Thursday, June 23, 2011

LAVARDENS Watchtower Pub


I recently read about an English pub restaurant that had opened up in the Gers  and bookmarked it for an open day when guests were around. Even another (very welcome) rainy day detracted little from the beautiful rolling countryside on our way to Lavardans, about thirty minutes east of here.  Directions to its seventeenth century chateau are marked at every crossroads, making it extra easy to locate. Approaching from the west the chateau projects a beautifully imposing presence over the fields of almost-ready sunflowers below. I’ll get a picture of that prospect oen day when it isn’t raining.

The Watchtower Pub is located in the back of the chateau facing the eglise. I made the mistake of driving up the village’s main and nearly only street instead of peeling off to the right into one of the big carparks. Finally set right, we approached the chateau along the path above, noting that there’s a museum at the ground-floor level, currently advertising a ceramics exhibition.
Mozzarella saladGustav and I were the first lunch arrivals, but were quickly followed by at least another 3 tables’- not bad going for a wet Wednesday in the country.

The menu and staff are bilingual French/English and there’s a decent selection of gastro-pub fare with local wines and a selection of Guinness.  I started with the salad (left) while Gustav essayed a rather tasty looking plate of mussels and cuttlefish.

After our mains we were too full to try the desserts (next time!) so left for a short wander around Lavardens.  A castle built in the 12th century to house the Counts of Armagnac was rebuilt 500 years later by Antoine du Roquelaure, a close friend of Henry IV. The small village centre is charming and well-kept.

Lavardens Watchtower Pub
Lavardens Chateau and town


  1. The meals looks and sounds delicious. Always room for another decent local restaurant!

  2. Anonymous3:59 pm

    I think this is taking the word 'pub' a little too far.

  3. The Watchtower has been replaced by "La terrasse et l'Assiette" / "The Terrace and Plate".

  4. Their Facebook page is less inscrutable than their other website: