Remember last year, when I had lunch with Mats and Vera at the Lion d’Or in Amboise?
Le Lion d'Or in June 2012.
The food was excellent, service very friendly and the room cosy, inviting and comfortable. While preparing this year’s trip, I thought it would be nice to share this memorable experience with my friends B. and J.L. . As they had kindly invited me to stay with them in their new holiday home, without charging me for room and board (we did share the bills for food, car fuel, entrance fees, etc.), I decided to buy them lunch in this extraordinary restaurant. I had taken the precaution of booking a table well in advance, specifying that I preferred to be seated in the ‘old’, traditional dining room.
The restaurant was almost full by the time we arrived and the waitresses were dashing around, carrying large plates of delicious looking food and serving wine. Despite the intense activity we were immediately and efficiently shown to a beautiful corner table by the window. I was surprised by the new décor of the room. Last year’s dark turquoise and deep brown colour scheme had been replaced by an elegant combination of clear grey and soft fuchsia.
The same Lion d'Or in June 2013.
We later learned from the landlady that the refurbishing had taken place in February. It had been done very tastefully, respecting the authentic features of the room: the grand fireplace, the wooden panelling and the majestic doors and windows. Yet, it looked fresh and contemporary, in line with the modern décor of the lounge room near the entrance.
I'm sure you have your own opinion about the transformation. Would you like to share it with me and my readers? In exchange I'll post some tantalizing food photos soon !