Breakfast is served from 8 am to 9:30 am and includes a rotating menu of our own cakes or muffins accompanied by fresh juices, excellent coffees and teas, organic yogurt with fresh fruit, honey and homemade jams served with toast. We sometimes whip up a custardy concoction of three-layered cornmeal cake and always have a fresh batch of granola on hand that we make with oat flakes, raisins, cranberries and honey.
Most days you can eat in the courtyard under the mulberry or almond trees. Having established The French Baker and Benny’s Bistro in Ottawa, we are pretty fussy about the food we prepare and serve. Our first priority is taste, which usually means fresh, local and preferably organic ingredients. There is also a fully equipped summer kitchen at your disposal that has a great view and a sheltered dining area.
There are two restaurants just down the road that we recommend. In Cruis, about 5 minutes west by car, there is a gourmet restaurant – quite exceptional for a small village – called the Auberge de l’Abbaye. It fills up quickly in the summer so make sure you reserve well ahead of time (04 92 77 01 93). In the summer it is open every night as well as for lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can also walk down the mountain side in about 20 minutes or drive in less than 5 minutes to a nice little Bistro de Pays in Mallefougasse, Le Fougassais (04 92 77 00 92).
In Banon, about 25 minutes west, the very contemporary Table de Panturle (04 92 74 05 93) has an excellent gourmet menu for only 31 euros as well as an impressive wine list and is open for dinner in the summer from Tuesday to Saturday as well as lunch on Sundays and holidays. Almost right next door is Les Vins au Vert (04 92 75 23 84) a wine bar with nice little appetizers. There are also lots of restaurants, bistros and cafés in Forcalquier, about 30 minutes south by car.