Good Eateries in France ... your suggestions

Amiens Centre: Piano Bar

We’d booked overnight at an hotel which had private parking (yes!) but only did breakfast (shock/horror) … but the Receptionist gave us a couple of ideas and this was the one we chose.

Delicious meal… in fact a wonderful evening of fun and gaiety.
If they had offered private parking, we might well have chosen this as our overnight stop…

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We loved Wine O’Clock in Autun - incredibly friendly atmosphere, excellent food (local, organic) and wine, sensibly priced. Probably the best meal we had in 2 weeks of travelling.

Restaurant Ahizpak in Bidart, Basque Country. Went there for New Years Day and it was amazing. Lovely view out over the ocean, friendly staff, clean and pleasant decor, generous portions (if anything, over-generous, felt well and truly stuffed at the end!). Choice of about 4 items for each course.
Price for 3 courses, aperitifs and coffee (but no wine) was approx 40€ each.


I like the idea of this thread. It would be great for people to add a link to the restaurant website or at least a Google Maps location.

If I’m in Perigueux… I love eating here…


Buckets Auberge

We have been visiting this restaurant for a couple of years now for lunches. The name of the place is Buckets Auberge (a dreadful name!) but the lunches are excellent.

The Menu du Jour is 16 Euros (2021 price) and consists of a starter, main and a Cafe Gourmand for desert.

You also choose red/white/rose wine 250ml per person. The food and presentation is excellent. It tends to be fish on a Friday.

Bucket’s Auberge Inn
09 83 43 14 41

We live about 30 mins away and we are always happy to travel to here.

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I reckon the chef/owner has a great sense of humour… his name is … Éric BOUCHET … and the business is offically registered as “Bucket’s Auberge Inn”

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If touring the Aveyron/Cantal stretch of the Lot Valley (particularly if visiting Conques, which is always crowded) and looking for a great inexpensive lunch, it’s worth going a few kilometres via Grand Vabre to the other bank of the Lot and driving up into the sky to the tiny, but spectacular village of La Vinzelle.

Don’t be put off by Trip Advisor classing it as a fast food joint, that just means you get served quickly. They serve excellent fresh, very local produce, particularly the duck-based charcuterie. There’s also local specialities that aren’t usually encountered elsewhere like farçous and pounti, plus two very local AOC wines (Marcillac and Entraygues -le-fel) or local beers and pastis.

And afterwards there’s a challengingly large selection of local artisan ice-creams.

We live about 20 minutes away and have been eating at La Vinzelle for ten years; we go two or three times each summer and always take first time visitors there.

Best to book a few days ahead at Easter and July-Aug.

But I haven’t yet mentioned the view from your table - see the photos at:-

Another, but very different Aveyronais resto is in the centre of Rodez. It’s a contemporary setting that looks expensive, but is not only amazing value at lunch times and only one of the two decent places in the city that’s open on Mondays (Pizza del Ramparts is the other). We alternated between the two every week for a couple of years prior to Monday afternoon french classes and didn’t believe the price and quality of the Logia’s carte de jour - and their café gourmande is an essential conclusion to the repas.

It’s a very smooth sophisticated set-up in every other respect, but like too many French restos, they prefer Facebook to having a dedicated website,