This is an informal dining area just outside the entrance to Chateau Villandry. You park your car (for free) across the road under the lime trees and walk across to the little restaurant with seating on gravel underneath more lime trees.
It is not gourmet food, just typical French lunch fare including salads and sandwiches with drinks. Their feature is a Farmer's Market Menu and they do have a vegetarian option.
Afterwards, you walk through the gate and enter the chateau and gardens for a lovely afternoon at Villandry.
Favorite Dish: We've only had salads and sandwiches over the years. If it was chilly, we might opt for an omelet or soup. As I said above, it isn't a gourmet restaurant . . . just pleasant food in an outstanding setting. It is also a real convenience when you are visiting the chateau.
They also have excellent ice cream and on warm days, we enjoy an ice cream after touring the gardens. It's a lovely setting for a cool-down.
“How can a man die when sage is growing in the garden?”
— A Popular Belief in Medieval France
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? How could he die with pears and apples growing there? Within the kitchen garden pears and apples (see photos #2 & #3) appeared to be ripe for the picking. The apple trees are trained to grow sideways and formed borders for the raised plant beds.
Villandry’s kitchen garden produces fruits and vegetables and herbs that are used in dishes at the château’s restaurant, La Doulce Terrace, where we enjoyed lunch. This charming little spot is very convenient, directly next to the château. Everything we ordered was first-rate luncheon fare, even the wine. The service is excellent, with a friendly, helpful staff.
The castle’s Garden of Love is reproduced in a stylized version in the place mats (see photo #1) and the napkins (see photo #4), which can be purchased in the small gift shop, in front of the restaurant’s kitchen.