Riec-sur-Bélon Things to Do
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The Thaeron family have been been producing oysters here since 1879. Their farm at Riec sur belon is on the left just before you reach Chez Jacky and the small port.
Information leaflets are thoughtfully provided at the entrance and on the other side of the road where you can often see large baskets of oysters and other shell fish.
If there is someone about when you pass they will stop to talk about the processes involved .
It strikes me as an extremely labour intensive process - no doubt that is why oysters seem to be a luxury food and very expensive these days.
The phrase - "Eat them only when there is an "R" in the month" must be familiar to most people - I have alway thought that it is unsafe to do so at other times but learned that is a myth.
The embargo applies to May,June, July and August - the months in which the mating season falls and is intended to protect the stock from extinction.
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This is such a typical neat Breton scene clustered around the church.
Picture 1 A small market stall - new market area planned behind the church
Picture 2 Tourist office opposite the church - moving to new development when finished.
Picture 3 Typical "flying gargoyles" on elegant spires.
Picture 4 Church of solid granite blocks.
Picture 5 Ville Fleurie.
I have noticed that these days few churches are open all day - as French churches used to be, though it is hard to think they could in any way be at risk in a place as apparently peaceful and trouble free as this. A sign of the times perhaps?
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Abuse of confidence in October on Belon: since the time as j? heard talk of "Chez Jacky" I am determined this year d? go a small tour in this establishment. Not m? in.
Located in the middle of the Belon view n? is not very clear, not as some of his colleagues in all cases, l? l inside? is very disappointing.
Seafood, first prize the plateau of seafood to 42, 50 euro per person, while practical local competition the tariff of 35 see 37 euro, is until? more than 20% in Jacky, + 7, 50 per person. C? is enormous, the only reputation of the place cannot justify such a difference.
Lobster is sold by weight nothing more normal, 13euro 100 g, with a minimum of 500 g per person is 65 euro per person, at this rate l? on s? expected to l? exceptional, and although Yes unique is the term you will have to accompany your succulent lobster a timbale of rice! But no, this price there must not dream. Other menus, 25 euro with main as dish of scallops St Jacques, rice, 38 euro with your prawns au gratin rice, and to top it all the menu at 87 euro, while with of the lobster, you will also of course have a timbale of rice, c? is bizarre qu? there may be other support. Note on the website l? it just read? rice, our specialty? Be it in a Thai restaurant?
Example of competition, face to the port of Belon side common Kerfanny of Moëlan sur mer, c? is safe you n? are not in the commune of Ecan, but you are all on the Belon, you have a magnificent view on l? all of the port, l? Interior n? is not great either, but good as long as the external view is nice, c? is the principal. For 21 euro l? offer a plate of seafood with d? a glass of muscadet, c? is already a first prize much more affordable, and you can eat seafood without l? immense traditional shelf.
You can d? get a tray for 37 euro 5, 50 euro less than "chez Jacky", the price of the muscadet is also incomparable. In dessert you much more choice since in addition to the traditional ice l? all offer a range of pancakes. This n? is not the only example, j? have chosen it because at the same location, on the banks of the Belon, but is the same for many institutions of the South Finistère between Concarneau and the era. C? is for tourists, local go elsewhere.
Fortunately qu? they, earlier, qu?, the boss and the waitress have d? a good reputation, but attention, a good reputation is quickly lost to become bad see very bad.
We usually call at this Creperie / Pizzaria at least once when we are in the area for lunch or a mid afternoon snack. It a very pleasant place for a light meal in a relaxed atmosphere.
We like its bright interior and friendly service but were disappointed this time. Closed when we first called and again when we returned on one of the " Open days" posted on the door. Two local couples arrived as we were turning away, as surprised and disappointed as we were.
I fear this is one of the hazards of an end of, or out of season visit to the area. When the tourists go home the business people take a holiday too. Though in this case we thought there must have been some exceptional circumstance as closures and holidays are usually posted on the front door.
But when open - it's well worth a visit.
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I was not too disappointed when I discovered that the restaurant at Chez Jacky would close a few days before we arrived in Finistere. It is something of an institution with its Michelin *.
I nearly fainted the first time I saw the menu prices. A classic "plateau du mer pour deux" will set you back over 85 euros.
The first such dish that was put in front of me - it looks like grandma's overlarge cake stand - weighed down by shellfish that require implements such as a neuro-surgeon might use made me feel so inadequate
Then I look around and see 6 and 8 year olds attacking the plate with confident glee and feel worse. It takes so long to get through, and it's easy to get in a mess. As for oysters - visits in my youth to Sinclair's Oyster bar in Manchester, did not convince me that they were anything special.
But I really do wish it were otherwise - all those around me doing the cracking and probing seem to be so relaxed and to be having such wonderful fun while I have a bowl of moules & frites. So if you are a seafood lover head to Chez Jacky.