A taste of France in Tamworth’s west.
When you think of French culture, Tamworth might well be the last place your mind conjures. But Tamworth is full of surprises, because there’s a wonderful slice of France in its western suburbs. Bienvenue à Le Pruneau!
Located in Tamworth’s west, Le Pruneau combines a relaxed restaurant with a grocery store and, on Saturdays, a market. The vibe is European indeed, and the food is out of this world.
Let’s start with breakfast. Opt for pea, mint and halmoumi fritters with Le Pruneau’s own bacon, relish and micro herbs, or perhaps something sweet like brioche and salted caramel 'pain perdu' with preserved pear and yoghurt.
Or if the hour is lunch, try the orange smoked duck salad with beetroot, fetta and walnuts, or perhaps the lamb rump with plumped prunes, fondant potatoes and black olive caramel. Of course, you might prefer to keep it très French and go with the charcuterie plate of cured meats, or choose a bright, fresh pasta like the papadelle tossed with macadamia pesto and a medley of mushrooms, celery, lemon and parsley.
Then there’s the cake display. The ever-changing selection of delicate cakes and slices makes Le Pruneau the perfect spot to meet up for a coffee date. It also means dessert is never off the cards.
In a back room of Le Pruneau, past the swathes of happy diners seated in its front garden and internal dining areas, you’ll find a charming little deli selling meats, cheeses and other gourmet produce.
And on Saturdays the place really comes to life with the weekly farmers’ market transforming the back car park into a bustling bazaar of seasonal produce and handmade goodies. This is by far the best day to visit; although busy the atmosphere is wonderful.