At Basse Copette I combine the warm and personal welcome normally associated with bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation with some of the luxuries and facilities of a hotel. One aspect that makes what I offer visitors to Normandy stand out from many other basic B&Bs and holiday cottages is a wonderful setting within which to enjoy great Normandy cuisine. Besides breakfasts that are frequently praised for being fit for a king, I can also provide lunch and evening meals, and even a gastronomy tour of Upper Normandy.I have always enjoyed cooking and entertaining, passions I have been able to develop since moving to Basse Copette. With the help and encouragement of my neighbours I have been exploring Normandy cuisine, and what makes it so unique. Following detailed instruction from my voisines I have learned how to make such treats as Normandy apple tarts to preparing my own escargots. I also take an active interest in sourcing the best local produce – if it is Normandy cuisine that features prominently on my menus, then it is the best of Normandy produce that I choose to use.
Breakfast is included in the price of B&B accommodation; but also available to self catering gite guests on request at €6.50 per head for a continental breakfast. Various cooked breakfasts can be supplied for €12.50 per person. Continental breakfasts include:
- Orange juice, fresh fruit and yoghurt
- Croissants, pastries and homemade jams
- Fresh homemade bread and boiled eggs
- Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
Morning or afternoon tea & scones
Fresh, homemade scones and homemade strawberry jam, with a choice of a variety of teas.
Midday and evening meals
With enough notice you can have almost anything. If you are planning a special occasion and should like a meal to celebrate that occasion, let us know and a suitable menu to suite your palette and your budget can be provided!
A variety of light meals can be provided for lunch, these include salads of various kinds (such as a tuna or bacon and egg salad), sandwiches, omlettes, paté and bread, a cheese or cold meat platter or a mix of both.
Or, if you are ‘overnighting’ at Basse Copette, and all you require is a quick simple meal and an early night, we can accommodate you.
Early evening snacks: If you have had a big lunch and all you require in the evening is a light snack, how about pate and toast, or a grilled camembert and toast and a bottle of wine.
Shellfish PlattersA favourite is the plateau de fruit de mer, and includes (depending on availability and season) oysters, shrimps, prawns, mussels, whelks, langoustines and crab. All the necessary instruments, accompanying condiments and a bottle of wine (between two) are provided.
There are two menus to choose from for an evening meal: a general menu and a gourmet menu. For the general menu there are a range of favourites, such as Spanish omelettes, sausage and mash or chips, spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, grilled/BBQ meats (pork, chicken, beef or lamb), roast meals. But with enough notice we can provide almost anything. Also, a variety of French dishes: including French onion soup, moules and frites, tarte aux pommes.
Aperitif and canapés
olives, red pepper and anchovy tapenade on brushetta)
Fresh asparagus with a lemon confit
Fresh Oysters from La Manche
Pear and foie gras salad
Filets of Sole à la Normande
Cream of celery soup
Roast pork chops with sage
Roast duck with lavender, honey and lemon
Veal sauté with basil
Creamed Roquefort quiche
(three local cheeses)
Fresh berry Clafoutis
Apple tart with Calvados
Coffee/tea & Petit four