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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Au fil de l'Aigronne (B&B) makes dinner@La Promenade possible

Just a few steps from Au fil de l'Aigronne (left) to La Promenade

Readers of Jim's Loire may well be aware of our enthusiasm for Jacky Dallais' wonderful restaurant – La Promenade in Le Petit Pressigny. Hitherto we have virtually always had to have lunch there as it is around 60 kilometres from Epeigné-les-Bois to Le Petit Pressigny. We have stayed in the area a couple of times but it was never a great success. The first time must have been nearly 20 years ago in a chambre d'hôte just across from La Promenade. The other time was in a château chambre d'hôte in the next village – La Celle Guenand – which meant a four kilometre walk along the road.

Fortunately the original chambre d'hôte opposite the restaurant has been completely revamped, having changed hands a couple of times. The very welcoming present owners – Valérie et Loïc Bobon, who are originally from La Mayenne, took over about a year ago at Au fil de l'Aigronne. We booked the downstairs suite for last night – 70€ including breakfast for the two adjoining rooms with shared facilities, so were able to enjoy the customary excellent meal at La Promenade without having to worry about a long journey home that evening.

I'm sure this won't be the last time we opt to spend the night in Le Petit Pressigny at the Bobon's B&B. Amongst the other people staying there last night was a couple from Tours, who hearing how good La Promenade is, caught the bus that runs from Tours to Tournon Saint-Martin. They had dinner at La Promenade last night and were planning to have Sunday lunch there before heading back to Tours on the bus that passes around 5.30pm.


Wink Lorch said...

This looks excellent, Jim - thanks. Will add information to the entry you wrote about La Promenade on Wine Travel Guides.

Jim Budd said...

Yes please do Wink. You might also add La Mère Hamard in Semblançay as a recommendation.

Anonymous said...

Au fil de l'Aigronne B&B is indeed a useful find. Glad you enjoyed your visit to La Promenade - again!
I admire th fortitude of your B&B neighbours. Dinner and lunch at La Promenade almost sounds de trôp!

Jim Budd said...

Brett. You may well be right, especially as they had chosen the menu dégustation in the evening. However, a short and invigorating walk around the sights of Le Petit Pressigny including admiring the new traffic lights would doubtless have restarted the gastric juices .... they could have slept on the bus back to Tours.