The national and international reputation of La Mère Poulard
If La Mère Poulard never left her cuisine or Mont-Saint-Michel, she was still curious about the world and she travelled in her own way by welcoming guests from all over the world.
She liked to keep the memory of each guest through annotated photos, drawings and dedications collected in her visitors' book.
The Mère Poulard Inn has maintained this tradition until today revealing a real piece of history.
Politicians, important financiers and industrialists...
President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt and the first French Minister Georges Clemenceau - hero of the First World War, a great friend of La Mere Poulard and big fan of her recipes - also contributed to this growing reputation. They would certainly have been surprised that in 1923 the young Chou En-lai stayed here before returning to China where, twenty-five years later, he participated with his travelling companion Mao Tsé-toung to the Chinese revolution.
By just a few years, the future Prime Minister of China could have met another revolutionary, a fallen one, Trotsky, who began his exile in the best way possible and who could, in turn, cross members of large financial and industrial families, the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers, great fans of La Mère Poulard throughout the twentieth century.
We also learn that King Edward VII and the English royal family, frequent visitors to La Mère Poulard at the beginning of the twentieth century, contributed to the Mère Poulard's reputation.
Among the royals who frequented her inn, La Mère Poulard had a special affection for the Prince and Princess Takamatsu of Japan's imperial family, and for many Russian princes and princesses in exile who regularly frequented her house where they drowned their sorrows during joyous all-night parties.
La Mère Poulard goes down in history
Let's not forget the exceptional men, who La Mère Poulard loved, like Charles Lindbergh after his transatlantic crossing or Alan Shephard who went to the stars before returning to sit down at La Mère Poulard.
In the same way, she would have been proud to learn that her Inn was used as headquarters during the invasion of 1944 and that in these difficult times as in the year of commemoration that followed, General Patton, General Bradley and Marshal Montgomery had enjoyed her food as did Winston Churchill, a great statesman and great epicurean. Ernest Hemingway meanwhile spent several days at La Mere Poulard to describe the war exploits.
A restaurant popular with artists
As a connaisseur, he would certainly have noticed the comment made some years earlier by the French singer Maurice Chevalier when he described his stay : "Superb location - Good crust - Good service - Lovely owners - I will be coming back! " Because the Mont-Saint-Michel and La Mère Poulard belongs to artists, like the painter Foujita who drew a small cat, Bernard Buffet a stove and more surprisingly, the American actor Charlton Heston who sketched the Mont Saint Michel with extraordinary speed and talent.
The list is long…
The list of artists in love with La Mère Poulard is long and includes some are quoted in poems by Prévert, also a great lover of La Mere Poulard : Claude Monet, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Pagnol, Andre Malraux, Françoise Sagan, Jean Gabin, Rita Hayworth, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Woody Allen, Glenn Gloss, Juliette Binoche, Arthur Rubinstein, Jean-Michel Jarre, Charles Aznavour, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent ...
And of course we conclude with the pope of French cuisine, Paul Bocuse, who said "The Mere Poulard, it is France."