France: Rhône Valley

Around Tain l'Hermitage

The wines of Hermitage, Crozes, Cornas and Saint Joseph
By John Wheeldon

This Guide was last updated on 08 August 2011
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Places to eat

Le Quai

Address: 17 Rue Joseph Peala, 26600 Tain L'Hermitage
Tel: 04 75 07 05 90  Fax: 04 75 06 55 55
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:4:11N (45.06975)     Longitude: 4:50:8E (4.83565)  

At last Tain has a decent restaurant again. This restaurant is on the site of the late lamented Rive Gauche. It has been opened by Michel Chabran as an up-market bistro. The situation is magnificent, overlooking the river right alongside the footbridge. There is a terrace as well as the modern restaurant with panoramic windows. The food is excellent and Michel is sometimes present himself. There is a menu with modern bistro dishes and the cooking is far better than most local restaurants. The wine list is short, reasonably priced and focussed entirely on good local growers with a few trophy bottles such as Chave Hermitage 1983 at well below UK retail price.

Useful information: Menu €29. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They had not decided on annual closure when I visited, so best to telephone and check.

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