Hotel le France
Very good location in centre of Fayence, overlooking steps to the market. Good atmosphere (fun pictures on the wall, music). Pleasant room. Menu unpredictable, some feel is over-priced. Food is quirkly Nordic take on Provencale cuisine. In high summer, the terrace is opened offering a great location. We always struggled with the gender of the name, not that it effects anything.
Run by Swedish expat Johann. who likes opera. However, we have been told recently that the restuarant has been bought by another and has improved.
Le Temps de Cerise
Opposite the le France,lower down. Mainstream "smart" provencale cooking, similar prices. From memory, Swiss-owned. Best to sit outside in the summer.
We came here the very first time we went to Fayence in Winter 1999 and have been going back ever since - always for lunch, always to eat outside. Nothing grand or pretentious, it's just a great place to sit, watch the people of Fayence going about their lives, eating first-class pizzas and ever-reliable salads. The french fries are fantastic. No daytime trip to Fayence in remotely dependable weather should exclude a trip to L'Entracte.
L'aerodrome de Fayence
On the main road to Montauroux and Grasse, down by the airstrip. Largely unknowmn to tourists and visitors, but clearly a hit with locals. Solid, uncompicated lunchtime menu which offers menu of the day and standard fare, unpretentious, good helpings, economically priced.
Le Moulin de la Camandoule
Right at the bottom of Fayence village, on the way to Seillans. The Moulin de la Camandoule is literally an old mill, with many of the parts still around. Definitely the class act in Fayence, inside or out. In the winter you get the aperitif in front of the big fire and in summer you can sit outside on cushioned cast-iron furniture. A la carte menus, menu gastronomique (or equiavalent), with solid chariot de fromages. Not cheap, but always a quality outing.
Terre Blanche, Four Seasons
Technically in Tourettes, but just outside Fayence in the plain. A massive project to create a luxury resort in Fayence, the Four Seasons is clearly a cut above everywhere else. Go for lunch at sit on the terrace. I must say that I enjoyed my 24 Euro burger and the service was impeccable, the views spectacular. It's worth going for a wander and a cup of tea on the terrace.
We have also dined at the Michelin-starred Faventia restaurant and are slowing repaying the additional mortgage. Great food at not very Provence prices, and we were all compelled to eat the same menu to qualify.
Well, closer to Seillans than Fayence, but it is a fabulous place with one Michelin star at last count. It's left off the road from Fayence to Seillans, with views back over Fayence and the rest of the plain. Great to catch the sunset in summer, or enjoy the panorama at lunch-time. Food is always superb, with a choice of upmarket menus (gourmand and gastronomique - although some people cannot tell the difference. We were upset when they binned the chariot de fromages for a selection.
See my post on Le Castelleras, dated 8th June 2007.