Daily Archives: August 1, 2017

A communal feast under a majestic oak tree

Le Castellas in Sivergues

While editing these images my head started to fill up with the stuff that travel dreams are made of, and as I type this, I’m feeling 100%, no holds barred, shamelessly nostalgic. The only reason I can think of can be drawn from the following quote:

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway,

No, we didn’t go to Paris, but lunch at a goat farm in Sivergues will be the meal to remember for life! Sitting in the shade under an old oak tree, beautifully presented platters of food to be shared at the table, a soft breeze, chatter, refreshing sips of Chateau La Canorgue’s blanc – what a sublime experience. It was unlike anything we’ve ever had while traveling around France. It’s as if we had stumbled upon a secret.

Le Castellas after lunch

Recently reopened after 2 years of closure, Le Castellas is under new ownership and offers lunch and dinner for the summer season. Reservations are a must. The website is in french which we understood well enough, but being able to converse (english) during the meal with 2 multi-lingual guests made the afternoon even more enjoyable.

Le Castellas oak tree

The website describes the simple menu so if you can live without ordering from one, are not at all shy about sitting elbow to elbow with perfect strangers, and treasure that farm-to-table atmosphere, then this is the place to go. The service is perfect, the staff discreet, and as my photos will show (I hope!), the setting is like one of those period films shot in the Provençal countryside. Ciak!

Le Castellas boss goat
My guess is that this goat is head honcho of the herd

Le Castellas du pain et du vin
Half liter of Chateau La Canorgue’s Blanc and a gorgeous loaf of artisan bread

Le Castellas les fromages
Clockwise from left: chevre from local producers – lavender, plain, thyme, and I think pepper flakes?

Le Castellas charcuterie
Assorted charcuterie, paté, and toast nibbles

Le Castellas salads

Guests helped themselves to a variety of cold salads (caponata, chickpeas, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomato, cabbage) that were brought to the table in flip-top mason jars.

Le Castellas almond cake

Dessert was a double delight – you could choose between fresh fruit purees (to be poured into your empty water glasses), or spoon a luscious apricot-thyme compote over a slice of dense almond cake. We tried them all 🙂

Le Castellas fruit purees
Mason jars full of strawberry and melon fruit purees and apricot-thyme compote.

Merci beaucoup Le Castellas!

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