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Places to eat in PONTIVY                                         

PONTIVY is essentially the capital of Central Brittany. It is a charming town situated on the Nantes-Brest Canal and the Blavet river in the heart of Central Brittany. Famous for its magnificent 15th century castle build by Jean ll de Rohan, it is also well known for its allegiance to Napoleon who made the town his administrative centre at the end of the 18th century. For this reason, it has also held the illustrious name of Napoleonville.

A personal view and review by; (Shirley & Derek Robinson)

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Parking tip: Most towns in France have free parking areas and PONTIVY is no exception. Park for free and as long as you like in the Place Briand, a large square in the centre of town. 

DO NOT park in blue boxes unless you have a parking disc which can be purchased locally.

Incidentally, this is also the venue for a large open market held every Monday when parking can be restricted. The market has a huge choice of fresh food and vegetables as well as clothing, bedding, furniture etc. Take away meals include: pizzas, pancakes, Chinese meals, paella, couscous, roasted chicken (in summer, order in advance to avoid disappointment!)

Pontivy Place Le Martray

There are many places to eat in PONTIVY. Here are just some of the restaurants we have savoured:

Place du Martray is a beautiful square in the centre of Old Pontivy which is bordered by timber-framed houses. Here you will find 2 eating places:

  • · Le Martray – On the left, on the rue du Pont, Le Martray is a traditional French restaurant where you choose dishes from an à la carte menu or a set three course option. Prices are mid range from about 15 euros rising to 35 per head. There is a good selection to choose from, but seafood is particularly good here. Be prepared to linger, as the French expect you to savour their food and not rush!

Le Colibri – Situated in the square itself is a bistro style restaurant where you can stop for a coffee and watch the world go by. There is an a la carte menu here which has a good range of dishes – the moules (mussels) are fabulous and can be prepared with a variety of sauces, according to taste. This is a popular spot for the locals who lunch and many choose from a limited but tasty 2 or 3 course menu competitively priced between 10 – 15 euros. Service here is quick and efficient, so if you are in a bit of a hurry, this is your place.

Nearby there are two more to try:

Couscousserie Le Cherazad on place Anne de Bretagne is somewhere to visit if you fancy a more exotic meal. The food is freshly made and comes piping hot. We really enjoyed our lamb meal there.

L’Aiglon. This restaurant is situated on the main street, rue General de Gaulle, opposite the impressive Chateau du Rohan. It has a comprehensive menu from which to choose and should have something to please everyone. Whether you select oysters, lobster, steak or pizza, you will probably want to return again and again as it is friendly and welcoming. Prices range from 14 – 36 euros.

Rue du Fil or Rue Pondi (its old name) is one of the oldest streets in Pontivy. The overhanging half timbered houses peer down at you as you climb the cobbled street. There are several cafes here on the left but mid-way on the right you will find the first of 2 good crêperies in the area:

La Petite Bretonne, a superb crêperie with a really friendly ambiance. Crêpes are a speciality of Brittany and this restaurant is one of the best we have visited. Choose from a wide range of savoury pancakes made with blé noire (buckwheat) and then from a sweet range. My favourites are: La Petite Bretonne , made from tomatoes, onions, minced beef topped off with a fried egg. You can choose scrambled egg if you prefer (‘miroir’ or ‘plat’ for fried and ‘brouillés’ for scrambled). I follow this with a sweet crêpe of miel /citron (honey and lemon).  A traditional French crepe meal should always be washed down with a cup of local dry cider, scrumptious! Cost? Including a small black coffee (expresso) this will set you back about 35 euros for 2 people. It is closed on market days (Monday).

Continue to the top of Rue Pondi (Rue di Fil), past the cafés on your left (go to La Bahia Café if you want a really good, strong coffee and pleasant ambiance); turn immediately right and about 100 yards on your right you will find another very good crêperie:

La Crêperie Marie-Hélène. This is more competitively priced than La Petite Bretonne and a little more basic inside but the food is excellent and service attentive. Memorably, the ¾ bottle of Provençale Rosé we had here was a superb accompaniment to our meal.

If all you want is a bar meal or snack, why not try:

Le Rivoli. A friendly cafe along the main street, rue Nationale, which serves everything from delicious freshly made sandwiches (try the Americaine, it’s fantastic and excellent value at 3 euros each) to quiche and salad, omelettes etc. This is also a free wifi spot, if you need one!

For the special night out to celebrate that occasion, go to:

La Pommeraie. Situated on the side of the canal on quai du Couvent, La Pommeraie looks unassuming from the outside. In fact, the decor inside isn’t amazing either, but the food, ambiance and service are excellent. Expect traditional gastronomic cooking and local specialities with prices ranging from 19 – 56 euros per person.  Good choice of wines and beautifully cooked food – definitely worth the extra cost for that special occasion. We were able to park outside which was a bonus.                                                               

Places to eat outside of PONTIVY

Auberge des Cerfs

If you like your meat red and tasty, go to:

 Auberge des Cerfs. On the way to Cléguérec, at Kerfulus you will see signs to this restaurant. You have to book in advance. It has a rustic ambiance and is situated on a farm where the deer are raised. You can visit the animals and buy home-made produce. Specialities include; wild boar and deer pates, deer served with pear, cured wild boar sausage. Prices range from 20 euros. We found the service efficient, but not very friendly – but maybe it wasn't a good night. The food was full of flavour and quite different from anything we had enjoyed elsewhere.

If you want a great pizza go to:

 Le Kost Ar C’Hoat (meaning on the edge of the forest) is probably our favourite eating place of all. Gouarec . Situated on the Nantes-Brest Canal, near the tourist attractions of Les Forges des Salles and the beautiful abbey of Bon Repos, you will find this excellent pizza/restaurant. Here the pizzas are huge, crispy and mouth-wateringly tasty.  Steaks are equally well proportioned and delicious. About 40 euros should pay for 2 people enjoying a meal including: an aperitif, pizza, a shared pichet of wine, a sweet and a coffee. Excellent ambiance, even in winter when the log fire roars.

Le Kost Ar C’Hoat

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