places to eat
with such an abundant choice of places to sample the local fare we simply cannot offer any real guidance regards where you should choose to dine.
we have tried to cover a wide selection of cuisines, some on our doorstep, others a little further afield.
in the list below you will find some of our favourites, we hope you will find your own to add to our list.
probably the most acclaimed restaurant in the area - serving an amazing selection of traditional french cuisine, a la carte, set menu or menu du jour. infamous cheese trolley.
booking is adviseable, especially at lunch. indoor dining only. english spoken. dress code smart casual.
definitely in our top 3
serves an excellent selection of set menus and a large a la carte menu. menu du marche is available tuesday to friday lunchtime, along with a bistro style menu. check facebook for details of menu for the coming week. desert heaven.
booking is adviseable, outdoor dining set in tranquil garden setting. english spoken.
another of our top 3
serving a menu de marche tuesday - friday lunchtimes. weekends have a more upmarket menu. well worth a visit, amazing food and excellent value.
booking adviseable as it is extremely popular. indoor and (limited) outdoor dining. you will need to practice your french.
you may have guessed, the final member of our top 3.
serving menu du marche tuesday to sunday lunch. or a la carte evenings - wednesday to saturday. a blend of french & portuguese influences.
indoor and outdoor dining. english, portuguese (naturally!) italian, spanish, and german all spoken. probably french too..
on the banks of the charente and in the shadow of the chateau. this restaurant featured as back drop in the tv series james martin's french adventure. it is easy to see why, the location is fabulous, but then so is the food. famous for both its brioche and also fresh salmon.
indoor dining is available, but then with views like this, outdoor dining becomes a must!
serving authentic italian cuisine. a la carte available tuesday to saturday, lunch and evenings. set menu lunchtime only. located in the old town you will find great food and a lively atmosphere.
arrive early if you don't have a reservation. indoor and terrace dining.
as close to a pub experience as possible in this part of france. serving everything from finger food, sharing platters, salads, fish 'n' chips, and of course, the grill. just what you expect from a pub only better. that french twist perhaps?
open 11 till late daily.
menu du jour at lunch or a la carte in the evening or maybe just une petit cafe on the terrace.. a fabulous little restaurant with a laid back vibe.
within 5 minutes drive of us you will find
this is a great little pizza place, eat in our take out. check out their facebook page for opening times.
traditional restaurant offering quality home cooking. from tuesday to sunday noon.
offering menu du jour and pizza's in the evenings. eat in our take out.
check the facebook page for the daily menu.
offers french cuisine, buffet style lunches and also pizza's in the evenings.
themed nights throughout the year.
not fancying a sit down meal ?
cakes to take away, tea room & terrace. plants and cut flowers for sale.
british cakes and biscuits, handmade in france, by a scottish girl!!
cosy cafe offering sweet and savoury surprises.
full english breakfast available saturday & a roast on sunday lunch. book in advance for both.
.... and finally, if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion
based in the heart of cognac in the old martell distillery there are two superb restaurants which are well worth a visit.
les foudres offering a formal gastronomic experience.
la distilleire offering lunch and dinner in the contemporary brasserie.
while you are in town why not check out the roof top bar and sample the cocktails & mocktails - and not to be out done, the newly opened martell building nearby offers their own rooftop bar indigo , in actual fact it's even higher! (yeah, me neither...) so in the interests of fairness, why not try both? it would be rude not to!