The Auberge du Val de Vienne at Sazilly
Tuesday was a real treat. Earlier in the year we had been given a tip by Jim Budd of Jim's Loire about a restaurant called Auberge du Val de Vienne at Sazilly. This village is on the south bank of the Vienne between Chinon and L'Isle-Bouchard. We had had lunch there twice before and this time we had a reservation for five of us; Alex, Nicole, Barrie and us. Quite a party and we were really looking forward to it.
The distinctive restaurant sign.
The restaurant has a really cute sign made of a copper saucepan and kitchen tools. Inside the decor is traditional. The service is excellent and unintrusive and the food is fantastic. On each of our three visits we had the lunchtime menu which is a bargain at 16.50€ a head. The wine list is extensive and has enough choices in every price range to make any diner feel comfortable.
On Wednesday we plodded on with the decorating. It was another miserable day weather-wise but perfect for getting on with the job. In the afternoon we visited Gaynor and Tim who had moved into their new holiday home in Le Petit-Pressigny only two days before. They were unbelievably tidy and organised considering they had only been there for two days. Perhaps the fact that we could fit our whole cottage into their living room could have something to do with it !! (It's difficult to be tidy when work is in progress and space is limited.) We toasted their arrival with a bottle of Vouvray and they plied us with mincepies as we passed a happy couple of hours with them. That also counts as eating out, then !
Of course they are within walking distance of the region's famous Michelin starred restaurant, La Promenade ! Lucky people. We weren't tempted this time - although we have been once before.
Thursday was New Year's Eve. We were only half way through the week and we had lots more eating out to do yet.