Breakfast is served from 8 am to 10:00 am and includes a rotating menu of our own cakes or muffins accompanied by fresh juices, excellent coffee and teas, organic yogurt with fresh fruit, homemade jams served with toast. We always have a batch of granola on hand that we make with oat flakes, almonds (sometimes from the garden), 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 serve. Our first priority is taste, which usually means fresh, local and preferably organic ingredients. There is also a well equipped summer kitchen at your disposal that has a great view and a sheltered dining area.
There are three 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). There is also a little sports bar in Cruis, Le Bar des Alpes (04 92 74 79 41), that serves good, simple food. You can also walk down the mountain side in about 20 minutes or drive in less than 5 minutes to Mallefougasse and have more choice at Le Fougassais (04 92 77 00 92).
In Banon, about 25 minutes west, 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, including our favourites: Le Bistro n’Home just down around the corner from the Cathedral towards the Carline bookstore and l’Esperluette, open for lunch weekdays and dinner on Thursday and Friday but sadly closed the weekend.