Loire Valley Cycling Tour – Cuisine
A major part of our cycling tour is the cuisine – another passion!
We love planning seasonal menus, browsing the local markets for fresh produce and even growing some of our own fruit & veg.
Our recipes have a regional french feel, whether it’s adding a local Saumur wine to a jus, or simply selecting local cheeses for the cheese board and more often than not a sneeky splash of an Anjou liqueur to a dessert!
Breakfast consists of an extensive continental buffet with a selection of breakfast cereals, porridge, granola and muesli, French pastries, toasts, bread, jams, meats and yoghurts.
Daily, we also prepare a fresh fruit salad accompanied with a variety of dried fruits and nuts.
Fruit juices, ground coffee, hot chocolate and UK sourced tea is also available.
Breakfasts are a relaxed affair with people helping themselves and brewing drinks – it’s part of the ‘our home is your home’ philosophy.
Each evening we’ll create a delicious meal, freshly prepared from top quality produce.
Everything you eat is ‘fait a la maison’ – ‘home made’ and wherever possible we use fresh seasonal ingredients from local market gardens and free range meats and organic produce.
Best of all, we aim to include our own home grown vegetables whenever they are ready for eating.
Alison has catered for cycling guests for over ten years and has developed an amazing set of menus, including imaginative meals for vegetarians.
The meals are a social event with all our cycling guests eating together, recounting their day’s adventures!
Courguette rolls with pine nuts and rocotta and a balsamic dressing.
Fresh roast cod fillet, served on a bed of home grown leeks, lardons and fresh mint peas á la créme.
Vegetarian: Roast peppers stuffed with boursin and spicy beans.
Home baked Frangipan Tart with creme fraiche.
Salad with homegrown beetroot and salad potatoes, feta cheese and local walnut oil.
Salmon in Crémant de Loire (champagne) with roasted fennel, new potatoes and home grown cherry tomatoes.
Vegetarian: Baked aubergine with cashew nuts.
Frosted seasonal red fruits in a hot white chocolate sauce.
Wine & Cheese
Each evening meal includes 25cl of wine and the option to purchase further carafes or choose from our selection of local wines – all firect from local growers and selected by ourselves (we love wine tasting here in the Loire).
We also enjoy bringing out the cheeseboard and through the week we’ll take you on a tour of France’s cheeses. Always served before dessert and at the same time we talk about the planned cycle route for the following day.
Throughout your time at Le Gue de Ray you are able to prepare teas, coffees and hot chocolates whenever you like – perfect for when you return from your cycle and just want to put your feet up and relax. There may even be some biscuits in the tin!