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Review of Le Vieux Pont

Le Vieux Pont
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Belcastel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$37 - US$98
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 14 August 2013

This was a memorable meal; one that I shall never forget! The chef is renowned in France, and it is because she is a creative genius. Every course was a combination of fresh seasonal fish, meats, fruits and vegetables combined in a unique and delightful way that was perfection to all of our palates. It was a special occasion, and cocktail attire is required to avoid feeling out of place. We ordered two courses (48E) rather than 3, (52E) which includes an additional two appetizers, a surprise palate cleanser , an epic cheese course and dessert. If you order coffee it arrives with fresh caramel & macaroons. Wow! The wine list is formidable, and we ordered an outstanding bottle of white Bordeaux for 30E. The service, ambiance and presentation is worthy of a three star establishment. We felt privileged to sit at Nicole's table. Yum squared.

Thank chateaulady
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Took the family for a meal here and managed to persuade 2 fussy eaters to thoroughly enjoy the 'experience'. Great value for the 'menu de degustation' and some fantastic taste combinations. The young waitresses and waiters did a grand job and thorughly entertained us as well. Not over fussy, a good balance between serious eating without being over the top. Great after service when we left something behind, they sent it on promptly.

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Thank VivienneSussex
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

We went to this restaurant with friends who thought it the best in the region. It did not disappoint. It is has one Michelin star and the service is typically efficient and unobtrusive . It is run by two sisters , one is the chef and the other is front of house. There were two menus with three or four choices for each course - ours, the cheaper, was 57 euros each without wine. The food was beautifully cooked and presented and I shall always remember the Aveyron veal which melted in your mouth. The added bonus is the setting in the attractive medieval village of Belcastel with the river Aveyron running through the village. This is a deservedly popular restaurant and booking in advance is essential.

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Thank Hampshirevoyager
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

Belcastel is magical! We went there on the spur of a moment and loved it so much that we decided to have lunch and explore more.

Husband ordered menu of the day. I am vegetarian and thought I would be 'second best'. But the lady who owns the place graciously offered to do a vegetarian menu for me. And it was superb! The best we have had in the region.

While it is supposed to be a three course lunch, with all the free additional tidbits (amuse bouche etc) it was much, much more. While everything was delicious, the soup was just out of the world. Beautifully presented and really reflected the autumn produce, with chestnuts, figs and pumpkin.

By the time dessert came around, I thought I could eat no more. But it was such a delicious, unusual fruity, nutty, creamy concoction that it was irresistible.

The wine list was great as well, and we had a lovely Gaillac.

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1  Thank hugodog12
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Le Vieux Pont is located in a beautiful remote village in the Aveyron region of France. As the name suggests the restaurant and its small hotel are located at each end of the “old bridge”.

A visit to Belcastel and its castle is highly recommended; unfortunately we cannot say the same for the restaurant. Boasting one star in the Guide Michelin and three toques (out of 5) in Gault & Millau, G&M also note the restaurant as being “Cuisine Creative” – so we did arrive with fairly high expectations.

Almost immediately it became clear that the service was not going to be good (despite gallant efforts from a couple of the younger wait staff). It took a while to get menus, then a while to get aperitifs, then a while to have our order take and then a bit longer to get the Sommelier (one of the owners) to provide (some less than inspiring advice). All five of us selected the Chef’s “Decoverte et Plaisir” menu – a six course degustation menu.

Everything looked up when we were served the amuse-bouche – it was unusual and excellent (Mackerel with beetroot). Unfortunately none of the subsequent courses were as successful. There was a genuine effort to serve creative and innovative dishes (such as Rhubarbe et foie gras grillé), however, the combinations of taste and texture never seemed to really hit the mark. It felt as though this was a traditional French restaurant trying to compete with the contemporary cooking being created in the rest of the world (Spanish, US, UK and Australia) – unfortunately it felt a bit forced and unnatural.

At over €500 for 5 people it was both expensive as well as disappointing - both the food (average) and service (poor).

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Thank SWKA
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