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Review of Cuq en Terrasses

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Cuq en Terrasses
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cuq Toulza
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2017

The success of any restaurant comes down to two factors: location, and quality – both of the fayre, and the people running the show. In my neck of the woods, for example, there’s an idyllic riverfront restaurant that’s just gone under for the third time in nine years under three different owners. The reason? It was just that bit too far down river to attract sufficient punters – and with the most recent collapse, the poor reputation of the management and staff only sped up its demise.

Cuq en Terrasses, an eighteenth-century presbytery, perched in the shadow of l’Église Notre Dame de la Nativité in the tiny hilltop commune of Cuq Toulza, is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Its location may be off the beaten track (well, tbh, it’s actually not far from the well-beaten N126), but to use the old cliché, it is stunning, and worth travelling many kilometers for. However, even if it were located in a back street in Burnley, such are the charms of the owner-operators Andonis and Philippe, and their team, it would no doubt still stay afloat. This review is for the restaurant. Cuq en Terrasses also offers chambres d'hôtes, which by all accounts are equally charming.

For me, two words encapsulate the mood here: unhurried, and unharried. There’s no dress code, which suits me fine as I hate stuffiness, and no formal greeting on arrival, which also appeals. You just walk in as if you own the place and, providing the weather is clement, make your way down through the property to the calm of the garden restaurant, which takes full advantage of its vantage point with a wonderful view of the Tarn countryside.

We arrived about half an hour before sunset and settled-in to some delightful amuse-bouches, followed by an entrée of asparagus with smoked salmon and poached egg dressed with herb vinegar, all topped-off with parmesan shavings. After that, as you are welcome to do, we took a ten-minute pause, strolling down the stone steps to the lower terrace, from where we watched the most glorious of sunsets.

By the time we returned to our now-illuminated table, we felt sufficiently exercised to savour our next course of chicken breast filled with cheese and figs wrapped in bacon, and coated in madeira sauce. We took Philippe’s recommendation on the wine, and he took the time to conduct a jovial blind tasting at the table, but despite some years in the wine trade I was unable to correctly identify it. A dry white, surprisingly, it turned out not to be from the Tarn (or California as I had concluded), but Spain – and went down well enough to order another.

Next arrived the bite-sized cheeses (I could have done with slightly larger portions as they were delicious), each sourced from the revered Revel market, just twenty minutes’ drive away. A strawberry Tiramisu provided a sweet ending to a memorable meal.

However, at Cuq en Terrasses, the end of the meal doesn’t signal the end of the evening. That’s because at around 10pm, all guests are invited to make their way inside, as Cuq turns Cockney-style with a singalong, probably best described as a pianola-oke. It’s led by Andonis and Philippe, both of whom turned out to be highly talented in the vocal, as well as chef and sommelier departments.

My wife and I enjoyed the perfect evening at Cuq en Terrasses, and we would like to thank our great friends who treated us to all the above. They have the good fortune to live locally, and dine here a few times each year. Sounds like the perfect existence to me.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We have been visiting Cuq en Terrasses over the years and it remains a firm favourite of ours.

Philippe & Andonis are passionate about great food & hospitality and this shines through in everything they do here in a magical corner of France and their hill-top gem.

The menu in their restaurant, with stunning views over the rolling countryside, changes daily and is great value for money using locally grown and sourced ingredients (many from their own garden). The accompanying wine list reflects some of the wonderful wines from the region too with bottles from under 20€ upwards.

We look forward to our next visit later in the year and if your travels bring you to SW France (or if you are planning a visit to this wonderful region) - make sure Cuq en Terrasses is firmly on your list.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a treat after a long summer of entertaining family and friends and the meal at the Cuq ticked all the boxes and more.
Without doubt the best meal we've had at The Cuq - a delicious beetroot mousse nibble which perfectly complimented our Cuq Sunset cocktail (yum), a stunning monkfish, prawn, mango and avocado terrine starter that I cannot compliment enough, followed by a gorgeous confit de canard moussaka main course that if room had allowed for, we both would have had more of. We then had a cheese course with just the right amount of cheeses accompanied with figs from the garden, and a strawberry pavlova to finish. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.
The weather was perfect so we were lucky enough to catch a beautiful sunset while we dined.
This was just the tonic my husband and I needed and I can't wait to go back.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here with friends from New Zealand for 4 nights on half board so had plenty of time to explore the hotel and enjoy the restaurant. Our room (Blanche) was small but perfectly adequate with a nice bathroom with bath, bidet and shower. Furnishing and bedlinen were in keeping with the style of the room and enhanced and lightened the effect of the heavy wooden beams. Lighting was good and all controlled from the bedside as was the very effective air conditioner (temperatures ranged from 30-35C when we were there so it was very welcome).
Breakfast was very good with lots of choice including bowls of fruit, 3 different breads and delicious miniature croissants and pain au chocolat. There was coffee in a jug and also an espresso machine.
Dinner in the terrace restaurant was excellent and each dish was beautifully presented. Dinner started with amuse bouche and finished with good coffee. The wine list was almost totally comprised of interesting local wines at very reasonable prices.
The owners Philipe - front of house and Andonis - chef were unfailingly cheerful and helpful as in fact were all the staff.
The pool in the grounds was very welcome at the end of a hot day of sightseeing and the views from the terrace breathtaking especially at sunset.
The hotel is ideally placed for visiting Albi, Carcassonne, Toulouse and the other smaller but no less interesting towns and villages such as Lautrec, Revel and Castres.
Pretty much the perfect hotel for an indulgent break in a lovely part of the South of France.
Highly recommended.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

Our third visit. The first two we thought it could not get any better - well third time and it was even better. We stayed this time in the Guard's Room apartment which was perfect. Large bedroom with amazing view. Huge living room with kitchen and dining area. The food was outstanding and of course Philippe and Andonis are true ambassadors of hospitality. Hospitality is not a science, some call it an art but here you understand that truly it is a passion of everyone working here - Bravo Team Cuq en Terrasses!! Can't wait for our fourth visit.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: le Chateau de la Vernede, 81470 Cuq Toulza, France
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Region: France > Occitanie > Tarn > Cuq Toulza
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cuq Toulza
Price Range: $197 - $343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cuq en Terrasses 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An 18th century presbitary turned into charming accomodation with restaurant, pool and gardens. Set in a 6 acres park in peaceful surroundings, Cuq is ideally located between Carcassonne, Toulouse and Albi and is an great base to explore the region and enjoy gourmet dinners and breakfasts ... more   less 
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