The little hotel in the village – Le Savoie Villlars - has been closed for two years.
The hotel has a prime position in the village square, opposite the church. Nick and I stayed there for three nights when we bought our house in 2007 and it was a traditional and comfortable country hotel with comfy beds, creaky floorboards and quirky plumbing.
So we were pleased to see the sign outside saying it was to re-open this weekend and we wasted no time in trying it out. The restaurant that is, as we have no need for a room. But it is nice to know that rooms are available if we should need accommodation for more guests than we have room for ourselves.
We had an excellent meal there. The menu was pretty safe, by which I mean that there were all the usual favourites and nothing terribly scary or peculiar. The kind of menu that will appeal to locals as well as the large number of British visitors to the area. There were several priced menus to choose from – the presentation and the service were very good. Far better than we remember it being previously.
it’s amazing how much you can achieve with a change of colour scheme, fresh tableware and a good spruce up. I hope the new proprietors do really well because it’s a great asset for the village I think. They seem to have got the level just right. You can see the hotel’s website here.