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Apr 17th, 2015, 08:30 AM
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Beaujolais (France) for one night - where to sleep and eat

Hello, we are tagging 24 hours in Beaujolais on to a long weekend in Lyon in late May and are/ were interested in staying at Domaine de la Chapelle de Vatre, near Emeringes (I think): one of the first things we asked the proprietor was where there was a place to eat near there (we like to walk as we do not like to drink and drive) and she said Auberge des Vignerons in Emeringes - it turns out because we are staying on a Sunday night though, that it is closed for dinner that night. We are still speaking to her but we may decide not to stay there in light of this. Some questionsbr /> 1) Can anyone suggest something as seemingly charming near to a gourmet restaurant;
2) Is Sunday night a bad night for restaurants in Beaujolais because we could, reluctantly though, juggle our nights around and break up our time in Lyon;
3)She has suggested Le Coq in Julienas which is further away, so we would have to drive there, anyone have any recommendations on this restaurant (tripadvisor does not give it that good a rating) and, also, what the road will be like between Julienas and Emeringes (we are 2 women driving). Also any suggestions for a good restaurant in this vicinity.
Thanks, I would appreciate any ideas, Pat
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Apr 17th, 2015, 09:06 AM
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We stayed in the gite at the Domaine de la Chapelle for 2 weeks in '09. Great place. We also died at Le Coq and it was simple - but very nice. It's the closest restaurant to the Domaine and a very short drive away. I never trust Trip Advisor for food recommendations - you know nothing about the tastes of the people who comment. Frog Legs are big in this region, and if the reviewer is a "meat & potatoes" guy and orders frog legs & then doesn't like them??

Top 3 restaurants from 2009:

Le Cep in Fleurie. This is a Michelin 1 star restaurant. Menus are 45 to 75 E. A couple of days after we dined there, I told the proprietor at our Gite that we liked the place. She said that the chef (an older woman) is quite the “Grand Dame” of Beaujolais cooking, and serves the best frog legs “anywhere”. I had the Ris de Veau, and they were the best I’ve ever tasted. Recently, and article appeared in the NY Times that profiled about 8 restaurants around the world. To our surprise, this restaurant was featured. They said that the place was formerly a Michelin 2 star restaurant, but the chef/owner wanted to simplify things, take the Lobster & Foie Gras off the menu, and make is more accessible for the locals. The proprietor has since retires, the a new chef has retained the Michelin 1 star rating. Closed on Sundays, however.

Auberge du Paradis in St Amour. Seven course menu plus 2 amuse bouches for 38E. The menu is fixed – no choices. My wife loved the very creative decor in this place. The locals must like it because the restaurant was “complet” the first couple of times we called to reserve. See following menu
www.aubergeduparadis.fr
I think this one is open on Sundays - it's in a hotel.

La Table de Chaintre in Chaintre. Another seven course menu plus an amuse bouche – for 49 E. There is a choice of 2 main courses, but everything else is “set”. When we returned from this restaurant, we ran into the proprietors of our Gite. They said it was their favorite restaurant in the region. Closed on Sundays

When we were in Beaujolais, only the first restaurant was a Michelin 1 star. Now, all three of them are.

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Apr 17th, 2015, 09:08 AM
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>> We also died at Le Coq<<

Nope - we're still alive. Should be "dined"

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Apr 17th, 2015, 09:18 AM
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A lot of restaurants in France are closed on Sunday. I know in the US, that may seem odd but it's a slow day as most people stay home to eat with their families. It's just not a big night to go out to restaurants, so many don't want to stay open (mondays can be that way, also).

So Sunday is a bad night for restaurants everywhere in France that I've been, although of course, you have more choice in a big city like Paris, so can find something. But even there, plenty are closed.
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Apr 17th, 2015, 09:38 AM
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Here is my wife's Shutterfly book for our 2006 (not 2009) vacation in Beaujolais & Burgundy. Lots of pictures of the Domaine and surrounding areas, chateaux, and vineyards. Most of the vineyard pictures were taken from the Domaine - including the two-page spread.

This is a stunning B&B (and also a winery).

http://share.shutterfly.com/share/re...=1EYt2Llw1ZMva

Click "view photo book" and then click "full screen"

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Apr 20th, 2015, 06:51 AM
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Thanks so Much, Stu - I have printed out all your recommendations, great! thanks too christine.
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