Our aim was to lunch at La Licorne which is sadly closed at midday. We called from Rouen at late time to book a table. The maitre d´hotel was polite and upbeat, he kindly reserved a table and arranged for us to lunch at the late time (for rural france) of 13.30-13.45h.
The menu at Le Grand Cerf is short, unpretentious and well executed. There is a fair amount to game in the menu, following on the theme of the name and the location of the restaurant. We shared a delicious terrine de campagne and followed to a cote de sanglier served with a delicious matelotte presented in a pretty red small pumpkin. Admittedly the dish is not technically demanding, but it was well executed and beautifully balanced with a light yet flavourful sauce that offset well the gamey boar flavour. The service is kind, lively and attentive without overbearing.
We found the decor is fun, cosy and up-to-date. Clean lines, without being cold and quirky details that nod and wink to the name and location. The garden outside looked wonderful for summer lunches and dinners.
The village of Lyons La Foret is charming and both the restaurant and the village make it worth a detour.
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