Food & Drink Nearby
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
For those who want to eat outside the traditional French meal times
The Garden Ice Cafe on the central Place in Cognac serves food all day
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