Becks1

I began my catering career whilst studying at university in the hospitality industry and I have worked in catering continually since I graduated.

Having met Kev Banks in France in 1993, working for an outdoor holiday company in the Ardeche valley. We said then, that perhaps one day, we’d move to France, we eventually did in 2005.

After returning to the UK in 1994 we lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for 10 years where I furthered my profession being in a partnership in a catering company with three busy outlets in the city.

During this time we continued our holidays to France, on several occasions to the Pyrenees, finding the Couserans area the most compelling and alluring.

Kev and I finally sold up in Edinburgh and arrived in the Ariège department of the French Pyrenées in January 2005. Our vision was to find a traditional stone building, in the hills, with some land, which we could turn into a « chambre d’hôte » business,  working for ourselves and reaping the rewards from rearing our own Gascon pigs, Ariegoise sheep, egg laying chickens and maintaining a seasonal vegetable garden. Having already viewed what is now « L’Ancienne Bergerie Chambre et Table d’hôte » as a former sheep barn, in September 2004, our offer was accepted and we moved in April 2005.

It took four years for us to renovate, which for us became a huge learning curve whilst developing skills we’d never envisaged. General building, water proofing the interior walls, reinforcing the walls, roof work, windows, carpentry – stairs, doors, floors and finally experimenting with natural materials for the finished look i.e.: insulation, clay renders, woodwork, locally hand crafted terracotta floor tiles, paints and lime wall finishes.

I continue to have a passion for food and through my research, testing and experience I have now found the perfect medium to share this with my clients here at L'Ancienne Bergerie. I prepare and serve Gascon and south western France 'style' dishes, using home grown and seasonal produce. 

Kev is currently back in the UK, returning in April 2020. In the meantime his vast vegetable garden is being lovingly tended and cared for, continuing to provide L'Ancienne Bergerie with delicious seasonal and fresh organic produce.

À bientôt......

Rebecca

Contact

+33 (0)5 61 96 36 58

anciennebergerie@gmail.com

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