The mountainous hinterland behind the Côte d'Azur is home to many picturesque "perched villages". Come to ancient Bairols, some 1000 metres above sea level, for a perched restaurant. You will have negotiated a series of hairpin bends as you climb the hillside, but the view from your table more than compensates, vertiginous slopes, swathes of greenery and the possibility of nearby snowfields gleaming under a deep blue sky.
The new management team, a friendly young couple from Verbier, coped perfectly with our large party of 14. The €25 set menu gave us four choices per course including escargots and baked goats cheese as starters, fresh cod and succulent steaks as mains and a gorgeous apple and rhubarb tart as an irresistible dessert.
Yes, it's a detour. But, yes, the sun shone for us and the lunch was unforgettable. Do follow in our footsteps. As Mdme Piaf would agree, regret is off the agenda.
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