Having read much improved reviews here recently we decided to have another try.
We were greeted by a friendly young woman who was clearly well trained but, yet again, at full stretch. Service was again rather too long though the local diners who had arrived at midday (on mange à midi ici!) were, 30 minutes later, well on with their lunches.
The menus seemed not to have changed a great deal but I do like the philosophy of serving only fresh, local produce prepared in-house - other than the ice cream that comes from a local multi-award winning glacier.
Had the service been 30 minutes faster and the in-house desserts and the bread on offer better, I would happily have given an excellent review.
At the end of the meal the serveuse told us that it was her first day and she had noticed the rather amusing English translations on the menu (soap of the moment!)
As we left, chef came outside to see us. He is in fact the patron and he explained that he has had really serious staff problems, so when his chef left he took over in the kitchen. He also told us that he had had to employ someone for the near future but he doubted if she would stay. He is clearly working his socks off to keep the place going but, as we know only too well, staffing problems anywhere in France are nearly at crisis point - especially out in the countryside. How unlike the days of the family-run establishments of yore.
With more experience in the kitchen, the addition of another server (perhaps an apprentice?) at weekends and holidays and a good pâtissier this place could be perfect.
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