Cottage Holidays Central France

 Dining Out:

As with all of France, eating out and French food in general is a delight to the senses.

The atmosphere of eating in a traditional French restaurant, and in particular a local village restaurant is simply wonderful. Sometimes eating at lunchtime can find the menu to be cheaper. The menus  are varied and interesting.

So far, in the places we have eaten we have received the most courteous and friendly of welcomes and the food in all cases has been  superbly tasty and extremely good value for money. Most menus are between 10 and 15 euros - often for four courses, sometimes including wine or coffee.

You can of course pay more should you wish to splash out. Why not go to a village restaurant, be brave, just go in, smile and say a general hello to everyone (Messieurs-dames) and ask for a table (Une table pour une, deux/trois/quatre, s'il vous plait).

Do not expect English translation on the menu, although some places may have them, especially in a busy town.

Here are some recommendations of local restaurants:

La Chatre

La Massilia - Restaurant and Pizzeria

Avenue du Lion d’Argent

Tel : 02 54 06 04 14 

A Covered terrace on the banks of the river Indre

Menus from 7.90 to 14.50€ -  Childrens menu available
80's nights on Tuesday and Thursday's
This is one of our favourites.  The steaks are wonderful and cooked to perfection, whatever your taste.  All of the family ate every bite and it is very good value.

Auberge à l'Escargot

Auberge à l'Escargot invites you to dicover  French and gastronomic cooking in La Chatre, in the Indre. The restaurant suggests various menus, from of 28 to 37€.There is a daily menu and children's menu are also available. Their cook suggests you savour his specialities, snails cooked differently in every season, almond biscuits, white chocolate mousse strewed with raspberries. During beautiful days, take advantage of the summer terrace. The inn is historic and welcomed the relatives of Georges Sand. Auberge à l'Escargot and their team are happy to welcome you to  share a moment of gustative happiness.


Le Relais Creusois
Route de la Châtre
40 La Maison Dieu
05 55 65 02 20

Dining room with views over the Petite Creuse River Valley. Nouvelle Cuisine using local produce.
Take away available and also outside catering
Menu from 25 € to 50 € - Children's menu 10 €
Open every day July and August - Closed in January and February.
Weekly closings: on Tuesday's evenings and Wednesdays all day.
Booking recommended

Ste Severe


This bar / restaurant is lovely - it is opposite the entrance to the market square. When you go through the door you see the old and and very attractive bar. There is a separate dining area that is slightly more modern and spacious if you prefer, but you can eat in the bar.

It is very popular on market day, which is Wednesday. There is a new host who offers midweek meals for 12€ and weekend meals at 16€. He is Belgian I believe and speaks a little English.

St Martin, Near La Chatre

Relais at Pouligny

Friendly and excellent service. Good food and very reasonable prices - about 10 euros. Fixed menu, as is often the case (but changes daily).


34 rue Vincent
05 55 65 88 58

Restaurant and  pizzeria, take away available pizza
Menu from 12 € to 24 € - Children's menu 8€ incl. a drink- Outside catering.
Booking recommended.
Open every day in July and  August. From September to June open from Tuesday to Friday, Monday at  lunch time and Saturday evenings.

 La Bonne Auberge, Nouzerines

 If you pass on, good journey; if you stay, all the better for you - George Sand

In this quiet village, the inventive refined cuisine crafted by Sylvain, a member of the Toques Blanches du Limousin, rouses the taste buds to delight. La Bonne Auberge is a gastronomic port of call in the Creuse not to be missed, pampering gourmets young and old with menu selections that change with the seasons: four fixed-price menus and two menus for children up to age 12. Valerie the Sommelier will assist you in finding a match for your meal and the fabulous cheese cart with one of the 120 wines selections in her meticulously tended cellar. Coffee and "grand cru" teas available.

For your taste-bud treats and your well-being, 2 dining rooms completely refurbished in 2009 and a lovely sheltered terrace:
- one extensive dining room adorned in granite with accommodating up to 70 guests, ideal for banquets, family gatherings and seminars
- a smaller, more private room for up to 40 guests.
Plus a treat for one and all: our terrace... the icing on the cake!

Hôtel La Bonne Auberge - Restaurant - 1, rue des Lilas - 23600 Nouzerines - Creuse - France
Phone : +33 (0)5 55 82 01 18 - Fax : - Email :