Which leaves room to enter, stage right, Jean-Luc as the new stout yeoman of the bar.Ok - not very stout, I'll grant you. But quite yeoman-like I think you'll find.
Jean-Luc has given the old place a lick of paint and a new name: L'Alsa-Breizh, which reflects his Alsatian origins and his adopted home in Brittany (Breizh being the Breton name for the region).The best news of all is that Bar L'Alsa-Breizh now does food. Huzzah!
During the week, Jean-Luc is offering three course plat du jour lunches (which he only started doing in the last week) for a ludicrously small outlay of 8.50euros a head. We've not tried his plat du jour offerings yet; we will as soon as we get back across the water. Dozybean, YarMatt, The Lord of Chaos, Cannonball Pam and Lester are staying in Trébrivan from tomorrow - perhaps they'll give a report on their return.
The real treat, though, is Jean-Luc's homeland speciality which he cooks to order on Saturday and Sunday evening from 7 o'clock - Tarte Flambée. You need to book ahead - Bar L'Alsa-Breizh is throbbing with people on a weekend evening, all chomping on the yummy fare. Indeed, here are the former innkeepers extraordinaire Steve and Sue accompanied by their daughter Megan, enjoying the delights of Alsatian wood-oven cooked cheesy things on Saturday last:The tarte is served on a piece of plywood (saves the washing up) and it's perfect eat-with-your-fingers fare. It's a fun and informal way to eat in Bar L'Alsa-Breizh's friendly atmosphere. Mrs The Millbrooker and I found that sharing two savoury tartes (served one after the other) and one traditional Tarte Flambée sucrée aux Pommes (flambée a l'armagnac) to be a highly filling meal and very very tasty indeed.
Here's Jean-Luc doing his stuff with the Armagnac immediately prior to setting our pudding alight. By the time we got to munch upon it, it was a very boozy tarte flambée - the man is a very generous host.Et voila - the brandy soaked dessert is engulfed in flame, mmmmmm.
We wish Jean-Luc the very best in his venture. Great food, great atmosphere, plenty of choices of beer - what more could you ask?
Bar L'Alsa-Breizh, 3 Place Ste Anne, 22340 Trébrivan.
Tel: +33 296 36 60 56
Note to fellow Brits, Jean-Luc doesn't speak English - if you ring to book for Tartes Flambées you'll need to try your French; have no fear, J-L is an accommodating chap with a ready smile and will do his damnedest to help.