A rainy September day in Orthez and not the faintest idea where to have lunch now that the Reine Jeanne down the road has got a bit posher than W6 Travellers feel entirely happy with. So - thanks Tripadvisor - we checked out alternatives online and landed on the Corral. You go upstairs and it's a large series of rooms, airy and bright, decorated in this year's fashion where the knives and forks go diagonal on the placemats and the water glasses are square.
Mostly seemed to be local office workers having lunch and looking very happy about it indeed, although being a bit feeble we steered clear of the menu du jour which featured coeurs de canards en brochette; the third time we'd seen it on a menu du jour that week, must be the thing to have in mid-September.
Instead, we had enormous toasted open sandwiches which were almost pizzas they had so much on them (cheeses, hams, salad etc.) and came with thin chips and more side salad. With a glass of delicious local wine it was a perfect large-ish lunch for about 14 euros each. Friendly staff, quick service, and by the time we left even the coeurs de canard en brochette on the next table looked quite promising.
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