Anthea Gerrie eschews dining in Monet’s house for a local Michelin alternative
The Dordogne, with its fairy tale castles, perched precariously on limestone cliffs, and picturesque medieval villages has long been the haunt of the British.
There are some things you just shouldn’t muck around with. You wouldn’t want the “Hallelujah Chorus” suddenly interrupted by a guitar solo from Slash. Your Armani suit wouldn’t look any better with a touch of Top Shop around the pockets. And please don’t say you’d ever buy a brown Ferarri.
Only a short time after returning to Angers following a year’s sabbatical, which cost him the Michelin star he rightly deserved at the original Restaurant Favre d’Anne, the eponymous Pascal Favre d’Anne had regained his distinction. If you think about it, that tells you a great deal.
What does it take to get the ultimate accolade from Michelin inspectors, and is that third star worth the extra cost of the meal to the diner? Not so long as you can eat at the two-star L’Abeille Restaurant in Paris, which offers a far more joyful and satisfying experience than two three-star hotel restaurants recently experienced by this particular Trip Reporter in the City of Light.
Is Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee one of the best restaurants in Paris? Certainly, the man currently regarded as the god of French cooking has the prettiest room in the most glamorous hotel in town and three Michelin stars.
Henry James described the Loire as the “land of good dinners” and so it is. The whole area is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the ascension of Francis 1 known as the “Le Grand Roi François” and a renowned gourmet. We went to visit one of his homes, the Royal Chateau Blois which is filled with more than 35,000 works of art and also has an awe inspiring 13th century assembly hall. Afterwards it was great to chill out just a few yards away and relax in its ancient orangery which is now a Michelin starred restaurant simply called L’Orangerie-du-Chateau