We arrived in Paris off a flight from Singapore and my better half valiantly drove to our super hotel in the Loire Valley – I don't know how he manages to drive on the wrong side so well especially after a long flight – I couldn't do it. Despite being very tired/jet lagged we accepted the recommendation of the hotelier to have dinner at a restaurant a short drive from the hotel - the Auberge de la Croix Blanche at Veuves (on the D952 between Amboise and Chaumont ). It took about 7 minutes to get there.
It was a fine summer evening so all the diners were eating in the garden behind the restaurant rather than in the restaurant itself – which was an ancient posting inn.
The food was very good – this was not a fancy pants restaurant but it was good French cooking. We had the set menu of 25€ each. This came with 4 courses!
The first course was a roulade of oxtail with a beetroot salad, sorbet and coulis with a divine tulle biscuit. Bliss!
My better half's first course was a delicate salmon dish in a delicious sauce.
The second course was fish, John Dory (Dorade) with a tomato based sauce and a 3 rice mix with broad beans and the other one was a rather hearty pork dish.
Then a small cheese course. There are so many great French cheeses that I usually ask the waiter to make the selection for us – and they are usually very pleased to be asked. He chose 3 white cheeses with a bluey sort of rind -very delicate and similar in flavour but of different degrees of softness. And also a soft blue veined one.
Despite being stuffed to the gills and almost out on our feet we did have the dessert - a lovely crème caramel with whole cherries in it n and a chocolate slice thing w vanilla ice cream.
I'd go back to this restaurant in a heartbeat.
2 Avenue Loire
33 2 54 70 23 80