The Hotel de Vendee is located at the end of Rue de la Republique in Fontenay le Comte here and is officially one of my favourite restaurants.
Please do not be discouraged by the exterior and whilst the interior is not lavishly decorated, their friendly atmosphere, menu and service is exceptional along with an excellent wine list which also offers a selection of the better regional Vendeen wines. It is the only restaurant where I trust their judgement in selecting the correct wine.
Update 13/02/2020 A superb meal again, exceptional thank you! Im sure Rick Stein would love it.
24/01/2020: A superb meal for two, with excellent presentation and a beautiful meal of three courses with 2 glasses of wine each for 62 euros confirms Hotel de Vendee is maintaining a very high standard and perhaps improving.
The lunchtime menu is extremely reasonable so book in advance and expect them to be busy. There are additional tables in a small courtyard which is very nice in summer.
Hotel de Vendee is our favourite restaurant in Fontenay & well worth a visit. It’s exceptionally good value for money, the menu does change around due to availability of fresh local produce, but you wont be dissapointed and it’s advisable to reserve a table.
However one thing I would change, it’s trivial but important to me: They read out the menu – aaagh. Now my French is fine, but I like to contemplate a menu, select the main, the entree and then the wine. I don’t care for it being read out because I like to consider what may go with what. Now I know they use locally sourced produce and the menu changes, but it really wouldn’t hurt to print them out or have a chalk board, because I would visit more often if they did.
Address: 126 rue de la Republique, 85200 Fontenay-le-Comte.
Tel: 02 51 69 76 11