All it takes is a mist moving slowly over the superb countryside, and you feel as though you’re in a fairy tale. At Pierrefitte-en-Auge, a few kilometers from Lisieux, the auberge des Deux Tonneaux (02 31 64 09 31) is managed by Hervé Amiard, photographer.
The ambience is that of a gourmet pub, with Scottish plaid, Gaelic music, darts (the board hangs on the bathroom door), and a fireplace. On the blackboard, straightforward and generous cuisine, including tripe, boudin noir with apples, pork knuckle cooked in cider, camembert soup, and sometimes haggis (February 23, 36 €), as well as free-range chicken made to order (69 €, serving for four).
A short wine list, a lovely selection of ciders (Édouard MacLean), and to prolong your pleasure there are bed and breakfasts close by, among which is the wonderful Ferme de l'Eglise (02 31 65 68 00). Map Web