Eating, drinking and Sleeping

Restaurant - L'Aubergeade
Jacky Patron
Route d'Issoudin
T: + 33 2 54 49 22 28
F: + 33 2 54 49 27 48 
Diou is the southern-most commune of the Reuilly appellation. This little roadside auberge is well worth searching out. The menu is relatively limited, but makes good use of seasonal ingredients. The cuisine is certainly very competent and has a strong local influence. There is a very good wine list which incorporates a few local wines, but the strength lies with the top wines that patron Jacky has sourced from some of the Loire 's top sources. This is a worthy restaurant. Moderately priced. Closed Sunday and Wednesday evenings. (Last dined 05/10)

Hotel-Restaurant – Les 3 Rois 
3 rue Pierre Brossolette 
T: +33 2 54 21 00 65 
F: +33 2 54 21 50 61 
Legend has it that Richard the Lionheart stayed here in 1189 en-route to the third crusade. Richard the Kelley certainly hasn’t, but I did once eat in the restaurant. The menu is based on hearty regional cuisine, but the wine list offers something of a challenge. Legend also has it there are 16 rooms. (Last dined: 01/04) 

Hotel-Restaurant – La Cognette 
Rue Minimes 
T: +33 2 54 03 59 59 
F: +33 2 54 03 13 03 
This one star Michelin apparently has a great wine list. Sadly, when I was there the restaurant was closed for its annual post-Christmas vacance. However, I did get to stay in one of their basic rooms which are situated in a separate building close by. I suspect that unless you are dining here then staying here is pretty pointless. The house wine is supplied by Claude Lafond who produces it from a dedicated parcel of vines. (Last stayed: 01/04)

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