Taverne de Maître Kanter at St Gervais la Forêt!

Not too often I write about a restaurant alone unless is part of a trip. However, this is part of a nostalgic trip along the favorite spots of my family, and  I like to keep firmly in my blog, and hopefully you can enjoy too when traveling near Blois. I like to tell you a bit more on the Taverne de Maître Kanter!

In the unmeasurable and wonderful gastronomic delights of my belle France we set out many times without any fix rdv or reservation just on our road warrior kind of living. On the road one gets hungry/thirsty and we need to stop to refill. While on the marvelous castle road of the D956 of the Loir et Cher dept 41 of the Centre Val de Loire region we came upon this restaurant we already knew as a chain and like it; so we stop by to eat. Always a pleasant experience of the Alsacien style of cooking and great beers! So here is a bit on the town and the resto; stay tune. Bon appêtit!!

First a bit about the town of course, a nice escape from Blois!

The town of Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt  is located in the department of Loir-et-Cher, 41 in the Centre Val de Loire region. A town bordering the south of Blois, Saint-Gervais is the crossroads of the four main roads of Sologne. Three of them have met since 1770 at the crossroads known as the Patte d’Oie (goose Paw ) such as Lamotte-Beuvron, Romorantin-Lanthenay and Contres. The fourth arrives along the Cosson river and joins the town from the north. The town is passed  from the south and west by the Russy forest which occupies most of the town’s territory. The neighboring towns are Blois to the north, Vineuil to the east, Mont-Près-Chambord and Cellettes to the south and Chailles to the west.

A bit of history tell us that the town was known as Saint-Gervais-des-Près for more than a thousand years (between the 8C and the French revolution), then Saint-Gervais-sur-Cosson, the town finally  took its current name in 1918 to distinguish itself from the other 17 towns of the same name!.  It is a town of winemakers and meadows, renowned since the 18C for its cream, it took between 1794 and 1795 the name of Bonne-Crème and that of Gervais-sur-Cosson. From 1803 to 1828, Saint-Gervais was attached to the city of Blois.

A bit on things to see here once in town that we only passed by and are more things to see in my belle France are

The Pont Jacques Gabriel (D956) over the Cosson river, which dates back to 1771. The Priory, built in the 18C on the Cosson hillside for a prior of Saint-Solenne, faces the Loire Valley. It was the last resting place of Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (better known as Houdini the magician) from 1851 until his death. From 1856, he made it an enchanted house in the garden from which he had installed his automatons (see my post on the museum in Blois). The castle, close to the priory, remains in the 19C, now inhabited by the  Warren’s family. It was built in 1842 on the site of the Juiverie (Jewry), formerly Le Vivier (Templar Commandary of the 12-13C).  The Church of Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais has a 12C Romanesque tower, the only remnant of the old church burned down by the Huguenots in 1567. It was rebuilt, enlarged and built between the  16C and the 20C  (reconstruction in 2007 of a caquetoir (conversation chair) according to the plans and watercolours of the period).

Some webpages on the town are

City of St Gervais La Forêt on heritage

Tourist office of Blois-Chambord on St Gervais La Forêt

And how about the restaurant of La Taverne de Maître Kanter at St Gervais la Forêt!

La Taverne de Maître Kanter located at 515 Rue Georges Méliès 41350 Saint-tGervais-la-Forêt off the D956 road towards Blois coming from Cheverny on your left hand side. We later continue passing The Jacques Gabriel Bridge which goes over Loire river into  Blois. This bridge was built in 1771 by Jacques Gabriel.

st gervais la foret

The Taverne de Maître Kanter is a franchise chain of brasseries taverns with wooded décor dedicated to Alsatian dishes, seafood and local specialties. It offers a multitude of flavors: seafood, traditional dishes, Alsatian specialties and gourmet salads… rediscover all the generosity of a traditional cuisine through the varied and quality menu. At Maîtrer Kanter, cooking is a simple value that must be accessible to all. Come and share warm and authentic moments with family, couples or friends. Always as said a very nice place of good quality/price ratio.

st gervais la foret

In general the menus of The Tavern of Maître Kanter (could change and prices too) are: Hamburger, fries, Caesar salad 15.70€ ,Kir with white wine 3.30€, Tarte du jour 5.10€ ,Kro pure malt at 3.5€,Tasting assorted plate at 20.30€, Roquefort endive salad at 6.90 €, Flammekueche traditional at 8.80€, Drinks soup at 14.10€. The drinks such as White Alcohols 7.70€, Kir with white wine 3.30€, Bordeaux between two seas- Château tour de Mirambeau 2014 22.60€, Loire Valley at 13€, Pinot noir at 11.90€, Café at 1.60€, Kir with white wine at 3.30€

Last I read, the Taverne de Maître Kanter were absorbed by the Groupe FLO several years back and now the FLO is under the Groupe Bertrand. However, most of the restaurants are now franchise independent. https://www.groupe-bertrand.com/restauration/

More on the Maître Kanter at St Gervais La Forêt: Tourist office of Blois Chambord on the Maître Kanter

Facebook page of the Taverne de Maître Kanter at St Gervais La Forêt

There you go another memorable spot for my family in castle territory of my belle France on my road warrior trips. The chain even less and less it still a good one to come in we had in other towns. Enjoy the Maître Kanter a nice escape from while visiting Blois!

And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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