Monthly Archives: July 2012

19 July 2012

Hi Folks,

Just thought you should all know what is going on in Vouvant at the Cafe Cour du Miracle – see below for details:

The London Tea Company:
We have a superb range of teas and infusions from The London Tea Company including my favourite, Peppermint, Spearmint and Strawberry, or why not try White Tea, Elderflower and Apricot, or Green tea with Mango and Ginger. Other flavours include Red Berries, Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Peppermint. If you like the sound of them all then that’s no problem – take home a selection of ten packs for 3,50 or a presentation box of 72 packs for 20 Euros – a lovely present for someone who likes a nice cup of tea or a lively infusion.

The Vouvant Art Group:
This group of friends meet regularly to practise their drawing and painting and have put together (under the guidance of their leader Shirley Perry) a selection of their works to show in the cafe. We have hung them in the cafe for all of you to enjoy and hope to see all the artists in person to congratulate them on their works.

Our Guest Beer – BECK’S:
We have a guest beer for all you beer aficionados out there – BECK’S – a German lager with a cool, clear taste. What could be better than sitting in the courtyard with friends in the sunshine, enjoying a Beck’s served in it’s own glass, ice cold from the pump! The 25cl glass is 2,75, and the 50cl glass will set you back just 5,50. Paul has also managed to source from our French suppliers a superb English bitter, Bombardier from the Charles Wells Brewery, supplied in a one pint bottle.

This will be available very soon and will come served cold, (or if you prefer it “slightly warm” so that you can pretend you are back in your local!) We’ll let you know as soon as it arrives…

Ice Lollies that are healthy!
We have just sourced a range of ice lollies and individual ice creams from our Artisan supplier, Claude Thieret. These include two very refreshing ice lollies, one made with pure Lemon juice and one with pure Orange juice – real thirst quenchers! We also have two iced “Smoothies” – Strawberry and Banana and Pineapple and Passion Fruit – who needs a smoothie in a glass when you can have one on a stick! If these are too “grown up” for you why not try our ice cream lolly – sure hit with the kids among us – vanilla and fruit, and, finally, definitely for the grown ups, our Chocolate covered “Super” Baton Selection – Chocolate Cookies, Nougat and Caramel – yummy! All are from the same Artisan producer as our range of ice creams, which we can serve in one, two or three balls, in a cone or glass, natural or with added Chantilly cream – a real treat!

Well I hope that has wet your appetite to come along and visit Vouvant soon, we look forward to seeing you in the cafe in the near future,

8 July 2013

Hi folks

A little later this month with the newsletter as things have started to get busier as we go into the holiday season – and the weather appears to be getting warmer too – something we could all do with!

We had a great day on Sunday 1st when Vouvant held its tenth Vide Grenier. The sun shone and everyone was out and about and buying up all the bargains to be had. It sure looked as if everyone had a good time and the last stalls didn’t pack up until well after 7.00pm – well done to everyone involved.

On Monday morning we had our first market of the new season. Yes, Vouvant has a new market! Every Monday morning from 8.00am to 12 noon stalls are set up outside the Maire and along the roadside – vegetables and fruit, spices, honey and jams, hats, clothes, jewelry and scarves, all from local suppliers and producers. Come along and have a look next Monday and then pop in and let us know what you think. Don’t forget we are open now on Mondays all through the summer season.

Unfortunately this year we will not be holding the “Folklorique” Day nor the Medieval Day – not exactly sure why but let’s hope our new “Committee de Fete” are able to get these organised again for next year – we all enjoyed them last year and all the hard work put into organizing these events was well worth it.

However there are plenty of things to do and see in Vouvant and the surrounding towns and villages over the coming months and we will try to keep you posted on the events as we find out about them.

July 13th (yes it’s a Friday but what the heck!) is a date for the diary. We will be closed this Friday evening as we want to join in all the fun and celebrations at Mervent. The band French Connection are playing at the Fil de l’Eau restaurant and bar in Mervent. Why not pop along and watch the band, have a meal and then step outside and see the firework celebrations for Bastille Day – Mervent’s fireworks are exceptionally good and since we have been here we haven’t missed this annual event.

July 14th – Bastille Day. Our celebrations in Vouvant start in the morning with all hands on deck up in the car park assisting in preparing the moules for the meal later in the day. The committee are always very grateful for any assistance you can give on this – they start about 9am with the preparations – scrubbing and cleaning the moules, and then need strong people to help arrange the marquees etc. Any help would be much appreciated and if you have any questions Anita Roy is the person who will be able to help. There will be lots going on throughout the afternoon and evening leading up to the firework display which starts about 11.00pm. We will be staying open all evening until the fireworks start, and will offer complementary “bar bites” and snacks throughout the evening.

We will be open late on most Friday evenings during July and August and, if you would like a meal, we will offer a menu on these evenings, pre-booking and ordering would really help us so that we can arrange extra staff if required. On our main menu during the rest of the week we have our new “Lite Bites” which mean you can have a snack if you don’t want a full meal, as well as our now famous Caramelised Onion and Chevre tart, Quiche Lorraine, Chicken pie and Beef and mushroom pie and Lasagne – all served with chips and a side salad or a full salad.

Some more news for the beer drinkers among you – we are now sourcing Charles Wells “Bombardier” bitter which should be with us next week. We also have Magners Cider and Guinness together with Leffe in its original form and Leffe Ruby – a really lovely summer drink, plus of course our usual Kronenbourg lager! We want to be able to offer a “Guest” beer too and will keep you posted on which beer we will be offering each month – we are planning on German and more Belgian beers too. Come and join Paul for a “pint”!

OK folks some general information and assistance for all those visiting France, particularly the Vendee, over the coming months. We are now holding a diary in the cafe giving details of airport transfers that folks are making from and to La Rochelle, Nantes, Poitiers etc in the near future. If you would like to add any trips that you may be making or check and see if you could share transport, pop into the cafe and check up in the diary – we won’t be able to check for you and add bookings over the phone as we will (hopefully!) be too busy. Hope this helps those of you travelling back and forth!

Finally, if you are lucky enough to grab a copy of the Deux Sevres magazine have a quick look at page 18 – we have a short editorial … you can also see the magazine on line at www.thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr

OK folks that’s all for now, hope to see you in the cafe over the coming month,