The Dining room
The Ravoux Inn was at first a wine merchant’s business as well as a restaurant when it opened in 1876, and it has kept its décor and typical late nineteenth century atmosphere. The subtle aromas wafting in from the kitchen, murmurs of conversations, wine crates, ten waxed oak tables, the traditional French ‘zinc’ counter bar, linen table cloths with their red lettered borders… everything promises the diner a unique experience inherited from years gone by.
Seven-hour lamb stew, coq au vin, blanquette de veau, œuf meurette, waterzooi… Every dish makes use of local Auvers market produce and is a tribute to the culinary arts and zest for life of former times.
Van Gogh’s table was at the back of the dining room. Many years later André Malraux had his table near the window. Today, lovers of art and gastronomy, famous or not, still patronize the Ravoux Inn for the love of good food and culture.
At the Inn we like straightforward people; we can also cope with the complicated ones.
The Ravoux cuisine
Our chef keeps alive the great classic dishes of French cuisine and uses traditional 19th century ingredients, calling on small local producers where possible.
Arthur Ravoux’s traditional recipes come under three headings:
- ‘Everyday’ cuisine: simple, uncomplicated cooking for the family table, country inns and working class restaurants in Paris
- Fine cuisine of the region: a surprising variety of rich, fine dishes from the Île-de-France region
- ‘Cuisine ‘bourgeoise’: sophisticated ingredients, choice cuts and sometimes ‘exotic’ items from distant French regions and the sea.
Arthur Ravoux was also a wine merchant and had the experience and connexions to match his cooking with the best appropriate wines. Our ‘cave’ today is well stocked with full and half bottles carefully selected to accompany our menus, whether on modest or grandiose occasions.
The complete history
Vincent van Gogh spent only 70 days in Auvers-sur-Oise. Yet he was extraordinarily prolific in this short time, because he was inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings to paint close to 80 canvases, which come alive for us in the winding streets of the village.
The complete history
Arthur Ravoux’s Menu
Doctor Gachet’s Menu
Fine wines & Champagnes
1st March to 26 November
Wednesday to Sunday: 12, 00 to 14,15pm
Fridays and Saturdays only
7,30 to 9,00pm
The Ravoux Inn main dining room can accommodate groups of 12 customers maximum at the same table. Larger groups can be accommodated in the adjacent guinguette.
Booking a table
The whole of the property (historic dining room, dining room-cum-‘guinguette’, club house…) can be available for private hire. You may thus spend an evening as your own host in the House of Van Gogh, reserved exclusively for your own purpose.
Price : 135 € / person