Eating out in the French countryside

A plate of black gascon noir charcuterie

A plate of black gascon noir charcuterie

Or inside if it's a bit cold, lovely big log fire

Or inside if it’s a bit cold, lovely big log fire

It was a hot balmy evening for early September and we decided to try out our local ‘ferme auberge’  in a little hamlet called Mas de Monille. Here they grow, prepare and cook all their own produce. This particular farm specialises in the black gascon pigs, ‘Gascon Noirs’ which is rare breed in SW France.

Black gascon pigs

Black gascon pigs grazing in local fields

We had the most delicious meal starting with an aperitif and a plate of charcuterie and french crusty bread, followed by a plate of ham, gerkins, pate and hot black pudding (see above), followed by slow cooked pork, two different types of homemade sausage (one made with the rind – really tasty) and a plate of aligot (cheesy potatoes), followed by local cheeses and a homemade pudding, all washed down with local wine and eau de vie. Really great value for 29 euros http://www.masdemonille.com

The cook and owner

The cook and owner with the homemade charcuterie

It is a lovely place to visit, buy good quality meat from happy outdoor reared animals and eat wonderful, simple food beautifully prepared. Also good for walking around the area and seeing the pigs grazing. Lovely walk along footpaths to St Projet.

The restored farmhouse at Mas de Monille

The restored farmhouse at Mas de Monille

You can eat out in the garden on hot afternoons

You can eat out in the garden on hot afternoons

 

 

 

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