If you fancy living la belle vie à la Peter Mayle without actually shelling out €1m for a bog-standard farmhouse in the Bouches du Rhône, set your sights on Baranis. Various pastis, Provençal wines (including mouth-watering Patrimonio from a strong showing of Corsicans), pissaladière, pistou and pétanque (on Britain’s only dedicated indoor court) make this cellar as parfait as that little bistro you know in the hills near St Raphaël. Soak up the retro sounds of Johnny Hallyday and Françoise Hardy, while sipping Mediterranean aperitifs and digestifs such as Rinquinquin, Farigoule or Gentiane – not forgetting Corsican whisky. A fair selection of cocktails looks to Paris and further afield for inspiration – hence corpse reviver (a 1920s creation from Le Ritz), silver julep, pineapple and thyme margarita or lychee and lavender martini.
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