RIGHT ON YOUR DOORSTEP
LE SAPIN VERT
The village of Liglet is just 3km away from the hamlet of Jemelle and it is here that you can find the nearest bar/restaurant to the cottage. Liglet is a charming traditional village with a very interesting history.
Despite its sleepy nature the village is host to LE SAPIN VERT. This locality wears many hats and can be bar, pub, café, hideaway, restaurant, party den and home-style meeting place. It's a really great place where all nationalities meet, greet, eat, talk, laugh and drink together.Le Sapin Vert will always give you a really warm welcome and their restaurant dishes are wholesome, hearty and ever so tasty.
Just pop in the day before to let them know you'll be eating and they will be delighted to feed you like kings. We love Le Spain Vert and we never let a visit go by without calling in.
AUX RIVES DE LA BENAIZE
The little town of La Trimouille offers a wider choice of eateries, bars and cafés.
AUX RIVES DE LA BENAIZE is a delightful restaurant specialising in Moroccan dishes.
It has a great location on the banks of the River Benaize and offers a bar and restaurant as well as a charming riverside terrace.
Their Moroccan specialities include couscous royal, pastilla and cornes de gazelle.
During the week they offer an open menu for a really reasonable price. This gets you an all-you-can-eat starter buffet, a main course and a pudding with wine.
HOTEL DU NORD
La Trimouille is also home to the HOTEL DU NORD.
This is open every day and offers real conviviality and relaxation in a great location close to the river with a lovely terrace.
During the week you can order a la carte meals at lunchtime or enjoy the open menu that offers two starters, a main course, a cheese course, a pudding and a carafe of wine at a really great price.
In the evenings and at weekends the chef prefers to offer traditional gourmet cuisine and can be persuaded to provide more elaborate dishes on request.
They can also cook pizzas to eat in or take away so everyone will be happy!
CAFÉS AND BARS IN LA TRIMOUILLE
If you are looking for something a little more casual, there are two cafés in La Trimouille that should fit the bill:
CAFÉ DU CENTRE: located in the charming town hall square.
CAFÉ DES SPORTS: just a stone's throw away on Rue Général de Gaulle.
A LITTLE FURTHER AFIELD
MONTMORILLON is the place to go if you are looking for more choice. Both the centre of the town and the medieval quarter are bursting with great restaurants and café bars. Here are a few of our favourites:
LE ROMAN DES SAVEURS
Just imagine lunching or dining in the medieval quarter with magnificent views of the River Gartempe wending its way under the Vieux Pont.
LE ROMAN DES SAVEURS lets you do just that either inside by the panoramic glass walls or outside on the charming terrace.
This restaurant is very much a part of the medieval "City of Writers and the Written Word" and its interior is every bit as enticing as its exterior.
The chef is a member of the "Mijoteux Gourmands de Poitou" and he prepares both traditional and creative dishes.
His specialities include chicken with lobster and lamb with green pepper sauce.
CRÊPERIE LE BROUARD
This delightful traditional French crêperie is situated right at the entrance to the medieval "City of Writers and the Written Word".
It is a great place to refuel with a traditional French snack before you explore further up the hill to find calligraphic artisans, bookshops and literary antiques.
As the name suggests it offers a well thought-out range of crêpes at reasonable prices.
If you're looking to go really upmarket - this is the one.
It's located a little off the beaten track in the town but well worth searching out.
LE LUCULLUS has been recognised by Gault et Millau, Michelin and Bottin Gourmand so you know you are in for something special here.
The current chef comes from generations of restaurateurs and offers a very refined menu based on local seasonal produce.
His specialities include: le filet de bar rôti aux escargots et ail en chemise ; la côte d’agneau Poitou-Charentes en chapelure d’herbes et jus au thym and le millefeuille de crêpes soufflées au caramel beurre salé.
Vegetarians and children are also catered for here.
CAFÉS AND BARS IN MONTMORILLON
Pavement cafés and bars are the beating heart of Montmorillon and you will find plenty. Here are a few suggestions:
DE LA TRAPPE AUX LIVRES
Situated in the very heart of the "Cité de l'Écrit", this is a bar and café with a difference.
As well as offering around 120 beers from all around the world, hot drinks and sandwiches; its walls are decked with shelves bursting full with books. Browse them or buy them...it's up to you.
In the evening the bar hosts exhibitions, evening theatre, concerts, poetry readings, literary adaptations and more.
We just love the atmosphere and keep coming back for more.
A great little bar situated on the charming Rue Montebello, the winding cobbled street leading up through the "Cité de l'Écrit".
It has unusual opening hours but is well worth a visit if you can catch it on your way through the medieval quarter.
We always like to call in here before we make our way across the bridge and up the hill to the bookshops and antique shops.
It is essentially a tea room right on the banks of the River Gartempe. It serves a wide variety of hot and cold drinks; and can offer you home made cakes, salads, sandwiches, quiche and all sorts of English specialities.
If you are pining for the glorious English countryside, this will give you a refresher!