The lunch yesterday was very pleasant. The hall in Thenac is functional. Like most of these places it was brightly lit, with a wallpapered country scene on one wall and the village banner on the other. It was full with about 30 long trestle tables down each wall. The room filled up with close to 70 people; in this case the majority being over retirement age, but in remarkably good health. The man in charge of the food was strangely Neanderthal looking, with a thick set head and neck. The menu was as follows
An aperitif of kir (sparkling wine and blackcurrant, tasting a bit light fizzy ribena) and a few salty snack biscuits
Red and rose wine (and some water)
Terrine de sanglier and crusty bread (a pate made with wild boar that tasted a bit like a peppery corned beef)
Venison stew, made with red wine, garlic and the addition of some rather strong alcohol, probably cognac, served with a piece of French toast and a clove of garlic to rub on the toast!
This was followed by roasted boar meat with a redcurrant sauce (our neighbour had a piece of lead shot in his!)
Following this was a plate of garlicky green beans.
Then more wild boar meat.
Then a bowl of endive salad
Cheese (Roquefort or camembert)
Desert (an ice cream cornetto from Lidl)
Strong spirits if you wanted (we declined this bit!)
The whole thing lasted 6 and a half hours and we then had to sober up before bed!