Castelnau de Montmiral medieval splendour….pity about the main course

La Table des Consuls - restaurant entrance

olive, tomato and almond pate

basil gazpacho with prawns, toasted almonds and creme fraiche

millefeuille of tomato with jambon flower and balsamic dressing

the very gristly lamb shank with ratatouille

duck breast with pomme gratin

nougat ice cream with berry coulis

Castelnau De Montmiral is a pretty 13th century hill town perched high on top of a hill in the Pyrenees in S.W. France. In fact the history of the area goes further back as bronze age artifacts have been discovered in the surrounding forests of Castelnau.

Highly recommended by the locals we decided to try its main restaurant called La Table des Consuls run by a Swedish couple.

The restaurant is situated in the quiet town square  – complete with medieval well and mayor’s office. The starters which included basil gazpacho with prawn, toasted almond flakes and creme fraiche was delightful as was the millefeuille of tomato with jambon and purple basil – it seemed that this medieval town could create a dining experience comparable to any major city dining experience.  However thats where the comparison ended.

The mains were a great disappointment –  souris d’agneau (lamb shank) did not melt in the mouth, in fact full of gristle and neither did the magret du canard (duck breast) melt in the mouth as promised. However the desserts were wonderful – especially the nougat ice cream

Highly recommended by knowledgeable locals, it was sadly not a ‘perfect 10’ expereince. It must have been an off day in the kitchen….

view from inside the restaurant onto the medieval square

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