For two weeks from April 23rd, Mary and I will be staying at a series of middle-to-upper hotel restaurants, mostly in the Dordogne. They have been chosen from Alistair Sawdays French Hotels, Inns and Other Places, a list which is a notch above his French Bed and Breakfast volume. The latter is a guide which Ive used ever since it first came out in 1994. I have found it consistently reliable in the most important sense: good or bad, I am almost never taken by surprise. Correspondence with Ann Cooke-Yarborough, who was largely responsible for the entries, revealed the guides secret ingredient: taste.
These hotels have been selected more for their ambience than for their cuisine, although I expect the latter to be at least enjoyable. For this trip, Michelin can keep its macaroons in the cookie jar.
La Commanderie, Brizay
Domaine de la Tortinière, Montbazon
La Maison des Chanoines, Turenne
Chateau de la Cote, Brantome
Manoir dHautegente, Coly
Le Domaine de la Barde, Le Bugue
Hotel Restaurant Le Chateau, Lalinde
La Terasse, Meyronne
If anyone has experience of any of these, Id be interested in hearing about it.