Just recently, Dave from San Francisco commented, and mentioned how much he enjoyed dining at La Claise, down on the river in Preuilly and run by Francis, with assistance from his rather special poodle,
La Claise is very popular at lunch time with the ticket resto brigade. In France it is a requirement that if you employ more than 6 people you must either provide a canteen or restaurant vouchers for your staff. Clotilde on Chocolate & Zucchini explains it very well. At La Claise you will get a set menu with various salads to start, a main course of fish or meat in a sauce, and a pitcher of house wine. It is good value (about 11 Euros) and substantial.
We prefer the evening menu, as at night, La Claise becomes a pizzeria, serving excellent, distinctive, French influenced, thin based pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. The restaurant has a large collection of old ceramic jugs hung from the beams in the ceiling, rather in the manner of an English pub, and a conservatory style dining area where you can see and be seen. The building itself used to be a petrol station, and now houses the restaurant and a hairdresser's.
Francis speaks a little English, and his standard greeting is to address Simon as jeune homme and me as mademoiselle. This exaggerated flattery is doled out to everyone, so we don't let it go to our heads. Francis is only one half of a double act though.