Montrollet: the Marchadaine inn taken over by an ambitious couple

VShe last business in Montrollet, this high-perched village in Charente Limousin which had up to seventeen estaminets (drinking places) when, at the beginning of the 20thand century, the town had nearly 900 inhabitants. Today, the Auberge la Marchadaine, named after this tributary of the Issoire which does not flow far, is the…

VShe last business in Montrollet, this high-perched village in Charente Limousin which had up to seventeen estaminets (drinking places) when, at the beginning of the 20thand century, the town had nearly 900 inhabitants. Today, the Auberge la Marchadaine, named after this tributary of the Issoire which does not flow far, is the vestige of this past dynamism, also the hope for the 325 inhabitants of preserving a place of life that the town had bought back in the 90s to save it (see box).

Pascal and Violaine Le Gallic, originally from Loire-Atlantique, ran a convenience store in Ruelle for eleven years. These are the new owners of the business purchased from Patricia Durant, who at the age of seventy, is retiring, like her companion, Renald Mounier, who assisted her. The new owners, installed for a few days, keep the bar-restaurant activity and the two existing rooms. They are creating a grocery store – a truck will be parked in front of the terrace every morning – and are teeming with projects for the months and years to come.

“We will offer this mini-market in the truck every morning by changing the offer according to customer requests and, if the need arises, we will even offer a tour of the sector. The idea is to listen to the inhabitants”emphasizes Pascal Le Gallic, a fishing enthusiast who ran the Spar store in Ruelle with his wife, which had changed its name four years ago to become La Caravelle des sources, the name of the grocery truck: “We sold the fund. At the same time, we had been looking for a business in the Charente limousine for two years after having fallen in love with this sector a few years ago. »

“Add more rooms”

The couple has owned a pond in Saint-Christophe, a neighboring town of Montrollet, for five years: “We almost bought a building in Blond in Haute-Vienne to make guest rooms there. But today we are delighted to have given it up because here it is much better. » Violaine and Pascal Le Gallic will take turns in the kitchen: “We have been working together for twelve years and it is going very well. »


Pascal and Violaine Le Gallic fell in love with the Charente limousine.

Photo F.B.

The inn, which has already undergone some work, is going to undergo some adjustments. “We have already started inside. We will soon install a giant screen for sport in particular”list Pascal Le Gallic who intends not to stop there: “The building is big. We want to fit out other rooms, create small unusual lodgings on the land. And if all goes well, we would like to buy the walls within a year or two. »

The hostel is open every day except Monday. The couple stops pizzas for the moment and offers daily specials, but also burgers and buckwheat pancakes: “Galettes with salted butter, because I am Breton. My culinary references are Maïté and Jean-Pierre Coffe, we want to offer generous and traditional cuisine. But here again we will adapt to what the clientele wants. » An aperitif open to all is planned for May 21.

“A welcome offer”

The buildings of the Auberge la Marchadaine belong to the town hall. “In the 90s, the council decided to buy the business to preserve it. It is important for us that the activity continues. There have been several takeover offers.underlines Benoît Savy, the mayor of Montrollet who had his council act on Thursday evening, “a welcome offer” with the cancellation of the first three rents (620 euros monthly).
The rent which has been revised slightly downwards with the removal of a natural reception area (small campsite), the offer never having really worked. “We split the land in two, a private garden for the hostel on one side and an educational orchard on the other. In addition, the square in front of the hostel has been completely rehabilitated with a new road and parking spaces. New development work in the town will follow “, adds the mayor.
The restaurant has around fifty seats inside, and almost as many outside with a very beautiful view of the Beaulieu pond slightly below.

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