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Bistrot L Ancienne Auberge 1900
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Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Vonnas
Price range: $33 - $84
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We had a Groupon valid here and in l'Ancienne Auberge. The hotel is across the street(parking lot) from the main building; Georges Blanc has made the village of Vonnas a "village gourmand" and it is very beautiful and tasteful. This is the 3star establishment and there is nothing wrong with it, on the contrary our superior room was perfect. the staff were smily and helpful and did not even ask for a credit card upon check-in. The TV had many channels, the bedding perfect as were the closets and the bathroom strikingly pretty. But no bathtub...Lovely towels!!
The SPA was included with our Groupon, but one pays for the bathrobes. The pool and hammam and whirlpool are nice, the changing rooms too small. Of course if you are in the 5star part of the hotel you walk down in your bathrobe so this is not a problem. the pool is at 26 degrees. In summer there are two other pools, one without kids.
Breakfast is down the street, the only downside but folks, it was absolutely excellent, with many desserts and cakes, eggs made to order(don't be shy, esp for 28 euros!) a Nespresso machine, superb thinly sliced cured ham, all manner of yoghurts, all this served in a tasteful bay-windowed rustic large space.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The reputation of George Blanc, a Michelin 3* cook, is world reknown. This is the place you go to when you cannot afford to eat at the main restaurant... and with a menu at 23€ it is accessible for all. You should plan plenty of time here, because the service is not on the ball - everything is slow. A great point is that you can see the cooks at work through classy large glass windows. The food is rather surprising - main dish was composed of 3 sorts of fish in soupy sauce with no vegetables or other accompanying dish (rice, pasta, potato or other... nothing). The fish was tasty.

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2  Thank RussellLyon
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We've been to this restaurant lots of times over the last eight or nine years. It's a very interesting place to go, the restaurant is fantastic, it's beautifully put together and the gardens and flowers are lovely. The menu changes rarely and it specialises in poulet al la bresse. But there's a big but, despite the lovely M. Blanc doing the rounds after lunch and saying hello to everyone the service is just not good. I know it's obligatory for staff in posh French restaurants to treat you with contempt but this is just poor service. To be honest I think the staff really aren't bothered if you are there or not. I recently saw a waitress pick up two bowls of potato purée by pinching them together between finger and thumb and depositing them on the table. Staff lean over you to deliver and collect your food and once they've gone through the wine tasting your on your own. Lunch for two will be over £100 and at that price I like to be looked after...

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2  Thank Mike H
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We have stayed many times at the Georges Blanc Hotel in Vonnas and always eaten in the Hotel Michelin starred restuarant. When we last visited it was Monday and the restaurant was closed, this gave us the "push" to try Georges Blanc's "Bistrot" just across the square.
The Bistro is at the rear of what was (many years ago) a Lemonade Factory and the whole building (like the rest of the "Blanc" complex) has been beautifully restored to echo the local history.
On entering the restaurant area we were impressed by the layout and the lively atmosphere.
The Menu features local traditional dishes (eg Bresse Chicken etc) cooked in the old styles of the region, the prices are extremely reasonable and the service was excellent . Needless to say the food was of the highest quality (one could not expect anything different from a Georges Blanc establishment, even if it is "just" the Bistro).
Just one word of warning..if you are expecting "nouvelle cuisine", this is not..the portions are generous !
There were quite a number of "local" parties eating here on the evening we were there, which goes to show that the quality and value are consistant.
Highly recommended !

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Well, my fellow reviewers, again I disagree with most of what is said. Whilst most things are subjective, good food remains good food. This adorable Auberge is set in the picturesque village created by the infamous Blanc family. Set with view across the perfectly landscaped park (we were lucky enough to eat outside on a gloriously warm evening) the food offers bistro style cookery as an alternative to the dynamic experience in the main Michelin restaurant.
My husband and I took the set menu whilst our friends went al la carte. We ate our way through starters of salt cured salmon with corriander dressing - too delicious for words, 'blonde' chicken liver mousse in a warm and utterly delicious sauce followed by the most perfectly cooked salmon trout over asparagus and, of course, the famous Bresse chicken in a champagne sauce of utter decadance. Dessert was creme brulee and macerated strawberries with ice - cream. Let's not forget the quinelle of Pike sitting in a lobster sauce. The Veal cheeks were good enough to kill for!
Food was outstanding and priced within the realms of this famous and utterly well served and situated auberge. Service was fantastic, wines very reasonable and atmosphere first rate. Absolutely loved the experience and the fact that between courses you are able to stroll around the park and admire it's structured elegance. Would I go back - are you kidding, I'd go every day if I could.

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Thank Cheryl G
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