The Provence Shop which opened in October is a real find.
They offer freshly cooked meals in a friendly ambiance but it is especially recommended for families with little ones. Unusually for centre-ville, it’s a spacious café with a lovely playroom safely tucked away at the back so parents can eat nearby while keeping an eye on their children having fun. There’s even a child-seat and changing mat in the Ladies. Good for you Provence Shop.
The food is good. It’s a very flexible menu with all manner of ciabbatas and focaccias, omelettes, daubes, tartes, salads……and an English breakfast. We tried the Vegetarian Curry with Rice, welcomingly hot and spicy on such a cold day – apparently this stays on the menu due to customer demand! We finished with seriously good carrot cake made by a local English person. The young parents who run the café are Argentinian (Madame front of house) and Dutch (Monsieur in the kitchen).
To supplement the income from the café, there is a good selection of international foods. Fellow Brits will welcome the Marmite, HP Sauce, Heinz beans, golden syrup, biscuits, teas…as well as those cheeses we miss like Cheddar, Wensleydale, Red Leicester and Halloumi. In the meantime my American dining companion was stocking up on all her favourites including root beer, a new one on me. Apparently it’s great poured over ice-cream….but maybe not today – brrrr!
Details: 22 Rue Victor Leydet (very close to the Rotonde);
Website with Menu: http://theprovenceshop.com/a-propos-de-nous/; Open Mon-Sat 10-18:30.