Lune (Vayres)

© Muriel Vanel

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Fly me to the Lune? Nothing is impossible for Pierre Rigothier! The Gironde-born chef (ex-Greenhouse in London and La Scène Thélème in Paris) generated a lot of buzz when he set down his pots and pans along the banks of the Dordogne River. Located in the heart of Bordeaux’s wine country, this old inn has had a lovely touch up by interior designer 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 doused in fish stock, baby fava beans, garden-fresh artichokes and preserved lemon; rich suckling lamb saddle from the Bergerie de Daignac, cooked to perfection and served with braised peas, 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€.

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