Our 2nd wedding anniversary

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Yesterday, for our second wedding anniversary DH brought me (and Little Miss, thankfully asleep in her stroller) to La Table de Mestré for a delicious lunch.

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It was unfortunately too hot to sit outside, but isn’t this garden so tempting? It must be heaven in the lazy Loire evenings.

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The Domaine de Mestré is owned by family friends — they have a maison d’hotes/hotel and also a beautiful soap company with a shop on the domaine, called Martin de Candes. The savonnerie sells high-quality artisanale products especially known by the soap-loving cognescenti.

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DH started with an entrée of escargots in an oseille cream sauce.

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While I took a salad of confit gesiers de canard. Delicieux.

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We both took the seared Sandre as our main course and it did not disappoint. The Sandre is very delicate and savoury, I discovered that you can also eat the skin, which is very tasty and would make a nice fish chip apart from the filet.

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We enjoyed some Château de Brézé Clos David, which worked perfectly throughout the meal, but especially with the fish. Obviously I only had a small amount since I am still breastfeeding and DH was driving, but we were able to take the bottle home with us (tacky I know, but when wine is this good you don’t want it to go to waste).

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I took a vacharin for dessert, which gave the perfect fruity finish to my meal.

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But I was jealous of DH’s amazing choice: the Cremet d’Anjou with red fruit. The cremet was fresh goat cheese with whipped egg yolks. It was stunning.

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Isn’t the salle elegant? They’ve done such an excellent job bringing it together. It’s excellent quality for money, as our entrée+plat+dessert was only 20 euros. Wine not included though, obviously. Only in the countryside can you dine this well and so affordably.

Little Miss did wake up in the middle of our lunch, but luckily she was quite quiet and well-behaved. A little tip: they also have high-chairs available for small children.

Happy 2 year wedding anniversary Dear Husband. I loved our lunch!

La Table de Mestré, Domaine de Mestré, 49590 Fontevraud L’Abbaye. Tél: 02 41 51 72 32.

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