We had made a day trip to Montcaret in order to see the Roman villa there (very well worth a visit!) and were looking for somewhere to have lunch, when we came upon Harveys. It was a hot day, so we elected to eat in the cool dining room, although we were very tempted by the attractive terrace (which is on the side away from the road, so peaceful and pleasant). The dining room was was simply but imaginatively decorated, with a large porcelaine stove in one corner and trompe l'oeuil chandeliers on the walls. Two of us had escargots, which were declared to be excellent, and two started with asperges, which were the best I have ever had---green and young, perfectly cooked, with a simple but elegant butter sauce with just a hint of pepper. Main courses included confit (also declared perfect), pasta (just as it should be) and a Cesar salad with marvellous garlic croutons freshly made from good bread. I am a vegetarian, but this proved no problem at all: Tracy was happy to adjust a couple of dishes to accommodate me, and they were delicious. As it was so hot, and we had several hours of travel before us, we did not have wine, but noticed that local wines were featured; next time we will try them. Desserts were again deceptively simple: very good ice cream, and a lovely riz au lait. This is the sort of cooking that appears to be easy, but isn't, as it depends upon really good, fresh ingredients, cooked with restraint and skill to show them off at their best.
Although the unfussy style would make this a very family-friendly place to go, there were some very attractive special recipes for discovering local food and wine combinations that would definitely be worth spending a long evening over.
Two other things that we remember: a number of the people eating there were French locals, which is always a very good sign in a country where good food is appreciated; and the genuine warmth and friendliness of both Tracy and Peter made it a particularly memorable and pleasurable meal.
We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and will definitely go back whenever we have the chance. It is an unexpected gem!
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