We went to Le Vieux Pont in Belcastel for lunch yesterday. There were 8 of us at table. Linda & I, our in laws plus our friend Pat & three of her friends. It was particularly interesting in that Pat & her friends are all retirees from P&O's catering division. Thus a well traveled and very knowledgeable group food wise.
We all opted for the 4 course menu. After pre-amuse amusées followed by an amuse our entrée was a choice of either Fois Gras de Canard mi-cuit or Gambas with local vegetables. I had the Gambas which were delicious & accompanied by artichoke, leek and mangetout with a light melange of sauces.
Mains were a fork tender pieces of beef (It looked & tasted like fillet, but wasn't.) with girolles, potatoes and a truffle sauce. The alternate was a lightly poached then grilled piece of cob with spring vegetables. Very very tasty.
Cheeses as always here were local with a selection of maybe 10-15 types. Cabecous, St Nectaire & ,of course, Roquefort.
My dessert was strawberries done several ways with a wild strawberry soup complete with straw. Really nice & light. Others had the chocolate medley of 4 different chocolate desserts.
Overall a nice meal in great surroundings. The room was full as is normal with quite an eclectic crowd. As we were finishing an extended French family, about 15 of them, came in to start celebrating Grandmother's birthday. They were having so much fun we wished we could have stayed.
We enjoyed the company so much that they're all coming to our place for dinner tomorrow. Belly pork is the main course. Not as refined as the restaurant, but very satisfying.