On a recent visit to St Emilion we wandered the busy narrow streets with hundreds of other tourists. Needing refreshment we centred around a small square rammed full of plastic chairs, umbrellas, kids, buggies, pizza, burgers and carafes of warm white wine and chilled red (I'm exaggerating but you get my gist). In the corner of this square next to a popular photo spot I noticed canopies with an even better view. Investigating further we entered a delightful oasis of calm and quality.
Within 10 minutes a table was mustered with one of the best views I've had (over lunch I mean). The choice of was a little limited but we had confidence that whatever we chose it would be good. Indeed everything looked fantastic and we decided on oysters and a caesar salad, accompanied by a couple of glasses of rosé. Everything was indeed delicious and we savoured every forkful.
Whilst we we happily working our way through our meal, a selection of deserts on a large tray was being flaunted to various tables in a kind of beauty parade. Once chosen a freshly prepared version was timely delivered. Saying no to a desert here would surely be a travesty. We of course gave in to the temptation and only just resisted ordering them all.
The bill once requested came as a surprise and I had to check it again to make sure they had not missed something off! Why would anyone sit out in that busy market square on plastic chairs fighting for a table on struggling to catch the waiters eye when they do????
Any return visit to St Emilion would not be complete without an 'encore' of Hostellerie de Plaisance.
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