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Taking the wife for a long weekend in early June. Any suggestions for places to eat (mid price and fairly traditional)


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Taking the wife for a long weekend in early June. Any suggestions for places to eat (mid price and fairly traditional)

Oundle! Have a good time.


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Taking the wife for a long weekend in early June. Any suggestions for places to eat (mid price and fairly traditional)

Oundle! Have a good time.


I suspect a visit to Chateau Talbot is preferable to Oundle`s Talbot Hotel.


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I was there a couple of weeks ago, sadly I have very little memory of the trip. I remember an Irish bar and some trams.


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Anywhere in the quartier st Pierre, it’s full of good restaurants. If you want to do a wine tour ( in English or French) check out Rustic vines, a company owned by ex kiwi player Tim Cowley. If you get really bored you can visit one of my pubs ( the Houses of Parliament, hms victory and the market tavern. In June we have a load of tall ships coming to town plus the “ fete de la music” on the 21st. It’s an awesome city


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Very nice restaurant right on the Bourse, can't remember its name but it's right on the square with a couple of side streets either side, can't miss it. Not cheap but food was great. Mind you it's hard to find shit food in that part of the world.

Cycling, if you can figure out the damn city bikes, is a great way to get about. There's some good bohemian culturey stuff along the north bank of the river as well as the usual wine/museumy attactions.


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Anywhere in the quartier st Pierre, it’s full of good restaurants.


Full is an understatement! :lol:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/qu ... 721662,19z


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Lisbon Nick wrote:
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Taking the wife for a long weekend in early June. Any suggestions for places to eat (mid price and fairly traditional)

Oundle! Have a good time.


I suspect a visit to Chateau Talbot is preferable to Oundle`s Talbot Hotel.

Agreed! But there are lovely restaurants around here now.

One of them owned by a mate of mine.

We are still looking at a railway trip your way but the arrival of twins has put a bit of a hole in that planning.


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La tupina. Had a great afternoon there once.


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The restaurant in the place de la bourse is le Gabriel, not too bad but pricey, we also have a Gordon Ramsey eaterie at the Grand hotel, Philippe Etchebest restaurant opposite at the Grand Theater and La Tupina which has already been mentioned. All pricey but nice, the best part though is discovering the small restaurants in the back streets of which there are many.

Bordeaux is an awesome city, I’ve lived here for 15 years now and it never ceases to amaze me with a new bar or eaterie, well worth a visit.


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The restaurant in the place de la bourse is le Gabriel, not too bad but pricey, we also have a Gordon Ramsey eaterie at the Grand hotel, Philippe Etchebest restaurant opposite at the Grand Theater and La Tupina which has already been mentioned. All pricey but nice, the best part though is discovering the small restaurants in the back streets of which there are many.

Bordeaux is an awesome city, I’ve lived here for 15 years now and it never ceases to amaze me with a new bar or eaterie, well worth a visit.


He can go to the "bistrot" of the Gabriel on the 1st floor. The second floor is the main gastronomic restaurant but on the first floor you get a quality meal for 26€ or under for lunch and you can get a view over the Place de la Bourse if sitting next to a window. There is also the restaurant of the recent "Cite du Vin", fantastic panoramic view over Bordeaux and the river Garonne from the top of the building. A great view from Bordeaux and its lights at night is also available at "L'Estacade" from the right bank of the city.

Some real nice ones (I tried all of them): Fufu (downtown Bx, japanese noodles and gyozas, ~10€ for a large noodle bowl), Chez Peppone (Italian, downtown, moderate prices... huge Italian wines selection in the cellar that you select yourself), Racine, Miles, Le Clos d'Augusta (15 mins walk from downtown but outstanding food experience, the business lunch at 26€ is fab). Other favourites include the Prince Noir outside of Bordeaux or the Pavillon des Boulevards, both being a top bang for your bucks experience at lunch time if you're on budget. If you want to do a "traditional brasserie", "Le Noailles" is always good value and right in the heart of the city.

If you feel like treating your wife to a top restaurant then call a Uber to go to the Saint James in Bouliac.

Reservation is a must for all restaurants above.

