One very awkward englishman, boldly goes…

Thank you Aix

After a tip-off from people on a local message board, I have finally found somewhere which sells one of main things (beyond friends & family) I have missed from the UK. Real Ale.

For any non-Brits reading this who might not be aware of what ale is, it is basically a connoisseurs beer often prepared without additives and chemicals often found in lager. Ale comes in many different flavours and colours by different small to medium craft brewing companies. Much as the French love a fine wine, ale is similar in its sophisticated flavours and passionate following.

After a trip to Aix En Provence today I managed to find a small boutique selling beers from all around the world, entitled, aptly ‘Beer World’. I have now stocked up on some of the brands I liked, so I’m very happy. I’m hoping to convert French friends to the merits if ale later… Wish me luck!

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3 responses

  1. Aix is “the” place to go for good non-French food if you don’t want to drive all the way to Nice. I can give you some restaurant recommendations, but good luck finding any of them in the city because I don’t know where they are, just their names or failing that, their proximity to other restaurants.

    Avoid the tapas place at the top of Cours Mirabeau. It’s gross.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  2. I don’t like it as much as Marseille to be honest. It is a little too pristine and touristy! I like Marseille because it is a bit more brash and honest.

    I will defo try your restaurant advice for sure though! I have been to a few places which were nice, but I couldn’t tell you where they were either! It just feels like a maze of identical tiny streets!

    All the best

    January 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  3. Try Cuisine du Monde which is near the cinema at the other end of Cours Mirabeau (away from the fountain and the shopping center). It’s a bit pricey but really good. It’s attached to two other restaurants – you want the one on the second floor. The first is a French Bistro and the top level is Japanese, I think. L’Antioche too is great for Lebanese. I have a review of it on my blog. There’s a fabulous Chinese place too, but I have no idea where it is. Near a Greek restaurant somewhere. 😉

    January 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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