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L'Étape Gourmande, Villandry

Domaine de la Giraudière
France 37510
Tel: 33 2 47 50 08 60's insider take:

If you've overdosed on the heavy brocades and soaring marble of the châteaux dining rooms, reserve a table on this working farm, which dates back to the 17th century. The rustic restaurant—think exposed stone and beams in a converted barn—sits on the edge of the village of Villandry. It is popular with visitors as much for the chatty welcome (in English, even) from Béatrice de Montferrier and her daughter Alexandra as for the generously presented dishes, many of which feature the farm's home-produced kid and goat's cheeses. Try the goat terrine, veal, and roast suckling pig, and finish with an inventive dessert like a nougat glacé made with goat's cheese. While you're there, you can meet the very handsome farm animals, along with the assorted chickens, ducks, and geese that wander around the farmyard.

Open daily noon to 2:30 pm and 7:30 to 9 pm, mid-March through mid-November.

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