2011 Gastronomic tour of the P-O Taking a lead from fellow restaurant reviewer, John Fairclough,  John Frazer-Robinson selects a few of his local favourites…. St Cyprien   The Ascoli The Ascoli at St Cyprien is…

 Restaurant reviewer, John Frazer-Robinson, visits this great restaurant in the picturesque village of Castelnou Not so much just a great restaurant find but a great day out in spectacular surroundings! Read on… Elaine’s brother, Richard,…

REVIEWED BY JOHN FAIRCLOUGH *Originally reviewed in 2008. Standard still excellent in 2012. Prices have not changed enormously!  When someone recently suggested trying “le Patio Catalan” (4 Pl de General de Gaulle, Thuir), I groaned…

Reviewed by Jackie Edwards Jackie Edwards reports on restaurant El Taller, ambitious new Bistrot de Pays in Taurinya If you’re visiting the Abbey of St Michel de Cuxa near Prades, why not continue just a…

  BIP! Bicyclette Perpignan What is BIP! If you‘ve wandered around Perpignan recently, you may have noticed strategically placed groups of red and white bicycles bearing the name BIP. This is BIP, providing a form…

MUMBLES IN THE MOUNTAINS with Jenny Rhodes I met Jenny Rhodes for the first time in 2008, in their deliciously cosy cottage in the heart of Les Angles, just a five minute walk from the…

Barcelona is not such a long way from the Pyrenees-Orientales. With the long awaited arrival  of the TGV,  it is quick and easy to head off for a long weekend or even just a day.…

Les Balades en Estives   Update We are all lying by a lake in a valley high above the tiny Conflent village of Nohedes, relaxing after the walk up through tall beech trees and pine…

HERE BE DRAGONS   by Frank Parkinson Catalan Country has long been home to passionate supporters of Rugby in both its forms, though Rugby à quinze (Union) has had a larger following than Rugby à…