Day to day general shopping
Close by is the village of Frichebois with our local boulangerie which you can walk or bike to for your breakfast croissants,
pain au chocolate and pain or baguettes. They also have a delivery van which gets to us around 9.30 am.
at La Charrie, there is an excellent farm shop, open during the summer season, which sells a great range of fresh veg and
home produce. Not to be missed.
For a local supermarket, or market run, either St Savinien or St Porchaire are within
say a ten minute drive and will satisfy most if not all your requirements. The St Savinien Intermarche has a very fine fish
counter with excellent seafood as well.
There is an excellent,
but at a cost, wine dealer / cave in St Savinien from which you will be able to extract some very fine wines if the supermarket
offerings are not to your taste.
For a huge supermarket, the City of Saintes has a range
of vast retail warehouse type aircraft hangers stocked with everything you can imagine, plus quite a lot you would never have
thought of putting on your shopping list!
These are plentiful and fun. It is really
a question of checking when these are on dependant upon the time of year as they do seem to change for odd occasions. As a
general rule the following has been known to apply:
St Savinien is usually Saturday
Porchaire is usually Wednesday morning
Taillebourg is usually Friday morning
Rochefort has markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Saintes has one every
day except Monday except the first one in the month!
Do remember to get there early as they closedown very suddenly and you can miss
Retail therapy can be best found in La Rochelle, Angouleme or closer to home, Saintes, which has a very
cleverly redeveloped central shopping area full of fashion shops and restaurants. Not for the faint hearted Dad but there
are good little bars around in which to chill out in while your charge cards get a serious work out courtesy of your wife
These are too numerous to list and each to their own, but at the house there are various
cards and recommendations from our guests, for most tastes, dependant upon how far you want to travel.
not to miss
Auberge des Glycines, Taillebourg
L’Eloise, Pont L’Abbe D’Arnoult
Le Bruant, St Porchaire
Clos des Cours, Saintes
Le Cayenne, La Cite de l'Huitre
Fabian with the cheeseboard
at Restaurant L'Eloise
Assiette des crevettes at Le Cayenne