Food & Drink
This is France after all….The Charente is an agricultural region and it shows….. our local supermarket is full is great produce and as much as possible is local. There is fish from the coast, foie gras from the Perigord and an abundance of seasonal fruit and vegetables. It also has an extensive organic section and is well stocked with products for those with intolerances.
If you are lucky enough to be here on the 27th of the month for the Foire de Rouillac (every month) then you can visit one of the biggest remaining farmers markets in France, held just 5 minutes from The Courtyard. Get to the edge of the town, park and start browsing. The whole of the town is closed off and you can buy anything from an apron to oysters, a donkey to a tractor even a grandfather clock.
Weekly market Rouillac – opposite the town hall there is a small market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8 ’till 1.
Aigre is 15k away but has a nice little market Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings 8-1
Les Halles – are the traditional covered markets halls that many towns have, there are 3 good ones locally;
Jarnac is the closest at just 15 minutes away. It boasts a fish counter that people queue for, a lovely freshly ground coffee bar where you can buy a delicious pastry from the next stall and watch the world go by. Open 7-1 every day except Monday and Wednesday until 15 June then 7-1 everyday except Monday.
Angouleme https://www.facebook.com/leshallesangouleme/ Personally I love a Sunday morning here, there are two places to eat one serves Duck and the other Pasta. If you can get a table eat…and yes you can have a glass of wine at 11am…everyone else will be.
Cognac not as busy as the other too but worth a wander if you are there https://www.tourism-cognac.com/agenda/marche-couvert-de-cognac/
Before you even think of tossing a salad go and see Francoise Fleuriet, just down the road on the way to the supermarket – stop off and check out her award winning products including Vinegars, Condiments and Preserves https://www.francoisefleuriet.com absolutely the best place for foodie gifts.
At Gondeville – 10 mins away there is one of my favourites the Domaine de La Topinambour – a family producer – seriously just go and buy a melon it will be the best you ever tasted. They are open most days for their produce – check the link but on Friday afternoons they have a local producers market. https://www.bienvenue-a-la-ferme.com/nouvelle-aquitaine/charente/gondeville/ferme/earl-domaine-du-tambourinour/457545
Cognac – just don’t call it Brandy…..
Where to begin? You can learn everything there is to know about the production of this classic and try some too. Check out this short film here:
You can of course visit all of the big houses two of the best tours being Hennessy https://lesvisites.hennessy.com/en-int/tours/tours
and our most local big house;
For something really boutique that I guarantee no one else will have check out the fabulous award winning Remi Landier – just 5 minutes away https://cognacremilandier.com/cognacs/
Champagne – You can buy amazing Champagne produced in Epernay by a family business now run by two sisters direct from the family here Champagne Alexis de la Raveinne
Wine – of course you can buy tons of wine in the local supermarket – but if you would like a case of wine selected by the experts at Chai 27 https://chai27.com just let me know and we will have it waiting for you in your cottage
You can also do a visit and tasting at an organic wine producer David Ramnoux here – https://www.infiniment-charentes.com/trouver-votre-activite/david-ramnoux-368139/
You buy direct from the producer Laurent local Rose here https://www.terredesaveurs.com/fr/producteurs/echallat/vins/domaine-dubois-moussy
and here Vin Charentaise from Bernard Guathier https://www.terredesaveurs.com/fr/producteurs/malaville/pineau-liqueurs/bernard-gauthier-fils
There is a great tradition of lunch in France and all restaurants will have a fixed price affordable lunch menu – it is the law!
Closest – in Rouillac – Auberge de Fins Bois – family run classic French restaurant http://www.aubergedesfinsbois.com
For fab burgers and pizzas Le 203 https://www.facebook.com/Le-203-2122559288015459/
For coffee or a glass of something and watch the world go by Le Zinc https://www.facebook.com/-Le-zinc–530066620423115/
Two of my favourites;
L’essille in Bassac http://www.hotel-restaurant-essille.com up market and lovely beautiful terrace.
