The Chicken on a Bicycle
This seasonal restaurant, discreetly tucked away in the pine hills behind St. Ferriol, is visited by just about everyone we know. So after being here a year we had to try it for ourselves.
I was left with the question, is the meal is unimaginative or unpretentious?
The menu is certainly nothing special.
A fish dish (salmon fillet from frozen in orange sauce)
A page of pizza plates
Dish of the day
A short list of deserts, tart, cheese, ice cream, mouse, fruit salad,
The bar has beer and wine but limited in spirits and no cocktails.
They only accept cash payment
I had a set menu.
The starter is a small plate of salad with cured ham, mayo ham, crab rillette, pate and bread.
Salad leaf, crab rillette, ham mayo, pate, cured ham
Followed by a very large duck magret with oven chips and a courgette gratin – a generous portion but the duck was lacking seasoning.
Magret with courgette gratin and chips
Desert was pear tart with whipped cream
A simple dessert of pear pie and cream
Salmon orange, with courgette gratin and oven chips. The salmon portion was small
Salmon, rice and courgette gratin
Anika had sausage and chips from the kids menu of sausage or ham. The kids plate was as large as the adults.
Sausage or ham, with chips and ketchuph
I guess what the menu lacks is made up in the quirkiness of the restaurant. Built into the side of the hill, seating is on decking overhanging an artificial pond of carp, koi, gold fish and trout. Behind the restaurant is a woodland walk weaving through enclosed chicken runs of rare and unusual breeds. There is a small kids play area.
View onto the dining deck from across the carp pond
The restaurant was fairly busy but not so busy for a Saturday in August.
Service was very friendly but I was left waiting at the end when the support staff ended their shift.
I would go again for the kids and so long as one has no high expectations of the food,it will be an enjoyable experience.
The entrance to the chicken run
From Quillan, drive through St. Ferriol direction Granes. Not long after leaving St. Ferriol there is an innocuous dirt road on the right which goes up the hill to the restaurant.