The British government’s derisory 2.5% cut in VAT didn’t do much to boost the economy but in France they have chosen a different way.
TVA (French for VAT) in bars and restaurants has been reduced from 19.6% to 5.5% so, provided the owners are prepared to pass on the saving, it makes quite a difference.
Our weekly lunch out at the local restaurant now costs 22.5 euros instead of 27, for the two of us.
Despite its appearance (rather basic) the hotel – bar- restaurant in our village provides an excellent lunch all week, with three choices of main course and two or three desserts at a set price. Or you could go for the menu if nothing on the board appeals.
Today the ‘plats du jour’ were boudin blanc with apple purée, steak with pepper sauce or roast veal. You can choose your accompaniments from a list which includes chips, green beans or peas and carrots but today the chef had provided timbales of carrot and celeriac purée plus dauphinoise potaotoes and grilled tomatoes with garlic and basil.
Afterwards the choice was banana split, strawberries served with cream, sugar, icecream or ‘nature’ (however you like them) or ‘orange a l’orange’ which is a fresh orange served in a pomegranate marinade (absolutely delicious and refreshing).
Two courses with wine or beer and a coffee to finish for just over 11 euros a head.
Bear insists that we eat out once a week so he has his good points doesn’t he?