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Boulangerie

Boulangerie

Bread in La Boulangerie

Bread in La Boulangerie

Bread stall

A stall in the street market

Street Stall

Fruit and vegetables for sale

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18 rue Sorel, Saint Flour, Cantal

IN TOWN

Eating out in Saint-Flour

There are many small restaurants near the house — from an authentic pizza restaurant (one of our favourites) to tiny places with superb views overlooking the valley with local specialities like pounti (an entrée made with prunes, bacon, chard, onions, eggs, cream, and more), aligot (a sort of mashed potato dripping with local Cantal cheese), Le Puy lentils, plus magret de canard (duck breast), quails, and wonderful kidneys at Chez Geneviève. They have more conventional French dishes too!

OUT OF TOWN

Chateau_de_Varillettes There are several Auberges on the edge of town. The House Book will give you ideas. Sunday lunch is the most important meal of the week and that is when you will observe the French eating everywhere, both in and out of town.

Serge Vieira in the valley of Chaudes-Aigues won a Michelin star in its first year of operation. It is a 40-minute drive from St Flour and well worth the trip. The drive leads to a medieval castle where food worth travelling across the world for is served in a light and airy restaurant: a stunning experience.

Château de Varillettes offers superb dining in a wonderful setting. There are special offers for 2- and 3-course meals at reasonable prices. You dine in the lovely old vaulted kitchens.


Bread at the Market

THE MARKET

Select local produce from the wonderful Saturday market. You'll find an array of:


THE SHOPS—a gourmet's paradise just around the corner

Indoor market

These usually open between 7.00 am (bread) and 8.00 am, and stay open until around 7.00 pm. They have a 2-hour lunch break from 12 noon to 2.00 pm.

La boulangerie (the bakery)

La boucherie (the butcher)

La poissonnerie (the fish shop)

Les charcuteries (delicatessens)

Here you can select ready-prepared take-away meals like daubes, cassoulets, confit d'oie (goose), and interesting salads. There are sausages, cheeses, cooked meats, and a wonderful array of olives. Inhale the delicious odour of roasting pork, chicken, or beef outside the charcuterie near the house.

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Petit Casino supermarket

This little shop is just round the corner, so if you run out of an essential ingredient for your cooking, you can dash out for anything … wine, cheeses, yoghurt, milk, jams, biscuits, fruit, garlic, and vegetables, as well as washing powders. Leaf tea is available at Téo close by.

Wine

Saint-Flour is too high to grow its own vin du pays so best buys are from the Petit Casino supermarket — look for the Club des Sommeliers label. We like white wine from Alsace and red wine from almost anywhere, including Morocco! Wine is also available from the local delicatessens and the Intermarché supermarket.

Intermarché supermarket

10 minutes' walk from the house: a large supermarket with all the usual foods and wine, plus clothes, household goods, china, etc. NB: cheap petrol.