Left Continue shopping
Your Order

You have no items in your cart

You might like


Discover the Culinary Delights of Normandy: A French Specialities Tour

Welcome to a delectable journey through Normandy, a region in northwestern France that's as rich in history as it is in its culinary delights. Normandy's heritage is intertwined with the tapestry of French cuisine, offering an array of tastes and flavors that truly stand out. As an online French grocery based in the UK, we invite you to explore these regional specialities, all of which you can find on our platform for an authentic French experience. Here's what you can savor from Normandy:

Camembert and Other Normandy Cheeses

Normandy is a haven for cheese lovers. Its star, the Camembert  , is a must-try with its creamy texture and full flavor. Alongside it, cheeses like Pont-l'Évêque and Livarot should have a place on any cheese board for those seeking to appreciate the breadth of French fromage.  And for those with a sweet tooth, Normandy's fromage frais, a fresh and soft cheese, is perfect with sugar or jam.

The Camembert of Normandy is not just a cheese, it's a symbol of French gastronomy. With a history stretching back over centuries, it reflects the region's pastoral landscapes and traditional farming methods. True Camembert is made from raw, unpasteurised milk and possesses a bloomy, edible rind with a pungent aroma that cheese aficionados adore. When you cut into a Camembert, you'll find a soft, creamy interior that melts in your mouth, releasing layers of rich, buttery flavor with hints of earthy mushrooms. Known as 'the king of cheeses,' it pairs beautifully with a fresh, crusty French baguette and a sprinkle of fleur de sel, creating a delectable treat that echoes the rustic charm of France's regions. Indulge in this authentic French experience and bring the essence of French cuisine to your doorstep.

Diving deeper into the heart of Normandy's fromagerie, we come across Le Rustique, a true embodiment of rustic French charm and flavor. This delicious Camembert offers a beautiful balance of earthiness and rich creaminess that makes it an absolute delight to the palate. For those who prefer a more luxurious texture, the Brillat-Savarin — a decadent triple cream cheese — presents itself as a pure slice of indulgence. But let's not forget the gentle yet distinctive Lanquetot, a cheese that seems to capture the lush greenery of Normandy's pastures. And for those special moments that call for an intimate culinary affair, there's Le Petit, a smaller but equally savory option, perfect for a solo treat or as part of a boutiquesque picnic ensemble.

Not to be overshadowed, the Neufchâtel cheese is another Norman delicacy, famous for its distinctive heart shape and smooth, slightly grainy texture. This cheese predates even the beloved Camembert and is known for its rich, mushroomy flavor that grows sharper with age. Pairing beautifully with a glass of local cider, Neufchâtel is a testament to the region's artisanal cheese heritage. In contrast to the soft cheeses of Normandy, there's Mimolette, a fascinating French hard cheese with a bright orange hue and a flavor that deepens over time, ranging from nutty and sweet to piquant. This firm cheese is often aged for an extended period, which heightens its complex character, earning it a spot among the esteemed hard cheeses of France.

Baked Camembert: A Gourmet Delight from Normandy

Experience the warm, oozing luxury of Baked Camembert, a true gourmet delight originating from the heart of Normandy. This traditional dish showcases the Camembert cheese in its most decadent form, heated until it's sumptuously soft and melty. To enjoy, simply slice the top rind and dip your favorite crusty French baguette or even apple slices for a sweet contrast. Baked Camembert serves as a perfect appetizer or a cozy main attraction for a rustic French meal. Discover this creamy indulgence delivered right to your doorstep and transform your dining table into a Norman feast.

Apple Products: A True Norman Signature

The verdant orchards of Normandy bless us with treasures like Calvados, a potent apple brandy with a warm, complex bouquet. Perfect for sipping or as an ingredient in rich recipes.

Moving from the orchard's spirited gifts to the sweet comfort of baked goods, Normandy's Apple Shortbread emerges as a heartwarming confection. This delightful pastry merges the buttery richness of shortbread with the tartness of baked apples, resulting in a dessert that is both comforting and refined. Each bite marries the crumbly texture of the biscuit with the soft, caramelized fruit, making it an irresistible end to any meal, especially when paired with a steaming cup of French press coffee.

Seafood Fresh from Norman Shores

Seafood enthusiasts can rejoice in the bounty of the sea with Normandy's famed Coquilles Saint-Jacques (scallops) and Moules Marinières. Cooked to perfection, these dishes evoke the freshness of northern French waters.

Norman Fish Soup: A Marine Medley

Embark on a culinary voyage with Norman Fish Soup, a hearty blend of the ocean's bounty. This traditional soup marries various types of local fish and shellfish, simmered together with root vegetables and a base of white wine and fish stock. Seasoned with aromatic herbs like thyme and bay leaf, each spoonful is a testament to Normandy's rich maritime heritage. Relish the layers of complex flavors that speak of the sea and the land in a single dish. Perfect for any season, Norman Fish Soup serves as a comforting entrée that warms the soul and celebrates the region's love for its aquatic harvest.

