Fontaine St Pere, Plessala - this Creperie is renowned in central Brittany - as well as being packed full with locals at lunchtime, they offer a take-away service from their extensive, tasty menu. Try a lunch of galette (savoury buckwheat pancake) stuffed with fresh salmon and leek in cream sauce and a side salad, followed by banana and rum flambéed crepe, all washed down with the local cider. The park is at the end of the road - walk off lunch afterwards!
Le Tetres, St Gilles du Mene - a lunchtime venue that should not be missed. Many local tradesmen who enjoy their 2 hour lunches there. Don't let the vans outside deter you, there is plenty of parking by the nearby church and once inside the atmosphere is quiet and appreciative of the good food. Each table is set with a litre of wine, cider and water - use what you want from these they are included in the price, along with buffet starters, a hearty main course, cheese board, pudding and coffee - all for 12 euros - and you won't need dinner later!
Le Saint Antoine, Plemet - the chef also owns the deli next door - the food is delicious, beautiful to look at and there is lots of it. This is somewhere to savour your meal, slowly - arrive at 7.30pm leave at 11 - having enjoyed 4 wonderful courses plus amuse-bouche. An ideal venue for romantic meals or for large celebrations - there are several different eating areas suitable for couples or large families. The downside - service can be slow and you may need to book - results of their own popularity.
Le Chaudron Magique, Moncontour - "Specialites Traditionelles et Medievales" - it says this on their card, and this is what you get its a place to go for a celebration and to let your hair down - they will provide silly hats and velvet capes along with medieval aperitifs. The food is generally of a good standard with the emphasis on local pork, chicken and fish grilled, stewed or baked with a variety of interesting sauces. The puddings are both naughty and beautiful to look at. The house wine is bottled rather than decanted into a carafe and good value - the owners know their stuff.
L’Aromatique, Ploeuc sur Lie - really good 3 course set lunches for 17€ including a large glass of nice wine, exceptionally friendly service combined with a limited but very well prepared menu make for an enjoyable dining experience. They also offer wider ranging menus for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtime
La Calypso, Loudeac - this restaurant is really worth seeking out, as well as the usual set menu lunches, their dinner menus offer up to 5 courses all of which are gourmet experiences; excellent food and friendly, completely un-pressurised service.
La Bisquine, Loudeac - a bistro offering seasonal produce cooked in typical French style. Enjoy a quick and tasty lunch from the very reasonable menu du jour, or relax in the evening over 3 or 4 courses and appreciate the care that goes into turning fresh vegetables, meat and fish into really appetising meals. La Bisquine is situated opposite the church in Loudeac - in summer on Wednesday evenings Breton music is played in the square to add to the ambiance.
La France, Loudeac - this family run Logis has a first floor public dining room overlooking the church square; providing consistent quality, good value meals on evenings when more fashionable restaurants may not open. The house wine is good value and very drinkable, the starters include assorted stuffed shellfish and their chocolate fondant pudding is to die for! Most of the diners are french business travellers, but English language menus are available if needed.
L’Auberge du Lie, La Cheze - the front door opens into a pub complete with landlady behind the bar - try the side door or walk round from the bar to the dining room. It's very good value and offers plenty of traditional Breton country cooking with no frills - a good option if you want a warm welcome, traditional atmosphere and tasty comfort food.
Le Prieure, Lamballe - a brasserie beside the river; offering lots of menu choices including an excellent quality set lunch with wine for 14€, a selection of home-made pizzas to eat-in or take-away and traditionally french dining experience for evening meals. Friendly helpful staff, clean modern decor and a characterful old building combine to add to the ambiance.