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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Staying in Loches – some limited advice

The Château of Loches 
'My friends Julia and Quentin are going to stay in Loches in about a week and I wondered if you would be able to suggest some places for them to eat.  They are vegetarians but they do eat seafood.

Also as I know they appreciate a good bottle of wine, could you also recommend any vineyards and places that are worth a visit.'

A few days ago this request came through on an email. Although I do go to Loches from time to time mainly to go to the market – normally the Wednesday one but occasionally the Saturday one. 

Anyway here is my rather limited reply – would welcome comments and suggestions to make this post more comprehensive.  

The Indre and the Georges Sand 
with its terrace by the river

I hope you enjoy your stay in Loches.

Places to eat
I don't often eat in Loches mainly because it is some way from our place in Epeigné-les-Bois. Worth booking as Loches is a popular tourist destination.

I have had good meals at La Gerbe d'Or in the centre of Loches:

There is also the Hotel Georges Sand, which is by the Indre with an attractive terrace overlooking the river. I haven't eaten here in years but it was a nice place to have lunch.

The best place to eat in the region is La Promenade in Le Petit Pressigny, which is just under 30 kms south of Loches. You will need to book.

There is also Le Clos aux Roses in Chedigny, an attractive village which is some 12 kms from Loches. I have eaten there but not since it changed hands but I have good reports from friends.  

Home - Le Clos Aux Roses

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is a large and very popular market that takes up the centre of Loches.

Vineyards and producers to visit:
There are no vineyards close to Loches. Those in the Cher Valley near Montrichard are the closest. You could try Vincent Roussely in Angé or Jean-François Mériau in Montrichard . There is also the Cave Co-operative in Bléré that makes reasonable wines.

Vouvray and Montlouis are a little further afield with a number of producers to visit including Jacky Blot, Domaine de la Taille aux Loups and François Chidaine, who has a shop in Montlouis – Le Caveau Insolite. In Vouvray Vincent Carême in Vernou is a good producer to visit.  
For other suggestions please see the right hand column of Jim's Loire. 

The Georges Sand and the Indre

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