This was a very stylish lunch held in the Palace du Peyrou, Neuchâtel. This classical building, built between 1771 and 1776, by Pierre Alexander du Peyrou (1729-1794), who made his fortune in Surinam, is a fine example of French architecture. In the reception room where drinks and canapés were to be served, a graceful example […]


It was with great anticipation and healthy appetites that we went down into Philippe’s carnotzet. However, we had to be patient: It was our waiter’s first day on the job and he had no idea how to get the raclette machine working. Finally, before we died of hunger and Joy had completely lost it, blobs […]


BRA Members and friends met up at the “Unique Hotel Innere Enge” in Bern for a mini golf competition and afternoon tea. We were accompanied by our family, and they thoroughly enjoyed chatting with everyone. The weather was perfect, and duly armed with ball, club, and score card, we started out on the 18-hole course. […]


We had a most enjoyable evening at the Hotel du Peyrou. Due to the bad weather instead of being in their beautiful gardens we were inside in one of their very impressive ornate rooms. Our Members really appreciating and enjoying our first event since lockdown. The loyal toast was proposed by our delightful Chairwoman, Angela […]


Although for many years I have had a Swiss passport stating that I am Neuchâteloise, I had never taken the Chaumont funiculaire and I am very glad that I finally did. Thanks to Joy’s precise instructions it was easy to find and the decision to hold the fondue at midday rather than in the evening […]

Christmas Luncheon

The lake lay sparkling in the sun, as thirty of us dined in eighteenth century splendour in Neuchâtel at the Palais du Peyrou, built  by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s publisher. Craig Penlington and his team served us attentively with a typical Christmas lunch of turkey, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes and vegetables, washed down by the local wine. […]


Cool cats at Marianne’s On 6 November fourteen cool cats from BRA dined off an excellent Beef Stroganoff and Tiramisu at Marianne’s jazz club in Bern, just in time to be ushered down to the comfortable, discreetly-lit Jazz room. Minutes later, toes were tapping and fingers were drumming as Kenny Wayne led his trio off […]

Jazz Weekend Lenk

We had beautiful weather for the whole of the Jazz weekend in Lenk, not too hot and no rain. Everyone arrived in time for the warm welcome by Miriam the hotel manager, where we were served drinks and introduced to “Antonio” our waiter for the weekend. We then went through to the restaurant to have […]


Eleven members celebrated the Queen’s birthday on 26th June in Neuchâtel. In spite of the sweltering heat, the gardens at the Hotel du Peyrou were an oasis of peace and cool breezes, and we enjoyed Craig Penlington’s delicious snacks in the shade of the trees. By the way, he assured us that the Christmas puddings have […]