Les Romarins
Les Romarins: see below

You won't go hungry, but you will need a car to get to even the nearest places. Local restaurants tend to serve up hearty food, with superb fresh produce.

There are some posher options too. While there is currently only one Michelin-starred establishment (see below), you are unlikely to be disappointed anywhere for friendliness or value-for-money. Here are some of our favourites.

For restaurants further afield (towns, coast, islands) click here.

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This one you can walk to from La Brechoire in under two hours. Relais de Verdille has a set lunch, including good buffet, for 12€. Also à la carte until about 9pm. Plus a 'pizza hut' in the car-park, open until 11pm for takeaways. Open every day
Relais de Verdille: Le Breuil, 16170 Verdille T: 05 45 xxxxxxx
Du chateau Although Jarnac is the headquarters of Courvoisier, it has only a few hotels and restaurants. Amongst the latter is the posh but welcoming Du Château, where we had a very good lunch for a wine-inclusive 50€ each. A very good meal (particularly for the Champagne cocktails), with impeccable service. Closed: Mon
Du Château: 15, Place du Château, 16200 Jarnac T: 05 45 81 07 17 / E:
La Ribaudière A good walk along from Jarnac past Hine's chais takes you to the village of Bourg-Charente, with a church, a shop, a campsite and Thierry Verrat's La Ribaudière (Michelin *). You can eat on the terrace on a sunny day. Go for the very reasonable Menu du Marché at 46€ and choose the wine carefully. Closed: Sun eve and Mon
La Ribaudière: Place du Port, 16200 Bourg-Charente T: 05 45 81 30 54 Website
Le Fins Bois The epitome of the bargain French lunch can be experienced at the Fins Bois in Rouillac, preferably on a market day (the 27th of each month). It's popular with farmers and office workers, so try to reserve a table. TeWe rrace at rear. Closed: Mon
Auberge des Fins Bois: 19, Rue de Jarnac, 16170 Rouillac T: 05 45 96 85 15
Les Romarins We used to have trouble finding Les Romarins, despite it being so near. Best to start from Siecq and turn right to Coucoussac. Big garden and a cosy room with a wood stove. Friendly service with earthy stuff like stewed boar, pigeons, snails and foie gras. Popular for birthdays, hen nights etc. No credit cards! Closed: Wed
Auberge Les Romarins: 2, Rue Cerisier, 17490 Coucoussac T: 05 46 26 64 89
Le Square Le Square is nothing special really. Good choice after the Aigre Thursday morning market. However we did give up and leave once after waiting for 40 min, without even a glass of water! There's also the 'Frog House' in the market square (Le Bilboquet). Closed: Mon
Hotel Le Square: Place des Halles, 16140 Aigre T: 05 45 21 10 72

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