We were very much looking forward to our dinner at Le Lion d’Or (The Golden Lion). It is mentioned in the Michelin guide, and they are working at gaining a Michelin star. Our host at our B&B (Les Fleurons) made a reservation for us and let them know in advance that we were vegetarian, which meant they went to some effort and we actually had amazing food; entrée of white asparagus and quail eggs with a creamy sauce (I have no fancy description, as we had no menu for what we had), followed by a plate of vegetables – a parsnip puree, pea and (I think) celeriac puree, baby carrot, roast artichoke, green asparagus and a caramelised vinaigrette. We had to pass on dessert – simply no room! A bottle of local Sancerre rouge (from pinor noir family) went down a treat.
The service was friendly and prompt, and the dining room very atmospheric with its high ceilings, traditional décor and views of the river. The walk back to our B&B was perfect – the sun was casting its last dwindling rays at the castle walls, and we were walking along the River Loire. Bliss.