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France is full of tasty venues

I have dined in many places in France over the last 20 years. I do not recognise the France your correspondent Nabila Ramdani describes in the article French food at the bottom of the list (January).

In all that time, I can remember only two unacceptable meals, and many, many more that were startlingly good, and good value.

I have eaten in many different situations, ranging from the opulence of a New Year’s Eve dinner to the cheerful conviviality of harvest festivals, and as an individual in a bistro to a member of a coach party. 

I have never found it difficult to discover good, sometimes extremely good and memorable, restaurant cooking. Often, the smaller the venue, the better the food!

As for variety, within 200 metres of my apartment, there are restaurants representing no fewer than 17 national cuisines. 

Within 10 minutes’ walk, there are at least three top-class classic French restaurants.

In the surrounding area, I could guarantee to find a good and reasonably priced meal in virtually any small town (maybe except on a Monday!). And I haven’t even mentioned the special attractions of the Breton crêperies, or local fish.

Maybe Nabila Ramdani should get out (of Paris) more!

Chris HIBBERT, Rennes

CHRIS HIBBERT wins the Connexion letter of the month for February 2019 and a copy of the Connexion Puzzle Book.

Please include your name and address in any correspondence; we can withhold it on request. The Editor’s decision is final. Write to: The Connexion, Patio Palace, 41 avenue Hector Otto, 98000 Monaco or email

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