Hope you all had a good Easter wherever you spent it. The weather here has been sunny but not as warm as it could be – its that cold easterly wind that is blowing across Europe at the moment that is keeping the temperatures low. We have had loads of visitors to Vouvant so the cafe has been extra busy with lots of friends popping in to see us and many new visitors.
Since coming back from our holidays we have had a few changes in the cafe. Apart from the new roof and the walls which were completed whilst we were away, we have started to re-plant the boxes in the courtyard and have some new additional plants. We have also had to replace the glass washer in the cafe as it finally blew all the fuses for the final time! We now have a new coffee machine too – the old one was really old, the mechanic reckoned it was at least 20 years old so it really did not owe us anything at all. The new machine is superb and has its own inbuilt water filter so the coffee tastes even more delicious – the cafe creme is creamier and the espresso really hits the spot!
We have lots going on this month – April seems to be the start of the season as Easter has fallen so early this year.
Every Friday night we now offer a three (or four) course meal. The menu is at the foot of this email and if you are interested then we can send you a copy by email also for your perusal at leisure. We will change the main course of the menu on Friday April 19th: the choices will then be chicken in a red wine and ratatouille sauce or a white fish (cod or hake) in a parcel cooked with white wine, butter and parsley. The three course meal (starter, main and dessert) is 18 euros and the four course which includes a cheese course is 22 euros per person. We will post the menu on the website too. Why not come along one Friday and try us out – your table is yours for the evening so you can take your time and have a relaxing evening. We would ask that you pre-order your meal (by Thursday evening latest please) as everything is freshly cooked on Friday evening.
On Saturday 27th it will be Quiz Night again – if you would like to book a table for your team of four please let us know as soon as possible. All tickets will need to be purchased when you book your table so you will need to come into the cafe to make your reservation. The meal this time will be Coq au Vin with creamed potatoes with an ice cream dessert. And of course we will have our famous prizes including the wooden spoon for the very lucky team that comes last!
The film night in La Chataigneraie on Thursday 25th April is Les Miserables. The film starts at 8.00pm so get there early to get good seats!
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Reaction Theatre’s production of Calendar Girls. The show is on at the Petit Theatre in Secondigny on the 25,26 and 27 April and at the Belle Epine in La Chataigneraie on the 3 and 4 May. Tickets available by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 05 49 77 23 54. Looking forward to it already!
The 1st May is a national holiday in France and here in Vouvant there will be the “walk of the Lily of the Valley” (it sounds so much better in French – Marche de Muguet) which starts at 8.00am for those of you with a fitness regime to stick to……
And finally, on the 2nd May we will have a new shop here in Vouvant. The Citadelle has been taken over by Fresco Interiors and will re-open on the 2nd. They will continue with the Citadelle’s existing ranges of gift items and will also provide an interior decorating service, carpets and flooring, furniture, and Autentico paints. We wish them every success with this new venture and look forward to spending many an idle half hour browsing through the shop.
OK folks that’s all for now. Hope to see you in the cafe soon,
Karen and Paul Braun