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WHERE TO EAT IN THE VENDÉE,

5. LES HERBIERS, CHOLET AND PUY-DU-FOU

Les Brouzils, Chavagnes-en-Paillers, Cholet, Clisson, Les Épesses, Les Essarts,
La Gaubretière, Les Herbiers, Legé, Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, Mallièvre, Mauléon, Montaigu, Mortagne-sur-Sèvre, Mouchamps, Rocheservière, St-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, St-Sulpice-le-Verdon, Tiffauges, Vendrennes.

 Key
Blue text = restaurant with view over water (sea, lake or river)
Red text = hyperlinks to relevant web pages



Photograph : Auberge du Lac website

LES LUCS-SUR-BOULOGNE
Auberge du Lac  250 Rue du Général Charette (tel: 02 51 46 59 59)
Lakeside restaurant near the Memorial des Lucs and the new Historial museum. Some hits (lasagne de tourteau is a lovely light crab starter); some misses (John Dory fish with pineapple sauce tastes of nothing but the fruit). Service can be slack. Outdoor eating area overlooking the lake is lovely for warm nights. Menus from 23€ (2006). Closed Sun evg, Tues evg and all day Wed (July and Aug, closed Wed only).




Photograph : Angela Bird

CLISSON
La Vallée, 1 rue de la Vallée (tel: 02 40 54 36 23)

Sophisticated waterside restaurant, with a lovely view over the Sèvre Nantaise river that flows past Clisson's Italianate buildings. Delightful semi-open terrace with heaters for cooler days. There are some excellent local Muscadets on the wine list. Menus from 19.50€. 
Closed Sun-Thurs evenings & Mon (1 July-31 Aug, closed Mon, plus Thurs & Sun evenings).

 

 


Photograph : La Digue website

MONTAIGU
La Digue, 9 Rue des Abreuvoirs (tel: 02 51 06 34 48)
Tasty grills – fish as well as meat - in this small waterside restaurant overlooking the confluence of the Grande and Petite Maine rivers. Delicious scallops, elegantly presented with langoustines. Menus from 11€-24€ (2006).
(If you are mystified by references to the “digue du cul” at the restaurant, Montaigu’s  “digue”, or dyke, is the subject of a well-known bawdy French song – which has been recorded at various times by France’s “Frère Jacques” singing group and by heavy-metal group Vulcain. Hear the song here; read the saucy lyrics here.)

 


Photo: Angela Bird

ST-SULPICE-LE-VERDON
Thierry Drapeau at La Chabotterie, Logis de la Chabotterie (tel: 02 51 09 59 31)
Thierry Drapeau’s wonderful high-class restaurant in the stable block of the elegant 18th-century country house serves local ingredients such as sea-bass and duck with a new twist. The charming staff bring endless extra goodies to your table, so make sure you are hungry. Weekday lunch menu 35€; otherwise 55-85€. Closed Sun evening-Tues midday.
Obtained a Michelin star in 2006

 

 

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