Court la Vigne
At the Watel’s place (Zora in the dining room, Luc in the kitchen), they’ve been loyally taking care of their guests since 1994! On the ground floor, there’s an old-fashioned bar with old stone walls, an original fireplace and a vintage couch. Upstairs, a luminous dining room where Luc serves carefully-prepared simple meals. For €27, the day we went for lunch: a fresh duck breast salad from the Domaine de Limagne (cooked, thinly sliced and served cold) with a piece of foie gras, tomato, haricots verts and lentils; superb rabbit from Paulhaguet served with its liver, cooked in a casserole with a carrot jus and organic vegetables from Chez Emilie; before a beautiful plate of local cheeses then a divine clafoutis of wild blueberries from the Puy-de-Dôme. There are additive-free drinks to wash it all down: a Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil red from the Domaine de la Cabernelle (€3 a glass), Juste Ciel, a white Roussillon from La Petite Baigneuse (€22 a bottle), a Puy-de-Dôme from Badoulin (€26), a local La Damoiselle beer (€4 for 330 ml). Dishes €17, menu €27, kids’ menu €10. // P.L.