The Butter and Cream of the Crop

No discussion of Normandy fare would be complete without mentioning its dairy – particularly Crème Fraîche and Beurre d'Isigny. These essentials elevate every dish, from decadent sauces to mouth watering pastries. Made from locally-sourced milk, Normandy's butter and cream are renowned for their distinct flavor and creamy texture.

The Isigny Whole Cream, or Crème d'Isigny, stands out in the world of gourmet dairy products. Sourced from the rich pastures of Normandy, this full cream is a testament to the tradition and quality associated with the region. It is this very cream that, when churned, gives rise to the famous French Butter from Isigny. Unlike other butters, the Beurre d'Isigny is distinguished by its unique AOC designation, a certification of its geographical origin and adherence to traditional production methods. The combination of a lush environment and the expertise of local farmers results in a butter with a delicate yellow hue, an unctuous texture, and a slightly nutty flavor that embodies the essence of Normandy.


Norman Gastronomy Staples

From Boudin Blanc to Andouille and the comfort-rich Tripes à la mode de Caen, Normandy offers unique takes on meats that will add some rustic French character to your culinary repertoire.

The tradition-steeped dish, Tripes à la mode de Caen, is a quintessential representation of Norman culinary heritage. Carefully slow-cooked in cider and Calvados, the recipe dates back centuries and is traditionally prepared in a special earthenware container known as a "tripes pot." This delicacy brings together savory tripe, a blend of onions, carrots, and aromatic herbs, creating a symphony of flavors that encapsulate the heartiness and rustic charm of Normandy's cuisine. It's a must-try for those seeking an authentic taste of the region's gastronomic prowess.

Norman Sausages and Pâtés

Sampling the Boudin Noir or a slice of Pâté de Foie Gras invités your palate to appreciate the robust, earthy flavors typical of rustic French cuisine. The Norman version of these classics may be richer than other varieties, owing to the region's abundance of high-quality pork and dairy products. Traditional recipes for these savory delicacies are closely guarded secrets, passed down from generation to generation.

While meat dishes may not immediately come to mind when thinking about French gastronomy, Norman sausages and pâtés offer a surprisingly satisfying taste of the region's culinary legacy. The Andouille de Vire, a sausage made from smoked tripe, is a hearty and flavorful staple in Norman cuisine. Its distinct smoky aroma and tangy taste make for a bold addition to any charcuterie board or traditional French cassoulet.

For those seeking a more delicate palate experience, look no further than the


Sweet Endings

No meal is complete without dessert, and Normandy has plenty to offer in this department. Tarte Tatin, a classic French upside-down apple tart, originated in the region and is a beloved favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Legend has it that the Tarte Tatin was serendipitously invented by the Tatin sisters at their hotel in Lamotte-Beuvron. As the story goes, one of the sisters intended to bake a traditional apple pie but left the apples cooking in butter and sugar too long. In a hasty attempt to salvage the dessert, she covered the pan with a pastry lid and placed it in the oven, serving it upside-down thereafter. The result was a marvelously caramelized upside-down tart that became an instant hit. Today, this happy accident continues to be a sought-after sweet treat, with its buttery puff pastry and warm, caramel-smothered apples that perfectly capture the essence of Normandy's orchards.

Meanwhile, the Galette Normande provides a scrumptious, flaky counterpart to the savory galettes consumed with cider.

Normandy's confectionary allure extends to its Caramel au Beurre Salé (salted butter caramel). This decadent morsel is a sublime balance of sweet golden caramel with a hint of sea salt, a combination that has made it an iconic treat throughout the region and beyond. Artisans craft these sweets with meticulous care, using locally sourced butter and time-honored techniques to deliver a melt-in-your-mouth experience that is both luxurious and comforting.

Don't overlook the tangy contrast of Confiture de Rhubarbe (rhubarb jam), a preserve that balances sweet and tart, serving as a testament to the versatility of Normandy's harvests. Rhubarb, often harvested in the cooler climates of northern France, makes for a sharp, yet sweet confit that pairs wonderfully with the region's buttery pastries and robust cheeses. Whether spread over a warm, flaky croissant or dolloped on a slice of fresh baguette, the jam invigorates the palate with its vibrant hue and zesty flavor profile.

Equally delightful is the Confiserie au Lait Frais (fresh milk caramel), another regional specialty that showcases the richness of Normandy's dairy produce. Born from the abundant supply of high-quality milk, these caramels are prized for their creamy texture and pure, milky flavor, embodying the wholesomeness of pastoral Normandy.


Each bite of Norman cuisine tells a story – a tale of verdant pastures, coastal traditions, and artisan craftsmanship. Through our range of hand-picked Norman delicacies, we aim to transport you to the heart of France without leaving the comfort of your home. Taste, explore, and enjoy the authentic specialities of Normandy, brought directly to you by our online French grocery.

As your adventure with French regional specialities continues, stay tuned for more tales and tastes from different corners of France. Visit our website to shop and learn more about the French cuisine that awaits you!







Normandie Products

1 2 3 Next »