What a Corker! It's Beaujolais Nouveau Night at Le Blaireau

15th Nov 2017

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé – well, almost!

On the third Thursday of every November, Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France with fireworks, music and festivals as the new wine is released at one minute past midnight just weeks after the grapes have been harvested.

Then begins the race to be among the first to sample the new vintage, as over a million cases of the freshly-pressed light red wine begin their journey through France and across the Channel to England.

In a secluded corner of the leafy New Forest, Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated in style at quirky French bistro Le Blaireau, which sits in the grounds of Careys Manor country house hotel.

This authentic French bar and bistro features an all-French wine list alongside classic regional French dishes like Beef Bourguignon and Normandy fish soup. Its stylish interior is inspired by the streets of Paris, complete with globe street lights, cobbled streets and a full-size 2CV parked just beyond the bar.

On 16th November, all members of staff will be up early, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau ready for the following evening’s celebrations.

To be among the first to sample the new season Beaujolais, book a table at Le Blaireau on November 17, where diners will enjoy a three-course dinner with live music from an accordionist for just £29.95 per person.

And to really make the most of that fabulous, fruity wine, why not leave the car keys at home and spend the night at Careys Manor?

With crackling log fires in sumptuous drawing rooms, the historic country hotel is just the place to spend a cosy winter’s evening before retiring to one of the manor house’s tranquil bedrooms for a restful night’s sleep.

To find out more, or to make a reservation, call 01590 624467 or

Beaujolais Nouveau | Le Blaireau Bar & Bistro
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