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“Location GREAT - Food VERY TASTY - Perfume OVER-POWERING”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Moulin De Ponceau - CLOSED

Le Moulin De Ponceau
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Openning hours: Tuesday to saturday From 11H00 AM till 02H30 PM and from 07H00 PM till 10H30 PM Sunday From 11H00 AM till 02H30 PM
Hampshire, England
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Location GREAT - Food VERY TASTY - Perfume OVER-POWERING”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2011

Le Moulin de Ponceau has a great location right on the river in Chartres. A short walk from the Cathedral, which is wonderful – and a must see. Chartres is twinned with Chichester in West Sussex a place very dear to my heart.

My husband and I, were only staying for one night in the city – enroute to villa in Cahores. We arrived late afternoon, so we didn’t have time to reserve or book a table.

Although the restaurant was empty of guests at around 7 – 7.30 pm on a Friday evening, we decided to choose this restaurant for our evening meal.

It was an extremely warm evening, so we were offered a seat out on the terrace which was great.

The initial service was prompt and our drinks and the amuse bouche arrived without fuss. Unfortunately, there was no attempt by our waiter to describe the dish. The appetizer was presented in a shot glass and tasted very similar to a gazpacho with a creamy-cinnamon tasting topping. Very tasty indeed.

On choosing from the menu we then gave our choice to the young waiter and he seemed to write everything down clearly.

However, he obviously became really confused, because after about 10 minutes, he came back a couple of times to us, to confirm our order. We began to wonder if perhaps our "O" level French had not helped us on this occasion.

But there was no need to worry – we did eventually receive our food as ordered and it was cooked as requested.

We did have an issue with the "head" waitress however, she was very snappy throughout service to her underlings, and although we suspect our waiter and the very young waitress were still learning the ropes, it was very evident that she was demonstrating her own authority and wanted to make sure that the few guests on the terrace, were aware of her senior position.

For this reason, we must say that we were very pleased that she had not actually served us, she seemed quite impatient and her haughty manner left a lot to be desired. Not really conducive for guests trying to enjoy a relaxing meal.

We were also extremely thankful we had chosen to sit outside that evening, because her perfume was so cloyingly over-powering, that it lingered in the air as she paraded about.

As for the food, when our starters finally arrived they were delicious. We ordered the goats cheese tarte tatin, and the medley of fish. Our mains were equally yummy, the lamb loin and fillet of beef.

We decided to skip dessert as the selection was a little uninspiring and very limited. But, all in all - the food was very enjoyable.

But our advice to the head waitress – or perhaps on reflection, she could have been the proprietor? – when wearing perfume – less is more – especially when serving in a restaurant!!

Quid pro quo - we have given this restaurant an AVERAGE score.

  • Visited May 2011
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Thank Tarte-de-Nutty
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  • English first
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English first
Weybridge, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

Plus points Beautiful setting overlooking the river. The food was good but not outstanding. Minus points Service rushed verging on impatient although only ten customer in total. The music was intrusive unless you like Lional Richie!!

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Thank william21Cheltenham
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Southern Arizona
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2010

Read about the place here on TA and it was dead on. No reservation but the kind young lady was cordial and got us a table for three people on a Friday night. T he food was very traditional French cuisine and the service was very good. We stumbled through the evening with language but all worked out well. Great place.

Thank cooldude22
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Best Food In Chartres”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2008

We stumbled upon this restaurant on a long walk. It has a very sceanic location along the river with glass windows and seating outside with the river view as well.

We ordered a main course and wine. We were given complementary bread and a cheese starter which was really delicious. The main courses arrived and I can't remember the last time I had such delicious lamb. It was slow cooked and extremely soft and tasty.

Service was excellent. This is definitely a restaurant I would visit again.

3 Thank po2tea
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