I recently read that Bordeaux has the highest ratio in France of restaurants per capita. The choice is huge and the quality has greatly improved. Keep away from some of the tourist crap is my advice, there are lots of choices even in the crowded areas.

PS: I forgot "Chez Dan"... French cuisine with an Asian inspiration. For diner if you're in love (the "sommelier", a woman, would make a great rule 1... well you'll have to go there).


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If you can get down to Arcachon it's well worth it. About 45min drive, best if you have a car of course. Some great sand dunes but the best is to visit the docks where all the oyster farmers bring in their product, very well priced and loads of spots to grab a plate of oysters and a bottle of white wine to enjoy.

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St Emilion is also worth a visit, only 45min away too.


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The restaurant in the place de la bourse is le Gabriel, not too bad but pricey, we also have a Gordon Ramsey eaterie at the Grand hotel, Philippe Etchebest restaurant opposite at the Grand Theater and La Tupina which has already been mentioned. All pricey but nice, the best part though is discovering the small restaurants in the back streets of which there are many.

Bordeaux is an awesome city, I’ve lived here for 15 years now and it never ceases to amaze me with a new bar or eaterie, well worth a visit.


He can go to the "bistrot" of the Gabriel on the 1st floor. The second floor is the main gastronomic restaurant but on the first floor you get a quality meal for 26€ or under for lunch and you can get a view over the Place de la Bourse if sitting next to a window. There is also the restaurant of the recent "Cite du Vin", fantastic panoramic view over Bordeaux and the river Garonne from the top of the building. A great view from Bordeaux and its lights at night is also available at "L'Estacade" from the right bank of the city.

Some real nice ones (I tried all of them): Fufu (downtown Bx, japanese noodles and gyozas, ~10€ for a large noodle bowl), Chez Peppone (Italian, downtown, moderate prices... huge Italian wines selection in the cellar that you select yourself), Racine, Miles, Le Clos d'Augusta (15 mins walk from downtown but outstanding food experience, the business lunch at 26€ is fab). Other favourites include the Prince Noir outside of Bordeaux or the Pavillon des Boulevards, both being a top bang for your bucks experience at lunch time if you're on budget. If you want to do a "traditional brasserie", "Le Noailles" is always good value and right in the heart of the city.

If you feel like treating your wife to a top restaurant then call a Uber to go to the Saint James in Bouliac.

Reservation is a must for all restaurants above.

I recently read that Bordeaux has the highest ratio in France of restaurants per capita. The choice is huge and the quality has greatly improved. Keep away from some of the tourist crap is my advice, there are lots of choices even in the crowded areas.

PS: I forgot "Chez Dan"... French cuisine with an Asian inspiration. For diner if you're in love (the "sommelier", a woman, would make a great rule 1... well you'll have to go there).



The St James in Bouliac.... it’s on my way home from work. I stopped there with the wife for a Apero

basic Absolut vodka, standard Gordon’s gin, two small bottles of Schweppes tonic....€38!

I need to up my prices in my pubs !


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Well the St James indeed at the top of the list (or close to it) when it comes to prices. :lol:

About the Bassin d'Arcachon, good luck on a weekend in June with the traffic jams. Traffic has become insane there. It's a place of beauty though. :thumbup:


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I was there a couple of weeks ago, sadly I have very little memory of the trip. I remember an Irish bar and some trans.



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I think (hope) he meant trams, we have lovely modern ones.


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Well the St James indeed at the top of the list (or close to it) when it comes to prices. :lol:

About the Bassin d'Arcachon, good luck on a weekend in June with the traffic jams. Traffic has become insane there. It's a place of beauty though. :thumbup:


Trains are good to Arcachon, then hire bikes and catch the boat across to Cap Ferret for wine and oysters. One of the best places in Europe I reckon.


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Another great thread. It's why I stay on here.


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My old friend (in the very sense of it) Lieutenant Rossetto used to sail from Bordeaux with submarine Tazzoli firstly in 1942 (as member of the crew of Fecia di Cossato) and then as commander of submarine Finzi in 1943, for few cruises in the Atlantic during WWII
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Well the St James indeed at the top of the list (or close to it) when it comes to prices. :lol:

About the Bassin d'Arcachon, good luck on a weekend in June with the traffic jams. Traffic has become insane there. It's a place of beauty though. :thumbup:


Trains are good to Arcachon, then hire bikes and catch the boat across to Cap Ferret for wine and oysters. One of the best places in Europe I reckon.


