Louise Elsom is a self-confessed foodie and a whizz with a vegetable who has set up a pop up restaurant in her home in Haut-Vienne.
Pop up vegetarian restaurant in France
In 2016 Louise Elsom launched her very own pop up restaurant – in her home in the little hamlet of Latterie, just outside the village of Saint Laurent sur Gorre, about 30 minutes from Limoges.
Whilst pop up restaurants are well-known in cities, for quieter enclaves it’s a bit of a coup for the area and very good news for those who love delicious dishes and a fun and authentic atmosphere.
The Hidden Veggie Kitchen is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant – unusual for France you might think – and you’d be right. Yet, there’s a growing demand for more vegetarian choice and the little pop up restaurant is proving popular not just with visitors and expats but with the local French too because the food is so good that word has spread. As she’s become more well-known in the area, visitors from as far afield as Holland and America have sought out the pretty little cottage that’s making a name for itself as a foodie destination.
Louise’s aim is simply to create great tasting vegetarian and vegan dishes using natural ingredients. She sources fresh vegetables and produce from local farms and markets and you’ll find the menu changes according to the season (full details are on the website). From halloumi burgers and pizzas to more exotic dishes such as Chickpea “Shawarma” Louise’s imaginative menu is tempting and delicious.
The pop up restaurant is charming and has been renovated carefully. Louise and fiancé Dave regenerated authentic materials found on site, bricks from a ruined outdoor bread oven, panels from the old barn and 1950’s newspapers they found in the attic. Sitting at long tables in the comfy dining room, it’s a friendly ambiance where you’re just as likely to make new friends as relish the meal. You’ll get a friendly service from Dave in the space which is cosy in winter and cool in the summer. For those wanting to hold a party – it make for a great venue with a personal service and vegetarian dishes to relish.
Louise is putting the fun into a flavour-popping menu that’s not just perfect for vegetarians but anyone who loves great tasting dishes in a fun and authentic venue.
Stop by for lunch, dinner and even a cracking Sunday brunch!
Check the website for opening times: The Hidden Veggie Kitchen
Read more about The Hidden Veggie Kitchen in The Good Life France Magazine