The Bistrot Ecole is a café, restaurant and small grocery shop, located in the heart of the village of Esparron, in the old village school building. At just over a kilometre, strictly speaking it is more than 500 metres away from the EV8. Moreover the short climb into Esparron is daunting. But it is well worth a visit. Chef Grégory and his partner Alima have created a unique little gem, serving amazing creations (see the menu). Prices are great – you can get a three-course lunch for €22, or €26 evenings and weekends. The wines on offer are equal to the food, including some local vineyards.There’s an interesting review by food critic Jacques Gantié (in French) here. Note, the bistro is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as Sunday evenings. Tel. 04 94 80 10 53 and 06 37 14 95 66.