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A hearty taste of France for school groups

During your stay at the La Grand'Ferme, your group will enjoy a variety of home-cooked meals lovingly prepared by our chefs in our kitchen. We have a rotating menu of typically French dishes tailored to suit British school groups. All mealtimes are led by the animateur team, with our immersive approach utilising mealtimes as an opportunity to learn vocabulary and facilitate the use of conversational French.

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We take great pride in the food we serve

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Our homecooked food is wholesome and receives very good reviews. We try to combine healthy choices like salads fruit and vegetables and use local ingredients where possible. 

One of the culinary highlights of the week is our French evening which includes a fancy dress competition and a quiz, when we invite the pupils to sample some snails. When it is warm enough we have a barbeque each week as well.

Make sure to advise us in advance of anyone with allergies or dietary requirements such as vegetarians and vegans. Use our online pre-visit admin information form to give our kitchen staff plenty of notice.  (As there is plenty of choice, you don't need to advise us of particular likes or dislikes!)

Our menus have a French flavour, adapted for children's tastes and could include the following:

Petit Déjeuner

Croissant * Pain au chocolat * Brioche * Céréales * Pain * Confitures * Jus de fruit * Pain grillé * Chocolat chaud


Quiche * Jambon blanc * Paté * Charcuterie * Pizza * Thon au riz * Crèpes au Jambon * Rillettes * Terrine * Salami * Jambon fumé * Saucisson sec

Vegetarian: Feuilleté Provençale * Flan au Fromage et Courgette * Omelette * Crèpes aux champignons * Crudités * Avocat * Tarte à l’oignon

We have purpose-built kitchens for the preparation of food.


Coq au vin * Boeuf Bourgignon * Poulet à la Normande * Gigot d’agneau * Escalopes à la crème * Jambon au cidre * Cuisse de canard * Poisson au vin blanc * Navarin de mouton Carbonnade de Boeuf * Galette Normande * Barbecue

Vegetarian: Sauté de champignons et pommes de terre * Casserole au gruyère et tomates * Gratin dauphinois * Tarte aux poireaux * Casserole * Amandine * Haricots Catalan * Ratatouille * Gratin aux champignons et brocoli


Fruits * Yaourts * Crème Caramel * Glace * Tarte au pommes * Eclair * Mousse au chocolat Fromage * Compote de fruits * Fromage blanc * Fromage frais * Gâteau * Galettes des Rois * Profiteroles

Each meal will be accompanied by fresh bread and salad or vegetables (where appropriate).

More about La Grand'Ferme

Why choose us for your French school trip to Normandy?

French immersion works

Developed over 20 years, our approach to French teaching creates a truly immersive experience that is shown to improve learning and confidence.

We’re here for you

Our local managers are on hand 24/7 to look after the individual needs of your group and deliver the best experience every time you visit.

Schools return to us year after year

Our French language residentials offer the highest quality instruction and care which is why 8 out of 10 school groups return each year.

Animateurs are “like having another teacher on the trip”

All school group activities are led by our own French-native animateurs who are skilled at encouraging even the most reticent learner to use their French.

Authentic French experiences

As part of the local community, with ties across the region, we offer an authentic French cultural experience during your group's stay.

A French programme to suit your learning objectives

Looking for onsite adventure activities? The chance to experience authentic local culture? Or an escorted tour of Normandy's rich history and landmarks? We have a French trip to suit.