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Derailed -- and seeking lunch in Rennes, Laval, or le Mans, SVP

Jake Dear Jun 15, 2013 09:11 PM

We learned today that our plans to TGV from Cancale/ St.-Malo to Paris have been derailed by track maintenance work – apparently, almost no trains will run out there for three consecutive days. Tant pis! And so we will drive back, and, making lemonade, trade a train picnic for a lunch stop. The problem: It will be a Monday. I was thinking of Les Carmes in Rennes ( e.g., http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/john_talbotts_paris/2012/07/a-break-in-brittany-a-five-day-trip-report.html), but it and quite a few other prospects are ferme that day. Any other lunch suggestions in these three cites or nearby? Thanks.

PS: We are not looking for stars, but still this -- just north of Rennes -- looks interesting: Le Saison ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...) -- any experience from this forum? -- Jake

  1. John Talbott Jun 16, 2013 03:06 AM

    Hi Jake;
    The last resto on that post is in Josselin at Du Chateau and it was rather nice. Open on Monday.

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      Crumbs Jun 16, 2013 04:49 AM

      L'Edelweiss in Laval gave us a good and copious lunch, and it's open Monday.

      1. Parigi Jun 16, 2013 07:23 AM

        Rennes and Laval are not the most fascinating places in France.
        Not too far from Rennes is the pretty and authentic farm-inn Ferme-auberge de Mésauboin, serving a very limited menu of all farm-food, near the village of Fougère.
        http://www.fougeres.maville.com/resta...

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          Crumbs Jun 16, 2013 08:06 AM

          Another place near the city of Mayenne is La marjolaine at Moulay. This is a hotel-restaurant in a lovely setting, beautiful buildings, fine old trees, next to (but high above) the Mayenne river, and as I recall the lunch was pretty good but not great. However, the dining room was elegant and that plus the surroundings made it a special lunch for us. However, our old Michelin seems to suggest that it's closed Monday, which I can't confirm from their website.

          1. Jake Dear Jun 16, 2013 10:05 AM

            Thanks for all of these helpful replies. I just emailed with Parigi's Ferme-auberge de Mésauboin, and they quickly confirmed they are open for lunch on Monday (could not tell from their website), and so that's a good possibility. -- Jake

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              Ptipois Jun 17, 2013 01:05 AM

              You must not miss the marché des Lices in Rennes, it is one of the most fantastic markets in France.

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