Category Archives: Restaurants

5 Family Friendly Restaurants

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

Website Caves de Marson

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.

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2 Bis Place Jules Desbois, 49390 Parçay-les-Pins

Family friendly restaurants recommended by guests at Frenchholiday



5 Favourite Restaurants

Five restaurants where the atmosphere is good, the dishes are pleasing to the eye and you can relax  to enjoy your meal easily.. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and fresh and with a good selection of local wines.

There is no order of preference.  Enjoy!

1.   Vincent Cuisiniere de Campagne

19 Rue de la Galottière, 37140 Ingrandes-de-Touraine

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2.    L’Orée du Bois – Le Breille Les Pins

2 Rue Saumuroise, 49390 La Breille-les-Pins

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3.    Au Chapeau Rouge – Chinon

49 Place du Général de Gaulle, 37500 Chinon

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4.    Les Entrepotes – Chinon

88 Quai Jeanne d’Arc, 37500 Chinon

Website – not known

5.    Le Bouff’tard

4 place 8 mai 1945 37340 Hommes

Website – not known


A Michelin Star for Le Chai at the Manoir de Restigne

There are nine Michelin Star restaurants in Indre et Loire and latest is the Le Chai restaurant at the Manoir de Restigne, near Bourgueil.

The restaurant is described as “Une Table Gourmand au Coeur du Vignoble” and being only 30 minutes from home so we had to visit. We arrived to a warm welcome and soon knew this would be a great evening at Le Chai. It turned out to be a real treat for all the senses.

The dining room has high ceilings, tuffeau stone walls, oak beams and quiet, stylish decoration, somewhere Great Aunt Gertie would be equally as well at home as would a young couple enjoying their first romantic meal together.

The wine list had a good selection, including from some of the best local viticulteurs in our area and all at sensible prices too.  Our aperatif was a sparkling Montlouis wine, new to us and a pleasant surprise. With the entree we really enjoyed Frédéric Mabilleau’s Saumur Chenin, apricot and honey aromas, a beautiful light gold liquid.

We chose the Menu Decouverte at 45 €, with a good selection of dishes, an elegant amuse bouche of five delicate tasters and wonderful contrast of flavours and textures, the lightest of salmon mousse and an astounding combination of flavours, an entree of black pudding and scallops with the lightest of touch.

A main course of the most tender pigeon and foie gras wrapped in chard followed by an imaginative cheese course – a ravioli in a stock with a hint of liquorice,  a beignet of goats cheese, and a pasta roll filled with cheese.

Then a complete surprise – the desert before the desert –  a coffee bar topped with spun sugar in the form of a spring.  It glistened in the light!

Manoir de Restigne

Then the main desert of apple, decorated with the finest slice of sugared apple and a white chocolate ‘flag’ carrying the Manoir’s name,  and served with cardamon ice cream.

Manoir de Restigne

With our coffee there was a trolley of delights; cannelés de bordeaux, an almond cake, chocolates and the most amazing macarons I have ever tasted.

These photographs do not do justice to the quality and the presentation.

You just have to go there and experience it for yourselves.

The ethos of Le Chai shines through with both the food and the wine we enjoyed.

” … committed to an ethical and responsible approach, seeking to respect our natural environment. The restaurant Le Chai proposes dishes created from natural products, with bread and wine certified organic.”

Just wonderful!