Only if you like piss and biscuits, it’s the most boring places Earth.

Plastic frog owns the Houses of Parliament pub in Bordeaux he’d know best. I’ve been a few times nice little city. Good base if you’ve a car.


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Well the St James indeed at the top of the list (or close to it) when it comes to prices. :lol:

About the Bassin d'Arcachon, good luck on a weekend in June with the traffic jams. Traffic has become insane there. It's a place of beauty though. :thumbup:


Trains are good to Arcachon, then hire bikes and catch the boat across to Cap Ferret for wine and oysters. One of the best places in Europe I reckon.


Only if you like piss and biscuits, it’s the most boring places Earth.

Plastic frog owns the Houses of Parliament pub in Bordeaux he’d know best. I’ve been a few times nice little city. Good base if you’ve a car.


Seneca is not totally wrong. From the Cap Ferret you've got this view on the highest sand dune in Europe (low tide): http://www.chezboulanferret.fr/jardin-b ... ferret.php

You can also eat some great seafood chez "Hortense". And you have access both to the calmer waters of the Bassin, or to the ocean waves if you feel like it. Awesome place if you have a bike too, lots of dedicated bike roads.

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Except in June the boats linking Arcachon to the Cap Ferret might still be a bit scarce.

It's our little heaven on earth, too bad it's being clogged by parisians nowadays. It's got super expensive in the last decade, pretty much impossible to buy a home there now.


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well, been to Bordeaux several times for sport, and all i can remember were pavements full of dogs shits... like full.

As for the fine "art de vivre à la française" and the restaurants, i find it rich we french usually get so much stick from the anglos, only for them to then ask where and how to enjoy life in France.

Fùck off we're not full yet, but just fùck off.

pfffffffffffffff


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well, been to Bordeaux several times for sport, and all i can remember were pavements full of dogs shits... like full.

As for the fine "art de vivre à la française" and the restaurants, i find it rich we french usually get so much stick from the anglos, only for them to then ask where and how to enjoy life in France.

Fùck off we're not full yet, but just fùck off.

pfffffffffffffff


Too late. Accomodation and plane already booked.

Living on Portugal for over twenty years Ive learned to enjoy life. Its the work thats shit!


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Have had good meals in Bouchon Bordelais before and no trip to Bordeaux is complete without a moules frites from Bistro Poulette in the big food market. Nice beers too.


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Old food market = marché des capucins. Great on a place for Sunday morning hangover food ( and not far from one of mine (HMS Victory) or indeed the market on the quais ( waterfront) around the Chartrons area of Bordeaux.... and bizarrely near yet another of mine ( the Market Tavern) ..... fück me I’ve got this city covered.

Honestly, even if you avoid my places like a whores toothbrush, Bordeaux is an amazing place to visit. Big enough to be interesting yet small enough to do all the interesting stuff on foot.


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Just nearby the Cité du Vin, I read that the newly constructed market ("Les Halles de Bacalan") is really nice for a brunch or a quick bite. Some quality "food shops" as well.

There have an interactive map to know about the food/shops options: https://biltoki.com/hallesbacalan/

I'm thinking a visit to the Cité du Vin paired with this place is a decent activity for half a day. Plus the tourists can enjoy the views from the tram (or from the walkway) along the riverbank.


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Enjoy your trip Lisbon Nick, I have absolutely no advice to give having never been

But Rick Stein did a good show on a weekend in Bordeaux


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A timely thread. Bordeaux is on our list for a mid-week break in May as part of our retirement travels. Some of these food suggestions look great

Any quiet hotel suggestions towards the centre of town? Looking for comfort rather than economy!


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Went to Bordeaux on (wine) business 30 years ago (boss is MW)

Climbed the dune at Arcochon

Had lamprey in the restaurant afterwards

Very good

Can't recall name

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A timely thread. Bordeaux is on our list for a mid-week break in May as part of our retirement travels. Some of these food suggestions look great

Any quiet hotel suggestions towards the centre of town? Looking for comfort rather than economy!



