Restaurants

Top Choice Market in Amboise

Sunday Food Market

Voted France's marché préféré (favourite market) a few years back, this riverfront extravaganza, 400m southwest of the château, hosts 200 to 300 stalls selling both edibles and durables. Worth timing your visit arou…
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 French in Tours

Le Zinc

This intimate restaurant, with just a dozen tables, garners rave reviews for its outstanding traditional French cuisine, prepared à l'ancienne (in the old style, like your grandmother would have). Each dish – saltwa…
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…
Top Choice French in Chinon

Les Années 30

Expect the kind of meal you came to France for, with exquisite attention to flavours and detail, served in relaxed intimacy. The offerings range from ris de veau (veal sweetbreads) to venison (during the winter hunt…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Orléans

Le Lièvre Gourmand

You’ll get the perfect amuse-bouche with your aperitif upstairs in the salon while you decide on a set of French, Asian and fusion courses, each a creative duo of hot and cold. Delicate foams and infusions in unexpe…
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 Amboise

L'Écluse

On the banks of the bubbling L'Amasse (or La Masse) River next to an écluse (river lock), L'Écluse has been generating enthusiasm and glowing reviews since the moment it opened in 2017. The sharply focused menu is m…
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…