I hope the local people will forgive me if I say that Bagnols does not have many obvious attractions for tourists. Nevertheless, over the past decade a couple of streets and one square - Place Auguste Mallet - have been renovated and the town now has a very impressive Médiathèque with exceptionally helpful and friendly staff. To these attractions can be added the restaurant "O pas sage". Situated in the afore-mentioned Place Auguste Mallet, this restaurant offers an intriguing menu, friendly and informative staff, good wines and excellent cooking. My partner and I were courteously welcomed and guided through the menu by our waiter. We each chose a different platter, each of which was rather like a lot of tapas all combined on one board. We then ordered our wines by the glass and the waiter gently suggested to my partner that it would be better to change the red wine chosen for his platter - containing as it did foie gras - and have instead a white wine with a strong character. My partner agreed and was delighted with the result. I was equally pleased with my choice: superb produce cooked by a chef who knew his ingredients.
The atmosphere in the restaurant was great. Full of local people many of whom knew each other, with greetings flying from table to table (we seemed to be the only non-locals). At the end of the evening we thanked the waiter and I asked that he send our compliments to the chef. "Oh, he's my father", he replied. So I went to the bar at the back and thanked the father warmly for his skills - of which we were the happy recipients.
Bagnols is the nearest town of any size to where we holiday regularly in the Département du Gard. We will definitely be back to "O pas sage" in the future.
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