We were fans of the Auberge under it's old management, and a little nervous about the new, as we were inviting quite a large group. No need to worry.
The cuisine is solidly South-West France, ideal for an Autumn outing in the mountains, with the leaves turning and the first snow on the peaks. The opening feulleté d'escargots was spectacular; the main course (filet mignon) quite honourable though not quite to the same standard - but the friendly, relaxed but very efficient sevrice, and the charm of the owners more than made up for any small slips - as did a very reasonably priced and light but subtle Morgon.
The icing on the cake is, of course, the village of Bairols with its little labyrinth of streets and sheer views down the Tinée valley ... and less than an hour from Nice, 45 minutes from the airport; i.e. not much further than Cannes or Antibes.
Many thanks to them for staying open in the Autumn and Winter season. Let's hope that word spreads and they can keep going for many more years?
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