SECRET GARDEN

Heading to Normandy? You might want to check out this leafy hideout on the swanky, five-star premises of Château la Chenevière. Le Petit Jardin is a bistro restaurant encased in glass, whose seasonal and local menu holds veg in high regard – although meat eaters get their fair share too, with beef terrine, crab cakes and herb-sprinkled cod. Pro tip: don’t miss the special veggie cocotte! www.restaurantlepetitjardin.com

SWEET TALK

It’s finally spring, which means two things in our book: you beat the winter blues, and you’ve earned yourself une petite gâterie. We recommend a trip to La Glacerie to start the season properly – what better way to indulge than with dessert, after all? In this Aladdin’s cave of ice cream, you’ll find yourself torn between shimmering ice globes with meringue centres, sorbet cylinders, almond-sprinkled profiteroles, affogato with fleur de sel and brioches soaked in coulis. www.laglacerie.fr

CHEESILY PLEASED

But fondue is for winter, we hear you cry! Well, our fromage-loving friends, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: there’s never a bad time for liquid cheese, and at Les Grands Crus de Fondues, you can eat your weight in melted Comté, Gruyère, Vacherin, Abondance, Beaufort and L’Etivaz Alpage – expertly paired with alcohol, bread, fruits and veg, no less. It’s a melt-in-the-mouth experience like no other. www.mdemegeve.com

First printed in our sister publication France Today

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