Town Centre hotels where I stay rather than drive / taxi home ( normally post rugby / too much drink)

Quatre soeurs, place du tourney
Mama shelter, Bordeaux centre
Quality inn Bordeaux centre
Grand hotel, place de la comedy

Look them up online they’re all fairly good and central


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A timely thread. Bordeaux is on our list for a mid-week break in May as part of our retirement travels. Some of these food suggestions look great

Any quiet hotel suggestions towards the centre of town? Looking for comfort rather than economy!


sickening baby-boomer wealth.


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A timely thread. Bordeaux is on our list for a mid-week break in May as part of our retirement travels. Some of these food suggestions look great

Any quiet hotel suggestions towards the centre of town? Looking for comfort rather than economy!



Town Centre hotels where I stay rather than drive / taxi home ( normally post rugby / too much drink)

Quatre soeurs, place du tourney
Mama shelter, Bordeaux centre
Quality inn Bordeaux centre
Grand hotel, place de la comedy

Look them up online they’re all fairly good and central

Thanks will do


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A timely thread. Bordeaux is on our list for a mid-week break in May as part of our retirement travels. Some of these food suggestions look great

Any quiet hotel suggestions towards the centre of town? Looking for comfort rather than economy!


sickening baby-boomer wealth.

:lol:
Nah, careful saving and a reasonable pension 8)


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plastic frog wrote:
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A timely thread. Bordeaux is on our list for a mid-week break in May as part of our retirement travels. Some of these food suggestions look great

Any quiet hotel suggestions towards the centre of town? Looking for comfort rather than economy!



Town Centre hotels where I stay rather than drive / taxi home ( normally post rugby / too much drink)

Quatre soeurs, place du tourney
Mama shelter, Bordeaux centre
Quality inn Bordeaux centre
Grand hotel, place de la comedy

Look them up online they’re all fairly good and central


My dad likes to stay at the "Hotel Majestic" (rue de Condé) just nearby the Grand Theatre.

We've had some guests at work staying at the "Best Western Premier Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche-Ona" (*catches breath*) recently, right behind the Grand Hotel. They said it was fairly good. Same for the Mama Shelter listed above.

If you're loaded, Grand Hotel.

They're all right in the heart of the city.


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Oh and you could always check the UBB website to check for T14 games at home. http://www.ubbrugby.com/accueil.html


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GDBFC99 wrote:
plastic frog wrote:
SaintK wrote:
A timely thread. Bordeaux is on our list for a mid-week break in May as part of our retirement travels. Some of these food suggestions look great

Any quiet hotel suggestions towards the centre of town? Looking for comfort rather than economy!



Town Centre hotels where I stay rather than drive / taxi home ( normally post rugby / too much drink)

Quatre soeurs, place du tourney
Mama shelter, Bordeaux centre
Quality inn Bordeaux centre
Grand hotel, place de la comedy

Look them up online they’re all fairly good and central


My dad likes to stay at the "Hotel Majestic" (rue de Condé) just nearby the Grand Theatre.

We've had some guests at work staying at the "Best Western Premier Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche-Ona" (*catches breath*) recently, right behind the Grand Hotel. They said it was fairly good. Same for the Mama Shelter listed above.

If you're loaded, Grand Hotel.

They're all right in the heart of the city.

Found a nice looking apartment in Place des Capucins for 6 nights in May. Going by train rather than Queasyjet.
Have checked out sosme of the restaurant suggestions, think we're going to enjoy ourselves!
Unfortunately no rugby on when we are there
Look forward to a beer or two at one of Plastic Frog's places.


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Have had good meals in Bouchon Bordelais before and no trip to Bordeaux is complete without a moules frites from Bistro Poulette in the big food market. Nice beers too.



I remember going to the Bouchon Bordelais in London, Clapham I think. I hope the one in Bordeaux is better.


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Have had good meals in Bouchon Bordelais before and no trip to Bordeaux is complete without a moules frites from Bistro Poulette in the big food market. Nice beers too.



I remember going to the Bouchon Bordelais in London, Clapham I think. I hope the one in Bordeaux is better.


