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"Chez Jeanne' restaurant with Madame Murat. Is it too far?

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"Chez Jeanne' restaurant with Madame Murat. Is it too far?

My husband and I once watched a fabulous programme about the above mentioned lady and her eatery. We have been dreaming about it ever since. In December we are going to Avignon and believe the restaurant is somewhere between Toulouse and Carcassone. I think it's probably a bit too far to drive for lunch with 2 children but does anyone know of a similar type eatery within comfortable driving distance of Avignon. Apparently the cafe was set up to feed quarry workers and truck drivers five generations ago. I would love to eat at a similar establishment of anyone out there knows of one. We would love to eat normal french fare rather than restaurant food designed for tourists.

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2. Re: "Chez Jeanne' restaurant with Madame Murat. Is it too far?

The Relais Routiers offer great value for money but some of them can be a little intimidating when you first walk in. At one down the road from us we were joined at our table by a driver who calmly helped himself to our wine - it turned out to be the local custom to sit at a free place and the wine was replenished as it ran out. At another we sat at a table by mistake that was unofficially reserved for one of the locals who made very clear that we should move.

That said in both of these we had excellent home cooked food (to order) as we have in other Relais we have stopped at.

I also agree with Diz that a good thing is to visit the village and see what restaurant is popular - around us you do have to book ahead for lunch even in off season for the good restaurants.

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vinodiversity.com/lunch-with-madam-murat.html

It's a long way to go for lunch, over 400kms, 5 hour plus drive. It's in the Lot close to Cahors. For something similar look for lots of parked cars and vans outside a restaurant at around 12.15, there are lots of them but some are better than others.

Bon ap

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4. Re: "Chez Jeanne' restaurant with Madame Murat. Is it too far?

<<<<We would love to eat normal french fare rather than restaurant food designed for tourists>>>

You are going to find "normal french fare" most places you go.

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5. Re: "Chez Jeanne' restaurant with Madame Murat. Is it too far?

Let me rephrase that. Home style cooked food as a opposed to typical restaurant food. In Australia we have a lot of restaurants serving food that they believe tourists might enjoy. kangaroo, strange combinations of fusion cooking etc,This is not what australians actually eat. we don't in our home anyway.

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6. Re: "Chez Jeanne' restaurant with Madame Murat. Is it too far?

In France, it's pretty easy to find "home cooked food" type of restaurant.

It's not all "haute gastronomie" restaurants every where and rarely only tourist food.

You will often find in restaurant, bistrot, brasserie... the same kind of food that people will cook at home. Maybe not every day, but that they will cook in special occasion or when they invite people over.

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