Restaurant Le Relais Saint Ser in Puyloubier

Off the beaten path of the Ste Victoire mountain (Bouches du Rhone) lies this gem of a semi-gastronomic restaurant-inn with pool and gobsmackingly beautiful panoramic views facing south and stretching across the Ste Baume and Aurelian mountains. The service was just a little slow (due to being FULLY booked up on a Sunday) but the food was worth the wait. We arrived at 12pm and ended our meal at 2pm.

We started our ascent up the mountain hiking trail the ended at the beautifully restored little chapel (an “ermitage” to be exact) hidden in the caves of the mountain cliffs. The hike is not too steep (a little hairy at times, just don’t look down the mountain if you are afraid of heights) and the climb was just over 30 mins. It takes as much time to come down as it does going up because you have to really watch your footing (lots of little and medium sized loose rocks). But you can just come to this area to have a great meal at Le Relais St Ser.

On the menu – duck with apples and endives, cod with spinach and potatoes, crispy fried calamare with chorizo and smashed lentils, and for dessert: lemon meringue tarte revisited – sublime. For two adults and 2 kids, we paid 87 euros for our lunch complete with coffee (sans wine). More info: http://www.relaisdesaintser.com/