FINE DINING supported by wonderful wines is one of the most important aspects of our barge
cruises. All of our barges pride themselves on the quality of the cuisine and wines they serve on
board, and in most cases the dining experience compares favourably to a top class restaurant.
On many barges the standard not only equals it, but easily surpasses it.
The highly experienced and
celebrated barge chefs that share their skills with you and your party are what makes this possible, plus of
course the graciousness of your barge hosts and the elegant (or cosy) dining facilities.
Some of our barges offer special ‘Barge and Cook’ (see the Etoile) or
‘Wine Connoisseur’ cruises.
This is an opportunity to learn
how to shop for the freshest ingredients, then make key French dishes that you
can enjoy even when you’re back home. On wine cruises you will learn how
to read wine labels (what they actually mean!), how to choose your
wines and match them with meals, plus visiting many great vineyards
and sampling their produce.
ON WINES… Even on the classic cruises, our barge owners choose their
wines very carefully and you may find yourself sampling a Premier Cru
of exquisite quality.
Equally, you may sample fine wines from the various regions
of France that you would never be able to try anywhere else. Most
barges have an extensive wine list
for you to enjoy, and if you are a wine
connoisseur there will always be someone to enthuse and compare notes with!
are usually an extensive buffet of croissants, pastries, fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, fruit
juices and choice of tea, coffee, etc. (For ultra-spectacular home-made breakfast treats, try the
Shannon Princess II in Ireland!)
are usually available however.
LUNCH may be a formal dining experience of several courses, or an extensive buffet laid out
beautifully, with wines to accompany of course.
DINNERS are usually the most formal of all meals, with up to 5 or 6
courses (depending on the barge), possibly a different wine for each
course, and usually finishing off with coffee, chocolates and optional liqueurs.
Enjoy wonderful desserts on the Clair de Lune
(below right), fine champagne
and glorious continental breakfasts on the Napoleon
Fleur de Lys
(bottom middle). Sumptuous starters (below left) and a bedecked dining table (below left) are the order of the day
on the charming Luciole
As you browse our barge pages
you’ll notice for each barge we have
a ‘Food and Wine’ page. This is aimed at providing you with an
into cuisine on board—perhaps a sample menu, a word from the
chef or the barge owner on the food or wine that you can expect
board— and sometimes even prized information on the glorious
cheeses and wines that you’re likely to savour! Information
from barge to barge of course, but we’re confident that it will
very helpful insight into the gastronomy aboard each of our