August 2017 Newsletter

Bonjour everyone!

Summer is here and so are all our visitors, family and friends – a great time for all of us! We are very proud that we have been awarded a certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the fifth year running and we are still at the top of the list in the village, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to review the cafe.  The sun is shining and the surf beckons, so here goes with what is happening in and around Vouvant this month.

Throughout August there are a number of exhibitions in the galleries and artisan workshops in Vouvant. There is plenty of parking if you live outside the village and travel here by car; there is the Place du Bail parking opposite the cafe, the Tennis Court car park just opposite the Salle des Fetes, the parking places outside the Mairie and opposite the church, as well as the car park behind the church, and the parking for camping cars at the top of the village as you come in from the main Fontenay road.

There is a new feature in the village too, a chain bridge, which connects one side of the river to the other. You just walk on and pull yourself across and you can then meander through the meadow back to the old lavoir. If you’re not sure where it is come and see Paul for directions.

We have a new proprietor in the shop in the House of Miracles next to the cafe. Gill has a range of beautiful jewellery, gifts, scarves and other items all at very reasonable prices and beautifully displayed in the shop. She is open each day except Tuesday, from 10 till 6pm and would love to see you.

Don’t forget we also have Fresco, with their hand painted furniture and gifts as well as the Soap and Perfume shop, Leather art and jewellery, and of course the galleries. For the children we have the play area down on the ramparts and the tower to climb with magnificent views making the effort worthwhile.  Of course there is also the cafe to visit and enjoy; ice creams, drinks or a meal in the courtyard – well worth a visit!

Due to the amount of interest shown in Nick’s artwork we have agreed to show some more of his paintings and they are installed in the rear of the cafe. The works by our other artists are all now back in the front of the cafe with more being added all the time!

Our next Sunday roast will be on Sunday 20th August, a choice of two starters, two roasts with all the trimmings and a choice of desserts – 15€00 for two courses and 18€00 for three courses. Bookings are recommended as places are limited, especially if you want to be outside! Bookings can be taken for tables between 12.00noon and 2.15pm. Looking forward to seeing you.

And finally don’t forget our Friday night specials – we have a blackboard menu with choices from two starters, three main courses and two desserts – we usually have a fresh fish dish, a salad and a meat or poultry option, as well as having a vegetarian option too. Tables are available from 7.00pm and last orders for food are at 9.00pm
latest.

Well folks that’s all for now, looking forward to seeing you all soon
in the cafe!
Kind regards
Paul and Karen
Cafe Cour du Miracle, 85120 Vouvant
Tel: 02 51 00 54 93
www.cafecourdumiracle.com
Our Facebook page is
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Cour-du-Miracle/260722972529
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May 2017 newsletter

Hello everyone!
Welcome to the May Newsletter and what’s happening in Vouvant this month. There’s a lot happening so I’ll get straight on with the news:

Friday 5th May - Val Assist will be here in the cafe hosting her pre-booked tax meetings. If you need to set up a meeting with Val please contact her direct to arrange an appointment. Her number is 06 84 78 21 57 or her email address is contact@valassist.com .  

 
Sunday Roast Lunch
Our next Roast Lunch will be Sunday 14th and will be a choice of either slow roasted Lamb Shanks or Roast Beef, both served with their appropriate accompaniments, (horseradish sauce and mustard with the beef and mint sauce with the lamb), roast potatoes, green beans and carrots, and of course Yorkshire Puddings!  (Parsnips are OFF – just not avaible in a decent state now)!  Starters are a choice of duo of Pate or a homemade Broccoli and blue cheese soup and desserts will be either New York cheesecake topped with blueberries served with Chantilly cream or our new ice cream dessert – “La Miracle” – Tiramisu, coffee and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and Chantilly cream. A two course meal is 15€00 and the full 3 course meal is 18€00 per person.  Bookings are being taken now and we look forward to seeing you!
 
Fete des Plantes – Sunday 21st May
The annual Plant Fair will be held in the Place du Bail (opposite the cafe in the car park) from 10.00am until 6.00pm on Sunday 21st May. There will be lots of stall holders and plenty of plants and advice to help you brighten up your garden or veggies for your veg patch.

Super Saturday Quiz Night
Our next quiz night will be on Saturday 27th - doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. The meal will be Chicken breast in a mushroom sauce, served with creamed potatoes and vegetables, followed by an ice cream dessert. The cost is 12€50 per person including the quiz and meal. We will require your payment for your booking when you make it with Paul in the cafe, tables of four please! Look forward to seeing you at the quiz….

 
Not in Vouvant but well worth a visit is the Shakespeare Revue from the Reaction Theatre. Performances will be held in Le Petit Theatre in Secondigny on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May and in Foussais-Payre on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May. Details and tickets are available from Maureen on 05 49 64 06 14 or email: tickets@reactiontheatre.fr
 
We have a new Ice Cream and Dessert menu which comes into effect this month ready for the summer season and we are looking at our new Summer Menu at the moment. We are always happy to receive your feedback and any suggestions for the menu would be gratefully received. This year we are going to try to cater for more diverse appetites as well as our usual favourites. We will try to cover some food for those with special dietary requests, such as gluten free, and of course we will offer our usual vegetarian options too.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions that might help us to do this and we will see what we can do depending on availability of ingredients here in France.
 
Don’t forget we also have our special Friday night menu – three courses with choices – there’s always a fish dish on the main menu as well as special desserts and starters. We also offer a “Plat du Jour” or daily special – Charolias Steak Hache with an egg on top (A “Chevalier”), Lamb Shanks or maybe something completely different depending on seasonal availability.  We have a new draft beer available too – Warsteiner – a premium German Pilsner lager from a small German family brewery – very tasty!
 
And finally, a great big THANK YOU to all those who helped out with our Student Day today, when students from a Lycee in La Roche sur Yon joined us for lunch and a good old chat to prepare for their Baccalaureate.
 
Look forward to seeing you in the Cafe soon,
Kind regards
Paul and Karen Braun
Cafe Cour du Miracle, 85120 Vouvant
Tel: 02 51 00 54 93
www.cafecourdumiracle.com
Our Facebook page is
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Cour-du-Miracle/260722972529
www.inthevendee.com