A two week stay has enabled us to have time to sniff out a few places we've heard about but not been to. This includes La Trinquette in Gordes. A fab setting on the village ramparts serving good affordable food. Mostly charcuterie and other simple things, nevertheless delicious and with good service. Main courses included linguini with scallops, brochette of spicy chicken and large salads. It also has a good wine list including the excellent Domaine de la Citadelle, one of the best producers in the area.
Closed in winter though it does have an attractive dining room if it's not warm enough to be outside. Recommended.
Recently visited this domaine on the outskirts of Menerbes (on the D3 towards Bonnieux) and was most impressed by the vineyard and cave - and the wine was pretty good too. The white I bought was especially interesting - a blend of Roussane (very keen on this), Grenache Blanc and Vermintino. Delicious and at €8 per bottle, not bad value. Recommended.
Back in Roussillon after a while and sad to note that Christophe, the fishmonger, is no longer coming to village on a Sunday morning. A real pity as it was good to have... I guess there simply wasn't enough trade for him.
Still on the plus side, the village has changed the parking at Parking des Ochriers - the 'top' car park behind the boulangerie. The entrance and exit is now at the other end of the car park and comes out on the street just past the Casino as you one heads out of the village. Much better as it means there are now no cars coming and going through the little lane behind the boulangerie..
On the road into Apt is a slightly
shabby looking hotel, facing the train station, which has a brasserie on the
ground floor. We rather like it as it’s full of locals at lunchtime and serves
pretty good food. There is only a set menu (at lunchtimes) currently (as of
January 2013) at a very good value €15.50 for 3 courses.
Typically the menu includes a salad
first course – I had a very generous smoked fish / seafood salad, then confit
of duck with a wild mushroom sauce then chocolate mousse. Wine is pretty basic
by the carafe, but all in all, a good local if you’re passing by.
The restaurant is open in the
evenings but closed Saturday lunchtime – market day in Apt.
We're thoroughly enjoying Christophe coming to village every Sunday and Tuesday mornings with his van full of fantastic fish. Yesterday I bought some delicious oysters and clams for lunch. He is very reasonably priced, the quality of the fish is excellent and he is very charming! Highly recommended, he can be found outside the Casino supermarket (only Sundays during low season).
Dropping some friends back to Marseille airport the other day we noticed a new route - Marseille / New York JFK direct! It will only operate from the end of May to October this year with flights twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays. The service is operated by XL Airways.
We had a fab day at the beach - well a beach by a lake. About 1 hour from Roussillon is the Etang de la Bonde lake. A stunning setting and one can park the car alongside the lake by going into the camp site next to it (€2 parking I think it was). Make sure that it is the camp site right next to the lake as there is another just nearby which is not the right one... From memory the one we wnet to is Camping de la Bonde.
The swimming is lovely and there is a cafe serving not bad food (though self-service). We took a picnic and then got some beers / wine at the cafe.
To get there drive to Bonnieux and then onto Lourmarin towards Ansouis.. this is the full address.