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“A beautiful spot for an al fresco lunch” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Maison Vari

La Maison Vari
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Wine Bar
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Good for: Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Otley, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“A beautiful spot for an al fresco lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

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.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Fougeres, France
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Lovely garden, very friendly service and great food in a marvelous setting. We recommend it to your readers, a nice change from the traditional French restaurant. We had a table in the garden which is very nice.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Simple, but so good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

What can be better on a hot day than sitting in a pretty garden having a lunch which consists of local specialities accompanied by the wines from the fields surrounding you? There are even deck chairs to lounge in afterwards, and all the wines are for sale at competitive prices.

Visited June 2014
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François J, Responsable commercial at La Maison Vari, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Thanks for taking attention of the Maison Vari. We are so proud of our shaded garden and we hope to see you soon in Monbazillac!

La Maison-Vari.
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great place for a light lunch with great wines”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great light food for lunch all washed down with Varis own wines. The Rose is superb .
This was the second time I have been to La Maison Vari and it will not be my last

Visited May 2014
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François J, Responsable commercial at La Maison Vari, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Thank you for coming here. We are so glad you have enjoyed our rosé. See you soon at Maison Vari!

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A warm welcome 5 minutes from the airport”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Maison Vari is a brilliant way to start and end your holiday.We enjoyed a mixed selection of cheese and charcuterie with a glass of Monbazailac.This really put us in the mood for our holiday.We returned as our last port of call before getting on the plane..Actually it is the only choice in Monbazailac as the snack bar never seems to be open.In the centre of the village.
Looking forward to returning to Maison Vari.The menu choice seemed limited when we were there.However it was freshly prepared and served with a smile.

  • Visited May 2013
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