In Mons and its surroundings, you can be sure of a warm welcome from the host, which is reflected in the excellent dishes. There’s a relaxed, warm atmosphere at the many cafés and restaurants on the Grand’Place.
La côte de porc al’berdouille
On the menu, seek out côte de porc al’berdouille, which translates as ‘pork chop in mud’. Don’t take it literally: the mud turns out to be a deliciously sharp sauce made from white wine, mustard, shallots and gherkins.
Les Râtons Car d’Or
Fantastic pancakes filled with ham, white sauce and nutmeg that are browned in the oven and served hot.
Le pavé montois
The pavé montois is a soft washed-rind cheese made from cow’s milk. Its flavour is neither too sweet nor too strong, unlike a number of the same types of cheeses. You’ll find it in the Fromagerie Montoise as well as in grocery stores selling local produce.
El cayau montois
Under this funny name hides a sweet treat made of chocolate and biscuit, straight from Mons. Entirely homemade, this round cake is comprised of a shortbread biscuit covered with a chocolate and hazelnut ganache, and a little meringue. A chocolate drop in the image of the famous Guardhouse Monkey (Singe du Grand Garde) decorates it all!
Le pagnon borain
The pagnon borain is a thick tart made from leavened dough and light brown sugar. This variant of the sugar tart was originally made with the leftovers of bread dough. Enjoy it with a good cup of coffee!
Les vins pétillants du Chant d’Éole
Located in Quévy-le-Grand, a charming village in the Mons’ region, this vineyard produces sparkling wines since 2013. The Brut Blanc de Blancs (white) and the Brut Rosé (pink) are made following a traditional method which you’ll be able to discover during a group visit to the Chant d’Éole.