L’Epicerie de Dienne

L’Epicerie de Dienne (Dienne)

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Another Brit has come to shake up the Auvergne region! Following in the footsteps of Harry Lester (Le Saint-Eutrope) and Peter Taylor (Auberge de Chassignolles), Christopher Wright headed to these volcanic lands back in 2016. In his organic bistro/épicerie (blonde wooden furniture, wild flower bouquets, regional postcards, an open kitchen), the former chef of Le Timbre in Paris pampers the best local ingredients he can get his hands on. Featured on the prix-fixe menu, the day we went for lunch: a very fresh salad featuring tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and anchovies; delicious lamb shoulder that was stewed and then flash-seared, paired with juicy buttered carrots; an incredible local cheese plate (for a few extra bucks); before a perfectly tangy lemon tart. // Pauline Chatelan

FEELING THIRSTY? Forty-some wines, most of which are natural: an Ardèche Grenache from Stephan Elzière (€23 a bottle) or Escargot, an Auvergne Chardonnay from Les Tricot (€32).

PRICE: Menu €24 (cheese plate + €4).

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