Dining aboard the Saint Louis
Here on the Saint Louis, the French food tradition of Aquitaine and Gascony (so much praised by master chef Rick Stein in his French Odyssey) is an integral part of the barging experience. Whether enjoying your meal in the wood-panelled salon or alfresco on the sun deck, the cuisine will remind you that you are in a part of the world where food is treated lovingly and seriously.
The superb food on board is largely based on traditional recipes from this region of France prepared with international additions and a twist of our native Scotland. Ingredients are prepared fresh from our local suppliers on a daily basis. Beautifully prepared by our resident chef, duck, foie gras and seafood are thus among the basics of the cuisine. Dietary preferences, vegetarian and special dietary needs are easily and cheerfully accommodated (but please tell us in advance).
Breakfasts are Continental-style – juices, cereals, fruit and yoghurt, with croissants and bread arriving fresh each morning from the local baker. Cooked breakfasts are available if requested.
Lunches are generally enjoyed on the sun-deck as we glide gently through the French countryside. You may have a freshly-made savoury tart, or a variety of cold meats, with salads to compliment, or even a delicious bowl of fresh fish soup. (Barbara’s fish soup is rated by a professional French chef as being the finest in France!) Afterwards, the dessert course is likely to be fresh fruit or a dish prepared from fresh fruit. Lunch will be served with carefully selected wines from the region.
Dinners may either be served below or on deck, according to the wishes of the guests. Twinkling candles help to set the scene as the sun dips below the horizon. Guests will enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, all freshly made, tasty and finely presented. To accompany, specially selected wines from this region of France will be served. The Saint Louis dinner experience is a fitting and enchanting way to round off another wonderful day on the barge. The wines on board are of excellent quality, selected personally from local vineyards including some wonderful examples from Gaillac and Fronton. Local liqueurs are well represented in the bar, with a range of Armagnacs and Flocs de Gascogne. The bar also stocks a number of special high-quality single malt whiskies from Scotland.