Les Vieux de la Vieille

Les Vieux de la Vieille

Image of 3 old chums in restaurant - Les Vieux de la Vieille

Les Vieux de la Vieille

Les Vieux de la Vieille is a lovely little restaurant in Apremont with a peculiar name that doesn’t translate very well into English.  Literally, it translates as ‘The old of the old’, but is in reality ‘The Old Guards’ and comes from a classic French comedy, in black and white, released in 1960.

Retired from the SNCF, Baptiste Talon returned to Vendée in his native village of Tioune (Apremont) to meet two old friends: Jean-Marie Péjat and Blaise Poulossière. He tells them that he has decided to go to the hospice in Gouyette. Jean-Marie Péjat, cycle repairer and old bachelor, decides to accompany him after an incident during a snail festival where he realized that he was no longer very young. Blaise Poulossière, a former pig breeder living in his family now run with an iron fist by his son, also decides to join them.

And here are the three friends who left on the road with their bags and their basket of wine, for a trip punctuated by many adventures. But, once at their destination, disappointed by the austere atmosphere that reigns in the hospice run by the sisters, they have no other plan than to return to the village. Having succeeded in fleeing Gouyette, they return to the village but are severely lectured by the mayor, who nevertheless accepts their return on the condition of being wise. How long will these incorrigible ganaches, always on the lookout for a good joke, be wise?

The film ‘Les Vieux de la Vieille‘ can be found on YouTube and the Internet Movie Database.

The restaurant can be found in Apremont.

Trios of old chaps can be found drinking in bars throughout France.

The preceding blog focuses on the restaurant, and it’s only 6 km from La Petite Guyonnière. So the next time that you visit Apremont stop by Les Vieux de la Vieille, you won’t be disappointed.




Restaurant in Apremont

Restaurant in Apremont

Image of restaurant in Apremont

Restaurant in Apremont

This is a great little restaurant in Apremont, Les Vieux de la Vieille, that we have neglected to visit for such a long time, but we rectified that yesterday. We called in for lunch at roughly the halfway point of one of our regular cycle routes.  We have cycled and driven past many times and always say that we will call in and for whatever reason never seem to do so. More fool us, as the food and service were first class. The menu is varied and caters for all tastes, with some vegetarian options as well. Of particular note is the extensive range of pizza, which can also be pre-ordered to take away.

What was a surprise and a real treat was the Warsteiner (on tap). You can’t beat a nice cold Warsteiner on a warm day! There is a good selection of beers, and the wines list includes descriptions of each wine, which makes selecting the right one to accompany your meal a lot easier, if you are not a wine expert.

We were able to sit on the terrace, which doesn’t have much of a view, because it was warm, but the interior looks very inviting.  Don’t let the terrace view dissuade you from calling in.


All in all, this little restaurant in Apremont is well worth a visit, and we will most definitely be returning.  The food is excellent and well priced, the staff are courteous, and they have my favourite German beer on tap, what’s not to like! Oh, and it is only 6 km from La Petite Guyonnière.

There is an interesting story behind the name of this restaurant, which translates as the ‘Old Guard’, but that will have to wait until our next blog.