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“Amaising view, amaising place and great food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hostellerie Chateau des Fines Roches

Hostellerie Chateau des Fines Roches
1901 Route de Sorgues, 84230 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
04 90 83 70 23
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Cuisines: French
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Prangins, Switzerland
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21 restaurant reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Amaising view, amaising place and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was a really nice experience, the terrasse is so confortable, the service is really good and the food qualitly is perfect.
This is a must stop to get a way from your highway mood on your way to the south.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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70 restaurant reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service was unbelievably poor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

We have been coming to Fines Roches since 2006, every year during our visit to Chateauneuf du Pape. It's a beautiful location and excellent producer of fine wines. Typically we recognize the staff, but this year everyone was new to us. Also this year, we invited a very dear "foodie" friend, who also happens to own an hotel de charme in the area, and sends her clients to local restaurants, like Fines Roches. Really a missed opportunity for FR. They apparently were busy with a private party, and the head waiter was completely indifferent to all clients in the front room, including our table. He never told us what was on the daily prix fix menu (we had to ask); even had to ask those bussing the table to track him down for him to do the wine pour so we could accept the bottle of wine we selected - this after the first course arrived. We did not see him for the remainder of the night, so of course we had to track him down to get the check. The food was fantastic! Unfortunately service was as bad as we've seen, unprofessional. Further, several servers were smoking by the reception area we passed as we entered, not exactly a plus. I'm giving 3 stars instead of 2, because the kitchen was fabulous - the head waiter simply was really off. A shame, as this is not what we've come to expect from this property, where our experience in past years is to see the manager come around to the tables, but not this year. Something has changed, and not for the better. If you are looking for top service in CdP or Avignon, better to try Alonso in Sorgues or La Mirande in Avignon. You won't get 'hit or miss' service experience there.

Visited September 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A stunning lunch with great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Lunch on the terrace here was a really memorable meal. Great views and friendly service. The highlight though was the Provencal cooking.

A starter of lamb terrine with olives and tapenade was delicious. The main of Brochette of Quail was perfectly cooked and still very tender. It was served with wonderful Provencal vegetables. The Pain Perdu for pudding was great too.

A really superb meal and good value for money too.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Castillon du Gard, France
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“The clue is in the name of the village.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

If you go to a restaurant in the village of Chateauneuf-du Pape and you are not familiar with the area, just think on: the village is not called "Aberdeen Angus Filet-du-Boef", it is called the "Pope's new chateau with the intention of confiscating the best wine in the region." So there are restaurants in the village centre called "Pope's Mule" etc etc and to be honest, the one thing I have learnt living in France is that you cannot judge a restaurant by its appearance or name. You have to test the chef.

We live about half an hour's drive from C-d-P in a village called Castillon du Gard (C-d-G) and went to C9-du-P in February 2013 because the winter, as usual, was becoming tedious. As we emptied our bank accounts in the wine Caves in the village, we asked a young man 'Where can we get a decent lunch?" and he sent us to the Chateau.

We had the Plat du Jour and it was good. At least one of us, and I forget which, had Pavé de saumon, which is a good test. I don't expect everyone to fry it 5 mins a side in olive oil with a small knob of butter for the second side so it shows up with brown graining, but this one was good. In February, the seating was inside and beyond the grid in the former library was an array of old books which I would love to have browsed.

OK, let us cut to the chase. You don't go to a restaurant in this village totally for the food. This is a "wine" village. It says "wine" on the label on the tin. The wine 55€, cost more than the salmon and the restaurant issues a gentle exhortation that you should not just order a glass, but order a whole bottle and they will give you a nice bag to take it home in, to finish off. We asked the waiter where to get more of the wine - from the vineyard - and he gave us directions down on to the main road. At the gate to the domaine, a de Gaulle-like minion raised his arm and said "Non! We are closed" and shut the gate. Back to the chateau which has a wine outlet at the back and after a few halting sentences in French, the articulate and friendly lady said "Perhaps it would be better if we spoke English", whereupon she explained the schisms and factions in the Mousset wine family and that the wine from the same "family" that she had, was "almost as good" as the one in the restaurant. After 6 bottles, I can say it is at least as good if not better.

The view from the top of the hill is magnificent, spanning the Rhône valley. The view up to the chateau from the bottom of the hill is no less stunning.

The bottom line is that this is a restaurant on top of a dominant hill in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and so in order of quality, you have 1) The view, 2) The wine, 3) The food. The waiter-maitre is also excellent.

If you take off the 55€ bottle of wine, the cost of the 2 menus was normal and fair value. In Uzés, I would expect to pay 5€ for a 0.25 litre picher of Costières de Nîmes throat-rot, so this wine was actually excellent value.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Norway
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“Overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Not the quality I had expected. Waiter excellent, but food just ordinary. Beautiful view fro top of the hill, but no other customers the night we visited.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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