My wife and I looked forward to dining at the Chateau de Cavanac - a dinner to celebrate my forthcoming birthday - but we were somewhat disappointed with the experience. The restaurant is in an old stable block - pleasant enough surroundings but somewhat more sombre than the pictures on the website suggest and I would not go so far as to say that the ambience was, as the owners describe it, 'cosy'. With the food not wholly enjoyable - some of it was good but some not really up to scratch, at €45 the fixed price menu would have been excessive were it not for the fact that there was an unlimited supply of the reasonably palatable house wines. The meal commenced with a glass of Kir and a very dry, extremely hard biscuit which, had we dared to pursue the attempt to eat it, might well have led to an increase in our dentist's income. The first course was OK but nothing special. The second course - crayfish - was virtually inedible. However, the fact that it was on the plates almost untouched brought forth no comment or enquiry by the server when they were removed. For the main course my wife chose the duck which was cooked to perfection and extremely enjoyable. My choice was the suckling pig which was far from succulent - it was overcooked, with an overly sweet jus. The deserts were, at best, average. The contents of the 'bread basket' were, after the first mouthful, found to be very unappetizing and therefore left virtually untouched. I was sorely tempted to make comment on our dining experience to the server but, whilst courteous, she did not come across as someone who would take notice of or pass on criticism so, as we will not be dining here again, I did not bother. Before visiting the restaurant I did look at the Chateau website and that suggested that the TRIPADVISOR rating should be rather better than barely average. Notwithstanding that fact we decided - unwisely as it transpired - to pay the restaurant a visit. It has been noted that a number of the reviews are critical and that the proprietors of the Chateau restaurant seemingly either never read them; pay heed to them or comment on them.
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