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Reillanne: Auberge Pierry

RN 100 -04110 , Phone: 04 92 76 51 95

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2239

When: 2006

Very pleasant dining experience in the lesser-traveled countryside north of the Grand Luberon.

Directions: Right along the N100 at the turn-off to Reillanne (between Apt and Forcalquier)

Auberge Pierry, photo by Kathy Wood

We had an enjoyable and relaxing lunch at the Auberge Pierry in July 2006. This restaurant is recommended in Bob and Sue Winn's guidebook "Provence Byways," a resource we rely on and trust.

The restaurant is located alongside the N100 road between Apt and Forcalquier below the village of Reillane. Take the turn-off to Reillane, then immediately turn left to reach the auberge. The N100 has recently been slightly rerouted so that the restaurant is a bit more removed from the traffic. We ate in the attractive enclosed garden and found it very peaceful and relaxing. We were surprised that there were just a few diners that day, as there were quite a few cars in the parking lot. Later we realized that most people were eating inside on this hot day in a very attractive and cool vaulted "cave" dining room.

Charley and I had the plat du jour menu for an extremely-reasonable 13€: a large salad with goat cheese, a main course of fish in a light sauce served with vegetables and pasta, and wonderful desserts. I had apricot tart and Charley had crème caramel. One of the waitresses told us that all their dishes were homemade, except for the ice cream. Kelly ordered a steak and later ice cream (quite a bit more expensive than our plat du jour meal). We paid 54€ for lunch for the three of us, including a carafe of the house wine.

The service was very attentive and helpful, though little English is spoken here. The other diners all seemed to be European. We would definitely eat here again.

We highly recommend a visit to the village of Reillane, where we seemed to be the only tourists on that hot July afternoon. There's an old church and the ruins of an 11th century tower-- and fantastic views. See my blog for more information about our day in this area.

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