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Monday, 25 June 2012

Agnès Sorel, Génille – excellent value, food and service

Twenty five years ago in 1987 a group of us bought a place in Epeigné-les-Bois. We chose to celebrate our 25 years in Touraine at the Agnès Sorel in Genillé, an attractive village in the valley of the Indrois. Over the years the Agnès Sorel has changed hands several times. It is now owned and run by Estelle and Nicolas Petit. Nicolas rattles the pots and pans while Estelle looks after the front of house. 

The first menu (Agnès Sorel) with three courses is at 22€ and offers very good value. The subsequent menus are based on the à la carte menu – three couses for 36€ (fish or meat for main), 40€ four courses (inc cheese) and 55€ five courses (fish, meat and cheese).  

There is a short but well chosen list of wines, especially from the Loire. Other regions are less interesting: Burgundy is dominated by Bouchard Père et Fils – good merchant but playing safe here and easier to buy from one supplier.

Over the past year or so we have enjoyed a number of very good meals here. The Agnès Sorel is certainly recommended as I think as a quality restaurant it offers the best value in this part of Touraine. They also have three rooms from 50€.     

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