57, rue Groison
+33 (0)2 47 41 41 11
In a Charming Château
Gardens & trees where vineyards once stood
This hotel and its restaurant have closed.
Bardet, a solid farm boy who experienced some mishaps
in the past, has found comfort in work. He spends
countless hours in his kitchen, preparing and experimenting
with new ideas. The result: he is at the summit of
his art. He has never been so good, and our dinner
at his Jean Bardet
restaurant was outstanding. One surprise follows
The puree of purple beans with raspberries is incredible,
but wait to taste the crayfish cappuccino or the carpaccio
of squab with a lentil sauce. Sublime combinations!
Still more exquisite is the half-smoked salmon on
a bed of leeks and haddock and a ragout of fava beans.
After savoring the rouget fish on a fondue of fennel
and a chive salad, all other rougets of the world
will seem bland. Another miracle is the sage-roasted
squab accompanied by white peaches stuffed with figs,
not to mention the stuffed guinea fowl with a hachis
Parmentier of Charlotte potatoes.
we're full. Yet we do recommend you save space for
the cheese tray, strong on local chevres—this
is the area of France
where they are mostly produced. The desserts are in
the same vein of originality and can be found nowhere
else: the tomato petals candied with olive oil; the
sorbets of verbena, mint and angelica; and the honey-roasted
peaches with an almond milk and orange blossom.
hostess, decorator, and wife and mentor of the chef,
Sophie Bardet runs the show with grace. She will recommend
and maybe even accompany you on a walk under the stars
in the garden to show you Jean's passion. He grows
dozens of fragrant herbs and fresh vegetables that
he uses for his dishes. Farther into the garden is
a park with beautiful trees planted in the last century.
After this stroll, it will be time to return to your
elegant room (there are only a dozen) for a restful
night in the Chateau Belmont, one of the most exclusive
properties in France and accessible in just one hour
by TGV from Paris.
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