Manat – Serious food and wine

Manat in Perpignan – Introduction Manat in Perpignan is a seriously good restaurant in Perpignan run by Yuka Okugawa and Marc Meya who have cooked together in both Japan and France and now run this very popular restaurant in the centre of Perpignan. As can be imagined from the first […]

Septime la Cave
France / Paris

Septime la Cave – Memorable Venue

Septime la Cave – Introduction Septime la Cave is a small, sparse bar and cave quite close to its mothership Septime. It serves a short, but nicely conceived list of wines by the glass at very reasonable prices, or you can buy a bottle from the shelves that line two […]

Natural wine bar

Natural wine bars to visit in France

French natural wine bars – Introduction We get so many requests for information about natural wine bars to visit in France that we thought it might be useful to summarise our thoughts about places to visit when you are touring around this great country. Here are a few of our […]

Clown Bar
France / Paris

Clown Bar – Great Food and Wine

Clown Bar – Introduction The Clown Bar is both a bar à vins and a restaurant with a tiny kitchen in the 11th arrondissement in Paris. The food is stunningly good and the wine list beyond interesting with an excellent range of natural wines.To understand the Clown Bar it is […]

France / Paris

Substance – Stunning coffee

Substance – Introduction Substance is a very good café and place to enjoy a serious coffee in Paris. Their coffee beans are sourced from a number of countries including Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Ethiopia (that we have seen on the menu). They also always seem to have the Geisha […]

Le Doyenne
France / Paris

Le Doyenné – Remarkable food from the garden

Le Doyenné – Introduction It is difficult to describe the delight we felt when we arrived at Le Doyenné restaurant for the first time. It was after the Covid lockdown was over, so there had been a long stretch since we had visited France. During that time we had followed […]

Le Saint Hubert
Provence / France

Le Saint Hubert – Looking forward to a return visit

Prior to Le Saint Hubert We are not certain about when we will get a chance to drive around France again, but there are some things we do know will be on our list when we do. So, this story is about the events we are looking forward to and […]

Le Coquillage

Le Coquillage – Splendid, fresh seafood

Le Coquillage – Introduction Le Coquillage is Jane and Olivier Roellinger’s restaurant at Maison de Bricourt overlooking the Bay of Biscay in the pleasant seaside town of Cancale. Driving along the shore through Saint-Benoit des Ondes gives you a glimpse of what is in store at Le Coquillage. Trays of […]

9 Caves

Les 9 Caves – Great wine, nice food

Les 9 Caves – Introduction Les 9 Caves started out as a partnership between 13 people, including nine winemakers (one is renowned winemaker Bruno Duchêne, who for the last couple of years has had a run project making a wine jointly with Nico Carmarans, whose wines we import) and the […]

Natural wine bar

Bistrot des Claquets – Warm hospitality

Bistrot des Claquets – Introduction Bistrot des Claquets is a charming restaurant/bistro in the pretty Jura village of Arbois. It has a number of attractions. First it opens from early in the morning till late at night. Second it serves very good, hearty food that is a cut above average […]