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Saralouise Sep 20, 2009 06:34 AM

I'm moving to a small village, Vacheres, located in Haute Provence. The closest city is Manosque. I would like to have a list of good restaurants within an hours drive. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    demo5 Oct 25, 2009 11:32 AM

    I posted this in another Provence thread over the summer:

    The Auberge de la Fontaine in Venasque (very close to the Abbey de Senaque & Gordes) is my favorite restaurant in the area (I have had a house in the area for 25 years) (full disclosure, the chef, Christian, has become a good friend over the years). Christian's cooking is excellent, tied to the area, and is very reasonable (40 euros for 5 courses, including the most amazing cheese platter) it's not the largest (maybe 20 at any given time, but they are always the best). He even knows the goats which provide his chevre! The restaurant is very small, only about 30 seats, and he does all of the cooking himself. He is also extremely knowledgeable about food, and is happy to discuss techniques, concepts and anything else having to do with food (how it is grown, how animals are raised, etc.; he is a real student of the culinary arts). He also teaches cooking classes which are supposed to be amazing and extremely well priced (I have not attended any of his formal lessons myself, but just the other day he showed me a new way of breaking down a lobster when I stopped by - it was quite informative). Finally, he is a classical music aficionado and keeps a piano in the restaurant and on some nights invites pianists to give a concert before the meal. In such cases, you arrive around 8 and there is a one hour concert before dinner. On such nights, unlike most nights, the entire dinner is pre-set. You can find the restaurant's website here:

    http://www.auberge-lafontaine.com/

    Mas Capoun, an extremely good value http://www.masducapoun.fr/
    For a blow-the-budget meal, Oustau de Baumaniere http://www.relaischateaux.com/en/search-book/hotel-restaurant/oustau/
    The pizza at Chez Cherge in Carpentras (don't bother with the rest of the menu, it's only so-so
    )Gouin is a great value - La Maison Gouin
    44 Route d'Apt
    Coustellet
    Phone: 04 90 76 90 18

    And, for, in my opinion, the best chocolatier in Fance, Joel Durand http://www.chocolat-durand.com/fr/

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      Franco American Sep 22, 2009 05:16 AM

      Some favorites pas tre cher.Do get out your map.Try and get here while the weather is still spendid so you can dine on the terrace when available.
      After you enjoy wandering the marche in Apt you can have a very pleasant lunch at
      Aux Plaisirs Gourmands---it's across from the fountain opposite the Place de la Bouquerie
      Pierrerue....about five min.from Forcalquier you'll find the Le Bistrot de Pierrerue which is
      owned by two delightful American's.It's been Food & Wine mag.They have a terrace and do French bistro cusine. 04 92 75 33 00 Lunch & Dinner.A favorite of local expats.
      Lardiers----Most famous spot in your neighborhood.Rest.de la Lavande.
      04 92 73 31 52
      When in Forcalquier for the excellent Mon.Marche stop into the tourist info center for a list
      of Haute Provence Bistros.They're official & meet certain standards.
      The Creperie in Forcalquier, Rue Cordeliers is fine.
      For a change of menu from time to time you might enjoy the Taj Mahal;and Indian
      rest. in Manosque.It's opposite the poste and across the place on Rue Tribunal.
      When in Coustellet La Perle d' Asie has a splendid lunch of Thai things.A bargain at 9
      euros.
      A tour of Goult is well worth the time, and then lunch on the terrace at the Cafe de la Poste.
      A fine steak frites and excellent stare value.John Malkovitch,a local, dines there from time to time.
      Back up N100 and a stop in St.Michel l' observatoire where the pizza at the Pizzeria
      St.Michel is fine.
      The Hotel Restaurant Michel l'Observatoire has a lovely terrace and a good menu.
      Bon journey!

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        Saralouise Sep 23, 2009 02:00 AM

        Brilliant! I'm ready for my move next week. Thanks a mil for taking the time :-)

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        Franco American Sep 21, 2009 07:40 AM

        Have lived not far from Vacheres for years.You'll find Forcalquier and Apt and places in between to be more convenient for dinning and fine market days.Manosque does have a
        delightful Sat.Marche.
        For starters I can suggest Le Jardin in Viens for
        a lovely lunch for 13 euros.Will get out my address book and list other affordable tables
        in your neighborhood.

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          Saralouise Sep 22, 2009 04:07 AM

          I've been to the market in Forcalquier and fell in love with it, looking forward to trying the others. Thanks for the tips!

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          sderham Sep 20, 2009 11:38 AM

          I am living in Provence. My current renters just stayed at the Couvent des Minimes ( a Relais and Chateaux) in Mane--close to Manosque--and said they had an incredible dinner. The hotel has a gastronomic restaurant as well as a at least one other restaurant and bar. Have heard about it from others who live part-time near Bonnieux.
          http://www.couventdesminimes-hotelspa...

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            CJT Sep 20, 2009 08:52 AM

            Within an hour's drive west from Manosque, you can visit towns like Bonnieux, Buoux, Gordes, Rousillon, many of which have restaurants that have been noted and recommended on this board. Suggest you do searches for some of these towns.

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