Auberge de Launay

French in Touraine

Renowned for its traditional gourmande cuisine and cosy atmosphere, this country inn is 7.5km northeast of Amboise (just off the D952). Herbs from the garden are used in classic French dishes, accompanied by libations from a superb wine list, local cheeses and scrumptious desserts. Local specialities include beuchelle à la tourangelle (an old-world dish combining calf sweetbreads and kidneys, cream and mushrooms).

Also has 15 decent guest rooms (doubles €55 to €98).