Beau Rivage - There are two restaurants here - one is a traditional restaurant, and the other is a pizzeria
Merlin restaurant - Set on the shores of the lake in its own cove, Merlin is next to a really nice sandy beach. You can also hire pedalos, and then retire to the Merlin for everything from a simple ice-cream or a full five course meal. Food is excellent and Merlin is one of our favourite local restaurants! http://www.restaurant-merlin.fr/
Bon Repos - Two restaurants in Bon Repos - both of them provide good basic and very reasonably priced food.
Bon Repos creperie - On the main road to bon repos this restaurant does crepes, savoury crepe (called galletes) and spectacular ice-creams
Loudeac - The are a number of restaurants in the local town of Loudeac - from McDonalds and Buffalo Grill to traditional French restaurants
Pontivy - The beautiful old town of Pontivy has a number of little restaurants hidden amongst its winding streets, from cosy restaurants that seat 12 to larger street side cafes. Pontivy also has numerous chocolate shops and macaroon shops
Corlay - the local village / small town of Corlay has a couple of restaurants
Other things to note
- If you are coming over as a large family group, for example, the basics are often available in bulk in most supermarkets (including the local equivalent of 7-11 - Viveco).
- The larger supermarkets will have bulk sizes of everything from flour to pasta, to pre-prepared cassoulet (eg a rather nice duck one, or a vegetarian lentil one).
- Check your multi-buys - sometimes six tins in a plastic wrapper will cost more than six individual tins!
- Shops in France often close over lunchtime and on a Sunday - though this is increasingly rare - especially during the summer season.
- Most shops will take Chip & Pin and won't swipe cards - make sure your chip is working. American Express is not always accepted.
- Many stores will have promotions and tasters - look out for the stalls within the supermarkets.
Mur de Bretagne - Every Friday Evening during the summer. Fantastic local market with a wide range of produce - from fresh paella from the largest paella dish we have ever seen, through to fresh herbs and spices, wild boar pate and sausages, numerous pancakes (crepes) along with an assortment of local crafts and other market stalls. You can also abseil down the church tower, or watch the entertainment - for example displays of Breton Dancing.
Monday - Ponitivy (all day)
Tuesday - Rostrenen (all day)
- Quintin (morning)
Wednesday - St Brieuc - (all day)
Friday - Corlay (morning)
- Mur de Bretagne ( evening)
Saturday - Loudeac (morning)
- Josselin (evening)
All these markets have a range of local produce (food and crafts, along with a range of other market stalls.
Specialist food shops:
Cakes / macaron - the local boulangerie in Mur de Bretagne has a good range of cakes, as do local supermarkets ( especially the larger supermarkets that serve fresh, rather spectacular gateux ), and in Pontivy there are 3 macaron shops selling a wide range of colours!
Chocolate - again the local supermarkets sell a wide range, but for the 'art of chocolate' then Pontivy is nearby with four chocolatier!
Alcohol - this isn't really considered specialist in France - Viveco has a good basic range, with supermarkets having a very good range - from French wines to local ciders and local beers, as well as an international range of beers. The prices (especially for local ciders and French wines) are very good; we picked up a very nice Chateux Neuf du Pape on special offer for just over £5 a bottle recently!
Meat & Fish - all the local medium and large supermarkets have their own butchers and fishmongers for fresh produce. Most towns still have a boucherie (butchers) and/or Charcuterie (dried meats). A fresh fish stall visits Vorlay market on Friday mornings, and Intermarche carpark ion Mur on Saturday mornings.
Vegetarian - a good range of the essentials for a vegetarian diet can be found in all the local medium and large supermarkets, with many of them carrying a wide range of organic and bio foods. There is a chain of good organic shops (Bio-Coop), with stores in Loudeac and Pontivy, but for the real treat then come and visit us in early September when the annual Biozone fair is on - an international eco fayre, taking over several streets in Mur for a weekend.
~ 1 mile - Saint Mayeux - Viveco Open Tues - Sunday 8:00-12:30 15:00-19:00 Friendly local shop, fresh fruit, veg, and meat. Fresh bread, delivered daily, good range of essentials including wines, ciders and beers.
~ 10 mins - Intermarche - Mur de Bretagne - medium size supermarket
~ 10 Mins - Ronde des Pains - Boulangerie - excellent range of bread, croissants, pain au chocolat - all cooked on site. Wide range of very tempting cakes and desserts
~ 15 miles (via dual-carriageway) - Rostrenen - Large supermarkets - Intermarche, Lidl & Leclerc
~ 17 Miles (via dual-carriageway) Loudeac - Large Supermarkets - Lidl, SuperU, Intermarche
Kerbian Farm ~10 mins - meat direct from the farm - including fantastic bacon and sausages
La Ferme des Horizons - organic meat direct from the farm - as served in the Michelin starred restaurant. You need to order in advance.
We are fortunate to have an excellent selections of restaurant virtually on our doorstep; less than 10 minutes away in Mur de Bretagne; Auberge Grand Maison- with lunch menus from around £22 a head. Chef is Christophe Le Fur and it is Michelin starred https://restaurant.michelin.fr/2a2flya/auberge-grandmaison-mur-de-bretagne
Within Mur de Bretagne there are several other restaurants; We have listed our favourites here:
Le Ble d'Or - 17 Place de l'eglise, Mur-de-Bretagne
Creperie and Pizzas as its main courses - with a wide choice on the menu, from Norwegian Pizza to more traditional ones. We have eaten here numerous times and have never been disappointed. Service is excellent, they even brought our sparklers in the ice cream dessert for a family birthday. They do take-away pizzas too.
Le Relais du Boucher - 37 rue sainte suzanne, Mur-de-Bretagne - as the name suggests this is run by a retired butcher and as you would expect nothing but the best meat gets served here. Always wanted to try a steak tartare but never got round to it? this restaurant has an entire page of various steak tartare - their cooked meat is excellent too!
Mur a Pizza - an excellent little pizza restaurant that has a small dining in area and patio, along with an extensive takeaway menu.
To say that France is known for its cuisine is an understatement - and Brittany does not let down this reputation. Whether it is eating out or cooking for yourself there is a wide variety to suit most tastes. This page includes a few of the local options for eating out and some details of local markets and other places to buy food to cook back at the cottages. All our cottages have well equipped kitchens and for the outdoor chef they all have BBQ too.