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We really enjoyed our typical French Saturday lunch visit. The staff spoke enough English to help us get by but this was definitely eating local. Salads were great and just what we needed. We were driving so didn't have wine, but sparkling water on the...sunny terrace was just fine. We were surrounded by a family celebrating grandmère's birthday and a few other groups of older French people enjoying each other and the food. Very memorable experience.More
We stopped at la Farigoule on the way without planning and we thought we might not be served because it was past 2pm; however, we were wrong and were welcomed with a smile and an offer to have a salad as the kitchen was closed....We were delighted to be able to eat and the food was like to welcome : excellent! It is very close the "grotte de la madeleine" and it is worth the stop.More
This restaurant wasn't my first choice when looking for somewhere to have a Sunday lunch after visiting La Grotte Chauvet but I'm really glad the other place was closed! Clearly popular with the locals, the place was buzzing when our party of 6 arrived. Service...with a smile, the adults in our group chose the menu d'automne and the children took the kids menu which was a choice of salad and omlette or saussicon with potatoes gratin (a nice change from the nuggets usually on offer for the kids menu). Our meals were delicious, produce locally sourced and I thought great value for money. We'll come back for sure.More
Very traditionally decorated restaurant with smiling, friendly and helpful staff. We visited out of season (its open all year round!!!) so the menu was small, may be the menu is always small? But it doesn't matter because everything on the menu is cooked to perfection....They serve very local seasonal produce like hare and wild boar. The desserts were also home made. If you want to taste the local cuisine (cooked perfectly) then this restaurant will not let you down. They also have a shaded outside seating area which looks across a road then vine yards, which will be very appealing in the summer months. Great value, highly recommend!!More
The owner has 2 rooms available when we were there, there were 2 other which was still under renovation. Unfortunately this meant the outdoor balcony entrance to the rooms (above the restaurant at the back) were a bit messy, but that didn't bother us plus...we only stayed for 2 nights.
We had a car, the place has parking available. Bidon is close enough to drive to Vallon Pont d'Arc and the other places along Gorges de l'Ardeche. It was also close to St Remeze where we got some decent wines along the road, and visited an escargot farm.
Had dinner for both nights and food was good home cooked from local produce. The aperitif that the owner recommended (red wine with chestnut syrup) was also good. Wines were also all local and reasonably priced, we only had the carafe of table wine which is good enough.
Warning - service is a bit "relaxed" but when you are sat in nice ambience there is nothing to hurry to anyway!
Overall had a very nice stay there, and would highly recommend kayaking down the Ardeche river to see pont d'arc.More
Date of visit: August 2013
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