A café steeped in history comes back to life in this Côtes-d’Armor town

By Lamballe Editorial
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May 7, 24 at 5:00 p.m.

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Among the oldest inhabitants of Ploeuc-L’Hermitage (Côtes-d’Armor), Who doesn’t remember the Hervé café which was purchased in 1931 by Thérèse Hervé’s in-laws to open a saddler café?

Catherine and Jean sold wine and coffee there and Jean worked as a saddler. Upstairs there were rooms for commercial travelers.

This is how Louis, Thérèse’s husband, took over the business after his parents, while his brother Pierre continued his medical studies. Louis and Thérèse then ran this business until 1996.

Closed for many years

It was closed for many years, apart from a brief period of reopening, and the place was for sale.

On the counter sits an old photo in which we recognize Louis, the former owner of Café Hervé. ©Michel Colin

Lionel Fourcade was looking for a cafe in Brittanyhe who ran several establishments of this type for more than 20 years in the south of France.

Originally from Lyon, his first bar was in this city, the metropolis of Gaul. Interested in Brittany, an ad on Le Bon Coin encouraged him to come and meet the former owners of Café Hervé. The deal came to fruition in December 2023 and the opening took place in April 2024.

Lionel arrived with all his energy and the ardent desire to highlight quality products wherever possible. short circuit products.

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This is how he attracted the help of local microbreweries like Bock in the West in Plaintel, Dimezell in Quessoy, la Vieille Bourgeoise in the Pays de Quintin, the brasserie de l’Ombre in Plélan-le-Grand or even Uncle in Etables, le Cul de Paumelle in Pays de Rance, without forget the historic Launay brewery once created in Ploeuc.

A tapas bar

Lionel also selected hams from Aveyron, matured for 24 months. He secured the collaboration of a market gardener who will bring him the products he has available each season. It will offer marinated vegetables, raw vegetables, potato pickels, hummus with the famous tuber. In short, a tapas bar mixing products from Brittany and Auvergne.

Thérèse Hervé is happy to see the establishment reopen. ©Michel Colin

Café Hervé has a 3 license, that is to say it does not sell strong alcohol but can offer wines and beers. It prides itself on offering a traditional method from Val-de-Loire of very high quality.

And for those who don’t want alcohol, orange juice made in a centrifuge leaves plenty of room for the aromas of the fruit

Café Hervé at 2, rue de Montifault, is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 7 days a week from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Such. 07 69 80 02 41.

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