Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Saturday, 1 May 2010


That's what I am ... disappointed!

Yesterday I called the restaurant 'La Table de Béa' in Crissay-sur-Manse to book a table for lunch on Thursday, May 20th. You can't be too careful, can you? Especially as the restaurant only seats 17.

I got connected to an answering machine. A pleasant female voice - probably Béa's - informed me about the opening hours: Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime. Imagine my disappointment, after all the planning it took!.

Well, it's better to know about it now than dragging my friends there, promising them a delightful lunch in unique surroundings, and finding ourselves in front of a closed door. That would have been an even bigger disappointment. Knowing me, it would have spoiled my day.

But I'm not easily defeated. And I have therefore already found an excellent alternative, also in Crissay-sur-Manse: a lovely Auberge where we had a succulent 'assiette gourmande' of regional cheeses and charcuteries, topped off with a delicious and surprising Chinon Rosé. A quick telephone call and ... our table is booked! Preparing a Loire Valley trip is almost as exciting and exhausting as living it!



Jean said...

It was a good idea to try to book - you can never take the opening hours for granted - they are sometimes not what you would expect!
We once had a great lunch on the terrace, in the sunshine, at a restaurant in Richlieu. When we went back the next year it was closed up and the garden was completely overgrown. In fact you would never know it had once been a restaurant. We were very diappointed, too.

ladybird said...

Jean, Would that have been 'Les Puits d'Or' in Richelieu? We've never been there, but it looked flowery and inviting when we were in Richelieu to visit the Cat museum (which nolonger exists either).