A subject of His Most Gracious Majesty, Charlie Ray hoisted the English flag on the roof of the Vin’Quatre bistro (whitewashed walls, string light bulbs), tucked away on a narrow street in Vieux Bergerac. Backed up in the dining room by his French lady, Mélanie Legrand, the former Château des Merles (in Mouleydier) sous-chef cooks up some tasty, little fusion dishes. The day we went for lunch, the menu featured the following: perfect asparagus, pea and mint falafel, a poached egg, feta and pea shoots; chicken supreme with chicken, tarragon and mustard spring rolls, risotto with broad beans, peas, asparagus and a white wine jus; before a very gourmet strawberry dessert – plain berries, sorbet and a jelly with a sweet Saussignac wine – plus a spicy rolled tuile. // P.L.
FEELING THIRSTY? In keeping with the terroir, expect Bergerac wines: whites from the Château Marie Plaisance (€3 a glass) or a Château Le Payral (€24 a bottle), a red from the Château La Robertie (€26), etc.
PRICE: Menus €27-35, kids’ menu €15.