There is so much I want to tell you about my trip to Château Richeux in Cancale: the stunning location (perched on a clifftop over looking the sea and Mont St Michel), the beautiful traditional interiors, the grounds and the garden, the cliff walks by the sea and the sensational food…
So where to start?! With one of my highlights from the trip, and something you know I love most…breakfast!
Breakfast was served in the most beautiful light filled room with stunning seaside views. All the bread, brioche and croissants served in the Château for breakfast and on the dining table are freshly made by the baker David in the bakery cottage hidden in the gardens. The food at the Château blends local seafood with local produce in Brittany and the most sensational spices inspired by trips abroad, all made in the Épices Roellinger, the owner Olivier Roellinger’s spice house in the centre of Cancale.
So it was no surprise that oysters, fresh from the sea, were served on the breakfast table with the most beautiful buttery divine brioche, fresh juices, passion fruit starters, poached pineapple in spices and traditional apple crepes. I wasn’t brave enough to try the oysters for breakfast (saving them to later) but I made up for it with brioche and patisseries.
One of the most fabulous discoveries brought to the breakfast table was a little jar of spices called ‘Poudre de Balgares’ especially made for fresh creamy yoghurt. You sprinkle a little on top of your yoghurt, it caramelises, infusing the most amazing flavours of vanilla, saffron, sesame, and palm honey!
After indulging in breakfast, thinking I could never eat again…a long walk along the cliff tops towards Cancale was the perfect way to work up an appetite for lunch, tea & cakes and salted caramels at the tea room ( ‘Grain de Vanille ) and for dinner at the château in the evening…tbc.