April 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well and getting into the swing of Spring, the weather hasn’t been too bad and it is supposed to be getting better – let’s hope so!

There’s lots happening again this month so here we go:

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April
On this Friday only we will be open as usual during the day, serving lunches, teas, coffees etc. However we will not be serving dinners in the evening, just our usual bar service. On this Saturday we will also be open as usual however we will only be serving toasties at lunchtime along with all our usual drinks and cakes, we will be open as usual in the afternoon. We will be back to normal on Sunday 9th April.

Don’t forget we also have lots of lovely goodies for Easter presents in the cafe made be local crafts-people – little egg cups with Cadbury Cream Eggs and egg cosies, Easter Bonnets for littlies and lovely Easter cards to send to all your friends.

Easter weekend – Good Friday 14th, Easter Sunday 16th April.
We will be open as usual over the Easter weekend, with lots of Easter Eggs for the children and all our usual goodies for the grown ups amongst us! We have a new beer going on the pumps – Warsteiner – a premium award-winning German Pilsner lager, produced by a privately owned family run brewery in Germany, which we will be selling at 2€50 for a Demi and 5€00 for 50cl. We will still have our other draught beers available too; Jupiler and Leffe Blonde, and in bottles there are Leffe Ruby and Bombardier, so plenty of choice for all you beer lovers! We also have two new wines in our cellar; a beautiful Rose – St Beatrice from the Var region in Provence, a very light and delicate Rose. We also have a new red wine from Jean-Claude Mas, a Syrah-Viognier – called The Arrogant Frog (croak rotie)!

Friday 21st April – Financial Workshop with Ex-Pat Radio and the De Vere Group From 10.30am until 3.00pm on Friday the 21st April we will be hosting a day of Finance with the De Vere Group and ExPat Radio here in the cafe. There will be a chance to discuss Brexit, Pensions and Investments and the morning session from 10.30 – 11.30am will be broadcast on air by ExPat Radio. Join us and find out all the latest over a coffee or drink and a slice of cake!

Sunday Roast Lunch – Sunday 23rd April
Our next Sunday Roast Lunch will be Sunday 23rd and will be a choice of either slow roasted Lamb Shanks or Roast Pork, both served with their appropriate accompaniments, (sage and onion stuffing and apple sauce with the pork and mint sauce with the lamb), roast potatoes, peas and carrots, and of course Yorkshire Puddings! Starters are a choice of duo of Pate or a trio of Salmon and desserts will be either apple strudel and ice cream or apple crumble and ice cream. A two course meal is 15€00 and the full 3 course meal is 18€00 per person. Bookings must be made to ensure you get a place, and of course tables do go quite quickly so give us a call or drop us an email to make sure your table is reserved. Look forward to seeing you!

Quiz Night – Saturday 29th April
Our next quiz night will be on Saturday 29th April – doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. The meal will be either Chicken and Mushroom pie or Beef and Guinness pie, 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 choice of pie and 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….

20th April and 10th May – New 2017 Garden Design Workshop Cherry Burton will be holding her New Garden Design Workshop at her home and garden near Cheffois on the 20th April and 10th May and will be arranging other dates too in the coming months. The workshops are very interesting and visiting her gardens are incredibly inspiring – she has a lot of really good ideas and is happy to share them with you and it is great to bounce your own ideas off her and the other attendees at the workshops. You can contact Cherry direct on her email address sheisthedesigner@aol.com for further details and dates.

A couple of dates for your diaries at the beginning of May:

Wednesday 3rd May – Bayleaf Books will be here in the cafe from 2.30pm until 4.30pm with a selection of new and used paperbacks for sale.

Thursday 4th May – will be hosting a group of students from the Lycée Pierre Mendés-France from La Roche sur Yon for lunch and an afternoon of speaking in English. We have a number of volunteers who are happy to join us for the afternoon and if you do have an hour or so spare and haven’t volunteered yet then we would love to see you. We are offering a lunch with the students too – a meal of two course for 14€00: Chicken and mushroom pie or steak and Guinness pie, chips and vegetables and then Apple Crumble and ice cream with a Sirop and water or coffee/tea. If you would like to join in with the lunch or afternoon then please let me know.

Friday 5th May – Val Assist will be here in the cafe hosting her pre-booked tax meetings. If you need to see Val and would like to meet with her here in the cafe please contact her direct to arrange an appointment. Her number is 06 84 78 21 57 or her email address is contact@valassist.com if you would like to make an appointment.

So I think that must be the lot for now! If anything else comes up we will send out another note to you all,

Looking forward to seeing you soon in the cafe,
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

Newsletter – March 2017

Hi folks!

Well we made it back through the rain and high winds but there have been a couple of casualties namely our shutters – not through the back of the car this time but ripped off their locks by the high winds and the TV aerial pulled off the chimney! Oh well at least we are both safe and sound and ready to re-open on Wednesday. The cafe has had a bit of a facelift inside with a little bit of repainting and some new seat cushions and, of course, some new ideas for the upcoming season – more about that later….

Ok what’s coming up this month – here we go:

Wednesday 8th March: We will be open from 11.00am for drinks and cake, and then for lunch from 12.00noon until 2.30pm. After lunch Cindy will be here from 2.30pm onwards with her selection of new and used paperback books. Why not pop along for a browse, a cup of tea, coffee and a slice of cake or a glass of wine or beer – it’s a great chance to catch up with all that’s going on in the village and local community too. Cindy is here until around 4.30pm so there’s plenty of
time to come along during the afternoon. The latest copies of the Deux Sevres and the Living magazines will be available for you to pick up too.

Friday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day Special We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by offering a special Plat du Jour for lunchtime – Karen’s homemade Irish Stew – which can be accompanied by our 2 for 1 offer on Guinness and Magners – now that’s a deal not to be missed! The plat du jour will also be incorporated
into our Friday evening menu as one of our main courses for the evening. Two courses for 15€00 or three courses for 18€00, we look forward to seeing you.

Sunday 26th March – Roast Dinner Day! Get your table bookings in fast for our second Roast Dinner Sunday! We will have a two course dinner for 15€00 or three course for 18€00 – the roasts on offer are either Roast Beef or Slow Roast Lamb Shanks, both served with roast potatoes, two vegetables, gravy and of course
Yorkshire Pudding, as well as the usual trimmings (mint sauce, horseradish, mustard). Please make your booking as soon as possible as places are limited.

Saturday 1st April: Our March quiz is a week later than usual, not an April Fool joke – just not enough time to do everything! Please book your table next time you pop in for a drink. The meal to be served will be lasagna with garlic bread, and then a dessert, and of course we will have some fabulous prizes as usual. The doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

And that’s it for now, we will keep you informed of anything else that comes along during the month and look forward to seeing you soon in
the cafe,

Kind regards
Karen and Paul
Cafe Cour du Miracle
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