After a wet, windy and cold morning trudging around the ramparts of Montreuil we were in need of cheering up, and having avoided the Chateau de Montreuil in favour of something cheaper on the other occasions when we visited the town, we decided that now was the time for luxury. The Chateau is set in a walled formal garden and despite a blackboard outside offering sweet or savoury snacks we saw several couples peer through the gates and then move on. It was after mid-day and in the restaurant the waiters were polishing spoons but the bar, which is a cosy sitting room near the front door, is where the snacks are served and we choose tea, hot chocolate and crumpets.
The crumpets were home-made (of course) and cooked to order and arrive on a chaffing dish accompanied by enough butter, blackcurrant jam and orange marmalade to feed a dozen 18th century travellers. The bill came to €19 including the baffling array of taxes that appear at the bottom of every bill in France, and which I hope includes service. No-one seemed bothered that we sat for an hour waiting for the rain to ease and the only other party in the bar were still drinking champagne and ordering their lunch when we left. By the way, very good toilets, reached by walking through the restaurant (which is how we know the waiters were polishing the spoons).
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