Children are welcome in French restaurants but not all children enjoy French food. Here are 5 restaurants which cater well for families with a mixture of French and other cuisines.
1 Crêperie Saint Pierre La Quichenotte
La Quichenotte is tucked away a short way down a passageway by the church in Place St. Pierre in Saumur. A cosy family run restaurant with lovely food (including galettes or a 3 course lunch ,’menu de jour’. It is excellent value. Welcoming staff and English spoken. Galettes, a savoury pancake with a choice of fillings, and crepes with chocolate sauce and ice-cream should keep any youngster happy. Recommended for a stress-free family meal with children or a great refuge after too much shopping!
2 Rue Haute Saint-Pierre, 49400 Saumur
2 Le Panorama
Le Panorama has a magnificent view of the Chateau of Saumur and the River Loire. There is a large outdoor terrace and indoor seating. The view from the terrace is truly panoramic. It is a good place for either a drink (hot or cold) or a meal. Friendly owners and a menu in French, delightfully translated into English too. The menu is comprehensive and serving times not restricted to French eating times. Handy to know if you are with children.
Le Panorama, Parking Du Château Rue Des Moulins, 49400 Saumur
3 Les Farmers
A very innovative place to eat, ingredients sourced locally as the name implies, and there is a bar. Run by a young and lively crew with various entertainment events throughout the season, with some new events planned for the 2017 season. The situation is great for families as it looks over the lake at Hommes. There are five lakes, fishing, swimming in one lake, picnic areas and woodland walks.
Les Farmers is a ‘ginguette’ which is a traditional French concept of somewhere to eat and enjoy music, often by a lake or river.
This short video gives a good idea of what it is all about!
Open seasonally, so check first on their Facebook page.
4 Caves des Marson
Something a bit different. Eat like a trogolodyte in a cave! Fouées, similar to pitta bread, are cooked in a traditional bread oven and served with a variety of fillings, beans, garlic butter, rillette, cheese and Nutella. At Les Mortiers, we make them in our bread oven as a change from pizzas. They were originally testers to see if the oven was hot enough to bake bread. There is more on fouées (also know as fouaces) here – Wikipedia on fouées
1 rue Henri Fricotelle 49400 ROU MARSON
5 Cafe Le Musée
The café/bar in Parcay Les Pins serves a very good ‘plat du jour’, as well as snacks and will appeal to children too. The pizza van is there once a week, buy a pizza and the friendly café owners will provide you with cutlery, seating and the change to buy liquid refreshments of all types. There is also a van serving fish and chips once a week, which is particularly loved by the french residents of our village.
2 Bis Place Jules Desbois, 49390 Parçay-les-Pins
Family friendly restaurants recommended by guests at Frenchholiday