We arrived hot, sweaty and tired after pushing our bikes up the steep hill into Monbazillac on a baking hot day. We were welcomed by a young man who seated us at a shady garden table, thoughtfully moving it first so that we could keep an eye on our bikes. There were others eating outside at tables dotted around the large garden, all spaced out so that it was almost as if we had the place to ourselves. A carafe of chilled water appeared immediately and was promptly replenished whenever it needed it (frequently). The menu is simple, with gazpacho and various cold plates of local produce. We chose a selection of cheeses and the Périgourd plate of foie gras, duck breast, rillettes, etc to share with bread, all delicious. In all, three young men and a woman did the serving, presumably Mme Vari and her sons. All were unfailingly polite, attentive and charming. The Vari wines are available by the glass and you only have to ask about one to get a full description. To round off a leisurely meal we had a cafe gourmand, the "gourmand" part comprising several small cakes which were probably bought in (not that that mattered) and were more substantial than the usual petit fours. When we'd finished, there was absolutely no hurry to give us the bill and get rid of us. Instead, Madame asked if we'd like to relax in a deckchair and went off to get a couple for us. She left us under a tree with a small table for our water, and I think we'd still be there now if we hadn't had a plane to catch, it was so pleasant. This is not a gourmet experience (although the food is perfectly good), think of it as a simple, light lunch in a lovely garden and you won't be disappointed. It was like having lunch in the garden at a friend's house, but with better service. If you need somewhere to eat before getting to Bergerac Airport, this is it. There are indoor tables too for when the weather isn't good.
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