The Pilgrim’s route or Grande Rue has since the 12th century been the main route winding uphill past Elise St-Pierre towards the abbey gates. Now this Main Street is crowded with restaurants to cater to the vast number of tourists, the most famous being restaurant La Mère Poulard founded by Anne “Annette” Boutiaut.
Annette Boutiaut married Victor Poulard on January 14, 1873. In 1888 Annette Poulard started her inn to cater for the pilgrims and increasing number of visiting tourists that arrived at all hours of the day tired, hungry and often wet. Because access to Mont St-Michel was governed by the tides and visitors walked over the low lands and wet sands, hot nutrious food that could be prepared quickly was required. Poulard created many omelette recipes and cooked in huge wooden hearths. Her cuisine became famous and together with the caring nature of Annette Poulard earned her the honorary title of “Mother”. This is how the name of “La Mère Poulard” was born.
Known the world over for her famous omelette, La Mère Poulard is still an institution of French gastronomy thanks to her varied cuisine, both inventive and light that combines tradition, simplicity and modernity. Do you have a favourite omelette recipe? Please share your recipe if you wish in comments.
In 2016, the La Mère Poulard restaurant remains one of the most famous restaurants both in France and around the world; celebrated by some 3 million French and foreign visitors who come each year to Mont Saint-Michel.
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Till next time… Annette X