TUCKED AWAY in a narrow side street in the town of Baugé, in France’s Loir Valley, is situated a modern restaurant with a big future.

DSC_6154As unpretentious as it is chic, Restaurant O Prestige will, without doubt, soon be picking up star accolades for young chef Yohann Fouineau, at 29 years of age, a man with an impressive CV.

DSC_6150For Yohann is proving himself a worthy heir to those that took him under their wing, including Robuchon, Piege and Ducasse, turning out simple, yet refined dishes worthy of any Michelin-starred establishment.

DSC_6151The chef has a liking for preparing seafood, from turbot and asparagus to John Dory with truffles and mushrooms.

DSC_6153The lunchtime specials menu was an unexpected treat to behold, the delicacy of flavours and extraordinary attention to detail signifying how the chef, and restaurant, are set to soar.



  • All images © Essential Journeys/Michael Cowton

Yohann et Caroline Fouineau

Restaurant O Prestige, 4 Rue du Cygne, 49 150 Baugé, France




REGION – For more information on the Loir Valley please visit www.loir-valley.com

FLIGHTS – Leeds Bradford-Paris with British Airways – British Airways flies from Leeds Bradford Airport to Heathrow three times a day, giving customers in the Yorkshire region a gateway to the airline’s worldwide network of flights from its flagship home in Terminal Five. There is a choice of up to seven return British Airways flights a day from Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle and up to four flights a day to Paris Orly Airport. Customers connecting to onward flights at Heathrow have a quick and easy transfer through Terminal 5. Return hand baggage only fares from Leeds Bradford to Paris are available for £204 and are available to book on www.ba.com. All British Airways fares include free seat selection and on-line check-in 24 hours before departure, complimentary refreshments and drinks on board, and no debit card charges.

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