Bastide du Calalou, Moissac Bellevue

Just a 20 minutes’ drive from Cotignac and a nestled between Aups and Regusse, is the hilltop village of Moissac Bellevue. Just before you get to the village, you will not miss the big Bastide du Calalou just on your left with its imposing entrance and large sign.

The 4-star hotel-restaurant is surrounded by pretty gardens and a swimming pool yet its entry is quaint and modest. Friendly staff greet you at the reception desk just in front of the beautiful old winding staircase. There is a pretty bar/lounge area to the left and just through here, the large dining rooms with views to out-door terraced dining. We were here in February so we dined indoors but it must be sublime to rest outside on the pretty iron furniture.

The hotel has been run by the Vandevyver family for over 40 years and it definitely has that family feel to it. The staff seem happy to work there. It’s well looked after and it’s very pretty without  “snob factor.”

Just as we were finishing our lovely Menu du Bastide for two persons (4 courses, wine, and champagne for a total of around 110 euros) the manager came and asked us politely how everything went and of course we were thrilled. The starter amuse-bouche of pumpkin velouté was amazing. The truffled brouillade (eggs slow cooked with black truffles) was copious but delectable and the steamed cod with perfectly cooked exotic vegetables (fresh artichokes, purple carrots and green onions) had a really tasty and rich risotto to accompany it. My partner had the lamb as a main and cray-fish pudding in its bisque to start (he loved it). We finished off with a chocolate mousse-type dessert with ice cream and Apple Tarte Titin (my favourite French classic) which was served with a nut-cream. I felt very very FULL at the end of my meal and must admit to not being able to finish everything but was most satisfied and would come back in a flash. I think I might order “a la carte” next time though and skip either the starter or the dessert 🙂

Hôtel – Restaurant Bastide du Calalou

D9 route de Baudinard – F, 83630 Moissac Bellevue

Tel: 0494 70 17 91 www.bastide-du-calalou.com