France: Provence

Inland Provence

Côtes de Provence and Coteaux Varois Wines from the Hillsides
By Elizabeth Gabay MW

This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Places to stay


Address: Campagne Mariette, 83510 Lorgues
Tel: 04 94 85 93 93 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:28:51N (43.48081)    Longitude: 6:22:26E (6.37380) 

For an extravagant treat and plenty of truffles served with panache, this one star Michelin restaurant is the place to go. Quantities are large – by the time the truffles on toast, eggs with truffles and baked potato with truffles have been downed, many feel little interest in the main course – be prepared, starve in advance, this is only for those with stamina! Unfortunately the wine list does not live up to expectations. Glamour is high. During the summer the tables are outside on the terrace, in the cooler months tables are inside the old mas (farmhouse) with roaring fires. Bruno also has rooms available. Although there have been mixed reviews for Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at La Celle in Brignole, a special offer of two nights – one at Bruno and one at La Celle - is on offer €630 for two people including accommodation, dinner and breakfast – see Bruno’s website under the reservation section.

Useful information: Menus: €65-€130. Booking essential 48 hours in advance. Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday out of season.

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