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La Guinguette de Piquet

Tucked away 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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