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Top Choice Farm in Saumur

École Nationale d’Équitation

One of the world's premier equestrian academies, the prestigious French National Riding School is home to the Cadre Noir, an elite group of riding instructors that's also an equestrian display team. Superb tours tak…
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 Equestrian Show in Saumur

Cadre Noir

The Cadre Noir equestrian display team puts on two types of astonishingly graceful show: Matinales, hour-long training demonstrations with commentary; and – this is what it's most famous for – ballet-like Galas that…
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…
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…
Museum in Saumur

Musée des Blindés

Housed in a one-time cigarette factory, this non-profit museum displays more than 200 blindés (tanks) and other military vehicles – some in working order – from 17 countries. For anyone interested in military histor…
Chateau in Saumur

Château de Saumur

Soaring above the town’s rooftops, Saumur’s fairy-tale castle was largely built in the 13th century by Louis XI, and has served variously as a fortress for protection from the Normans, a Renaissance palace, a Protes…
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…
Modern French in Saumur

L’Aromate

L’Aromate is classy, modern and bright, with changing menus – on chalkboards – that focus on traditional French cuisine but occasionally draw on Asian spices. Specialities include scallops (from October to mid-May),…