VAT reduced!

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?

6 Responses to “VAT reduced!”

  1. tillylil Says:

    Does he treat you?
    Sounds lovely and very reasonable too.
    The reduction in VAT here now means silly prices and lots of change when purchasing goods.
    Has made very little difference to the amount of money in your pocket.
    All wondering if it will go back to 17.5% or increase to 20% after the next election.

    yes, Tracey, Bear pays for meals out as he keeps his state pension as his pocket money.
    Bad news in today’s paper though – EDF are asking for a 20% price rise!

  2. guyana gyal Says:

    The part in all of this that I find hard to believe is that VAT can be reduced! And that consumers benefit too.

    G-G, not all bars and restaurants are passing on the decrease. So far, la Fontaine, our (perhaps EX)favourite cafe in town is still charging the old rate.

  3. Keith Says:

    The Govt reduced the VAT in this country by 2.5%, so what did the pubs, restaurants, etc., do? Why, they just put up the prices as per bloody usual and pocketed the difference!

    Eating out in Britanistan now is an expensive business if you are an OAP!
    You’ll have to come over and see if Bear offers to treat you. . . . . . . .

  4. Sophie Says:

    I love Boudin Blanc, my favourite!!
    Just re-opened my blog (see post) will catch up with all your posts later tonight xx

    So pleased you have time to blog again.

  5. Susie Vereker Says:

    Sound excellent news. Hope resto bills are reduced everywhere in France.

  6. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Alistair Darling could not afford to cut VAT by any more than 2.5%. He’s given all our money to the banks!!!


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