Seeking opinions on L'Auberge du Beaucet in Provence
Have just booked a dinner at L'Auberge du Beaucet in Le Beaucet, for a weeknight in mid-June. My husband and I are traveling with 3 other couples, all serious foodies, so I'm feeling some pressure to get this right. I chose this place based on generally enthusiastic reviews (although couldn't find any on CH) and also because of its proximity to where we'll be staying. When I was on the phone with the restaurant, I learned that the terrace is no longer open (my French wasn't good enough to ask why), and now I'm worried that eating indoors on what will hopefully be a beautiful June evening will be a downer. Have any Chowhounders eaten there recently? Will the quality of the meal offset having to eat indoors?
We ate there several years ago (maybe 5) and found the food to be decent/good but not worth the hour trip for us to go back there - although the town of le Beaucet is adorable and something to see. If the reviews for the cuisine are recent, that and the view (even from inside, from what I remember) should satisfy you & your friends. "My" territory is much further south, so I can't recommend any place else that is nearby - but if you're willing to travel a bit, I'd suggest la Ferme de la Huppe (Gordes). It would give you a chance to see that beautiful perched village on your way to a charming auberge, where you can dine outside.
Thank you so much for your input. My husband and I ate at l'Auberge du Beaucet about 10 years ago, in the dead of winter, and liked the idea of returning in the summertime so we could actually see the view. And it's very close to where we're staying in Pernes-les-Fontaines. We're concerned about wine consumption and driving, so going to Gordes is too far. I stayed at Ferme de la Huppe a couple years ago, under the previous owner, so am glad to know the restaurant is still good. It's such a charming setting.
We plan to eat at Au Fil du Temps in Pernes on another night. We can actually WALK to the restaurant from our rental house, so won't need to have any designated drivers!
Hi boredough and anyone else out there inclined to have strong opinions about Luberon dining- i would love your opinion. I am in the midst of planning for our Aug. trip to the Luberon. I am trying to make some choices and would love your input.
We are definitely doing:
Auberge de la Loube
Le Ferme de la Huppe
We are now trying to decide between the following for each outing:
Saignon either for lunch or dinner:
Auberge de Presbytere
La Petit Cave
Bonnieux for lunch:
Bastide de Capelongue (summer restaurant)
Lourmarin, Cucuron or Ansouis for either of the following for lunch:
Le Cour de Ferme
I would love your thoughts.
wow...many good choices. Personally, I can't handle big lunches & dinners, and in fact almost never have lunch out, so I can only speak from dinner experiences. And as I have stated before, you should do your best to get to le Castelas for dinner - not lunch. (See this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781261 for comments on Bartavelle & Castelas...Kurtis has not yet reported on Huppe or Loube, but he has promised to do so. We love Ferme de la Huppe; have not yet been to Loube.). In Bonnieux, all three choices are good, so it comes down to the individual setting. Le Fournil is in a lovely "place" with the restaurant itself carved into a huge rock,the vaulted restaurant l'Arôme has a terrace in a narrow street so that the outdoor dining is in fact quite cozy, and Capelongue overlooks the perched village of Bonnieux - although I 'm not sure about the view from the summer restaurant (as opposed to the gourmet 2-star restaurant). I think I'd pick l'Arôme for lunch, for the overall experience. For your 4th group, we've never been to l'Horloge, but just recently dined at la Closerie. The village is charming, the restaurant as well, but the food did not match up to its presentation : beautiful to look at, yet unexciting & disappointing. We found this quite odd, since it was clear that the chef went to a lot of trouble to create his dishes, but the flavors didn't mesh well. As for la Cour de Ferme, this is a good opportunity to try Reine Sammut's cuisine at a much more reasonable price than her (expensive) restaurant La Fenière (on the same property).