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Mark Parren Taylor

In the attractive town of Lectoure, the colourfully named Hôtel de Bastard, an 18th-century mansion, is the setting for a fine restaurant, where a long, lazy lunch might end with this dessert of raspberry, white chocolate and ‘verveine’, or lemon verbena. The restaurant’s cellar is extensive and includes many exceptional wines and brands of armagnac from the chateaux of the region.

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