Known as France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon has more to offer than fine dining. At the start of the Nuits Sonores techno music festival, we list places for an affordable bite between sets
This beautiful bistro claims to be a traditional bouchon (Lyon tavern) but it is a lot more than that, and well worth the effort of finding it on the edge of the Croix-Rousse quarter. First, there is the decor, which owner Frank Blanc has built up over 20 years from trips to flea markets and garage sales, creating a series of dining rooms that resemble an Aladdin’s cave of retro deco. Then there’s the present chef, Junzo Matsuno, who is Japanese, and has added a slightly exotic touch to traditional Lyon cooking, such as a chunky slice of lieu jaune (pollack) with coriander butter, pumpkin purée, pickled mango and roasted baby leeks – without ignoring the classics like a gratin of andouillette sausage with mashed potatoes.
• 29 rue Belfort, + 33 478 291723, lecanutetlesgones.com. Lunch plat du jour €10.50, three-course evening set menu €28.50
The heartland of cider and scrumpy is witnessing a boom in microbreweries as Bristol makes a name for itself on the craft beer scene with a raft of new bars
This huge industrial, redbrick building is home not only to the Mayor (property developer George Ferguson, the one with the red trousers), but to a fine selection of local beers, too. The “Baccy Factory” encapsulates everything great about Bristol’s creative, community-based culture – hosting, among other things, a theatre, life-drawing classes, a popular Sunday market, and the annual Upfest graffiti festival. And then there’s the beer. Locally grown malt and hops, brewed in the Bristol Beer Factory (situated over the road), can be drunk from both bottle and cask – ranging from the dark spiced Bristletoe Christmas ale to the creamy Milk Stout (a recent Society of Independent Brewers gold award winner). Bristol Beer Factory’s third pub, the Barley Mow, near Bristol Temple Meads railway station, is also well worth a visit.
• Raleigh Rd, tobaccofactory.com