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“Not as good as before” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Le Relais du Chateau

Le Relais du Chateau
15 rue du Chateau, 16210 Chalais, France
+33 5 45 98 23 58
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Chalais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Hereford, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
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“Not as good as before”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

We visited this restaurant for a second time, having dined there twelve months previously. I am sorry to say that we will not be coming again unless we hear better reports. The restaurant is only half the size it used to be. The food is still very good and there are various menus to choose from. The twice we have eaten, the majority of other diners are English, and some very loud! The wine list does not have a house wine which I always like to see, and the cheapest wine was over 20 euros per bottle, from a local chateau which we know sells it for under 3 euros, and anyway the restauarnt was out of stock. My wife had a very nice glass of dry white wine for her aperitif so we enquired where that wine was on the list. The waiter said that it was only for sale by the glass. Since there was not a dry white on the list, my wife ordered more of the same by the glass. The waiter brought the bottle in, poured it out and left, taking the bottle away with him, how odd! We were a table of four and there was a candlestick alight in the centre of the table. We moved it to the side as we could not see each other very well through the candles. The waiter came and took it away even though we asked for it to be left. The table was then quite dark for the evening. The room would also benefit from some background music. We had really looked forward to going here but were very disapointed.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Perfect spot for our 10th Anniversary Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

We were on holiday near here and this place was recommended to us although I couldn't find out much about it online. I thought we would take a chance and am very glad we did. The venue is lovely, in the courtyard of a chateau which sits above Chalais. The food is very classical French, plenty of Foie Gras and trruffles but it was also imaginative, beautifully presented and tasted great. We went for the wine pairing which was also well worth doing. The staff were very good, especially the head waiter who was very knowledgable and helpful and all in all it was a really lovely lunch, not cheap, but worth every cent. I also noticed that this is a well kept secret and we seemed to be the only non-French table, it was certainly better than some other restaurants in the area which had a bigger profile.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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