event, and a sublime introduction to the John Dory with hollandaise sauce with spinach in a potato 'cup'.
The pigeon served with red cabbage and other delights was a perfectly cooked triumph. A magnificent choice of French cheeses followed, and pursued by a selection of 4/5 desserts all of which sounded excellent. Maggie chose the orange and citrus option and I chose the pineapple dish - both extremely memorable.
The wine list included an excellent selection of 'local gems' along with a reasonable spread from the rest of France. We chose, with inspired tutorage, an excellent Vouvray followed by a superb Chinon.
The restaurant itself is excellently and tastefully presented and the service is relaxed and attentive.
We've warned the proprietors that we'll be back!
this was an excellent end to a spectacular holiday.
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