Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
CAFĂ / BOOKSHOP
BRANTES – NEAR MONT VENTOUX
04 75 28 29 13
PRICE RANGE – INEXPENSIVE
You probably shouldnât set off for La Poterne with a serious hangover, as I did, cursing the corkscrew road from Vaison at every one of what seemed like a hundred hairpin bends. Even so, it turned out to be one of the most intriguing places Iâve ever come across â as well as one of the most spectacularly sited. High up in the remote hilltop village of Brantes, its little terrace looks straight into the wild north face of Mont Ventoux.
Pascale Merlette-Lagarde and Nathalie David are the couple behind this quirky enterprise â Pascale, a talented photographer, having left Paris in 1992 for a Brantes sabbatical which is still going on. First a photography gallery, La Poterne became a summer cafĂŠ serving fresh, simple food. Soon, with visitors demanding good books on the region, it expanded into a bookshop (now with about 900 titles). Next, Pascale and Nathalie set up a small publishing company, Les Editions du Touroulenc, specialising in cookery and nature books.
So, after your tasty lunch or snack (with a decent glass of organic wine or freshly pressed juice), be sure to browse. Open April to October, 11am-7pm; plus, in July and August, Thursday evening (for soupe au pistou) and Saturday evening.
Discover the Mont Ventoux areaÂ : http://www.provenceguide.co.uk/home/vaucluse-in-provence/discover-vaucluse/territories/ventoux.aspx