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Bonnieux: Le Terrail

Place Gambetta , Phone: 04.90.759373

Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: kaydee from TN, review #1537

When: 2005

Typical village cafe on the main square of Bonnieux. Outdoor terrace with great views. Good, reasonably-priced, unpretentious fare. Open year-round.

Directions: Halfway up the village. Some parking in the square, except on market day. Lots of parking by the Maison du Livre and at the boules court, then just walk up the steps above the shrubs that spell out "Bonnieux."

This bar/cafe/restaurant is located on the main square of Bonnieux (Place Gambetta), about half-way up the village. This was the place we visited the most during our long stay in Provence. We tried to eat lunch here about once a week and often stopped in for morning coffee or an afternoon beer. I think they serve dinner, but I'm not sure.

Le Terrail is one of the few restaurants in Bonnieux that is open year round In warmer weather there's an outdoor terrace with beautiful views across the valley. The off-season lunch menu offers six or eight choices, which change daily. The plat du jour "menu" is almost always the best choice, with a choice of entree, main plat, dessert and coffee for maybe €12. This is often a French or Provençal specialty and worth trying even if you have no idea what you are ordering. They always have several grilled items like an entrecote steak or lamb, served with a pile of fries. There are a couple of dessert choices; often surprisingly good. We always got a half-carafe of inexpensive house wine, and we were set for the afternoon!

During the tourist season, they bring in a fancier cook and several more waitstaff. The menu expands and prices are higher. It's still good.

We love the manager Michel. For Charley's birthday I conspired with Michel to organize a surprise gathering of 12 friends out on the square. Unknown to me, Michel strung up balloons and really made everything very festive. He also made arrangements at the local boulangerie for a very special cake. I wish this little place were just down the street from where I live in the USA!

Le Terrail is very popular with locals. If you want to have lunch here on market day Friday in the summer, you should stop in early and make a reservation.

And when you go to Le Terrail, tell Michel (totally bald headed with a big smile) that the Wood family sent you!

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