Flying to the Lune? Nothing is impossible for Pierre Rigothier! The Girondin-born chef (ex-Greenhouse in London and La Scène Thélème in Paris) generated a lot of buzz when he set himself up along the banks of the Dordogne River, at the heart of Bordeaux’s wine country, in an old inn that’s been given a lovely touch up by interior decorator Caroline Tissier – stone walls, a windowed wine cellar, antique farm tables, industrial light fixtures…. We opted for the four-course menu the day we went for lunch: luminous grilled Galician octopus with hummus, chickpeas, parsley and a piquillo pepper coulis; heavenly line-caught grilled meagre from Saint-Jean-de-Luz with fregola sarda and copious amounts of jus de poisson, baby fava beans, garden-fresh artichokes and lemon confit; rich suckling lamb saddle from the Bergerie de Daignac, cooked to perfection and served with peas à la française, gnocchi and a reduction; before a bright chocolate mousse with cacao crumble and a chocolate cookie. Yum! // P.L.
FEELING THIRSTY? Try the local appellation, Graves de Vayres: a red from the Château La Fleur des Graves (€5.50 a glass), a white from the Château Haut-Gayat (€25 a bottle), Perle Noire from the Château Le Lau (€55)…
PRICE: Set menus and lunch menus €16-19. Tasting menus €55 (four courses) and €70 (six courses). Kids’ menu €12.