Every Thursday at 8.30pm

James Martin’s French Adventure

Initially shown on week days, James’s French Adventure in Keith Floyd’s old car is back in a prime-time slot. Beautifully shot and packed with amazing food and drink, it’s a real treat for the senses.

Starting in St Emilion, South West France, the first leg of James’ journey visits the rural retreats of Charente, The Languedoc and The Dordogne to the south coast via a meander along the historic Canal du Midi.

James and his 2CV also visited the culinary capital of the country, Lyon and its neighbouring region of Burgundy to taste the world-famous wine and make Dijon mustard. After a boat trip on beautiful Lake Annecy, and a visit to the Jura region to see its magnificent cheese fort James visited Bresse, the home of France’s much-loved poultry – The Bresse chicken.

After a whirlwind tour of France’s second largest city, Marseille James stopped in the Camargue – with its salt flats and cowboys. It was then on to the Roman city of Arles to witness the world-famous sport of bull running. James dropped in to the picturesque riverside town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and visited his good friend Michel Roux near St Tropez.

Of course, a trip to France wouldn’t be complete without a stop off in Normandy to soak up some wartime history…and a little Calvados! James also soaked up some artistic inspiration in Giverny, the former home of Claude Monet.

In the final leg of his journey James went to Paris, the home of world class restaurants and the world renowned Rungis market. After stopping in at Versailles it was time to hit the races in Bois de Boulogne. Beautifully shot, packed with fun and food inspiration James’ French Adventure is a real treat for the senses.


A selection of recipes from James Martin’s French Adventure book and TV show can be seen on our website:

Crème caramel

This classic and luxurious dessert featured in the Annecy episode of James’s Martin’s French Adventure.

Pear and rosemary tatin

Featured in the final episode of James’ French Adventure this sweet treat is an oldie but a goodie. James has tweaked this classic French recipe by exchanging apples for pears.

Peach Clafoutis

This dish from the Languedoc episode of James Martin’s French Adventure transforms delicious seasonal fruit into a mouthwatering dessert. Suitable for any time of day, this treat is simple to make and tastes wonderful.

Chocolate mousse with madeleines

This recipe from the Versailles episode of James Martin’s French Adventure is perfect for dinner parties and for enjoying with friends or family.

Duck Tournedos Rossini with Madeira Sauce

This stunning twist on the classic steak dish featured in the Dordogne episode of James’s French Adventure. Decadent and delicious, good quality stock, madeira and black truffle make this dish extra special!

Chicken Chasseur

Otherwise known as Hunter’s Chicken, this traditional French dish from the St Emilion episode of James’s French Adventure is a one pot wonder!

Cheat’s Salmon Coulibiac

This classic dish featured in the Arles episode of James Martin’s French Adventure and is perfect when partnered with glass of beautiful French rosé wine.

Lamb Shoulder with Parisienne Potatoes

Featured in the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue episode of James’ French Adventure this fantastic dish can also be made with goat or pork, just make sure you use the shoulder.

Ultimate Macaroni Cheese

This lobster mac and cheese from the Jura episode of James’s French Adventure is the ultimate indulgent meal. It tastes AMAZING!

Baked endive with brioche and two cheese sauce

Featured in the Annecy episode of James’ French Adventure, this dish is easy but really impressive. The bitter endives combine perfectly with the creamy white cheese sauce and the sweet brioche for a cheese bake like no other!


There is also an accompanying book for James Martin’s French Adventure.

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