Where to eat

Food and Travel (UK) - - Gourmet Traveller -

Prices are per per­son for three cour­ses, with­out wine un­less stated

MichelLa Bastide Guérard, Un­der there the are cre­ative dif­fer­ent guid­ance menus of that three-Miche­lin-starred­of­fer a choice be­tween rich but re­fined – chunky Gas­con pork chops, foie gras with apri­cot toast and duck ter­rines – or a ‘health and na­ture' al­ter­na­tive, with poached and roasted seafood, or meat pre­pared with the light­est touch. Both are ex­cel­lent. From £44. 32150 Caza­ubon, 00 33 5 6208 3100, bastide-gas­conne.com

La Bonne Au­berge Owned by Eric Sampi­etro's par­ents – lov­ingly re­ferred to by ev­ery­one as Pepito and Pepita – this is a won­der­ful old-school restau­rant time warp. It serves tried and tested lo­cal dishes and there's no skimp­ing on por­tions. They've been here for 45 years and few chefs know duck like Pepito. From £11. Place du Pesquèrot, 32370 Man­ciet, 00 33 6 6208 5004, labon­neauberge.wee­bly.com

Hô­tel de Bas­tard This el­e­gant restau­rant is set in a 29-room bou­tique ho­tel that was once a pri­vate man­sion dat­ing back to the 18th cen­tury. Dine al­fresco in the cob­bled court­yard ter­race and try a good-value three-course set menu that in­cludes – sea­son per­mit­ting – boudin noir with wood pi­geon, gar­lic and gin­ger. From £17. Rue La­grange, 32700 Lec­toure, 00 33 5 6268 8244, ho­tel-de-bas­tard.com

The Loft Café With a relaxed at­mos­phere, and un­fussy but de­li­cious lo­cal cui­sine, this friendly brasserie right on the town square of his­toric Eauze is hosted by the con­vivial Jean-Pierre. Ex­pect ex­cel­lent steak frites and a good se­lec­tion of Ar­magnac. From £24. 7 Place d’Ar­magnac,

32800 Eauze, 00 33 5 6209 9076

La Ta­ble de Corde­liers De­spite be­ing lo­cated in a ren­o­vated chapel com­plete with orig­i­nal stained glass win­dows, and boast­ing a Miche­lin star for its chef Eric Sampi­etro, La Ta­ble de Corde­liers avoids the frills and fuss of other starred estab­lish­ments. A bistro sits along­side a fine din­ing restau­rant, and Eric has been known to com­pletely change his menu af­ter a visit to the mar­ket. A stand­out plate is foie gras with fig and Floc de Gascogne jelly. From £21. 1 Rue des Corde­liers, 32100 Con­dom, 00 33 5 6268 4382, lat­abledescorde­liers.com

La Vie En Rose In the cen­tre of the his­toric re­gional cap­i­tal Eauze, peo­ple flood to this 30-cover restau­rant for pan-fried foie gras with peaches, steak en­tre­cote with cep sauce or the sig­na­ture 'Vie en Rose' salade, which high­lights as­para­gus but in a bed of ducky good­ness: duck breast, stuffed duck necks and duck ril­lettes. Crous­tade with prune and Ar­magnac ice cream is an­other favourite. From £13. 22 Rue Saint-July, 32800 Eauze, 00 33 5 6209 8329, restau­rant-la-vie-en-rose.com

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