Cormatin and Cluny are experiencing a renaissance of lovely boulangeries and good restaurants. A good place to eat is the newly refurbished restaurant at Pont de Cotte, on the D981 halfway between Cormatin and Cluny. It was taken over a year or so ago and renamed “The Number Two”. Some sniggering was heard at first from the local English population but the restaurant has more than made up for its dubious connotations with its wonderful food. The owner, Vincent Landriot, was trained by Bernard Loiseau, the brilliant chef who committed suicide in 2003 on hearing rumours that his restaurant, the Côte d’Or, was about to lose its 3-star status.
The Number Two restaurant
It is well worth going to the Number Two for lunch during the week. The repas du jour comprises an excellent three course meal with wine and coffee, all for €14.50. The service is good and the chips are the best in France. Evening meals are also very reasonable and on Saturdays there is live entertainment.
We went to The Number Two for a meal on Valentine’s Night with the members of the foyer rural. The drawback of going out en masse on such a busy night was that the staff were a bit overwhelmed but they remained cheerful. The conversation was animated and the company sympa so it didn’t matter that the food was slow to appear.
Meal out with the Foyer Rural
The Number Two is growing in popularity both with locals and visitors. For us it has become our Number One choice.
ps I can also recommend “Le Pain sur la Table: which is a bio restaurant at Pont de l’Etang in Cluny, near the old station. The food is all home made and healthy (although don’t let that put you off). The hachis parmentier, otherwise shepherd’s pie, is to die for. And they sell a great variety of bio breads with grains, fruit or nuts.