Sunday, 18 June 2017

A great building

Readers will be familiar with this iconic building, originally called la Maison Seguier, a hunting lodge for the counts of Toulouse built in Cordes sur Ciel in 14th century. For over 30 years it was the restaurant of Yves Thuries, the local chocolatier and the first Michelin starred chef in the area.
In its heyday the restaurant welcomed many famous French politicians such as Mitterand and Pompidou as well as foreign dignitaries such as the Emperor of Japan and the Queen Mother.
Closed in 2010 as a result of a case of misrepresenting the origin of truffles (a charge later dropped) the restaurant remains in beautiful condition, ready to "open tomorrow" as M Thuries says. But he personally has no desire to resume there.
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