Special Places to Eat: France

Our Luberon Top 10:

Any list like this is highly subjective and can be trumped many times over. However, these are places that we have enjoyed and come back to time and again.

We like to live the French way. This means that we have our main meal at lunch time and snack in the evening – almost always at home. The restaurant choices are made in this context. We try to avoid the Michelin stars, too much ‘white plate’, starched tablecloths and attitude to match, and excessively expensive establishments.

Here goes:

To eat………

1.La Verandah, Menerbes

Casual for lunch, stylish and creative for dinner. The Verandah never disappoints and along with professional and friendly service, great food and clever menu, the value for money is exceptional. The firm favourite!

Tel: 04 90 72 33 33

2.Maison Gouin, Coustellet

A deli and superior butchery by day and a restaurant for lunch and dinner. With a superb wine cellar, Gouin is always packed with locals – the surest sign of quality and value.

Tel: 04 90 76 90 18

3.La Closerie, Ansouis

Catch this restaurant before it is decorated with Michelin stars and it becomes out of reach. The lunch plat du jour is a must-have in wonderful surrounds.

Tel: 04 909 90 54

4.La Petit Ecole, Gargas

Something really different! Situated in an old school, the husband and wife team are hands on with real, Provençal fare. Inexpensive but very tasty.

Tel: 04 32 52 16 41

5.L’Atelier, Les Taillades

After ten years in Roussillon, this husband and wife team have set up in an unremarkable old house on the main road to Cavaillon. There is a simple luncheon menu with a move upmarket at dinner. Great value and superb food, stylishly presented. You can also pre-order a dinner and collect.

Tel: 04 90 72 37 55

6.Bistrot Decouverte, St Remy-de-Provence

A firm market favorite with the locals so book early. Excellent wine cellar and the Wednesday roast chicken is delicious.

Tel: 04 90 92 34 49

7.L’Fourneil, Bonnieux

A leafy verandah setting in the heart of the medieval village is matched by the unobtrusive service and great food – it is always packed.

Tel: 04 90 75 83 62

8.Restaurant de l’Horloge, Cuceron

Situated in an 14th Century underground cavern the food is wholesome, plentiful and well cooked. A large menu focuses on Provençal staples and the service some of the best around.

Tel: 04 90 77 12 74

9.Le Bistrot de Paradou, Paradou

A previous #1 Country Restaurant of France, this is an institution. Slightly pricey but amazing atmosphere, unbelievable food, great service and the long bar abounds with local characters. Booking absolutely essential (way in advance!).

Tel: 04 90 54 32 70

10.Le Castelas, Sivergues

A pig farm high up on the Apt plateau. There is a set menu of local pork and goat’s cheese. Well-cooked, rustic fare on the farm. Live animals stroll around your feet while you eat their cousins! Great for kids with a huge outdoors area.

Tel: 04 90 74 60 89

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