Four years ago it changed hands and right at the end of January was the first time since the hand over that I had got round to trying the new version. The style has certainly changed. Although some of the old dishes – coq au vin rouge d'Anjou have been retained – the treatment is more modern – plus raffinées.
I opted for three courses and chose the 2011 Croix de la Mission Anjou Villages Brissac from Domaine des Rochelles (the Lebreton family). This is their 90% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvées, which has long worked as the Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in very warm soil so the grapes ripen properly. Even better La Ferme offers this in 50cl bottles and as I'm a decided fan of la Modération I chose this size as I was dining alone. Ideally the powerful and opulent 2011 needs more time but I coped!
For my first course I chose the Boudin blanc de Homard aux petits légumes et son émulsion coraillée. Fairly tasty but not outstanding. This was followed by the rognons de veaux, which were excellent cooked to just pink.
I would certainly go back to La Ferme, although it is sad that the number of restaurants offering that old style cuisine famiale is probably inevitably declining. La Ferme has gone as has La Bonne Ambiance in Saint Georges sur Cher. The wonderful Cheu l'Zib in Menetou-Salon continues and we must cherish it while it does.