Friday, February 24, 2012

Plateau de Fruits de Mer en Cancale

It was suggested yesterday that we go for a meal in a favourite restaurant, La Mère Champlain in Cancale, Brittany. As the distance there and back would be too great for me to safely negotiate in one day, today's cycle was a one way trip. After our meal my bike was loaded onto the bike rack and we were driven home. After the amount I ate his evening, it's just as well - neither myself nor the bike would ever have made it the 95km back again!

Cancale is a picturesque fishing village on the Brittany coast. Just this week on Twitter, Concale had been mentioned to me as a great place to sample oysters. At the time I had no plans to visit as getting there and back in one day would be a bit of a stretch, as I mentioned earlier. As we ended up there this evening, I felt duty bound to sample the aforementioned oysters.

I chose from the Menu de la Mère Champlain and at €26.90 for three courses, it was amazing value. The food was exquisite and the surroundings simply wonderful. The decor really evokes the spirit of a fishing village. We were the first ones in there at 6.30pm but by 8pm the place was almost full, creating a fantastic atmosphere. For starters I had Plateau de fruits de mer; for mains, Pavé de rumsteack et sa brochette de légumes, sauce poivre à la tomato; and for dessert I had Moelleux au chocolat accompagné de son coulis de grottoes followed by Ardoise de fromages as my aunt didn't want hers! Everything looked like the professional stuff you see on MasterChef. Gregg would have been in heaven with my chocolate pudding. Unlike him though, I didn't just have one spoonful! If you are ever in Cancale, La Mère Champlain is well worth a visit. The staff and brilliant and the prices are fantastic!

Much of today's cycle was shrouded in fog but I did manage to snap a few pics. I hope you enjoy ;)

Le Mont Saint-Michel is over there somewhere apparently.

If that's a job title, where can I apply? I want that on my business card!

Even without Sat Nav it's almost impossible to get lost over here, there are cycle routes and signage everywhere!

"North on road" it says. As opposed to going where? I asked myself.

And no sooner had I got smart with my Sat Nav, the road ran out. I tried cross country road biking for a few kms but then I just had to find the road again!

Le Mont Saint-Michel...well, part of it!

See what I mean about cycle route signage? I had never seen cycle route crossroads before!

Oytser country!

Quaint. Like a big version of a Hobbit house, kinda.

The fog lifted just long enough to grab a quick snap of my destination. An hour later the fog had descended once again. Perfect timing!

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  1. I was in Cancale last May....didn't stop off at that restaurant though....good job by the sound of it, as I would never have been able to get back on my bike. I have made a note of it for my next visit though....


  2. Shame about the fog. Sounds like you are smitten by France, thus far. If you can't have a good meal in France then there's no hope. Making the banana cake for your return tomorrow. I hope it compares....!