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La Guinguette de Piquet
on the edge of the river Yon, between Mareuil-sur-Lay and La Tablier in a
picturesque setting is the restaurant La Guinguette de Piquet. Here
during the summer months music on the weekends will add atmosphere to
your evenings. The entertainment comes in two forms; "Festival Chantez
Guinuettes" on Fridays from the 25th June to 2th August with additional
nights of the Tuesday 13th july and Saturday 17th July 2010, entrance is
10€ reservation recommended Tel. O2 51 46 73 52. For full list of
artists and dates see What's-on July and August.
Saturday evenings from 20h to midnight its Accordeon music that will
entertain while on Sunday evenings its the "Ambiance Musical Musette"
Away from the restaurant enjoy a stroll along the river Yon which is at
its most picturesque here with large rounded boulders strewn along the
river like some giant has just finished playing marbles. The deeply
wooded valley with its many abandoned ruins including a large watermill
is a haven for wild life and information plaques will help you
understand and enjoy this magical place.
It was early July and
I had returned to Piquet with my brother Derek to take more photos and
research the valley of the Yon a little more thoroughly. After a long
walk the hunger pangs were tugging on my inner self so we decided that
lunch at the restaurant.
We sat on the out side terrace with views of the valley de Yon below
under a cover of trellis and plants with a beautiful Albezia tree with
its pink and white cockscombe flowers adding extra shade.
Though they offered a plat du Jour we decided to opt for the formula
which was either an entree and plat or a plat and dessert, we both
choose the former. The entres were a choice of 4 salads, Gresiers,
Chevre Chaud, Saumon fumee sui toast,or salad folle, we both choose the
salad gresiers which were served on a crisp green lettice with a mustard
dressing and a few halves of tomato. The gresiers were lightly cooked
and were both tender and tasty.
The main course were a choice of; Brochettes de coeur de rumpsteak (2),
Andouillette (a tripe sausages) Jambon de Vendee, Pave de Saumon and
Friture de Ceteaux (when available).
Derek choose the brochettes and though the menu said two when they
arrived there in fact 3. My choice was the Jambon de Vendee which is
cured in eau-de-vie before being smoked. Both were served with French
fries and a little lettice.
We both decided to have water with the meal though there was a good selection of other drinks available.
Though the food was well cooked and presented and ideal for a midday
lunch and at 13 euros each by no means expensive it did lack any flare.
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