We had a wonderful onion soup - traditional caramelized onions in a dark broth. Then I had the signature chicken dish. The skin was crispy and the chicken breast great.
I know French people like their meat rarer than some Brits. By birth a Brit, I don't like red meat where the leg joins the body - especially on poultry. I like my meat to fall off the bone and I like it cooked very slowly at a low temperature. We were dining early in the evening and I felt the chicken was a little underdone (or maybe it had been frozen and not thawed properly). Nevertheless the juice surrounding the chicken was great with fresh garlic cloves. The green beans were delightfully fresh. The mashed potatoes were mashed very smoothly - except for one small lump.
We enjoyed talking to the very friendly proprietor about France and really this is a very good restaurant for a country village. They also offer chilled non-alcoholic beer, great if you are driving or have an athletic event the next day.
As our mobile phones (AT&T) did not work in Occidental, we could not make a reservation and walked down the road from the Occidental Hotel and were lucky to get a table. I enjoyed looking at the map of France on the wall next to our table.
The details - a slightly underdone chicken, a tiny bit of potato that missed the masher - are what prevent me from giving 5 stars to this charming restaurant.