I’m thinking about starting a blog devoted solely to my favorite restaurant in the south of France, L’Hostellerie du Chateau. My wife and I had lunch there the other day and it was even better than I remembered. Only five months in, the new owners have created an exceptional establishment in the village of Le Bar sur Loup.
Listed below are five reasons, other than the sublime food, why I think L’Hostellerie du Chateau is top notch.
1) The Dining Room
Simple, sophisticated, and elegant.
I don’t need to eat in a circus tent surrounded by a non-stop dog and pony show to prove I’m getting my money’s worth. At L’Hostellerie Du Chateau, I don’t have to.
2) The View
Located on the Place Francis Paulet in the 14th century village chateau, guests enjoy a stunning view across ancient rooftops to the verdant Loup Valley.
3) The Service
Attentive and efficient without being overbearing.
If I have to listen to “Jason” at Fudruckers introduce himself and then force-feed me his life story one more time I might start slinging food at the walls.
You know what Jason? I’m forty seven years old, I don’t want a new best friend!
4) The Wine List
This is a particular pet peeve of mine, and L’Hostellerie du Chateau handles it with aplomb. Extensive wine lists will undoubtedly have a very broad price range, and none of us wants to be put on the spot by having to purchase, or decline, a bottle that’s not within our budget. The sommelier at L’Hostellerie du Chateau (he’s also the owner) will always suggest at least two bottles in the lower to medium price range and one or two that are a bit more expensive, allowing the customer to deftly choose a less expensive wine without embarrassment.
5) It’s All In The Family
Dine at L”Hostellerie du Chateau and you will likely have at least two generations of the owner’s family drop by your table for a quick hello. Family owned and operated restaurants are just better. Period.
6-8 Place Francis Paulet
Le Bar sur Loup, France
Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 42 41 10
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