The Bonnes Joues is a traditional French auberge set in the corner of the church square in nearby Monterrein. Everything about it is fantastic from the interior decor to the warm welcome you`ll receive from the English speaking owners right through to the regional food they serve. As you can see from the pictures below the place has real charm, character and and lovely atmosphere
The menu starts at about twelve pounds for a three course `plat du jour` or you could treat yourself to one of the other menus (about 16 pounds a head for four courses) There`s a great selection of things to try including -should you be feeling brave- a very nice snail pie
To find it go to Monterrein then head for the church and you`ll see the restaurant on the far side. There`s a green sign on the wall If you`d like to book in advance (although it`s not usually necessary) ring 00 33 2 97 93 74 63 53 and ask for `Magali` as she speaks fluent English and is very friendly
There is another restaurant in Monterrein called the D8 which does `workers` lunches only and it`s well worth a visit at lunchtime, set meals at low, low prices
The Ivy is the nearest restaurant to five of our gites in Brittany and is just two minutes quiet walk from Maison Creme, a minutes walk from Violette and Rose and two minutes drive from Blanche and Orange -photos below. It`s a traditional French auberge and a great place to eat. The menu changes all the time and includes everything from snails, to langoustines and steak to venison. All perfectly prepared and served in a fantastic friendly atmosphere.
You can call to reserve a table if you like on 00 33 2 97 93 27 87 The full menu is chalked up on a blackboard inside and outside and you choose a main, starter and pudding from the selection If you'd rather just have a cool drink then why not have it on their newly installed outside terrace bar You can sit there and take it easy
The Megaliths restaurant is in the heart of Monteneuf- just a minute or two from the gites. This charming traditional auberge serves a selection great fresh seasonal food. Inside one wall is decorated with a huge fresco of the local Bronze Age standing stones and the whole place is friendly and welcoming
La Grange is a great little restaurant just five minutes drive from the cottages - It's open every lunchtime and most evenings as well. The place is really friendly and the food is lovely. There's always a good choice of set menus and it's all freshly cooked by the owner to order. Starters are a serve yourself buffet so you can choose exactly what you fancy. Select from half a dozen main courses, then puddings. With drinks it's usually about fourteen euros each and we often eat there ourselves
This is a really nice place with a great selection of traditional food plus a speciality pizza oven. The owner happens to be the mayor of Augan as well so you'll be in safe hands. There's a bar to the front of what looks like a very old building but don't be put off by that as inside it's very friendly and welcoming, we recommend a visit
Little Italy restaurant in Guer (just ten minutes from our gites) is a pizza parlor. However, they also offer all types of Italian food as well. There`s a great takeaway menu and we definitely recommend the pizzas which are about eight Euros each for a ten inch Also in Guer is Le Mewen which is a nice friendly restaurant with an extensive menu. They do everything from Plat de Jour, to a full a la carte menu. Just on the way in there's a large 'workers' restaurant which is alo worth a visit at lunchtime. Sit down and see what comes
The town of Malestroit twelve kilometres away has lots of restaurants and cafe's. Whether you just want a drink and a snack sitting outside in the cobbled town centre overlooking the church or you want a full meal then Malestroit is a great place to go
Try the really nice Pizzeria in the square which has got a huge menu from ranging from pizzas to seafood and steaks. Alternatively check out one of the towns great auberges which are a must to try. The Mill au Poivre has a large `help yourself` starter buffet and a really warm friendly atmosphere. The Grain de Sel is quite trendy and offers a really nice choice. Try the frogs legs. Alternatively nip in to the Cantonier round the corner and work your way through the menu there.
If you`d prefer to eat near the canal then check out the rear terrace at Le Pont 9 restaurant
Don`t forget the Creperie Mael Trech. Have a seafood galette for the main course followed by a banana and melted chocolate crepe for pudding. There`s a big choice to be had !! It's a very casual place and you can sit outside in the square if you like - see below right photo
Just up the road from Malestroit is St Marcel where the Brittany Resistance Museum is located (see museum page in things to do). There`s a great auberge here on the corner of the square. At lunch time you pay eleven Euros then help yourself to as much as you can eat from the huge buffet (seafood, beef, fish, you name it and it`s probably there) and that`s just the starter ! Next comes a set main course, cheese and then a pudding. There`s also a litre of wine...all for the eleven Euros
At Chapelle Caro you`ll find the Petit Keriquel. This small restaurant opposite the church has a great selection of half a dozen menus which start at twenty Euros. There is also an a la carte and children's menu -nine Euros. The choice is excellent, from filet of sole to scallops, oysters, pheasant and rabbit. There`s loads of options. The owner is a very good chef and makes use of mostly organic products on his menu. If you`d like something different then this is definitely the place to go
This restaurant is really nice and we try to visit as often as possible. It`s location in Ambon is perfect as it`s only ten minutes from the beach at Damgan -see `the beach` page. We tend to go to L`Escale on the way to the coast, have lunch then move onto the beach itself afterwards. The restaurant itself is a traditional auberge but with a modern twist and the surroundings and ambiance are spot on. The decor is really well done to feel cosy but bright and contemporary at the same time
