Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

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“A magical long birthday week end. Missery and its light spirited company at their very best. Shrieks of excitement and laughter.”
– Quentin Davies

Gastronomic eating is the principal activity of all Burgundians – all wine tasting and drinking has to be accompanied by a Burgundian speciality, the ‘gougère’ (cheesy choux pastry)!

Wine Tasting in Burgundy by Hugh Johnson

The joy of Burgundy for a wine-lover is its open-door policy. In Bordeaux some of the wine chateaux may rival even Missery in splendour, but there isn’t much for a wine-lover to actually do.  But wander round the vineyards and villages of Burgundy and the whole story is laid out before you, from the names of the vineyards, a roll-call of the world’s most wonderful scents and flavours, to the wine-growers themselves, eager (though not all of them) to show your their cellars and their treasures. Even to let you buy some.

You need a day for Chablis (just up the road), two days for Dijon (just down the road) and a good long holiday to explore Beaune and its glorious countryside. Missery put you right where you need to be.

Burgundian Cuisine

Burgundy’s strategic location, along with its bountiful fields and vineyards have together helped to develop one of France’s most famous gastronomic cuisines. You will be pleasantly surprised by the hospitality of the Burgundians, nurtured by centuries of looking after travelers on their way to the South of France.

The region is renowned for its rich food, the much loved recipes stemming from what it produces best: wine and Charolais beef, amongst a myriad of other prime produce, such as wild mushrooms, berries, venison, Dijon mustard. Dishes the region is justly famous for include boeuf bourgnignon, oeuf en meurette (poached eggs in a thick wine based sauce), ham saupiquet, snails à la bourgignone, not forgetting a Kir, a glass of white wine with a splash of crème de cassis, and delicious baguettes with local cheeses such as the very smelly Epoisses or the white and creamy Chaource, will all make your taste buds squeal with delight and leave your stomach fully satisfied.

Eating In

The château’s kitchen garden is productive and organic, the vegetables come in daily and adorn the table with a freshness and flavour unfound in restaurants or shops. In summer, there are flowers and fruits of all kinds, off canes, plants, trees, bushes and vines; the excess is bottled or frozen for use in the colder months. The Saulieu market is always popular with guests, where they happily purchase wonderful local meats and cheeses, honeys and breads.

For any Missery house party, menus can be arranged in advance, a sample of can be downloaded to the right. Mix and match English and Burgundian dishes, together with recipes from other regions of France or the world. Vegetarian and other dietary preferences can be catered for on request.

Gourmet Weekend – take part in a Masterclass with a top chef with experience in a Michelin starred restaurant

Every year the nearby town of Saulieu hosts a gastronomic fair, the ‘Journées Gourmandes’, where local producers come together under one roof to offer tastings of their wares, chefs demonstrate how to cook local and more exotic dishes, and visitors tuck into a juicy charolais steak accompanied by a glass of pinot noir, in the hubbub of the popular fair.

For this event, we propose a Gourmet Weekend at the Château, where a group (8-12 people) can participate in Masterclasses with a top chef, visit local markets and producers, flex their palettes with respected Burgundian wine growers at their table and in their cellars, eat out in chosen restaurants, and relax back at the château around a hearty Burgundian meal, ‘bien arrosé’*! An indicative programme of events for this package will be outlined on the Gourmet Weekend page, although this can be modified to suit a group’s needs and wishes; just ask! (* Well watered!)

Eating Out

Please visit our links page for a list of personally recommended local restaurants. If you want to read more about these restaurants or find others in the region, we recommend you search by town on the Michelin website for the latest information and reviews – http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Restaurants – although not all are listed!

Drink and be merry!

We believe that the wines of Burgundy are seldom surpassed. Their reputation on a world-wide scale are second to none. Since the vineyards are within just an hour’s drive, you can discover for yourselves which of the hundreds of small producers are worth

Nuits Saint Georges, Beaune, Mersault, Montrachet, Clos Vougeot, Monthelie and many other villages and towns on the Côte d’Or are known for their distinctive labels and ‘grands crus’.

However, wine is not the only drink of the region! At Missery, we produce sloe gin, eau de vie de prune, tomato juice, elderflower cordial and crême de cassis from the garden produce or from the wild berries of the surrounding hedgerows.

An evening of feast and fun at Missery rounds off the day beautifully. The sport of kings may not be twister or charades, but after dinner entertainments are varied and amusing. Learn our family drinking song, try Racing Demon, playing a fast hand of cards with a circle of up to ten opponents, gather round the grand piano, to sing and listen, dance on the lawn, play the cereal box game! Finally, fall asleep in front of a film from Lucy’s collection – all languages, all genres and all good!