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There was only one restaurant in Saint-Remy la Varenne, a village barely 5km from our holiday home in Blaison-Gohier.
We came across it by chance on a chilly, damp and grey day. Sometimes you get a "feel" about a place and this time we both felt it - so without hesitation in we went.
What a lovely warm welcome from the owners wife who showed us to one of the few remaining empty tables. ( Her husband was the chef and late bar tender)
The other tables were occupied by men working in the village - we had parked alongside their vans. There were a few local retired couples , a passing through French couple, and a family gathering of 7 or 8.
We chose the 11euro 50 Menu du Jour - a delicious home made pate with salad garnish to start, slow cooked pork that melted in the mouth with vegetable accompaniment, a simple desert, cheese, wine, water and bread - all included.
So good we returned the next day, and the next, and were greeted like old customers, asked if we would like the same table and enjoyed another simple, traditional French village meal.
On the last day of our stay in the area the sun was shining and meals were being served in the flower bedecked terrace outside where we enjoyed excellent Moules frites.
So simple but with echoes of our early visits to France many years ago.
Favorite Dish: I enjoy simple, traditional restaurants that serve the local community and provide a welcoming, friendly atmosphere to locals and visitors alike.
Updated Aug 30, 2012
Address: 20 Rue St Aubin, 49250 St Remy la Varenne