Wining, Dining and Sleeping in the Loire

PAYS NANTAIS

Nantes

 
Hotel – L’Hotel
6 rue Henri IV
Nantes
T: +33 2 40 29 30 31
F: +33 2 40 29 00 95
lhotel@mageos.com
www.nanteshotel.com
This inexpensive City centre hotel is just opposite the chateau. It comes with a modern lobby and small, but clean and serviceable rooms. (Last stayed: 04/05)

Restaurant – La Cigale
4 place Graslin
Nantes
T: +33 2 51 84 94 94
F: +33 2 51 84 94 95
lacigale@lacigale.com
Probably the most celebrated place to eat in the city. The décor is rich with Art Deco tiles and the menu plays heavily on fish and seafood supplied direct from the Atlantic coast. Needless to say the wine list is strongly centred on Muscadet. (Last dined: 01/10)

 
In and around Muscadet

Restaurant with rooms – Les Jardins de la Forge
Place des Piliars
Champtoceaux
T: +33 2 40 83 56 23
F: +33 2 40 83 59 80
Jardins.de.la.forge@wanadoo.fr
To be fair, this small town is situated on the south bank of the Loire and it’s a good twenty minute drive into the heart of the Muscadet region from here. However, the restaurant is a one star Michelin and specialises in local ingredients, with some, like sandre being landed from the river below. The wine list offers some older vintages of Muscadet to experiment with, but has a good representation of wines from along the Loire . There are seven well kept, modern rooms, with access to a garden and swimming pool.
(Last stayed & Dined: 07/03)

Restaurant – Au Fil des Saisons
Valerie & Philippe Bossard
20 place Charles de Gaulle
Vallet
T: +33 2 40 36 30 05
This small restaurant is right in the central square in Vallet and a great place for lunch. The menu is limited but up to the minute seasonal. The quality is excellent and prices are modest. Service from the chatty madame however can be a little slow. There is a small but well chosen wine list.
(Last dined: 01/08)

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