Restaurant review: à table, Cherval

Known for providing something a little bit different, à table restaurant offers an eclectic fine dining experience – and the best seafood cannelloni this writer has ever tasted The proprietors of à table are what you might describe as local celebrities. An appearance on Channel 4’s A New Life in the Sun back in 2015…

What to expect from a holiday at La Petite Maison

Someone asked me recently about what they could expect from a holiday at La Petite Maison, having never visited this part of the world before. Life in the Dordogne is far removed from the hubbub, traffic and noise of ‘normal life’ – which is what we believe offers visitors a very special experience. The great…

Local Top 3: restaurants

First up in our new “Local Top 3” series has to be food-related. After all, we are in France – cuisine is so ingrained in its culture that in 2010 French gastronomy was added by UNESCO to its list of world’s intangible cultural heritage. Visit our part of the world and you are undoubtedly going…

Recipe: Giant vol-au-vent stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and goats cheese

  “Oh my god, the oven’s on fire!” This wasn’t quite the statement I had intended on making while cooking Den’s birthday meal. In my mind, I would flit around the kitchen, looking all chic and glamorous while creating a culinary masterpiece – a bit like Nigella would. What actually happened was that I got distracted…

5 things I love about France…

Looking back over the last few posts, I have realised that I haven’t actually written that much about our new life in France. Mainly because I haven’t actually spent much time here. Spending so much time on the road has distracted me somewhat from getting settled and making new friends (easier said than done when…

Soggy mushrooms, salty sole and the bright lights of Bertric-Burée

Located in the centre of the small village of Bertric- Burée, Aux Petits Oignons prides itself on its traditional cuisine and friendly atmosphere. It offers a range of dishes from a simple a la carte menu to a selection of fixed menus. After being instructed by our French teacher to write a review of a…

Walnuts anyone?

As you know, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the walnut harvest. That day has now come. Today I’ve been and gathered the windfall. From just two trees, I collected some 250 nuts. And I can see more, high up in the branches, just waiting for the opportune moment to fall. It’s taken me almost two hours to…

Nettles for dinner

Inspiration can come from all manner of places. Randomly, it was seeing that my favourite London restaurant Oldroyd had made it into Time Out’s 100 best restaurants list (even if it is only number 45, which is not high enough in my book) that inspired me to take advantage of ingredients right on my door step. Oldroyd…