Visiting with Henri this week we stopped at two of these places this week between visits to producers – La Gourmandine, 1 Route Amboise 37400 Lussault-sur-Loire (tel: 02.47.23.23.99) and Hotel de la Gare, 20 Avenue de la Gare, 41400 Montrichard (tel: 02.54.32.04.36).
The formula is often the same with a first course buffet – crudités, paté, rillettes etc. Then the main course – a choice of two or three plats du jours – cheese, dessert and coffee. In both places there were unlabeled bottles of red on the table. The buffet at the Gare had a remarkable choice including soused herrings, shrimps and prawns. The main course was slightly better at La Gourmandine while the service at the Hotel du Gare was the more friendly.
The hours are very precise: noon to 1.30 – perhaps 2pm but that's pushing it. All in all remarkable value, especially as sterling now looks a little less sickly against the euro.