I actually find it strangely quaint and reassuring that so much of France is closed on Mondays.
Living in the UK where all retail outlets are open the maximum number of hours legally allowed, so as not to miss an opportunity to sell you something, I rather like the feeling that our little part of France is still immersed in the 1950’s or 60’s and that you have to plan your shopping accordingly.
For example, the butcher is open all day Saturday until 7pm and Sunday mornings until lunchtime but closed on Mondays. The boulangerie is closed on Mondays but bakes the bread which is sold at the Spa shop. Most places are closed for at least two hours for lunch, including the supermarkets.
Hence we had a bit of a challenge when we wanted go out to lunch with friends and the only day they could manage was a Monday. Most restaurants are closed on Mondays but we dropped lucky and went to “Le Croissant” in Ligueil.
During the week they do the typical working lunch, with several courses including wine for a set amount. We have eaten such lunches many times all over France and they vary from extremely good value to extremely scary and almost inedible.
At Le Croissant we were lucky. Monday was turkey steak day.
Every week seems to be the same – the dish of the day - plat du jour – is determined by the day of the week that you eat there.
The restaurant was cheerfully decorated in a home-spun fashion and the proprietor was helpful and friendly. The food was good and definitely falls into the good value category rather than scary. Although that could definitely depend in the day of the week !!
The buffet starter looked home-made rather than bulk-purchased, which was nice. I can’t remember what it cost exactly but even with extra wine and a really nice coffee afterwards, it didn’t break the bank.
We will certainly be returning ……. but possibly on a Friday – the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday menus are a bit too scary for us.
What would be your favourite day of the week ?? !!