For a gourmet day out in Normandy, the town of Lonlay l’Abbaye is the perfect choice. There’s even some history thrown in for good measure.
There are five activities on the tour – three gourmet experiences, lunch and an abbey visit. The tours are run every Wednesday throughout the year. Places must be booked and the tour will be in French. However, as much of it involves food and drink, that may not be an issue.
You can download the brochure here.
To book your place on the tour all you need to do is contact the tourist office directly.
Alternatively, you can visit each of the suggestions yourself so let’s take a look at them in more detail.
1.Biscuit Factory – La Biscuiterie de L’Abbaye
Biscuits have been made here since 1090. They offer a guided tour and free tasting. This lasts around an hour. You’ll be provided with a protective hairnet and overall to wear as you watch how the biscuits are made. You get to see the kneading, cutting, baking and packaging.
Places need to be booked. For more information and to book just call Mathilde on +33 (0)2 33 30 64 64 or email [email protected]
The biscuit factory details are as follows:
Biscuiterie de l’Abbaye – Route du Val – 61700 Lonlay l’Abbaye
The English version of their website is here.
2.The Abbey Church – Abbatiale Notre Dame de Lonlay
You can do your own tour from 9am – 7pm every day. Entry is free. If you’d like to find out more about the abbey church that was built in the 11th century, download the brochure.
The abbey church is accessed via Place Saint-Sauveur in the centre of the town.
3.Lunch – Le Relais de l’Abbaye
This is the suggested restaurant although there are other options outside of Lonlay l’Abbaye. Le Relais is at 16 Place Jules Levée, Tel 02.33.37.89.65. They offer a formule (set menu) for 15,90€ that includes starter, main course, dessert, quarter carafe of wine, coffee.
4.Beer tasting – Le Château de la Bière
5.Dairy ice creams – Les Glaces de la Ferme Bidard
A final gourmet visit awaits just a short distance outside of Lonlay. Contact details: Les Glaces de la Ferme Bidard, La Guerche Carée
Tel: 06.48.99.63.98 Website. This farm is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
This gourmet day out is a great way to explore the small town of Lonlay l’Abbaye in Normandy.
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