The former Taverne de Maître Kanter of St Gervais la Forêt!

Again, 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 am updating this post with new text and added picture. I like to tell you a bit more on the Taverne de Maître Kanter!

St Gervais le foret maitre kanter resto front

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!  Unfortunately, this restaurant as the chain has closed, but keep in my blog for the memories of always!!

A bit on the town on the road D956 that leads to our final destination of Blois on this particular trip.

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 of Saint Gervais la Forêt 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 if with more time 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).

The city of St Gervais la Forêt on its heritage:

The Blois Chambord tourist office on the town of St Gervais la Forêt:

Our souvernir here is stopping off the road for dinner! The old La Taverne de Maître Kanter is now La Tavern located at 515 Rue Georges Méliès 41350 Saint-Gervais-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


The Taverne de Maître Kanter is now La Taverrne;independant resto 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 was a simple value that must be accessible to all. You come and share warm and authentic moments with family, couples or friends. Always as said a very nice place of good quality/price ratio. Last I read, the Taverne de Maître Kanter were absorbed by the Groupe FLO several years back and then the FLO is under the Groupe Bertrand. However, most of the restaurants are now franchise independent outside the group as La Taverne.


This is the new webpage for La Taverne on the same spot as the old Maître Kanter resto:

There you go folks, 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 over the years. Enjoy the old Maître Kanter, as not tried it under the new name  La Taverne! , Either way is a nice escape from while visiting Blois!

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

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