BEYOND NW: A fabulous foodie weekend in Lyon…

Foodies and wanderlust types following my blog will appreciate this little foray to the culinary continent. We were essentially there for a friend’s wedding, but we decided to make a weekend of it. So, first thing on Friday morning we set off for the Eurostar from St Pancras – four minutes on the Thameslink, thank you very much NW London transport links.

We whizzed and speeded through the French countryside and found ourselves five hours later happily ensconed at a cafe in the middle of Lyon.

I was wearing my special Jubilee dress (see slideshow below!), the sky was deliciously blue, and we had a cold beer, and ordered a whole Saint Marcelin (amazing cheese and a local speciality) and a plate of cold meats. It was the perfect way to start our weekend en France.

Later that night we ate at Pierre Orsi, classic old school style French and a famous Lyonnaise institution. It was everything you expect from France – great food, crazy service and a real respect for the classics, and then full and happy we had a tour of the wine cellar and picked out one of our favourite wines.

The next day we started the day with coffee and a walk along the Rhone, before heading to the famous Cafe Federation for lunch, where we drank their amazingly cheap and amazingly delicious house vin rouge (a local beaujolais), and ate the classic Lyonnaise dish of pike quennelle and praline tart – the former a delight of a dish, full of flavour, the latter incredibly sticky, sweet and moreish.

Then we went to Les Halles, a foodie shrine to end all foodie shrines, loaded up with salami, cheese, rillette, baguettes and sweet treats. Leaving us the perfect supper when we got home.

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It was a perfect weekend, and a wonderful city that we know we’ll be returning to.

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