Last year in July we tried to book into the restaurant one evening but it was full, buzzing with many, many guests in the outside terrace areas clearly having a great time. This autumn, before booking I read the tripadvisor reviews and was almost put off. I'm certainly glad I had faith.
Yes, the restaurant is indeed "unusual" and the decor decidely eclectic but the welcome was very warm indeed. In the evening we arrived in the main dining room to find the chef presiding at his ovens and wood fire. Another wood fire burned in the grate near our table. Very cosy, indeed.
There was a good choice of menus, with everything prepared in house, including the delicious bread. Everything we chose from the 28 franc menu was delicious. The owner- chef clearly takes enormous pride in his skills which included giving some innovative twists to traditional dishes and beautifully prepared local meats (for us this meant a classic chicken for me and duck breast with honey for my husband.)
The desserts were lovely too - particularly the souffle au grand marnier. Coffee came with liqueurs.
The wine list was not extensive but very well chosen indeed, with local beaune wines being particularly appreciated.
We stayed the night at the restaurants B & B. While this was equally as eccentric, the room was perfectly comfortable, the shower newly installed and immaculate.
Next morning we had possibly one of the best breakfast experiences of our many, many years spent travelling in France. We arrived to find the fire lit, the table beautifully set, with fresh melon in pretty glasses, together glasses of orange juice. Everything had been thoughtfully arranged. The tradional coffee bowls were heated, the coffee and milk served fresh in pretty jugs. The bread was, again, home-made as were the jams: apricot, rasberry and wild bilberry. Even the croissants were made in-house. I gather that the young waitress who had served us with such simplicity and warmth the evening before is, in fact Monsieur's daughter and it was she who had on this occasion made both the bread and the jams. Even the butter gave pleasure - a generous slab, beautifully shaped on its own little dish. But, reader, even this was not enough for our chef/patron who arrived with two freshly made crepes to round off this breakfast. And all this - bed and breakfast for two cost 65 euros...
What an absolute pleasure. I have no idea whom other reviewers had met who had been so negative. it certainly was not the charming owner, nor his lovely daughter.
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