The most important bit -the food- is great. The menus are extensive. You can opt for a set menu of three courses including wine for only twelve Euros a head where you choose from the cold buffet for starters -eat as much as you like. Then select from the choice of three main courses -one of which could be a wood fired pizzas. Finish up with a selection from the dessert tray and a pitcher of wine or soft drink all included. We tend to go for this choice and come away stuffed- but if that's not enough then try the eighteen euro menu...snails, venison and all sorts of other choices. Then there`s the `a la carte` offering everything from the humble omelette right up to large seafood platters. The choice is huge and it's all fresh, there`s definitely something for everyone
To find it head for Damgan from Malestroit and Questembert. After a while you will come to Ambon: about three miles from Damgan. Ambon is a small town and you`ll arrive at the top of the hill at a roundabout. Straight on is Damgan. To get to the Escale aux Saveurs turn right instead of going straight on and you`ll see it after about hundred yards on your right. If you arrive at midday or early in the evening then you wont need to book but if you prefer to you can call the owner -Fabrice- who speaks English on 02 97 41 11 67 and reserve a table. Believe me it`s well worth a visit, especially if you`re going to the seaside
Also at Ambon is Le Fournil (photo below) a really nice traditional creperie. There's dozens from the simple ham and cheese up to scallops and snails
Go to La Roche Bernard and take one of the restaurant boats down the river Get an excellent meal and a boat trip all rolled into one A five course dinner plus a four hour cruise is about 35 Euros. If not then maybe try the fantastic auberge in the town centre square. There`s plenty of other restaurants to choose from here as well
In the nearby mediaeval town of Lizio you'll find Le Restaurant Leglaneur. This is a traditional Auberge with a great selection of local Brittany specialities. Menus range from nine Euros for a simple lunch right up to twenty seven Euros for the full works. Here`s a sample menu.. Kir maison, Gourmandise perigourdine du Glaneur et feuille de St Jacques, Cote de boeuf grillee a la cheminee, Grillade de porcelet, Garniture de legumes, Brie sur salade, Delice aux poires, Gateau breton, Vin: Muscadet et Bordeaux. You could try a sample plate of a bit of everything just to make sure you don't miss out !
Ploermel is ten minutes from our gites and Le Jardin des Saveurs is a really nice restaurant serving such things as snails, smoked duck, scallops and Creme brûlée.
If you just fancy a quick snack or a coffee then pop into the Cafe de La Tour Brasserie in the square
Also in Ploermel is the Retour de Peche. This restaurant is open every evening and Sunday lunchtime. You choose from a huge starter buffet packed full of everything you can imagine. Then you decide on your main course which is grilled over an open fire in front of you. The options are 'meat' i.e steak, lamb, kebabs etc or a selection of various whole fish. Then it's back to a different buffet table to select your cheese course and onto another large buffet for the puddings. You can eat as much as you like and go back as often as you want. In fact they encourage you to do so. But beware you will come out stuffed !!!
If you're after something a bit less French you can always try the Vietnamese & Thai restaurants in Ploermel- they are both very good
There's also the more 'American' Buffalo Grill which does a great steak. Plus It's open seven days a week 11 am to 11 pm
La Grange aux Moines is a traditional auberge which specialises in fantastic home cooked food.....Also in St Grave the auberge 'Chez Antoine' which is a really nice restaurant that isn't expensive... good for a lunchtime stopover !
Rochefort en Terre is full of great restaurants and a really nice mediaval town- it won the price for the most beautiful village in Brittany a few years ago.
You could go for the rather sophisticated Pelican restaurant in the centre or the lovely Restaurant les Ardoisiers just down the cobbled hill.
If you prefer something really laid back then go to the Pont d`Arz, on the way into the town. It`s great value and always really busy. Alternatively drive on to La Gacilly and check out the Pizza Rooms or you could always sample Le Gacilien and eat outside down near the river
If you`re at the coast then you really must visit the Bistro in Penerf. Try the freshly caught mussels or the salad. There's also Le Pecher at Penerf and Le Chocolatier. They are only a couple of hundred yards apart so you wander between them, check out the menus and see what you fancy !
When you`re at Auray -see local towns- visiting the beautiful old port then you might be rather overwhelmed by the choice of restaurants all around the quay side. Just try any of them; we've sampled most and they've all been great. Lots of choice of well presented food at really good prices. - mussels and chips are about ten Euros. If you want something more simple you can opt for a seafood omelette or just a plain club sandwich
Should you be in Brittanys capital, Rennes -less than 40 minutes drive from our gites- we recommend La Brasserie, just down the side street opposite Galerie Lafayette. It's a great little place with a fantastic menu and is what real France is all about- it's authentic and has a real buzz about it with locals coming and going all the time and a real atmosphere. Also in Rennes we like the more contemporary restaurant L'Amiral which specialises in seafood
Slightly further afield La Creperie at Larmor Baden is a lovely eatery and you can sit outside in the village square with your lunch
Still hungry ? Try: Josselin - Hotel de France, Ploermel -La Table Rond, Neant Yvel -Bonne Table, Mauron -Le Brambily, Serent - La Taverne, Carrentoir -The Old Oak Caro -Les Bruyers, Guer - Le Bistro Gourmande.... there's so many others to choose from we can''t list them all here
There are also the famous Brittany crepes. Every town has a creperie and you can even buy them hot at the markets and on roadside stalls The creperie ` Chez Marie` at Carnac is not to be missed. Visit La Riveraine at Malestroit as well. Failing that, just pick one up from a stall on market day or at a fete and eat it on the hoof