Full tables and plentiful bookings… it’s fair to say that the first month of our cheese and wine bar has gone brilliantly. Better than we could have hoped for, in fact.
We opened Planches et Plonk at 6pm on 30 July. We thought it would all be very low key, but no, there was a queue outside the door to come in and see what the place was like.
To be frank, we were mobbed, so friends pitched in to help us keep up with demand. We learned some valuable lessons that first night and were able to manage by ourselves from the following day onwards.
Juggling running the bar, finding suppliers and decorating the two chambres d’hôtes in time for our first guests was a challenge – but we made it.
Reaction to the bar has been very positive too. People say it looks very stylish and classy. The platters – or planches – of cheeses and meats have gone down a treat too.
We frequently hear gasps when we serve them. One night, a group at one table even clapped.
Our first wine tasting evening sold out within three days and participants have booked our B&B rooms so they don’t have to drive that night. They’ll learn what to look for in a wine, from its nose to its legs, and then test their new-found skills with our wine challenge.
The Sud Ouest newspaper has said it’s interested in covering the event, which is encouraging.
We’re open from midday to midnight from Tuesday to Sunday and from 6pm to midnight on Mondays. If ever you’re in Dordogne, please seek out Belvès and come and say hello.
For now, though, this will be goodbye. This blog is due for renewal later this week and I’ve decided to let it go. After all, my new life in Lille is over – and my new life in Belvès is now well underway.
Merci et au revoir, j’espère.