La Tonnellerie in Chateauneuf sur Charente has it all location, great food, child friendly, love it https://www.restaurantlatonnellerie.com/le-restaurant/
At Angouleme worth a venture into the old town to Chez Paul you have to temper the “the place to be” with the reviews but I like it http://www.chez-paul.fr
If you like meat? Then nothing better than entrecôte cooked on an open fire, good red wine and a home made dessert eat here Bruleau Charentaise: https://www.tripadvisor.fr/Restaurant_Review-g187204-d1334573-Reviews-Bruleau_Charentais_Le-Angouleme_Charente_Nouvelle_Aquitaine.html
Cognac – most child friendly is La Scala on the river, great pizzas, burgers and pasta https://www.lascalacognac.fr
Classic French – Le Coq D’or – https://m.facebook.com/lecoqdorcognac/
The most highly rated Cognac Restaurant on TripAdvisor is bizarrely a Creperie the Creperie Olympia – they do what they do really well! Definitely worth a visit https://www.facebook.com/creperielolympia
We have The Courtyard Supper Club. Within the French Tradition of Tables D’hotes – the hosts table we serve communal suppers in the Courtyard.
Tables D’hotes –
The Hosts Table
Fresh, Tasty, Seasonal Food.
The Charente region is rich in agriculture and this pays off in the availability of amazing produce right on our door step.
Our love of good food and Steph’s interest in all things kitchen means that on some evenings we cook Table D’hotes. Steph proposes a menu to suit all; everyone eats the same menu, at the same time, at the same table, together under the pergola or in the Pressoir Dining Room.
Our menus change subject to season and produce availability.
I am sorry but I cannot cater for guests with food allergies.
Our fairy lit outdoor dining pergola allows us to cater for all of our guests on site at the same time with our Table D’hote Licence.
We spend some wonderful evenings in the summer with great music, conversation and food and good local wine!
Where possible produce is local, sometimes from the garden but the menu is not necessarily French.
We have Thai, Indian, Italian, Greek, French and Gastro Pub style food and of course children’s portions. We have chosen some lovely, reasonably priced French wines to go with your meals so you don’t have to make mistakes finding a good one.
Steph cooks Mondays and Wednesdays in July and August other times on request.
On Fridays we light the pizza oven and everyone can gather with a drink in hand whilst the pizzas are cooked, if enough children want to the kiddos can make their own dough and pizzas.
Table D’hote 35 Euros for 3 courses
Wines from 9 euros
Thai Fishcakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce / Thai Red Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice / Mango Brulee with a Ginger Maccaroon
Tuna and Egg Brik with Dill Labneh / Moroccon Roast Chicken with Wild Rice and Haricot Vert / Lemon Harisa (semolina Cake) with Rosewater Syrup and pistachio
Rocket, Beet and Walnut Salad with Basil Dressing and Shaved Parmesan / Sausages in Roast Tomato and Fennel Sauce with Polenta / Afogato
Carribean (on the BBQ)
Rum Cocktail / Jerk Chicken with Cocounut Rice and Peas and Honey Garlic Coleslaw / Chocolate Brownie with Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream
Goats Cheese and Sweet Potato Samosas with Tomato and Coriander Chutney / Karmil Chicken Curry / Cardamon Creme Bruleé and Gingered Rhubarb
Hummus, Olives, Tsatsiki and Flat Breads / Spanakopita (spinach and feta pies), Chicken Souvlaki and Greek Salad / Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake with Greek Yoghurt and Honey
Pate with Toasted Brioche and Pickles / Chicken Breast pan friend with Tarragon and Cream Sauce / Tarte Tatin
Baked Camembert with Honey and Thyme / Salmon Marinaded in Aged Balsamic and Smoked Salt with crushed Ratte de Ile De Re Potatoes / Dark Chocolate Tart
Smoked Salmon and Spinach Roulade with Honey Mustard and Dill Dressing / Pork in Pineau with Pommes Dauphinoise and Carrots with Star Anise and Honey / Plum Frangipan Tart with Crème Fraiche
Confit Tomato and Goats Cheese Tart with Walnut Oil Dressing / Boeuf Bourgignon / Tarte au Citron
Childrens portions – Boisson / Plat / Dessert 15Euros
Classics like spaghetti bolognese and fish fingers chips and peas are available.
Children eating half portion on the adult menu 15 Euros
Carafe (750 ml) of white / red / rose 9 Euros
Methode Traditionnelle – Made locally from a chardonnay grape, dry and a great aperitif – 14.00 Euros
NB. We reserve the right to increase or change our prices as the market and seasonal produce demands.