Restaurants

Top Choice French in Saumur

Le Boeuf Noisette

Since opening in 2016, talented young chef Delphine Rémy has been earning enthusiastic reviews for cuisine she describes as française, locale et fraîche (French, local and fresh). Her flagship dish is tender Rouge d…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Saumur

Le Gambetta

This is one to write home about: a truly outstanding restaurant that combines refined elegance with knock-your-socks-off creative French cuisine. Some menus include wine pairings perfectly chosen to complement the p…
Modern French in Saumur

Le Pot de Lapin

Mellow music wafts from the cheery dining room, decorated with winemaking tools, through the wine bar and onto the street-side terrace as chef Olivier Thibault works the tables, proposing perfect wine pairings. Star…
Gastronomy in Angers

Le Favre d’Anne

Chef Pascal Favre d'Anne shut a Michelin-starred restaurant in order to travel around Asia for a year – he's a Lonely Planet fan, by the way – and then opened this place. Incredibly, he got his Michelin star back al…
French in Saumur

L’Escargot

A Saumur fixture for more than half a century, this family-run place is all about traditional recipes done really well, such as escargots with ‘three butters’ (flavoured with herbs, walnuts and Roquefort) or carré d…
Modern French in Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault

La Route du Sel

Chef Marie, from an old Saumur winegrowing family, and London-born Daniel (in the dining room) serve up traditional French home cooking made with fresh Anjou products (smoked Loire eel is a speciality), accompanied …
French in Turquant

L’Hélianthe

Carved into a cliff behind Turquant's mairie (town hall), this atmospheric restaurant has a hearty menu firmly based on local products and classic French flavours. Specialities include Loire fish casserole and dishe…
Cafe in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Chez Teresa

English expats Teresa and Tony offer a welcome as cosy-warm as tea at this frilly little tearoom, half a block from the abbey, which is stuffed with bric-a-brac from across the Channel. In the afternoon, pop by for …
French in Turquant

Le Saut aux Loups

A great place to tour mushroom caves (adult/child €7/5.50), whose informative exhibits – a great intro to 'shroom farming – were redone in 2018, and tuck into fungi, including galipettes (five for €14). Has plenty o…
Modern French in Saumur

L’Alchimiste

Simple, refined flavours are the hallmark of this family-run bistro, where crystal wine glasses sparkle atop white tablecloths and fresh seasonal ingredients sing out from a constantly changing menu. The chef is pro…