It closed down a couple of years ago - If I remember-correctly a piece of masonry fell
On a customer outside and killed them. Think it is a brew dog pub now


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Found a nice looking apartment in Place des Capucins for 6 nights in May. Going by train rather than Queasyjet.
Have checked out sosme of the restaurant suggestions, think we're going to enjoy ourselves!
Unfortunately no rugby on when we are there
Look forward to a beer or two at one of Plastic Frog's places.


The Saint Michel (right behind the Place des Capucins)/train station area is not the best at night... No need to be overly scared but don't hang around too late in the streets. Mix of drunks, losers and the potential drug dealer since this is an area at a meeting point between the students' drinking holes (place de la victoire on thursday/friday/saturday), the Saint Michel area (a popular/poor area that is getting better but still has some areas you don't want to walk alone at night.. in my time there were regularly fights between the Portuguese and Arabic communities that somewhat interface at "les Capucins"... aka "les capus" if you want to sound like a local) and not far from the train station (which will be overhauled in the upcoming years but again filled with drunks, prostitutes, etc at night).

If you're coming back late at night, walk back from your restaurant/bars from the "Place de la Victoire" to the "Capus" by the "Cours de la Marne".

You're not far from the Place de la Victoire, which is a good thing to catch the tram and go around. Plus you'll have the only pharmacy in Bordeaux opened 24/7 right on the Place des Capucins ("Pharmacie des Capucins") should you get mugged. :nod:


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Found a nice looking apartment in Place des Capucins for 6 nights in May. Going by train rather than Queasyjet.
Have checked out sosme of the restaurant suggestions, think we're going to enjoy ourselves!
Unfortunately no rugby on when we are there
Look forward to a beer or two at one of Plastic Frog's places.


The Saint Michel (right behind the Place des Capucins)/train station area is not the best at night... No need to be overly scared but don't hang around too late in the streets. Mix of drunks, losers and the potential drug dealer since this is an area at a meeting point between the students' drinking holes (place de la victoire on thursday/friday/saturday), the Saint Michel area (a popular/poor area that is getting better but still has some areas you don't want to walk alone at night.. in my time there were regularly fights between the Portuguese and Arabic communities that somewhat interface at "les Capucins"... aka "les capus" if you want to sound like a local) and not far from the train station (which will be overhauled in the upcoming years but again filled with drunks, prostitutes, etc at night).

If you're coming back late at night, walk back from your restaurant/bars from the "Place de la Victoire" to the "Capus" by the "Cours de la Marne".

You're not far from the Place de la Victoire, which is a good thing to catch the tram and go around. Plus you'll have the only pharmacy in Bordeaux opened 24/7 right on the Place des Capucins ("Pharmacie des Capucins") should you get mugged. :nod:

Thanks for the heads up. We had a great little 4th floor apartment just 50m or so from the entrance to the (terrific) market. Yes it was a bit noisy with the terrace windows open and yes it was a bit run down and a lot of "dossers" about but never felt intimidated and only a 12 min walk from the centre though we used the trams a lot. The 24/7 pharmacie came in handy on the Sunday (wife turned her ankle), they were hugely helpful and it is also next door to a 24/7 boulangerie which was pretty damned handy and very good.

Ate bloody well. Had booked Cote Rue, Le Davoli and also got in to Garopapilles went to Le Flacon wine bar a couple of times as well. Young girl in there turning out "tapas" size plates af good food from just a double ring electric hob!!!!
Also discovered the Les Halles de Bacalan opposite Cite de Vin. What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Blag a couple of stools, sort out out a bottle of wine and glasses, then dip in out buying whatever you fancy from the stalls insside. Oysters, langoustines, best sardines sur la plancha I've ever eaten, pan fried foie gras, various pinxos etc. Great afternoon.

Also had lunch in the Logis da la Cadene in St Emilion, pretty good value set lucnh, though they had some interesting wines by the glass which upped the bill somewhat!! Visited 3 wineries, Chateau Guadet (Grand Cru Classe), Chateau La Dauphine and Chateau Grangey (couldn't believe how young the couple running it were!!) tasted 12 wines in total so reasonable day out.

Really enjoyed Bordeaux and would visit again. Would probably go by train again but allow slightly more time to get between Gare du Nord and Gare Montparnasse as we only just made it by the skin of our teeth going out.


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