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“Lovely meal, amazing place!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Abbaye Chateau De Camon

L'Abbaye Chateau De Camon
09500 Camon, France
00 33 (0)5 61 60 31 23
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Ranked #1 of 2 restaurants in Camon
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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“Lovely meal, amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I ate here with my sisters and brother in law. The setting is like a fairy tale castle. Beautiful village, lovely gardens to sit and enjoy an aperitif, courtyard dining... And the menu is beautiful. The chef uses local produce, he is obviously dedicated to produce the best tasting food possible. The menu would please everyone, and with notice he adapted it beautifully to cater for two none meat eaters. The accommodation also looks wonderful. I would recommend you try to get to eat here!

  • Visited August 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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English first
Wexford, Ireland
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76 reviews 76 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Outstanding cuisine and dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

My wife and I ate here recently and had an outstanding dining experience. The Chateau is in a picture postcard village in the rolling hills that lead to the bas-Pyrennées. The Chateau is on a height, slightly above the village and provide diners with a unique setting that combines a sense of monastic austerity with modern comfort.

We had an aperitif sur terrasse before being asked to dine in the courtyard of the abbaye. The food was sublime. It included a pepper stuffed with warm goats cheese, a shot of gaspacho soup, a beautiful piece of cod with sauce julienne, duck breast and a trio of deserts. With a decanted wine, digestifs, coffee and service the meal was just under €145.

I have paid over €300 for similar meals at home. We will definitely return and may stay the night the next time.

It was a sensational dining experience that is on a par with one Michelin star standards.

  • Visited July 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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“A great dinner in a wonderful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Just the approach, through the cute village and up the winding road to the Abbaye leaves no doubt that this will be a special occasion. On entering the building the long reception hall confirms that this restaurant with rooms will not disappoint. 

The lounge area, complete with grand piano, is elegantly appointed and there are plenty of squashy chairs and sofas for a comfortable aperitif in front of the roaring fire. The elegant hostess is eager to please, and, soon after drinks arrive, brings the tasting menu (no other choice was available) and minimalist wine list. On both counts this is not to your disadvantage, the menu was superb and balanced, the wine list not daunting and even the most expensive is affordable.

Passing through to the equally elegant dining room, we notice spring blossom decorates the hotel beautifully. The table is waiting, and although the ambiance is good, the room felt a little draughty
 - it's a shame the door wouldn't stay closed. Bread was more Italian than French but very good, and the first course of goat's cheese stuffed peppers arrived - served warm, excellently balanced by pesto and balsamic reduction around the rim of the plate. Next came a delightful carrot and ginger soup served in a demi-tasse with a salmon omelette quenelle. Our modestly priced, locally sourced Chardonnary has worked very well so far, and continues to do so with the haddock risotto that follows.

We then moved onto another local wine with a great blend of grenache noir and syrah grapes, which perfectly complimented the thick slice of pink duck's breast (perhaps a little more fatty than necessary, but that's easily cut away) and served with lentils and asparagus. We finished our food with a trio of desserts, chocolate brownie, tarte au citron and a crime brûlée that was supposed to be lavender flavoured, and although I couldn't detect it some of my companions apparently could.

Coffee was served at the table to finish of an excellent evening's dinner. The set menu is just €42 and represents amazing value for money, and the wine prices mean its really hard to push up the bill beyond affordable. We look forward to a return before too long!

Visited April 2013
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“The best meal out I have ever had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The meal at the chateau de Camon was without question the best meal I have ever had in a restaurant. There is one set menu for 42 euros, they will cater for special diets if you ask ahead of time. Every single thing from the bread to the chocolates was home made by the amazing chef. The setting is beautiful, aperitifs by a roaring fire in an elegant drawing room and dinner in an intimate dining room with wall-mounted tapestries and beautiful tiled floors. The meal was outstanding: to start was mackerel escabeche with marinated vegetables, followed by a roasted red pepper soup served in a demitasse with a tiny olive scone. After this was a haddock and leek risotto with a parmesan tulle - deliciously light and yet with rich flavours. To follow was magret of duck on local lentils; as I am a fish-eating veggie, I was served a perfectly cooked piece of herb-cristed cod, also with lentils. The dessert was a trio of taster-sized delights: lemon tart, lavender perfumed creme brulee and a pear frangipani cake. The only thing I have to reproach is that the drinks were some-what over-priced. Despite that, I can't wait to return as the whole experience was magical. They do close from end of October to March and you do need to book.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Ssh, my wife does not know I am revealing this gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Spectacular 10th Century Abbaye with 18th Century Chateau additions hotel and restaurant in one of the most beautiful villages in the Ariege. Owned and managed by Peter and Katie this is a very special place nicely but not too far off the beaten track south of Mirepoix. Dinner was a set menu but beautifully conceived and executed - well up to Michelin star quality in all but choice. Charming, relatively informal service was matched by the warmth of the welcome and the flexibility in responding to one member who does not like fish and one who is very fussy about what meat and cut she will touch. Each of the five courses was memorable but the stars were the deliciously intense fish soup and the haddock risotto. At €40 for the set meal this was excellent value and was complemented by a wine list of good local wines again sensibly priced.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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