WHAT TO EAT IN THE VENDÉE,
AND WHERE TO EAT IT
This page has become too long for its own good,
so I have reluctantly had to split it into 6 sections–one for
each of the areas covered in my book.
So don’t forget to look at the areas adjoining the
ones you are interested in.
The perfect eaterie might be just over the “ border” !
Below are links direct to each section.
Or stay on this page and spool down for a bit of general information
on the area’s specialities
everywhere in France, the Vendée has its
staple food, found on menus everywhere
To put you in the mood, here
is a piece I wrote
Three chefs in the Vendée are holding on to their Michelin stars.
If you want to sample their output, here they are:
(Weekday lunchtime menus often have a good-value option)
Area 1. Alexandre Couillon, La Marine, L’Herbaudière, Noirmoutier island.
Area 2. Raphael Rolland, Le Cayola, Le Château-d’Olonne.
Area 5. Thierry Drapeau, Logis de la Chabotterie, St-Sulpice-le-Verdon.
marked these establishments as wildly cheap, or fiendishly expensive,
you can take it that they're in a medium price range - say about 20 euros per head.
However, as French office workers expect to eat out well and cheaply at
midday, you'll often find exceptionally good-value lunches (around 15 euros) on offer from
Monday to Friday - even in the most expensive restaurant.
these establishments we haven't revisited for some time, so no
guarantees, but if you're devoid of ideas then these are probably still worth trying.
Nobody said our tastes were going to be the same as yours though. I disclaim all
responsibility - so don't sue me if your meal wasn't up to expectations...
you're prepared to share any of your own discoveries,
do mail me a short piece and I'll give you due credit on the page !
Here is a link to Les Toques Vendéennes - a group of 20 mostly long-established eating
establishments that have joined forces to market themselves
through a booklet that you can pick up in participating restaurants and tourist offices.
And here are the links to the different sections, again:
| index page |
| activities | beaches | calendar | cottage rental |
|guidebook | guidebook update | history |
| introduction to the vendee | links | markets |
| practical info | property-owners' pages | restaurants | themed pages | wines |