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    susie
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    Joined: 04 Aug 2004
    Location: Vienne - 86
    Total posts: 101

    Place: Rochefort. Pub/brasserie Club House. 21 Ave. Lafayette. Tel; 05 46 87 35 59.

    Very lively and friendly atmosphere. No smoking area.

    We turned up at 1.30, explained to the charming lady maitre d’ that we had to be at Pierre Loti’s for 2.00 pm. and needed something to eat quickly.

    She asked chef what he advised, and we ended up with croque monsieurs, minus the ham, plus wonderful frites and excellent salad. With 10 minutes to go before our rendez-vous, she presented the coffees so we’d have time to drink them and be on time at PL’s.

    She spoke good English and went out of her way to be as helpful and charming as possible, making us feel like honoured guests, and not eccentric English nuisances as sometimes happens under similar circumstances.

    Our recommendation for somewhere to eat in a casual and comfortable atmosphere, when you don’t want a huge slap-up meal.

    Please add any recommendations for the PC onto this thread.

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    themistress
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    Joined: 22 Jul 2005
    Location: Nottingham & Possibly France for a Holiday
    Total posts: 1749

    Benest – La Charrette, right in the middle of the village, excellent home cooked & prepared fayre.
    Daily specials and Lizzy the English proprietor is very helpfull and accomodating for the “Fussy” diner, our 10 year old daughter!
    Themed evenings are now established as well!
    Lovely experience and food – Highly Recommended :!::!:


    The Mistress

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    susie
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    Joined: 04 Aug 2004
    Location: Vienne - 86
    Total posts: 101

    Hostellerie Charlemagne, Charroux (main road, opposite Les Halles). Unprepossessing exterior, and very quiet inside, but the food is faultless and reasonably priced.

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    ninahookins
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    Joined: 13 Oct 2005
    Location: Charente
    Total posts: 29

    Place – chez Paul , Angouleme
    Next to the post office
    Excellent food, amazing decor and not too expensive
    well worth a visit for lunch or dinner
    Nina


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    leslandes
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    Joined: 14 Jul 2003
    Location: Charente-Maritime
    Total posts: 8

    Place Muron, Charente Maritime. Le Puits Fleuri . Recently reopened by a young couple, fantastic and creative food and very good value for money with perfect ambiance.

    Place Saintes, Charente Maritime. Auberge e l’Abbaye. Great lunch time menu, but need to book. Right next to the entrance to the Abbaye.


    Les Landes Vacances
    Cottage Holidays in Charente Maritime

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    naps
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    Joined: 17 Jun 2005
    Location: Switzerland (but was dept. 79)
    Total posts: 58

    Le Melane in Niort – lovely surroundings, good food and a fantastic chocolate dessert. 1 Place du Temple, tel. 05 49 79 25 61


    Naps

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    joyandken
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    Joined: 31 Oct 2005
    Location: vienne
    Total posts: 9

    Auberge le Chateau at Barbezieux / place du Chateau (just follow signs for Chateau) tel. 05 45 79 02 02
    bookings not usually necessary
    a huge no smoking area (all the ground floor)
    huge range of pizza, pasta, savoury and sweet crepes, salads plus all the normal set menus and a la carte stuff (grilled meats etc
    good with kids
    set menus VERY good value (little extras ie mise en bouche with low priced aperos) wine a reasonable price.
    JUST DONT ORDER TOO MUCH
    the pizzas ( feu de bois) are huge and the salads even bigger and excellent quality.
    my particular favourites are a salad with lardons, blue cheese and walnuts which, although a starter, is plenty big enough for a main meal and Pizza fruit de mer
    service pleasant and not rushed, but efficient

    We consider that this restaurant is so good that its worth a detour to eat there.
    Joy


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    val3
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    Joined: 27 Jan 2005
    Location: East Mids and Charente-Maritime
    Total posts: 50

    Chez Gaby at La Greve near La Tremblade – the best magret ever, fish soup by the bucket load, gorgeous oysters. Run by a lady who reminds me of my auntie Gladys. We love it.


    Val

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    val16
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    Joined: 09 Dec 2004
    Location: Correze (19) France
    Total posts: 119

    Best restaurent in Charente for lunch
    Le cheval Blanc at Luxé Gare
    13.40€ for 5 courses plus wine. superb service, amuse bouches before you start and tiny petits fours at the end. The cheese board is known as a “chariot de fromage” and the staff are so knowledgable about the cheeses that you feel that they must have interviewed the animals who produced it. You MUST book.


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    themistress
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    Location: Nottingham & Possibly France for a Holiday
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    Les Cardinal des Mers
    Coast road about 2 km south of Royan, Charente Maritime
    Beautiful location on clifftop overlooking Royan and the bay.
    Fabulous eating experience, Whole barbequed lobster, excellent steaks and various specials!
    Tip – Sit well away from the BBQ, the heat is a killer!
    Enjoy!
    Nigel


    The Mistress

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    savanatbunnie
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    Joined: 23 Oct 2003
    Location: Savanat, North Dordogne, 24300
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    @ninahookins wrote:

    Place – chez Paul , Angouleme
    Next to the post office
    Excellent food, amazing decor and not too expensive
    well worth a visit for lunch or dinner
    Nina

    Been there many times Nina, agree with you, never had a bad meal there. Lovely in the summer to eat in the garden.


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    divvylivvy
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    Joined: 31 Jul 2003
    Location: Charente 16
    Total posts: 143

    CHEZ PAUL – Angouleme – lovely – trying to eat my way through the menu. Classy little establishment and not overly expensive.

    For the family – especially if you have children with fourmis in their pants – go to the Rejallant just outside Ruffec, right by a river where most of Ruffec swims in the summer. You can make a day of it, rent canoes and pedlos, swim in the river, theres a small play area and its great in winter for a day of fresh air and good food. If you dont want to pay restaurant prices – take a picnic by the river.

    Downside – in summer it gts very busy. the food is excellent and there is a good variety.

    French owned, but the owner does spek a little english.

    if you go -take some bread for the ducks – keeps granny and the kids occcupied.[/quote]


    Is that all?

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    joyandken
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    Joined: 31 Oct 2005
    Location: vienne
    Total posts: 9

    hi divvylivvy
    which direction outside Ruffec?
    has anyone tried La Compostelle in Tusson?
    it looks nice but has been closed everytime we’ve gone past.
    it is now closed for January.
    it’s a long way for us just to go and eat unless it is very good
    joy


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    divvylivvy
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    Location: Charente 16
    Total posts: 143

    Go south on the D911 through Ruffec heading towards Angouleme direction. You will have Ruffec town behind you as just as you are coming to the outskirts of Ruffec (south), there is a turn on the left opposite an Antiques place and where they have built a new housing estate. Follow this road for 10 mins – the road winds a bit, go and there is not much else down there. As you go past a campsite the road goes downhill and you end up at the river and the restaurant.

    Hope this helps


    Is that all?

    #779945
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    susie
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    Location: Vienne - 86
    Total posts: 101

    @val16 wrote:

    Best restaurent in Charente for lunch
    Le cheval Blanc at Luxé Gare
    13.40€ for 5 courses plus wine. superb service, amuse bouches before you start and tiny petits fours at the end. The cheese board is known as a “chariot de fromage” and the staff are so knowledgable about the cheeses that you feel that they must have interviewed the animals who produced it. You MUST book.

    I’ll second that. I don’t know how they do it! Elegant, charming, delicious, tempting, friendly, delightful. Try the walnut-flavoured cheese from the Dordogne.

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